Music

Piano lessons during lockdown

When schools in England closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, many teachers had to transfer their curriculum online. For instrumental music teachers, it was possible to continue lessons with relatively little upheaval, using Skype or other means of video call. Some musicians have been teaching in this way for …

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Winners of Dorking Halls’ Lockdown Music Competition Announced

The three winning entries in Dorking Halls’ lockdown home music video competition ‘Social Sounds’ have been chosen by the public in an online vote.  The winners, whose videos received the highest number of votes are, in no particular order: singer-songwriter Aaron Norton with his acoustic cover of Oasis’s ‘She’s Electric’; …

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Sing-Along-a-Lock-Down Supports Hospice Care

Farnham’s main producer of musical theatre is doing everything it can to support the local hospice’s finances. Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care, the Farnham-based charity that provides a range of free services to adult patients and families living with an advanced or terminal illness, has seen its fund-raising hit hard by …

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Get Drumming with Dominik Wilhelm!

Vivian Greene once said that ‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.’ O.K., so I’m healthy, my loved ones are healthy, we have food, drink and a house and garden to enjoy and give each other space in. I’m …

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First class classical music – on your doorstep in Dorking!

Love classical music? This spring, there’s no need to go all the way to London to hear it. At the Leith Hill Musical Festival, you have three fabulous concerts on your doorstep at the Dorking Halls – and with tickets from just £15, it’s much cheaper and more convenient than …

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Remember someone special with Dorking Tree of Light service

The local community will be coming together to remember loved ones at a Dorking Tree of Light service on Sunday 1 December*. The service will include Christmas carols and readings, and has been jointly organised by the local hospice, St Catherine’s Hospice and St Paul’s Church. . The Tree of …

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Surrey University lunch-time open recital

This lunchtime I was treated to the Metropolitan Guitar Quartet by students at the Department of Music and Media PATS Studio 1, Stag Lane Campus. The quartet features an outstanding young ensemble whose members have individually and consistently been awarded top prizes at some of the worlds  most important guitar …

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Surrey University Lunch Time Recital

I had the opportunity to attend the masters performance assessment recital at lunchtime on Wednesday at The University of Surrey. It’s part of the assessment process for the department students, but as the recitals are open to the public it gives the students the opportunity to perform to a live …

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Guildford Philanthropy’s Latest Corporate Ambassador

Guildford Philanthropy is delighted to announce that Guildford Jazz has today become its latest Corporate Ambassador in a partnership that is a first for Guildford Philanthropy to work with another not-for-profit organisation in an Ambassador role. As part of a broader philanthropic partnership,  Guildford Jazz has agreed to donate all  …

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Local singer/songwriter Chrissie Huntley wins competition to play Glastonbury Festival 2019

Soul-pop singer/songwriter Chrissie Huntley has won the opportunity to perform at the internationally renowned Glastonbury Music Festival which celebrates another sell out year and is set to welcome over 175,000 festival goers this June. A star on the rise, the Reigate-born 24-year-old is currently studying at the illustrious BIMM Institute …

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Bizet’s Carmen at Clandon Wood Nature Reserve

Clandon Wood Nature Reserve presents a special Fundraising performance of Bizet’s Carmen in support of The Brigitte Trust Sunday 5th May – Tickets £49 Transforming the beautiful glass Pavillion at Clandon Wood into an intimate in-the-round performance space, Rogue Opera’s cast of six singers and pianist bring you the drama …

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inChoir’s 10th Anniversary

Back when it all began Our first ever session was in East Grinstead at The Jubilee Community Centre on Tuesday 24th February. The centre was packed, and I kept asking people as they arrived if they had come for choir. But no, they had come for pancakes, served by The …

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Record entry for Godalming Performing Arts Festival

The Godalming Music Festival began in 1947 as a competition for choirs. Piano classes were added in 1962, with stringed and wind instruments in 1966. 1968 saw further growth with the addition of speech and solo singing. An organ competition was instituted in 1977 and dance introduced in 1991. Whilst …

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