Summer 2022

April 25, 2022

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July 24, 2022

Check rehearsals for specific information for the week.

I Found Lovin' / Bus Stop / Like Sugar

Composed by

Fatback Band / Chaka Khan

Arranged by

UK Soul Choirs

Going back to my roots / Outstanding

Composed by

Odyssey / The Gap Band

Arranged by

UK Soul Choirs

Too Good at Goodbyes

Composed by

Sam Smith

Arranged by

UK Soul Choirs

Killing Me Softly / Everything is Everything

Composed by

Roberta Flack / Lauren Hill

Arranged by

UK Soul Choir

Aretha Franklin Medley

Composed by

Aretha Franklin

Arranged by

UK Soul Choirs

Purple Rain

Composed by

Prince

Arranged by

UK Soul Choirs

Welcome to the SUMMER TERM 2022! After a fantastic Spring term and Anniversary Concert, we can’t wait to see you all and get back to making some amazing music and having some more fantastic choir experiences.


This term will be 12 weeks with a week off for half term w/c 30th May


The final week of rehearsals will be sister choirs together in our 3 main locations:

Monday 11th July (Whitstable and Canterbury choirs @ St Johns Methodist Church)

Tuesday 12th July (Greenwich and Hither Green choirs @ Trinity School, Taunton Road)

Wednesday 13th July (Maidstone and Rochester choirs @ Rochester Baptist Church)

Please try to come along to this final rehearsal if you are performing in the end of term concerts or you may miss information as well as being a great opportunity  to practise!


Home Sing rehearsals will be broadcast live from the Monday night rehearsal in Hither Green or Whitstable every week 7.30 - 9pm on the ‘UK Soul Choirs Home Sing’ Facebook group. All members can join this private group and access these videos if you need to watch or catch up on rehearsals at any time.


Performances info - please go to EVENTS for full updated info on each performance.




New Members FAQs

These are some of the frequently asked questions for new members.  If you can't find what you are looking for here, please ask one of the choir leaders.

What happens if I can't attend a session?

We offer a drop-in style in-person membership - if you can't make your usual home choir then you can drop in to any other session that week so you don't have to miss out. If you are away for the whole week then our monday night rehearsals will be livestreamed and archived on our exclusive facebook group UK Soul CHoirs - HOME SING so you don't fall behind.

Do you charge extra for learning resources?

Unlike some other choirs, we believe that your membership should include at least the core tools to learn the repertoire and so all learning resources are included in your membership and fully accessible through your member's log in!

What performances do you do?

Each of our 3 terms work towards at least one end of term performance in each of our 3 main areas (SE London, Kent (Whitstable and Canterbury) and Medway (Maidstone and Rochester). This usually includes a ticketed evening concert raising funds for charity, when friends and family can come and enjoy the work you have put in all term. These concerts are not obligatory but we do encourage members to take part - even in their first term - as they really build confidence and are brilliant fun! We also regularly do local public events too such as community fairs and events etc or even busking for charity! We have been involved in many high end performances such as the main stage at On Blackheath Festival and Dreamland Margate and also performed alongside major artist such as Jocelyn Brown and Lemar. As well as the main choir, we sometimes audition for our smaller chamber choir to perform at concerts and we also have a professional arm of the choir for more experienced members where we perform at weddings and corporate / private events.

What do I wear to sing?

We don't have any uniform at UK Soul Choirs so you are welcome to dress however you like for rehearsals. We recommend something loose and comfortable so you feel relaxed when you sing. For performances we ask everyone to dress in black and purple (without patterns) as these are our choir colours, but this can be as smart casual or as glam as you like. We also always encourage a bit of sparkle!

Will there be a chance to get to know people and make friends?

Absolutely! UK Soul Choirs is as much about friendship as it is about singing and great friendships have been made at all our branches. We have a private members facebook group for London and for Kent so members can chat and get to know each other between rehearsals via that. We encourage people to get to know one another in person too and often go for a post rehearsal drink locally. Everyone is very friendly so even if you come to choir by yourself you wont be left alone. We also have social secretaries in each of our 3 choir areas who organise at least one termly social event which everyone is invited to attend. This can be anything from a dinner or a party through to a coach trip or a theatre show. Our social secretaries are great at finding fun things that appeal to all our members and we have had many brilliant events!

