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!

 

 

 

 

Giants of Song!

Nov02

Last night, some of our SOTC choir members took to the stage of the Concorde 2 to perform with the Nordic Giants! They had been working on the performance as part of a special project for this term, called ‘Choir Extra’.

SOTC were thrilled to be invited to sing with the Giants, as those who have seen their live show will attest, it is a visceral experience that goes beyond the normal descriptors. Each mind-blowing performance involves a chosen few short films, which are soundtracked live with atmospheric soundscapes. The duo create an audio-visual experience with bowed guitar, a piano that is both haunting and rousing, and climactic and thunderous drums.

Our guys had to get into the spirit of things by covering themselves in grey paint (no joke!) and I have it on good authority that some choir members are still – a day later – finding errant flecks of grey about their person!

FLASH! Ah-Ha

Oct26

Here at SOTC we LOVE a flash-mob! We’ve performed them at music festivals, out and about in town, and may have another surprise one coming up at a local landmark!

But what are they? And where have they come from?

Well flash-mobs first come to prominence in 2003 in the USA, where they were initially used for marketing. They later morphed into vehicle for entertainment and artistic expression. A group of people assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an ‘unusual act’ for a brief time, then quickly disperse.

Rather unsurprisingly, our ‘unusual act’ is singing songs! We’ve infiltrated unsuspecting shoppers and festival go-ers before suddenly bursting into song… but where will we pop up next? Keep yours eyes open and your ears peeled…

 

 

Support SOTC’s charity of the year

Oct20

This year, SOTC is raising money for a fantastic local charity, Grow.

The Grow Project promotes wellness and recovery from mental health issues using the healing power of nature.

Grow provides opportunities to improve wellbeing, social and community connections and skills and resources in a safe supportive group setting which inspires hope and re-ignites passion for life. Working in partnership with the National Trust, Grow supports people to connect with nature, each other and themselves through a variety of activities such as walking, conservation work, shepherding, green woodworking, wild art and much more.

Few people have not been touched in some way by mental health issues – whether it be you, or a friend, relative or colleague who has struggled. If you donate now, the Local Giving campaign Grow Your Tenner (aptly named!) will match your donation – so donate if you can, spread the word, and share the good work of Grow with friends and family. Times are tough for small local charities like Grow, so anything you can do to support this fantastic cause will be most gratefully received.

https://localgiving.org/charity/the-grow-project/

 

 

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!

 

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