What’s in it for me?

Oct12

So everyone in SOTC knows that choir is great, but if you’ve never given choral singing a go, what are the benefits? Our very own Alto 1, Emma, has listed her top 12 reasons why she loves choir…

1. If you want to connect with people and have a good natter, join a choir.
2. If you want to connect with people but not talk to anyone, join a choir.
3. If you want a hobby that can challenge you, join a choir.
4. If you want to keep your mind alert and memory tip top, join a choir.
5. If you want to be in the moment and not think about the past or future for a couple of hours, join a choir.
6. If you want to feel pure joy in your heart, rhythm in your body and music in your soul, join a choir.
7.If you are grief stricken, anxiety ridden, depressed, hormonal, stressed at work, join a choir.
8. If you want to see yourself grow and develop in all sorts of ways, join a choir.
9. If you suffer with asthma and want help controlling your breathing, join a choir.
10. If you don’t have family local to you and you miss interacting with all ages, being part of a community, join a choir.
11. If you want to feel inspired – there is nothing braver than seeing others put themselves out there with solos, join a choir.
12. If you want to make meaningful, lasting friendships, join a choir.

We couldn’t agree more, Emma!

 

Step into the limelight!

Oct05

Next week, soloist auditions start at choir.

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a soloist? Then why not give it a go!

While the mantra of SOTC is that ‘everyone can sing’, for a few specially selected songs each year, we give choir members the opportunity to throw their hat into the ring, and audition for a solo.

So what does it feel like to be a soloist? And what do you need to sparkle on the stage?

Well, it takes guts just to get through the door of the audition room (take it from one who knows!). But once you’re in there, the atmosphere is incredibly warm and supportive, and totally non-judgmental. If you are lucky enough to be picked (and every year there is a bounty of fabulous singers to choose from), then the time comes to put in the work, both in and outside rehearsals. It’s also a fantastic excuse to buy a special new outfit for the show! And yes, it means the experience on show day can be a bit more anxiety-ridden than if you are just performing as part of the choir ensemble, but once the time comes and you step into the spotlight, look out at the wonderful smiling faces in the audience, take up the mic and sing your little heart out, it’s totally worth it! AND I have it on good authority that it means you get bought more drinks at the aftershow party….

So what are you waiting for?! Get your name down and audition away!

 

And the winner is….

Sep27

So this week, we asked you to vote for your favourite ever Soul Of The City song.

There have been some belters over the years – from soulful and sassy, to spine-tingly and poignant – we’ve taken on the traditional, the modern, the festive, and everything in between, all with the unique SOTC spin (and don’t forget those signature dance moves!).

The winner of our poll was Hozier’s 2014 rock-soul banger ‘Take me to Church’, which we sang at our Christmas 2015 concert and featured David Moffat on lead vocals. It was a resounding winner with a whopping 44% of the vote!

Will any of this term’s songs be a rival for our current fave…?

 

It’s good to be back!

Sep20

After the long and (occasionally) hot summer break, it felt fabulous to get back to singing again this week!

And boy are we excited for this term’s tunes! ‘Love’ is certainly in the air as it features in a couple of our songs, and we can’t believe that in week one, Vanessa had us singing in a fairly convincing six-part harmony… just imagine how good we’ll sound by Christmas!

And some of our members have been busily spreading the word about choir even over the summer holiday. The lovely Dene from Alto 1s was interviewed for Hove Park Living Magazine, and talked about how much she loves choir! Check it out here:

https://issuu.com/sussexmagazines/docs/hove_park_living_septehove_park_living_september_2017_issmber_2017_iss

 

 

 

Roundhouse ROCKED!

Jul13

Our incredible day and evening at the Roundhouse well and truly rocked last week. The final performance was dazzling, and what an opportunity to perform in an amazing space, with full sound and lighting production, and with some truly phenomenal singers! We are now counting ourselves as Willy Mason and Mara’s official backing singers, and are waiting for the tour bus to pick us up to whisk us off on the road!

We are now full steam ahead into another two gigs this weekend – both at The Old Market on Saturday. There are a handful of tickets available for the 5pm performance, so if you are lucky you can grab some: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/406451

Following these gigs, we have a little break for the summer, and then rehearsals start up again in September. If you’d like to come join us, just drop us a line!

The challenge is on!

Jul06

Excitement is building as SOTC choir embarks on it’s biggest challenge yet – four gigs in seven days!

Kicking proceedings off will be the Voices Now festival at the Roundhouse on Sunday. Our first performance will be at the Roundhouse Open Stage at midday. We then get ready for the big gig on Sunday night, in the main event space, which has a capacity of 1,700! Eeek!

So with the temperatures rising, how can we look after our voices to ensure we are sounding great for our two performances on Sunday 9 July?

Top tips are -

  • Make sure you warm up. I’m sure the coach trip from Brighton to London will provide ample opportunity for this!
  • Stay hydrated – drinking plenty of water is key to keeping those vocal chords in good shape.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. No late nights on Saturday and don’t let the pre-performance nerves keep you awake!

If you are need of a ticket, they are still available here: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2017/voices-now-2017/we-sing-because/

And if you’d like to see us at the Old Market on Saturday 15 July, a few tickets for our 5pm performance are still available here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/406451

Roundhouse is NEXT WEEK!

Jun29

Unbelievably, the SOTC Choir performance at the Roundhouse is next week! Hasn’t that come around quickly!

Singing together is becoming an increasingly important activity for more and more people in our rapidly changing world, but everyone’s journey is different and personal.

The Voices Now festival will see the Roundhouse ChoirVeda Slovena Bulgarian ChoirCôr LlunsainLondon Humanist Choir and Soul of the City explore why we sing and why we sing together.

The choirs have been collaborating with 3 artist curators: American singer-songwriter Willy Mason, singer and arranger Mara Carlyle and choir leader and arranger Osnat Schmool (Filament Theatre) to create a unique evening of song and stories exploring music from all over the world.

We are really excited and cannot wait! If you would like to come and support us on 9 July, tickets are available here: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2017/voices-now-2017/we-sing-because/

See you there!

Tickets are GO! And Roundhouse news…

Jun22

Exciting news, SOTC fans, tickets for our Old Market gigs on 15 July are now online! Grab yours while you can here:

5.30pm: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/406451

and 8pm: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/407871

And who could forget that on Sunday 9th July, we will be singing at The Roundhouse in Camden as part of the Voices Now Festival – all your groupies can get tickets and more info about the event here: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2017/voices-now-2017/ The lovely photo is of our hard-working singers relaxing in the sun after a grueling extra rehearsal for our Roundhouse show!

What an exciting month July is going to be!

GROW your own way…

Jun15

This term, Soul of the City is proud to be supporting local charity, Grow. Grow is a small local charity which uses nature to improve wellbeing, working especially with people with mental health issues.

The Grow Project has been running courses for over five years, welcoming people from all over Sussex and encouraging them to get outdoors, reconnect with nature and improve their wellbeing.

Grow helps people to learn nature-connection resources that improve wellbeing; have wonderful days out that re-inspire & re-invigorate, and discover community links to develop skills & interests.

Find out more about them here: http://www.growingwellbeing.org.uk/

 

 

Get ‘em while you can!

Jun09

Exciting news – tickets for next month’s gig at the Old Market on 15 July are NOW ONLINE!!

You can purchase tickets for our matinee performance here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/406451

Our Old Market shows are sell-outs so you better be quick about it!

And don’t forget to bring your fans along to our after show party, watch this space for details…..

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