What happens if I can't make a rehearsal?

There are several options for members if you can't make your usual rehearsal. First off you can just go along to a different rehearsal that week and join there instead - they will be learning the same song at a similar pace. If you can't make any in person rehearsal you have the option of logging in to our private facebook group to watch a video of the Monday evening rehearsal that week (or watch it live) so you can catch up anytime on any weeks you miss. As a member you will also have full learning resources with recordings of everything we are learning in choir so you can certainly keep up to date by doing some practise from these at home.

What's the best way of learning the songs?

Ideally we prefer members to learn everything by ear during rehearsals but we understand this is scary at first so you can use lyrics whilst you're getting to grips with the words. Usually lyrics can be found on google on your phone if needed or always via the members resources area. As a member you have full access to learning resources on the website where you can find recordings for each song with individual voice parts and also 'full parts' so you can practise singing along and sticking to your part at home. It's not obligatory to practise between sessions but we know that those that do find rehearsals and performances easier and more rewarding. Our recordings can be downloaded so you can listen to them as and when you like - in the car is always a good one!

Will I have to sing on my own?

No, the joy of choir is the chorusing of voices, many sound much better than one in our opinion. Occasionally we do have small solo opportunities within arrangements to mix up the textures and anyone can audition for these by sending us a recording using their phone once we’ve been learning it for a few weeks. We’ve had so many members who vowed never to sing a solo who now put themselves forwards all the time, we also have members who have been with us for years who still have no interest in doing solos, it’s entirely up to you!

May 28, 2022 3:00 PM

London Soul Choir - performance at Hither Green Jubilee Fair

Hither Green clock tower

FREE TO WATCH

Come and enjoy some Soul music from the London Soul Choir as part of hte Hither Green Jubilee Fair

at the Hither Green clock tower

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Clock+Tower,+Hither+Green/@51.4489899,-0.0066247,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x487603dd48e033ad:0x48549a96cb9d945b!8m2!3d51.4489899!4d-0.004436

Saturday 28th May at 3pm (30 mins set)

May 29, 2022 7:30 PM

Tonbridge choir - Public evening performance

E M Forster Theatre, Tonbridge

CANCELLED

Tonbridge Choir performs as part of the Bravo Productions community evening in the E M Forster Theatre

More details TBC but choir needed for the evening to sing two songs

June 3, 2022 2:00 PM

Whits and Cants - local performance in Canterbury for Jubilee

Whitefriars - Canterbury

FREE TO WATCH

Come and enjoy some music from the Whitstable and Canterbury Soul Choirs in Whitefriars - Canterbury town centre

2-2.45pm

Friday 3rd June 2022

June 4, 2022 1:15 PM

Rochester and Maidstone choirs perform for Jubilee Event

TBC

info tbc

Community event in Medway celebrating the Jubilee.

30 mins set at 1.15pm

June 8, 2022 6:00 AM

UK Soul Choirs - Croatia Residential Trip

Croatia

This residential is now sold out, we will keep you updated when we organise another one!

June 11, 2022 12:30 PM

London Choirs - Public event in Embankment

The Honorary Society of Lincoln's Inn Gardens

London Choirs invited to sing at this stunning private garden at Lincoln's Inn led by Eleanor

Set times will be 12.30 - 1 and 1.30 -2pm (same set twice)

Lunch provided

June 18, 2022 7:30 PM

UK Soul Choirs Summer Ball

The Marriott Hotel - Bexleyheath

We are THRILLED to launch the tickets to our long awaited 10th Anniversary SUMMER BALL! This is a special anniversary event where we look forward to bring together members from across all our branches for a brilliant night of glamour, food & drink, live music and dancing!

Members + guests invited!

To book, simply click on the link below.

https://www.cognitoforms.com/UKSoulChoirs1/UKSoulChoirsSummerBall

June 30, 2022 7:00 PM

London Quiz social

Coach and Horses pub Greenwich

Calling all the quiz heads of London! Join us for an pub quiz on Thursday 30th June in the Coach and Horses - Greenwich

Just £2 - paid on the day

Sign up to bag your seat here:

https://www.cognitoforms.com/SukiFalchi/PubQuizJune30th

July 1, 2022 7:30 PM

Tonbridge Social Event - Save the Date

Foresters Arms

Tonbridge Choir Social

Join Amanda and all for some drinks and pizza and maybe a game or two!

