‘Summer Sing’ 2011 – the Surrey Hills’ Summer Holiday Singing Club.

This year’s ‘Summer Sing’ was Surrey Hills’ second youth workshop and this year attracted young people from as far afield as Horsham and Dorking. The word is obviously spreading!

The workshops are designed to give young people who perhaps haven’t had any training some instruction in singing technique as well as the opportunity to learn songs for performance. Many of the youngsters were surprised to be using muscles they didn’t realise were involved in singing, and as a result were able to hold notes for longer, control dynamics better and discover another octave of notes that they thought were out of their range.

Last year the four days culminated in a performance at the inaugural Cranleigh Music Festival on its huge outdoor stage. As the festival is bi-annual, this year the workshop culminated in a performance at Cranleigh Village Hall. This was a free concert, open to all, and the response we got from local people was tremendous. The choir sang to a packed hall, and the enthusiastic applause gave them all the encouragement they needed to put on a very successful performance.

Highlights of the evening included an a cappella arrangement of ‘Price Tag’, a beautiful two-part harmony arrangement of Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, and a toe-tapping and highly choreographed performance of ’42nd Street’.

Next year’s ‘Summer Sing’ will again prepare the participants for a performance on the outdoor stage at Cranleigh Music Festival. Further details will be flagged up on this website nearer the time, and look out for flyers in and around Cranleigh.”

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