Uckfield Singers Community Choir go from strength to strength

Rehearsals are under way for the Uckfield Singers eighth summer showcase concert Midsummer Magic on Saturday, July 4, at the Civic Centre.

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The Uckfield Singers at one of their rehearsals. Just click on the picture to enlarge it.

Proceeds from the concert will go towards their new community project which is to form a smaller group of singers from current membership who will be able to visit and sing in local care homes/clubs and societies.

This is something they have wanted to do for some time but it has not been possible to take all 90 members.

The choir is open to all ages and abilities. It is a not for profit charity run group and rehearsals cost a mere £2.30 so they are affordable to all.

The Singers first came together in 2007. Six people who were keen to sing songs from the shows, and a variety of folk, pop and rock music advertised for members to join a new community choir with the first rehearsal at The Belmont Centre, next to Holy Cross Church. Forty-five people turned up.

“We knew immediately we were on to a good idea,” said chairman Sue Daniel, and they were right, the choir has flourished ever since.

As well as working for two showcase concerts each year they have organised other events for members such as a Gospel choir workshop held last month where the teacher was Cecelia Wickham Anderson from Black Voices, an a’capella group who travel the world singing spiritual/gospel songs.

Sue said: “It was tremendous fun, but required a great deal of concentration to learn songs with no sheet music and with African lyrics. We were very much out of our comfort zone!”

The choir has performed in many charity events helping to raise thousands of pounds for local and national charities. Members also took part in a French exchange last year. This was so successful it will be repeated in 2016.

Musical director is Wendy Wasels and the pianist is Kim Retallick and rehearsals are on Mondays at The Belmont Centre.

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Uckfield Singers musical director Wendy Wasels is pictured left, with pianist Kim Retallick, centre, and chairman Sue Daniel.

Uckfield Singers concerts are usually sell-outs and the next one will be at Uckfield Civic Centre 7.30pm on Saturday, July 4. Called Midsummer Magic it will be a showcase of their work featuring songs from Les Miserables, by Bruce Springsteen, Queen, Carole Bayer-Saga and lots more.

Tickets go on sale £7 on June 15, from Gale & Woolgar, High Street, Uckfield.

Songs from the show are also going to be recorded professionally.

Look out too for the Uckfield Singers when they perform in the arena during the Uckfield Festival Big Day out on Saturday, July 11 at 2-30.

Visit the Uckfield Singers website to learn more about them.

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The Uckfield Singers.

• Contact details for The Uckfield Singers can be found 24/7 in their listing in our Uckfield Directory. Just look for the choir’s name or search in categories for Concerts, Music, Theatre Outings or Workshops.

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