Singing Saturday dates for early 2018

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

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MusicSmart Choirs have grown!

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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MusicSmart Seasonal News from Hilary and Paula

 Seasonal News

Hello Singers,

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.

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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.

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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


Chirstmas at MusicSmart

MusicSmart will be singing at Brick Kiln Centre

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.

MusicSmart Singing Workshop for HOOP

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.

October Singing Saturday ~ News

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!



New Choir for MusicSmart!

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.


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Wedding Congratulations!

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

Wedding Pianists

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

Do more boys than girls learn brass instruments?

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

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