A few mportant things about singing.

May24

I think it is always good to take stock of how good it is to freely sing away till our hearts are content, nothing better!!  However, being part of a choir its not just singing on our own but rather singing collectively with other people and in our case it’s 150 strong; and so there are a few things that are important when it comes to singing in general but more importantly within a choir.

The link below highlights a few important points for us all to ponder over.

http://mediatech.edu/6-important-things-about-singing/

We have just passed week 6 and sounding incredible, gearing up for our summer gig and a few other things in the pipeline.  Keep and eye out for announcements in the coming weeks.

We are also pleased to announce that the wonderful Mara Simpson will be supporting us at or summer gig, how exciting!  Tickets will be on sale on 5th June!

Rock ‘n’ Roll!

May17

Well our last Choir Extra gig proved to be as brilliant as we thought it would be!  Reef were fantastic and we loved every minute of performing with them, I think we’re all still on a high from it!

Although there was only a small number of us due to venue logistics, we missed the 150 voice sound wall, we still packed a punch and we can’t wait for the next Choir Extra adventure!

A massive thank you to the brilliant Reef for inviting us to perform together!!

Keep and eye and an ear out for upcoming announcements of where we will be performing and how to get tickets!

Rehearsals for our Summer Gig are coming along great, we’re sounding so great and stronger than ever and we can’t wait to perform again at The Old Market!

Reef Extra!

May10

The summer term’s new songs are taking shape beautifully with a stunning arrangement from an old classic that is sounding incredible; it’s going to sound amazing at the gig!  As will all the other songs that we have in store.  We will give some clues in the coming months as to what to expect!

Aside form our main choir we also have Choir Extra where we rub shoulders and sing along side other wonderful singers.  With this Choir Extra escapade we are singing along side the rock-tastic Reef on their sell out gig on Friday 11th May at the Concorde 2 – we simply cannot wait !

Put your hands on, put your hands on, put your hands on, put your…………

Extra Extra, read all about it!

May04

Last Monday we had the greatest honour of singing, not only at the Komedia in Brighton but alongside the wonderfully talented Mara Simspon and her band. The place was packed out and we all sung our hearts out together. It was a very special Night! Mara had the experience recorded and so we will share the footage when we get it.

There is more Choir Extra coming up so keep your eyes peeled for announcements soon!

We’re going into week three of the new summer term of both the regular choir and the brand new afternoon choir.  Both are shaping up to be amazing!

The sun is starting to shine, there’s leaves on the trees and we’re back doing what we love the most- singing; our summer concerts are going to be great!

We’re Back!

Apr24

Last week saw the return of the choir after our Easter break, all fresh and wide eyed; ready for the new term!

Last week  also saw the start of our new Wednesday afternoon Choir in Hanover.  It was great to see so many people turn up and enjoy singing together for the first time!   There are still a few spaces left and so sign up here! http://soulofthecitychoir.com/?portfolio=join

Lots of exciting things ahead, great summer songs, the new afternoon Choir and a few Choir Extra surprises coming up, we will keep you posted!!

In the meantime, last terms Choir Extra culminates this Monday, 30th April at the Komedia in Brighton where we will be supporting and singing alongside the super talented Mara Simpson and her full band on her first leg of her British tour!

There are a limited amount of tickets left and so click the link below to get some tickets!

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

It’s showtime!

Mar22

So after many weeks of pain, sweat and tear(drop), we have finally arrived at our Gigs this Sunday at 5pm and later at 7.30pm.

We will be filling the nave and isles of St Martin’s Church, Brighton with songs from Massive Attack, Coldplay, Imagine dragons, Reef, Bob Marley, Bill Withers and McFadden & Whitehead.

It’s going to be a choral extravaganza that we all hope you will come and enjoy with us.

Our Evening gig is now sold out but we still have some tickets left for the 5pm show and so if you want tickets contact us through Facebook on this link!

https://www.facebook.com/SouloftheCityChoir/?ref=bookmarks 

 

Exciting news…..

Mar17

We have exciting news to share with you!

Following on from the massive success of Soul of the City Choir, we are branching out and offering the chance for people to join a new afternoon choir in the Hanover area of Brighton.

Why not come along and enjoy a free taster, complete beginners, shower singers and professionals all welcome. We’re looking for Mums and Dads who’s kids have gone to school and have the afternoon off, students who have no lecture on a Wednesday, shift workers, who can spare a few hours or anybody that’s lost for what to do on a Wednesday afternoon.

We sing pop, soul and gospel classics from Massive Attack to Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Stevie Wonder to Hozier and much more!

There are no auditions to join the choir, we believe everyone can sing, just come along and have fun.

When: Wednesdays 1pm – 2.30pm – starting 18th April – 11th July

Where: Hanover Community Centre – Southover St, Brighton

One free taster session within these dates – 18th and 25th April and 2nd May.  We recommend coming to the first one if you can!

To book a free taster or for more info contact: soulofthecitychoir@live.com 

Click the link below for our YouTube Channel to give you a taster of what to expect.

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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