7.30 - late

Foresters Arms - Tonbridge

https://goo.gl/maps/xELAWpzTAUQDCF766

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

July 2, 2022 2:00 PM

Tonbridge Choir public performance at West Peckham Fete

West Peckham

Tonbridge Choir public performance at West Peckham Fete

Set time 2 - 2.30pm

More details TBC

July 9, 2022 2:30 PM

Voice Workshop with Jazz vocalist Natalie Williams (London)

James Wolfe School

Join one of the UK's top Jazz Vocalists the incredible Natalie Williams for a one off voice workshop on singing jazz

Suitable for all levels of experience

Open to UK Soul Choir members + non members

Booking details to come

July 10, 2022 2:00 PM

Finding Your Voice Workshop - Jazz with Natalie Williams (Kent)

TBC

Join one of the UK's top Jazz Vocalists the incredible Natalie Williams for a one off voice workshop on singing jazz

Suitable for all levels of experience

Open to UK Soul Choir members + non members

Booking details to come

July 16, 2022 7:30 PM

East Kent Summer Concert

Colyer Ferguson Hall

Whitstable and Canterbury Choirs perform their end of term concert

7.30pm

Colyer Ferguson Hall

Gulbenkian Theatre

Canterbury

July 22, 2022 7:30 PM

Mid Kent Summer Concert

Dance Junction Rochester

Maidstone and Rochester Choirs perform their end of term concert

Dance Junction, Rochester

7,.30PM

July 23, 2022 2:00 PM

Tonbridge Summer Concert

Southborough Civic Centre

Tonbridge Soul Choir perform their end of term concert

Southborough Civic Centre

2pm concert with tea and cake afterwards!

Members Events

These are the events for members coming up. Click on the arrow to read more. Don't forget to check the public calendar for events you can invite friends and family to.

London choir - Local performance at Hither Green Jubilee Fair
May 28, 2022

FREE TO WATCH

Come and enjoy some Soul music from the London Soul Choir as part of hte Hither Green Jubilee Fair

at the Hither Green clock tower

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Clock+Tower,+Hither+Green/@51.4489899,-0.0066247,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x487603dd48e033ad:0x48549a96cb9d945b!8m2!3d51.4489899!4d-0.004436

Saturday 28th May at 3pm (30 mins set)

***CANCELLED*** Tonbridge choir - Public evening performance
May 29, 2022

CANCELLED

Tonbridge Choir performs as part of the Bravo Productions community evening in the E M Forster Theatre

More details TBC but choir needed for the evening to sing two songs

East Kent - Local performance
June 3, 2022

FREE TO WATCH

Come and enjoy some music from the Whitstable and Canterbury Soul Choirs in Whitefriars - Canterbury town centre

2-2.45pm

Friday 3rd June 2022

Rochester and Maidstone Choirs - Jubilee Event in Medway
June 4, 2022

info tbc

Community event in Medway celebrating the Jubilee.

30 mins set at 1.15pm

UK Soul Choirs - Croatia Residential Trip
June 8, 2022

This residential is now sold out, we will keep you updated when we organise another one!

London Choirs perform at Honorary Society of Lincoln's Inn Open Gardens event
June 11, 2022

London Choirs invited to sing at this stunning private garden at Lincoln's Inn led by Eleanor

Set times will be 12.30 - 1 and 1.30 -2pm (same set twice)

Lunch provided

UK Soul Choirs Summer Ball
June 18, 2022

We are THRILLED to launch the tickets to our long awaited 10th Anniversary SUMMER BALL! This is a special anniversary event where we look forward to bring together members from across all our branches for a brilliant night of glamour, food & drink, live music and dancing!

Members + guests invited!

To book, simply click on the link below.

https://www.cognitoforms.com/UKSoulChoirs1/UKSoulChoirsSummerBall

London - Quiz night social
June 30, 2022

Calling all the quiz heads of London! Join us for an pub quiz on Thursday 30th June in the Coach and Horses - Greenwich

Just £2 - paid on the day

Sign up to bag your seat here:

https://www.cognitoforms.com/SukiFalchi/PubQuizJune30th

Tonbridge Summer Social 2022 - Pizza, Bingo & Drinks!
July 1, 2022

Tonbridge Choir Social

Join Amanda and all for some drinks and pizza and maybe a game or two!

