Surrey Arts offers a range of singing programmes, events and ensembles combined with vocal training courses that offer support to all singing leaders, whether classroom or community-based.
Singing Picnics are a fun-filled and informal way for KS2 children to enjoy singing in an inspirational outdoor setting with other schools from your area. Children from your school will enjoy singing games led by professional vocal leaders and be taught a group song which they will sing together as a large group before enjoying a picnic lunch. Schools are also invited to prepare one simple, unaccompanied song in advance which they can sing for other schools on the day. It’s an ideal way to allow your children participate in group music-making without the pressures of a high-profile performance. There are still places available at 2 Singing Picnics
A first step on their singing journey with Surrey Arts, Singing Bugs is vocal group for boys and girls aged 4 – 8 years. Through singing children can immediately become music makers!
Using singing rhymes and musical games children become aware of pitch, pulse, rhythm, volume and speed. Children learn the musical skills of listening, singing in tune and inner hearing while having fun and making friends. Classes use resources from the Jolly Music syllabus which is based on the principles of Hungarian teacher and composer Kodaly.
- When: Saturdays (term time) 9.45 – 10.45am
- Where: The Woking Youth Arts Centre, Trinity Road, Knaphill, Woking GU21 2SY.
Next course starts Saturday 27 April – 13 July (no sessions on 25 May & 1 June) The first term is FREE and then £65 for the term thereafter. For more information email email@example.com
Another new singing opportunity for boys and girls aged 9 – 13 years old. Group singing, harmonies, games and performance skills.
- When: Saturdays (term time) 11.00am – 12.15pm
- Where: Woking Youth Arts Centre, Trinity Road, Knaphill, Woking GU21 2SY
Next course starts Saturday 12 January – 30 March (no sessions on 16 & 23 February). £65 for the first term. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Surrey Youth Training Choir (Woking)
Surrey Youth Training Choir is the county training choir for boys and girls aged 9 to 13 years who enjoy singing. Led by experienced vocal coach and professional soprano, Catherine McKay-Upcott, the choir offers a fun introduction to choral music.
As well as making new friends and having fun, children will learn about reading music and singing in harmony. No audition necessary and no previous musical or singing experienced needed.
First term membership is free, then £65 a term. Call now to book your FREE term! 01483 519307 email@example.com
- When: Wednesdays (term time) 6.45-8.15pm
- Where: The Marist School, Old Woking Road, West Byfleet, KT14 6HS
Surrey Youth Choir
Surrey Youth Choir (SYC) was founded in 1987 and since then has established itself as one of the leading youth choirs in the country.
It is a full SATB choir, comprising singers between the ages of 12 and 21 from all parts of Surrey, and performs an eclectic repertoire, both sacred and secular, ranging from early to contemporary, from baroque to romantic, including the major ‘standard’ choral works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert etc. We also commission pieces for specific performances.
The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at the Marist School, Woking. For information on how to audition for SYC, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the SYC gallery for past tours and concerts.
Primary Music Festivals
Running for over 20 years, this annual event is a series of concerts for Primary Schools across the county involving over 3,500 children.
Each school choir learns and rehearses a collection of songs to perform with other schools at their own regional concert.
Find out more how your school can be part of the Primary School Festivals.
Carers Choirs & Mental Well Being Choirs
Surrey Music Hub has set up a series of Carers Choirs across Surrey, in partnership with Arts Partnership Surrey. The choirs offer people with caring responsibilities the chance to join a local choir.
The choirs give people who care for a friend, relative or partner the opportunity to get together with other carers for company, support, a short break and most importantly the chance to sing their hearts out!
No previous experience or musical ability is needed for people who’d like to take part, and the choirs are fun, informal and free to attend. Choirs are running in Dorking, Egham, Godalming, Guildford, Staines-Upon-Thames, Tandridge and Woking. See the BBC news piece on how singing in a choir can boost health.
Enquiries can be made by emailing email@example.com or calling 01483 519307.
Just So Singers
The county’s special needs choir. The choir rehearses on Wednesday afternoons 3.45pm – 4.45pm and is open to anyone between the ages of 9 and 19 years who attend Surrey schools, referral units and 6th form units.
Students can come on their own, with parental support/school support or as a school group in a minibus with teaching support. The choir requires commitment in terms of attending every week and learning words at home. Other than that an enthusiasm for music and being part of team are the only requirements.
At present the choir has about 75 members – 15 of which are adult helpers. In 2011 the choir was awarded a mayor award for easing the way for people with disabilities.
The choir has performed in a wide variety of venues including: the Houses of Parliament, Camberley Theatre, Guildford Cathedral, the O2 and Farnham Maltings. Interested in joining Just So Singers?
School Singing Champions
As part of our Singing Strategy we are appointing School Singing Champions to advocate singing in schools in specific locations across the county. They will act as ambassadors for singing and Surrey Music Hub, pass on important information and drum up support for singing in their areas.
They will also identify ‘cold spots’ where little or no singing is taking place or schools which would benefit from singing or vocal work. If you are interested in being a School Singing Champion please get in touch by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Vocal Development Leader on 07973 901812.
Community Choirs in Surrey
If you like singing why not join your local singing group?
One of the core roles of Surrey Music Hub is to develop a Vocal Strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other singing ensembles are available across the County.
Our strategy provides a framework and direction for our singing and vocal work for two years and identifies singing and vocal work under five areas of focus:
- County-Wide Co-ordination
- Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and those experiencing Challenging Circumstances
- Singing and Health
- Progression and Resources
Underpinning our strategy is a range of singing and vocal training courses that offer support to all singing leaders, whether classroom or community-based.