Media coverage over recent years has frequently highlighted the physical and mental health benefits of singing, but have you realised that singing within a group can add a whole new dimension to the experience? Benefits such as the thrill of singing in harmony, undertaking each musical journey as part of a team, the strong social camaraderie and emotional support that exists within each choir, as well as across choirs, provides singers with a greater confidence.
The Surrey Hills Singing School is a family of choirs centred in Cranleigh and Guildford, attracting singers from as far afield as Dorking, Horsham, Woking and Farnham. Comprising of four choirs -from adult to child and experienced to novice – we are sure to have a choir to suit you so why not come along to one of our open rehearsals during September and try us out. Three of our choirs are non-auditioned: a daytime ladies choir (SH Singers); a training choir for 6-7 year olds; and the Young Voices for children aged 8 upwards. We are also proud to have the national Adult Choir of the Year 2012, the auditioned Surrey Hills Chamber Choir, in our family of choirs too. As well as being entirely separate, the choirs also unite, giving the opportunity for families to perform together.
All choirs sing many styles of songs and perform from memory. The adult choirs have a wider repertoire with songs from the shows, popular songs, spirituals, folk songs, early music, and “classical” music from all eras, whilst the children like to sing musicals, pop, gospel and songs from Disney films. Support is given through recordings and part files available by download. Musical Director, Debbie Walton, also instructs all her students in musicianship and vocal technique through the vocal warm-ups and repertoire.
If you love to sing, or would love to share a hobby with your child, then come and try the open rehearsals for the non-auditioned choirs throughout September commencing on Monday 12th September. SH Singers rehearse Monday mornings 9.45-12 noon at Ewhurst Baptist Church; the Training Choir rehearse from 3.30-4.15pm and Young Voices from 4.30-5.30pm on Mondays at the Cranleigh C of E Primary School.
For the experienced singer
If you are an experienced singer and looking for a choir who enjoys performing to a high standard and participating in competitions, then contact Debbie to try out the mixed voice Chamber Choir. We sing primarily individual a cappella songs in all styles of music and particularly like to focus on the visual and communicative side of the performance as well as the technicalities of the music. We are a friendly and ambitious choir, but you do not need to be an excellent sight reader to sing with us as mp3 part files are provided. We rehearse on Wednesdays from 7.30-10.00pm at the Guildford United Reformed Church, followed by an optional trip to the Ship Inn, from the 14th September and are particularly looking for new sopranos to join us – though enquiries from all voice parts are welcome.