7.30 - late

Foresters Arms - Tonbridge

https://goo.gl/maps/xELAWpzTAUQDCF766

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Tonbridge Choir public performance at West Peckham Fete
July 2, 2022

Tonbridge Choir public performance at West Peckham Fete

Set time 2 - 2.30pm

More details TBC

Finding Your Voice Workshop - JAZZ (London)
July 9, 2022

Join one of the UK's top Jazz Vocalists the incredible Natalie Williams for a one off voice workshop on singing jazz

Suitable for all levels of experience

Open to UK Soul Choir members + non members

Booking details to come

Finding Your Voice Workshop - JAZZ (Kent)
July 10, 2022

Join one of the UK's top Jazz Vocalists the incredible Natalie Williams for a one off voice workshop on singing jazz

Suitable for all levels of experience

Open to UK Soul Choir members + non members

Booking details to come

London Summer Concert 2022
July 15, 2022
East Kent Summer Concert
July 16, 2022

Whitstable and Canterbury Choirs perform their end of term concert

7.30pm

Colyer Ferguson Hall

Gulbenkian Theatre

Canterbury

Mid Kent Summer Concert
July 22, 2022

Maidstone and Rochester Choirs perform their end of term concert

Dance Junction, Rochester

7,.30PM

Tonbridge Summer Concert
July 23, 2022

Tonbridge Soul Choir perform their end of term concert

Southborough Civic Centre

2pm concert with tea and cake afterwards!

Members Events

These are the events for members coming up. Click on the arrow to read more. Don't forget to check the public calendar for events you can invite friends and family to.

London choir - Local performance at Hither Green Jubilee Fair
May 28, 2022

FREE TO WATCH

Come and enjoy some Soul music from the London Soul Choir as part of hte Hither Green Jubilee Fair

at the Hither Green clock tower

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Clock+Tower,+Hither+Green/@51.4489899,-0.0066247,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x487603dd48e033ad:0x48549a96cb9d945b!8m2!3d51.4489899!4d-0.004436

Saturday 28th May at 3pm (30 mins set)

***CANCELLED*** Tonbridge choir - Public evening performance
May 29, 2022

CANCELLED

Tonbridge Choir performs as part of the Bravo Productions community evening in the E M Forster Theatre

More details TBC but choir needed for the evening to sing two songs

East Kent - Local performance
June 3, 2022

FREE TO WATCH

Come and enjoy some music from the Whitstable and Canterbury Soul Choirs in Whitefriars - Canterbury town centre

2-2.45pm

Friday 3rd June 2022

Rochester and Maidstone Choirs - Jubilee Event in Medway
June 4, 2022

info tbc

Community event in Medway celebrating the Jubilee.

30 mins set at 1.15pm

UK Soul Choirs - Croatia Residential Trip
June 8, 2022

This residential is now sold out, we will keep you updated when we organise another one!

London Choirs perform at Honorary Society of Lincoln's Inn Open Gardens event
June 11, 2022

London Choirs invited to sing at this stunning private garden at Lincoln's Inn led by Eleanor

Set times will be 12.30 - 1 and 1.30 -2pm (same set twice)

Lunch provided

UK Soul Choirs Summer Ball
June 18, 2022

We are THRILLED to launch the tickets to our long awaited 10th Anniversary SUMMER BALL! This is a special anniversary event where we look forward to bring together members from across all our branches for a brilliant night of glamour, food & drink, live music and dancing!

Members + guests invited!

To book, simply click on the link below.

https://www.cognitoforms.com/UKSoulChoirs1/UKSoulChoirsSummerBall

London - Quiz night social
June 30, 2022

Calling all the quiz heads of London! Join us for an pub quiz on Thursday 30th June in the Coach and Horses - Greenwich

Just £2 - paid on the day

Sign up to bag your seat here:

https://www.cognitoforms.com/SukiFalchi/PubQuizJune30th

Tonbridge Summer Social 2022 - Pizza, Bingo & Drinks!
July 1, 2022

Tonbridge Choir Social

Join Amanda and all for some drinks and pizza and maybe a game or two!

