Community Choirs in Sussex
Voices Of The South is the collective name for two Sussex community choirs: Shoreham-Singers-by-Sea and Ditchling Singers. They were both founded by world-renowned bass player and music educationalist Herbie Flowers and are supported by a team of volunteers from within each choir. Our musical director is Mike Hatchard, known for his brilliant Jazz Breakfast performances at Ropetackle amongst a vast catalogue of musical adventures.
The basis of our repertoire is classic songs from the 1930s to the present day, including Gershwin, Abba, Sinatra, Beach Boys, Andrews Sisters, Lou Reed, Adele, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and many more. Much of the repertoire has been suggested by members of the choir, and we encourage everyone to have their say.
Our primary aim is to make sure everyone has a fantastic time producing wonderful sounds with the help of great songs. On the way, you will learn something about the elements of good singing technique, in particular, breathing, posture and attitude.
Rehearsals and Performances
Shoreham Singers by Sea rehearse on the second and fourth Sundays in the month. Ditching Singers rehearse every other Sunday. We arrange regular public performances, as they help focus the mind during rehearsals and because music is essentially a shared experience between performer and audience. Highlights during previous years have included two concerts at Worthing Pavilion Theatre with the classical boyband Blake and performances in Southampton and Cherbourg of the Wreck of the Titanic. Shoreham Singers by Sea have also performed at the Brighton Dome and backed Charlie Dore ( of "Pilot of the Airways" fame) at Sussex Cricket Ground.
Who can join?
Everyone is welcome. We have singers of all levels of experience, from those who claim never to have sung a note before to those who have sung in choirs all their lives. Whatever your age and ability, you will be able to learn and contribute and have enormous fun. You do not have to be able to read music, though we do work from music scores and you will find that you gradually and painlessly become familiar with the mysteries of written music. Those who read music and have experience of singing in choirs will have plenty of interesting harmonies to get their teeth into.
How much does it cost?
There is a modest entry fee payable at each rehearsal. Occasionally there will be additional charges for sheet music and [optional] audio CDs containing vocal harmony lines.
Contact details on Contact page.