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
MusicSmart’s Top Twenty Wedding Songs
Have a look at our current Top Wedding Song List and listen to us play two great songs by Ed Sheeran and Jason Mraz
Top Twenty Wedding Songs
- Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
- Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You
- John Legend – All of Me
- Ben E King – Stand By Me
- Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
- Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
- The Temptations – My Girl
- Christina Perry – A Thousand Years
- Train – Marry Me
- Bruno Mars – Marry You
- Bryan Adams – Everything I Do I Do It For You
- Lonestar – Amazed
- Etta James – At Last
- Adele – Make You Feel My Love
- Al Green – Lets Stay Together
- Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
- Jack Johnson – Better Together
- Jason Mraz – I Don’t Give Up
- Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
MusicSmart pianists will be playing live at two wedding Fayres in September. Please come along if you would like to meet us and hear us play. The first is on Sunday o3.09.17 at Fontwell Park BN18 0NS 11.00am-3.00pm and we are also at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Midhurst GU29 9NH on Sunday 17.09.17 from 11.00am – 3pm. Full details and prices of MusicSmart Wedding Pianist Packages can be found here. If you would like to have a free telephone or personal consultation please contact us. We would love to hear from you.
“We can’t recommend Paula highly enough.
We planned our wedding on relatively short notice and we were so lucky that she was available. Paula was forever the professional from start to finish. Her communication was faultless and she met with us on a number of occasions in the run up to our wedding. This definitely helped to calm my lovely wife’s (then fiancée’s) nerves.
Not only is Paula one of the most skilled pianists we’ve ever met, she is also the friendliest person you are ever likely to meet! Her advice and guidance was invaluable!
Thank you Paula once again for being a part of our special day. It really wouldn’t have been the day it was without you!” Adam and Laura
Find out the answer to this question and much more from this exclusive interview with MusicSmart brass teacher Graham Paul.
How old were you when you started learning the trumpet?
“I was 11 years old and I started on a cornet.”
What do you enjoy most about being a brass teacher?
“I really enjoy watching children grow in confidence as they learn to play. That is they become more confident socially and in their own abilities generally. I have had many students suffering from shyness and low self-esteem completely transform into courageous and enthusiastic people through playing with a band. I also love watching a student’s excited reaction after playing their first note.”
How many musical instruments do you play?
“My main instruments are the Trumpet and Cornet, but I also play the Flugal Horn, Trombone, Tenor Horn, Baritone, Euphonium and the French Horn. Because the lip formation is different for the French Horn when compared to the other brass instruments, I do not play the French Horn very much. I also play the piano well enough to accompany my students in examinations up to grade five. So I think that makes a total of nine instruments.”
What’s your favourite piece of music?
“My favourite piece of music is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 in E minor. I came across this piece by accident when I was trying to find the station which was doing the live commentary for Manchester United verses Coventry. When I heard that amazing sound my interest in classical music started and I dreamt of playing the lovely horn solo in the second movement. Unfortunately my Dad could not afford to buy me a French Horn so I had to settle for the trumpet.”
What bands do you play in?
“I play with the Salvation Army Band in Bognor Regis, the Chichester Symphony Orchestra and the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra. I also play in Choral Concerts when a trumpeter is needed.”
What’s the most important piece of advice you would give to a student?
“My most important piece of advice I would give is that you must enjoy yourself by making music with others. The best way to do this is to join a band as soon as possible. That also means that you are playing the instrument of your choice.”
Why do more boys than girls learn to play brass instruments?
“I think it is pretty even between boys and girls. In the Chichester Symphony Orchestra the principal trumpet is a woman and two of the trombonists are also women, and there are many good female horn players. In the Salvation Army Band in Bognor there are more women than men. In schools the boys certainly are attracted to the powerful sound of the trumpet and the versatility of the slide trombone, but the girls are often able to play with more control and expression because they are physically much stronger from an early age when comparing them with boys. I think during teenage years the boys catch up with the girls, but both girls and boys are able to reach a professional standard on brass instruments. Today we have the likes of Alison Baulsen and Tina Ting-Helset. So I do not think the boys outnumber the girls at all in my experience.”
Contact us to book your free taster lesson with Graham
Wedding Pianists are heading for Midhurst!
Are you or someone in your family planning a wedding? Would you like to visit a Wedding Fair?
MusicSmart pianists will be playing beautiful wedding music at The Sussex County Wedding Fair, The Spread Eagle Hotel, Midhurst. Sunday 17th September 2017 11.00am – 3.00pm.
Everyone is welcome to listen. Create your special playlist and choose your wedding dress or bridal bouquet at the same time. Check out more details on The Holy Bridal App.
SingSing Women’s Choir
SingSing is a MusicSmart Women’s choir. It meets on Friday mornings, 09:45 – 11:00 a.m. in Middleton, near Bognor Regis. This choir is looking for new members who are experienced singers, confident with singing harmonies and with some choral performing experience.
Reading music is not a requirement.
Contact us if you would like to try this choir…Your first session IS FREE!
We’d like to extend thanks to those who have helped us become visible, as we embark on this musical journey of ours.
Visible and sticking in people’s minds means that you need to be memorable, and helping us do that, right out of the starting blocks was the amazing Steve Goodheart of Goodheart Signs, who designed our super-swish, bold, brilliant logo!
Thank You, Thank You, and thank you again, we love our look!