We’re very sociable!

Mar09

 We wanted to use this week to let you know about our social media platforms and where to find us.  Firstly there is our YouTube which is updated on a regular basis with videos of our gigs.  That can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2ZZp-KVhyWPFPpxp_rgI_A?view_as=subscriber

Secondly there is Facebook.  Here you will find all information about us, the next term dates, videos, pictures and updates.  That can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/SouloftheCityChoir/

Thirdly we can also be found tweeting over at twitter, that can be found here: https://twitter.com/SOTC_Choir

Please head over to all platforms and show your love, subscribe and share!

 

 

 

Can singing boost your well-being?

Mar01

We all know the difficulties and technical struggle we face while rehearsing and practising the songs for our up coming gig but did you know that singing is good for your health?

Singing within a choir brings happiness and it has also been found that singing within a choir synchronises choir members heartbeats when they sing together which brings about a calming effect that can be as beneficial to our health as Yoga!  This can deliver a host of physical and emotional benefits, including improved breathing, posture, mind-set, confidence and self-esteem.

Which brings me on to our charity of choice this term and that is the wonderful Grow, a charity that has been running for over 5 years that welcomes people from all over Sussex to get outdoors together, reconnect with nature and improve their well-being; the same benefits as singing in a choir.

If you are coming to our gig we will have buckets for you to kindly deposit any loose change that you may have that will contribute to this wonderful and much needed charity.  You can also get all the information regarding Grow by clicking the link below.

http://www.growingwellbeing.org.uk/

Din, din, din, din, din , din………..

Feb22

6 weeks in and we have tears, tears and pain, oh and some disco thrown in too; there’ll be crying at the discotheque! 

For those of you coming to our gig on March 25th this is shaping up to being our best yet. This week Vanessa was pushing us technically to deliver on a song so massively recognisable it will set fire to that reminicent part of your brain that it may bring on a tear or two, a song so ethereal it will give you goosebumps and I have to confess will take your breath away! 

There’s so many clues to what song it is we are singing in there but if you’re struggling here’s another clue.  Click the link below for the amazing vocals of Elizabeth Fraser and the Cocteau twins singing Carolyn’s Fingers, boy can she sing and yes she is singing in English!  What’s so amazing about her voice is that she is fearless with it and able to make meaningless lyrics sound so poignant, an effortless story teller.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh83z5vIP0w

 

 

 

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!

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