7.30 - late

Foresters Arms - Tonbridge

https://goo.gl/maps/xELAWpzTAUQDCF766

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Tonbridge Choir public performance at West Peckham Fete
July 2, 2022

Tonbridge Choir public performance at West Peckham Fete

Set time 2 - 2.30pm

More details TBC

Finding Your Voice Workshop - JAZZ (London)
July 9, 2022

Join one of the UK's top Jazz Vocalists the incredible Natalie Williams for a one off voice workshop on singing jazz

Suitable for all levels of experience

Open to UK Soul Choir members + non members

Booking details to come

Finding Your Voice Workshop - JAZZ (Kent)
July 10, 2022

Join one of the UK's top Jazz Vocalists the incredible Natalie Williams for a one off voice workshop on singing jazz

Suitable for all levels of experience

Open to UK Soul Choir members + non members

Booking details to come

London Summer Concert 2022
July 15, 2022
East Kent Summer Concert
July 16, 2022

Whitstable and Canterbury Choirs perform their end of term concert

7.30pm

Colyer Ferguson Hall

Gulbenkian Theatre

Canterbury

Mid Kent Summer Concert
July 22, 2022

Maidstone and Rochester Choirs perform their end of term concert

Dance Junction, Rochester

7,.30PM

Tonbridge Summer Concert
July 23, 2022

Tonbridge Soul Choir perform their end of term concert

Southborough Civic Centre

2pm concert with tea and cake afterwards!

Our Locations

Below you will find the various locations for our rehearsals.  

MAIDSTONE
Allington Baptist Church

Allington Baptist Church

76A London Road,

Maidstone ME16 0DT

Public Transport - 8mins walk from Maidstone Barracks Station or local buses

Parking - Room for 10-12 cars in church car park (accessible from Leafy Lane) or in carpark opposite on Leafy Lane

Step Free Access

GREENWICH
James Woolfe School

James Woolfe School (Royal Hill Campus!)

Royal Hill,

London SE10 8RZ

Public Transport - 5 mins walk from Cutty Sark DLR or Greenwich train station or local buses

Parking - no parking onsite but free street parking on surrounding roads.

Step Free Access


ONLINE
Online

Facebook Private Group - request to join once you have chosen your membership planor signed up for a free taster. You must have a (free) account with facebook to access.

UK Soul Choirs - Home Sing

CANTERBURY
Pilgrims Way Primary School

Pilgrims Way Primary School

Pilgrims Way,

Canterbury

CT1 1XU

Parking - Onsite parking, through gates and in car park.

Public Transport - Local buses from Central Canterbury

Step Free Access

On arrival, go through pedestrian or vehicle gates and walk straight ahead to some double doors into the main school hall.


ROCHESTER
Rochester Baptist Church

Rochester Baptist Church (Moat House Hall to the right of the church)

8 Crow Lane,

Rochester ME1 1RF

Parking - No parking onsite, free street parking on surrounding roads

Public Transport - 6mins walk from Rochester Station or local buses into central Rochester

Step Free Access

WHITSTABLE
St Johns Methodist Church

St Johns Methodist Church

Argyle Road,

Whitstable CT5 1JS

Parking - No onsite parking, (please do not park in the church carpark as strictly reserved for Church Officials) but there is free parking on surrounding roads (single yellows are fine after 6:30pm) or alternatively use the town car parks (paid)

Public Transport - 8mins walk from Whitstable Station or local buses

Step Free Access

TONBRIDGE
Sussex Rd Primary School

Sussex Road Primary School

Sussex Road,

Tonbridge

TN9 2TP

Public Transport - 8 mins walk from Tonbridge Railway Station

Parking - Room for approx 20 cars onsite but there is also free street parking on surrounding residential roads.

Assessibility - There is one small step (curb height) to access the hall - step free access can be organised through an alternative route on request. Please email sing@soulchoirs.com to let us know at least 24hrs in advance. Many thanks.

HITHER GREEN
Trinity Secondary School

Trinity Secondary School,

Taunton Road,

London SE12 8PD

Parking - No parking onsite but free street parking on surrounding roads

Public Transport - 10 mins walk from Hither Green station

Step Free Access