MusicSmart has lots of news to share!
Recently, MusicSmart has been up to loads of fun and exciting things…here’s the current news.
Our first bit of news, March Singing Saturday. It was amazing! We sang songs from movies, including “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton, “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman and many others. Once again, our band joined us in the second half of the day and for the finale…wow, to everyone who came along, thank you for such a lot of oomph and a great sound!
One of our singers says of the day:
Just got back home after spending quite honestly the best day ever. Thank you both soooo much. Looking forward to April. Oh I did enjoy myself !! ~ Jackie
While we’re on the subject of Singing Saturday, our next event takes place on April 28th. We’ve taken quite a lot of bookings already, so get in quick if you want to join us for The Great American Songbook number 2! Once again, we’ll be at The Gordon Center, Canada Grove, in Bognor Regis
Our bookings close at midday, the day before the event. It’s going to be a cracker of a day and the band will join us for the finale!! We’re really looking forward to meeting you there.
One of our choirs, Felpham Community Singers, recently performed a concert…it was a great success and so much fun! We’d like to thank everyone who put in the hard work and effort, to make it what it was. We are grateful to you all.
Claire, one of our singers, had this to say about it…
What a lovely evening. I think my family came, expecting very little! They were most impressed and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thank you for all your efforts in helping us produce such a lovely sound!Looking forward to our next performance! ~ Claire
In the raffle, we raised £420 for Chestnut Tree House! Isn’t that just lovely, thank you!
Coming up, we’ll be singing at Brick Kiln Garden Centre soon…Do pop in for tea and some tunes!
It’s that time of year where the days are warming up, staying lighter for longer and the promise of warmth teases us from the very, very near horizon. What this can also mean for some, is pollen (and other) allergies. Here is some really useful advice to help you protect your voice from the ravages of hayfever, so that you don’t miss out on any chances to SING!
So, with Spring in the air and in our steps, we look forward to meeting lots of new people at our choir sessions, friends and family of our current, AMAZING members, hopefully!
See you all soon with more news from us at MusicSmart.
Hilary and Paula x
Singing Saturday vs The Beast from The east & Storm Emma
Singing Saturday will go ahead tomorrow as planned – 10:00 – 15:00, as the forecast looks to be better!
A bit of bad weather and stormy conditions are no match for our keen singers!
Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow…wrap up warm!
Great News MusicSmart friends!
Singing Saturday events are back in 2018
We’d love it if you joined us for the first two Singing Saturday events of 2018…March 3rd and April 28th.
You can find event details for each day, on the bookings calendar. Bookings are now open!
We’re really looking forward to these initial singing days, and are excited to meet you all.
Share the news and dates with your family and friends!!
Yours in music,
Hilary, Choral Director and Paula, Accompanist
The more Choirs, the merrier!
Here at MusicSmart we’re having a running start into 2018…
Our choirs are growing in number and we couldn’t be happier or more proud. We’ve recently added The Southbourne based, Coda Community Choir to our MusicSmart family. This lovely group of singers meets on Wednesdays from 7pm – 9pm
New choirs starting up this year are also really exciting news too. Barnham Community Singers will be meeting on Mondays at lunch time, whilst Bracklesham Bay Choir will meet on Monday evenings from 7-8pm
If you’d like to see a full list of our MusicSmart choirs family, browse over to our page “Which choir can I join?”
Let 2018 be the year that you let go and SING!
We’re looking forward to seeing (and hearing) you in one of our choirs soon!
All the best,
Hilary and Paula
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At this time of year it is natural to look back at the Old Year and forward to the New Year. We have been doing just that and for us and MusicSmart it has been an amazing year. We have so much to celebrate and to thank you for.
Our Community Choirs continue to flourish and grow and we have had so much fun with everyone.
We are delighted to welcome the Felpham Community Singers to the MusicSmart family of choirs. This wonderful, talented group of singers, with their brilliant admin team of Ken and Jacqui, have achieved so much since their first meeting, just over a year ago. They are making a fabulous sound and will be performing in March – concert details to be announced soon.
We have enjoyed some lovely, fun choir sessions with the Bognor Community Singers. Newly formed in October 2017, they are already making a great sound and have been head hunted for future performances for events at their venue, St Wilfred’s Hall, in Bognor.
The Sundays, under their new director, Matt Hoff, gave an impressive performance at their social evening on December 10th in Aldingbourne. They produced some excellent harmonies in three parts and managed to smile as well! Thanks to their administrator Suzie, for her support.
We are also very excited that the Coda Community Choir of Emsworth and Southbourne will be joining the MusicSmart family of choirs. They performed a splendid Christmas Concert on December 8th with a superb programme of readings and music which was given a standing ovation. The addition of MusicSmart musicians added sparkle to many of their songs. Huge thanks to their administrators Hazel and Sandra who have created this choir and will continue to support Coda Community Choir.
