Open Rehearsals during September
Ladies Daytime singing: The Surrey Hills Singers has a reputation for producing engaging and entertaining performances. Founded specifically for busy young mums, the choir currently comprises women of all ages, but the most appreciative are these busy mums who are so thrilled to experience all the attributes that singing in a choir brings – mental stimulation, physical health, happy endorphins, friendship, learning to improve their singing, and the joy of creating a wonderful sound in harmony. The opportunity to use the brain in a challenging but enjoyable way and chatting about topics other than children is particularly valued whilst they are away from the working environment.
It’s not long before these ladies move back to work part-time and ultimately full-time, so our turnover of singers is higher than most choirs and in September we will be looking for some new ladies to swell our numbers again. We are an unauditioned choir who sing all styles of songs and all ladies are welcome to join us, not just mums. Mums are extremely welcome to bring babies and pre-school children. You do not need to read music as mp3 part files are made available to back up the lessons and learn on the go. We frequently have ladies join us who have not sung since school so don’t let lack of confidence hold you back from singing with us. Come along and sing for a trial session or two, or just sit and listen if you prefer. You can also see some of our performances on YouTube. Rehearsals are held on Monday mornings from 9.45am – 12 noon at the Ewhurst Baptist Church starting Monday 16th September.
Surrey Hills Children: As part of the Surrey Hills Singing School, we often have families singing together with Mum or Dad in an adult choir and children in the Young Voices or Training Choir. Practising together is a great bonding experience. We have two choirs for children that both rehearse at St Cuthbert Mayne Primary School, Cranleigh, on a Monday after school, starting 9th September. Children from any school are welcome. As well as using songs and games to teach singing and musicianship, the Training Choir (6-7 years old) also learn repertoire to perform at the Surrey Hills concerts. Rehearsals are from 3.30-4.15pm. Children progress to the Young Voices at around age 8 or in Year 4 depending on the individual and their rehearsals are held from 4.15-5.30pm.
For the experienced singer – the Surrey Hills Chamber Choir: SHCC is our only auditioned choir. As a small mixed voice choir, every voice counts, and we welcome singers who enjoy this type of challenge and commitment. We perform all styles of music and, as winners of a number of competitions, we work hard to achieve high standards and particularly like to focus on communication by predominantly performing from memory and unconducted. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays at 7.30pm at the United Reformed Church, Guildford, starting Wednesday 11th September. We have a couple of vacancies in each section and are particularly looking for experienced basses. This season the choir will be performing in Manchester, Lucca and Cardiff, as well as the Christmas concert on Sunday 8th December.