Once more with feeling!

Feb08

 

 

Pain!

We’re all getting wonderfully emotional with this terms gig songs but we can all push for more emotional feeling within our performance?  How do you do that, I hear you ask……..

Well, following on from last weeks blog, technique and best practice on how to learn a new song, there is a link below detailing how to add drama and emotion to our performances; there is even a bit on how to add sass and sexiness to a performance, goodness gracious!

https://www.politusic.com/music/recording-tips/how-to-sing-with-emotion-when-recording/

 

 

 

Practice, practice, practice!

Feb01

So we’re gearing up for a very good concert with some great songs. Some of them are proving tricky to learn, remembering all the words and timings.  So if you are reading this as a member of Soul of the City Choir, another choir or anybody reading this blog that wants some help with techniques of learning new songs here is a link (below) with two techniques that may help those struggling.

It ain’t easy this singing business but it sure is fun and very rewarding and, Ladies and Gentlemen, the key to success is practice, practice, practice but just how do you practice and make it benefit your learning is the tricky part!

https://www.wikihow.com/Memorize-Lyrics-of-a-Song

Exctiting extra times ahead!

Jan24

 

3 weeks in and believe me there ain’t nobody putting their hands on our imaginary Dragons!  That was rather cryptic of us, you’ll need to wait till our gig at the Sallis Benny Theatre to understand what we mean.  We’re all settling in to our new songs of this term and they are all proving to be belters, challenging, but none the less belters; you’re all in for a treat at the gig!

In addition to that the very talented singer, Mara Simpson (pictured above)  is kicking off her UK tour right here in Brighton at the Komedia on 30th April 2018 and here’s the thing, she has asked if we would like to join her on stage, singing behind her as her backing Choir, we said yes, Hurrah! You can get tickets on the Komedia website link below.

https://www.komedia.co.uk/brighton/music/mara-simpson-w-soul-city-choir/ 

 

We’re back – and busier than ever!

Jan19

Great to be back singing this term and what a busy couple of weeks it’s been.

Clearly everyone has made a New Year’s resolution to make singing part of their lives – and what better resolution could you make?  Our Brighton choir completely filled to bursting in just 2 weeks and with some great songs from Imagine Dragons, Reef and Massive Attack it’s no surprise!  It’s going to be a stormer of a term.

There are still places left in our Hassocks choir though so if you still have that resolution to sort out, do get in touch with us to book on to the last taster next week (Wednesday 24th)  You’ll be so glad you did!

Showtime!

Dec14

We’ve had our final rehearsals and are gearing up for our final concert of the year – this Saturday, the Brighton and Hassocks choirs will come together to perform a sold-out show at the stunning All Saints Church in Hove.

It’s been quite a year for SOTC – as well as selling out our own shows at The Old Market, we’ve sung with the Nordic Giants at the Concorde 2, we’ve surprised travellers by flash-mobbing Brighton Station, and have collaborated with our friends at Voices Now to perform at the iconic Roundhouse in London. Could this be SOTC’s biggest and best year yet? If Yazz was right and The Only Way is Up, we can’t wait to see what next year will bring.

What’s been your highlight of 2017? Get sharing your best bits!

 

 

We’re going viral (but in a good way!)

Dec08

A viral video is a video that becomes popular through a viral process of internet sharing, typically through video sharing websites, social media and email…

The video of SOTC’s flash mob singing ‘Human’ by Rag ‘n Bone Man at Brighton Station has now been viewed a whopping 114,000 times! It’s been ‘liked’ 1.6k times, and shared 1.4k times! Which I think we can safely say is pretty immense. Has Mr Rag ‘n Bone Man himself seen the video? We’d love it if he has…

Here’s the link again in case you’re one of the few people who’ve managed to miss it!

https://www.facebook.com/SouloftheCityChoir/videos/1662980267097402/

 

 

 

Introducing our support…

Nov30

With only a couple of weeks to go until our Christmas gig we thought it would be a good time to introduce you to one of our fantastic support acts!

We always like to showcase local talent at our gigs, and Liemba are no exception. Formed in late 2015 by established Brighton musicians Simon Gledhill and Nelson Day – Liemba combine acoustic song writing roots with a modern tilt – imagine CSNY meets the Kings of Convenience. They have recently added vocalist Damian Best to the fold and self-released their second EP “Burning Wicks” in Feb 2017. The band have made a name for themselves supporting artists such as Nizlopi and William the Conqueror and playing festivals including The Great Escape and Leigh-on-Sea Folk Festival. This has been solidified by their track ‘Dust’ getting BBC radio airtime.

All of the band’s music can be found on Spotify along with a Live Lounge session recorded at Brighton Electric.  Get listening so you can sing along at our gig!

Super-Human!

Nov23

So we’ve been out in force again this week – this time our singers were serenading unsuspecting Christmas shoppers with their flash-mob antics!

Angling for an invite to perform with local celeb Rag n Bone Man on his upcoming tour, SOTC took to the streets of Brighton to perform a flash-mob version of R&BM’s song ‘Human’ – and no amount of inclement weather could stop them!

It was so good, even Santa was trying to get in on the action when the choir-mob descended on the Brighton Christmas market!

Keep ‘em peeled for videos on our YouTube channel….

 

 

MIKE HANNA’S VINTAGE AMERICAN JUKEBOX!

Nov16

You may know him as our soloist on festive classic Fairytale of New York – but our Choir member Mike Hanna also presents the twice-weekly ‘MIKE HANNA’S VINTAGE AMERICAN JUKEBOX’ on Brighton’s on-line Coastway Radio, just after 9 P.M. on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Mike’s playlist is a mixture of classic American Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll and Soul records form the 1950s and 60s. The next show is a special tribute to the late great FATS DOMINO, one of the founding fathers of Rock & Roll. This is scheduled to go out on the following dates: 15th, 18th, 22nd and 25 November. Just Google ‘Coastway Radio Listen Live’.

Enjoy !!!

It’s Christmas time… well, almost!

Nov09

Halloween is dead. Bonfire night has gone bang. There’s only one thing on our minds – CHRISTMAS!!!

As I write this blog, faithful readers, there are just 46 sleeps till the big day. And that means it’s officially OK to start listening to Christmas songs.

A psychologist has warned this week that listening to Christmas music can be bad for your health. Not so, say we! Here at SOTC Towers, we LOVE a festive tune, and always sing a Christmas song or two at our winter concert.

So what’s your favourite Christmas ditty? We’ve performed arrangements of Merry Christmas Everyone, Fairytale of New York, and have some more up our sleeve for this year’s gig on 16 December at All Saints Church (*Date for your Diary Klaxon*).

Share with us the Xmas tunes that get you in festive cheer, and we might even incorporate them into our future sets!

 

 

 

 

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