SingSing ladies choir has also gone from strength to strength and they will be giving a performance at the Brick Kiln Garden Centre on 15th December, joined by several members of The Sundays. They are singing some expressive arrangements of pop and Christmas songs. Please come along to hear their beautiful programme and to sing along to your favourites.
MusicSmart has been asked to form another Community Choir in Barnham and we have already booked the Village Hall on Mondays from 1pm to 2pm. Attached is a flyer so if you have any friends who live near, please share the info and invite them along. The choir is open to all abilities and the first session is free. We start on January 8th.
Our four Singing Saturdays at The Gordon Centre in Bognor have been our real highlight of 2017. We have enjoyed the music, the friendly atmosphere, the laughs and the cake at all of them. We have added some photos of the most recent, Broadway Musicals 2, for your viewing. Our high points of the day were a beautifully moving “Somewhere” from West Side Story, a seriously scary three part version of “Phantom of the Opera” and “Hello Dolly” given the MusicSmart Band treatment to send us all away with a smile.
Looking forward to 2018, further Singing Saturdays are in the pipeline and we will let you know details as soon as we have finalized our dates. We are also planning a MusicSmart Massed Choirs Concert. We love the idea of bringing together our choirs for a celebration. With each choir performing their own set and then coming together to sing some joint numbers, it would make for a lovely social evening and a great show for all our family and friends. Watch this space – we are looking into venues and possible dates.
Thanks again to everyone and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a musical and Happy New Year
MusicSmart getting in the Christmas Spirit!
A MusicSmart Choir will be singing live at Brick Kiln Garden Centre this December 15th, bringing some festive cheer with carols, both traditional and modern.
Come along and listen with the family, get in the spirit, and have some coffee/tea and cakes at the cafe! See our events page for more details
Join us online to see where else we will be performing this season.
Thanks to HOOP of Bognor Regis for a great singing workshop
Hilary and Paula would like to thank the members of HOOP Bognor Regis for a great singing workshop. Everyone joined in, singing a fun version of “Love is All Around” and the members made an excellent sound. Hilary gave a short summary of the physical and mental health benefits of singing and Paula then told everyone how we began working together and what our MusicSmart choirs are all about. We are so pleased that a few of the members have since come along to join MusicSmart Sundays Choir. Thanks to HOOP leader Beth and all the members for making us so welcome.
“HOOP Bognor Regis are always looking for activities that improve our members wellbeing. The singing workshop with Paula and Hilary was enjoyed by all. Everyone, no matter their ability, were able to join in and the singing sounded wonderful. A thoroughly fun and uplifting experience.” Beth Clegg
Leader HOOP UK (Helping Overcome Obesity Problems)
If you know of an organisation that might like to have a short, fun presentation and singing workshop, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.
Find out about MusicSmart Community Choirs here. You are welcome to come along and the first session is free.
Exciting developments for October Singing Saturday.
This coming October, our Singing Saturday will be growing!
If you’ve attended before, you’ll know our day is structured around several singing sessions, with breaks for tea/coffee/cake and lunch. We then have our Grand Finale which involves a performance of everything we have just learned.
This time around we’re adding to the day! Our Grand Finale will feature a live band and we’ll introduce you all to our new team members.
Our October theme will be “Songs of the Great American Songbook” and we’ll be learning songs such as: “I Get a Kick out of You”, “Fly me to the Moon ” That’s Amore, Blue Moon, Come Fly With Me, Puttin’ on the Ritz”.
There is still space available if you would like to join us for what promises to be a FABULOUS day of music and song!
There are several ways to book… through our online booking form, this reserves your place, payment is taken on the day, you can email us, or book over the phone. You can also reserve your place at our November event at the same time if you like.
We look forward to singing with you!
MusicSmart are thrilled to welcome ‘The Sundays’ Choir!
We would also like to say a huge welcome to Matt Hoff who joins our MusicSmart team as ‘The Sundays’ Choral Director.
‘The Sundays’ are a choir who meet at Aldingbourne Social Club, Olivers Meadow, Aldingbourne, on a Sunday evening in term time, from 7.30-8.30. They are a well established group who really enjoy their singing!
Matt Hoff is a very experienced Choral Director and we are delighted to have him working alongside us. I am sure Sunday evenings will be filled with fun and wonderful singing, so enjoy!
If you are interested in joining ‘The Sundays’ please contact Hilary or Paula for more information.
A big thank you and well done to the ladies of ‘Angmering Voices’ and ‘Sing Sing’ choirs who performed at the wedding of Matt and Andrea on Saturday at Broadwater Baptist Church on Saturday. Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Bonner!
Contact us for details of how we can provide music for your special day http://musicsmart.org.uk/hire-a-pianist/wedding-pianist