All Workshops led by highly qualified instructors (see biographies)
You can select up to three styles of singing and participate in up to three workshops which will be repeated throughout the day.
All venues easily accessible and in the centre of the village.
Cosy log fires and a warm welcome at the local hostelries for non-singing partners or simply relax during the breaks.
Visit our unique specialist shops and take advantage of discounts for “Sing Alfriston” participants.
Enjoy delicious snacks and meals at the many commercial outlets in the village. Light refreshments available at Alfriston War Memorial Hall between workshops.
After the workshops there will be a FREE concert in St. Andrew’s Church to share what we have learned, plus contributions from local singers.
Invite your friends and relatives - ALL WELCOME.
Join the afternoon local history tour of Alfriston – ideal for non-singing partners.
We will end the day with a festival supper in the Old Chapel Centre (optional). Modestly priced Buffet and bar provided by Bap, Crackle and Hog – veggie option available.
£35 entrance fee – to include light refreshments.
PLACES ARE LIMITED SO BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT
ALL PROFITS TO ST ANDREW’S CHURCH RESTORATION APPEAL
Ray Maulkin (CHURCH/GOSPEL) was born in Southend on Sea, Essex, and studied at the Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and holds a B.Mus (Hons) degree from Durham University. He has had a career in music education as lecturer and teacher in Essex, Warwickshire and Sussex. During his time in Southend he was conductor of the Southend Choral Society, Southend Symphony Orchestra and latterly, Rayleigh Sweyne Choral Society.
With church choirs and his choral group Gaudeamus, he has played and conducted at churches and Cathedrals throughout the country. Ray is the Organist and Choirmaster at St. Andrew’s Church, Alfriston and together with his wife Kathryn, is Director of the Lewes based chamber choir Pro Musica and also the all-female group, Cantilena.
As well as being the organist and a visiting teacher at Roedean School, Ray is also accompanist to both Reigate & Redhill Choral Society and East Grinstead Choral Society.
Cate Couch (COMMUNITY/ ROCK / POP) has been teaching music since she was 14 when she had several flute pupils. She has lived and worked in Alfriston for many years and during this time she has contributed a great deal towards music, song and performance in the village. She has been the musical director at numerous pantomimes and revues and two years ago she was asked to lead the very successful “Octaves” which meets three Tuesdays a month in the Old Chapel Centre. This Community Choir is now 30 strong and growing.
Cate studied music at Royal Holloway College. As well as singing she plays the flute, saxophone, and piano and gives music lessons in all these subjects. She sings regularly with several other choirs and has performed at various venues including Snape Maltings and Glyndebourne.
Her ambitions are to spend more time developing music in the community, especially community choirs. “It’s the most uplifting feeling to sing in harmony in a group – to hear 30 voices joyfully sound as one – there’s nothing better”.
Andy and Mac (FOLK) have, between them, many years of singing and performing in a variety of styles from male voice choirs to opera. In the last couple of years they have focussed on rediscovering the folk music that was a significant influence on their musical development. They play and sing songs from English, Irish and Scottish traditions. They are also quite fond of beer and generally having a good time!
Andy Mac host the recently launched Folk Night at the Star Inn Alfriston which takes place on the SECOND Tuesday in the month and includes a variety of guest singers.
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David Ward (CLASSICAL) has had a distinguished career, mainly as a pianist and forte pianist specialising in the music of Mozart and his contemporaries. He taught at the Royal College of Music for over forty years and has performed widely in the UK and abroad. He is also a conductor and has worked at Sadlers Wells Theatre among others. He has conducted many amateur choirs and enjoys getting people to sing, especially those who think they cannot sing!
David’s classes will begin with some simple warming up exercises before singing some rounds and pieces in harmony. (How 'operatic' the workshop becomes will depend on the experience of the singers!) The main aim is the enjoyment of finding your own voice and singing with others