Uckfield Singers From the Community for the Community
Uckfield SingersFrom the Community for the Community

History of The Uckfield Singers

Started by Frances Brett, Joan Cottrell, Susan Daniel, ‘Tricia Dann, Carolyn Reed, Jeanne Russell and Linda Walton in March 2007. After advertising in and around Uckfield for singers to form a new community choir, 45 people came along to our very first rehearsal on Monday 5th March 2007. By the end of our first term we had 75 members, men and women of all abilities. At the time of writing we have had to cap membership at 90 due to rehearsal space. Just four months later we held our first concert at the Civic Centre in July 2007. We had an audience of 260 and had to turn many more away. The Mayor and Councillors came along too and the evening was a terrific success. This has been repeated every July and forms our annual Summer Showcase concert.  

Joan Richards, Frances Brett, Mayor John Carvey, Chairman Sue Daniel, Elaine Morris, Joan Cottrell

On Monday 2nd April 2012 we celebrated the choir's 5th birthday with a party for 120 choir members and guests, held at The Belmont Centre:

On Saturday 4th March 2017 we celebrated our 10th birthday with a party at Framfield Village Hall, with hot supper provided by choir member Erika (Moveable Feasts) and dancing with Groove 101 (http://www.groove101band.com/). Chairman Sue cut the cake (made by Erika) with MD Tina.

In July 2017, Sue Daniels stepped down as Chairman after 8 years. Sue is a founder member of the choir, and has served 10 years on committee. She was presented with a specially commisioned bowl, a card made by Quinta Dean and signed by all the choir members,  and vouchers. Choir member Erika Pratt had made a special ‘S’ cake of chocolate brownies, eclairs and strawberries, enjoyed by everyone. She has been made Honorary President in recognition of her hard work and dedication to the choir.

 

Nick Poole takes over as Chariman.

Over the last 10 years we have held fundraising concerts in aid of Uckfield Hospital, Alma Stroke Club, Citizens Advice and the Volunteer Bureau; Holy Cross Church clock restoration fund; United Reformed Church together with Meningitis Trust; Punnetts Town new village hall fundraisers; Leukaemia Research, Circles Network - a local social club for young disabled adults; and The Housebound Club in Uckfield. We have performed for the Uckfield Blind Club, Lions/Rotary Senior Xmas Citizens parties, Royal British Legion, and Framfield Monday Club. In 2011 we sang Christmas carols at Sheffield Park Gardens. Every year we sing carols for Five Ash Down club and every year we sing in the Arena at the Uckfield Festival's Big Day Out.

 

  • In 2012 we auditioned for Britain's Got Talent;
  • We held our 5th anniversary birthday party with 120 members and guests;
  • shared a concert in London with the Greenwich Community Choir;
  • We sang patriotic songs at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Uckfield; raised £564 for the Housebound Club in Uckfield at our 6th Summer Concert at the Civic Centre - a complete sell-out!
  • We took part in The Bandstand Marathon in Uckfield 9.9.2012 to mark the closing of the Paralympics. £300 raised for our nominated charity - Demelza Hospice Care for Children.  
  • Buxted Park Hotel carol singing raised £100 for young carers 'Care for Carers' charity.  
  • The hugely successful sell-out Christmas concert with Uckfield Concert Brass helped raised£783.57 for HELP FOR HEROES.
  • Summer concert 2013 raised £613 for Macmillan CanceSupport.
  • Took part in Uckfield's Most Talented show organised by Uckfield Lions and Uckfield FM.
  • Free concert at Holy Cross church 5 Oct 2013 with invited French choir Au Cours De L'Iton raised over £300 church funds. We will be returning to France in May. 
  • A Christmas concert was held on Sunday 15 December 2013 with Uckfield Concert Brass at Civic Centre raised £885 for Sussex Cancer Fund for Treatment & Research. The concert was broadcast live by Uckfield FM. Big thankyou to sponsors: Fuller & Scott; Hands on History; Parker Building Supplies. 
  • We performed at a fundraising concert in Heathfield in March 2014 organised by Heathfield & Waldron Rotary. A cheque for £1,000 was presented to a representative of Macmillan Nurses. The money will be used to build a Macmillan unit at the Cancer Unit in Brighton. 
  • The Summer Concert 2014 'Sounds of Summer' raised £573.49 for Chailey Heritage.
  • Film Premiere of 'Voices of Jubilation' Birley Centre, Eastbourne. A lottery funded project history project by Sound Architect. The choir sang 'Sussex by the Sea' for the soundtrack. The film will be held for posterity by the Mass Observation Unit at The Keep for others to access long into the future.
  • Sang at the Fire Station Charity Day 20th Sept 2014. 
  • Sang carols at Raystede Animal Refuge Christmas fayre.
  • Christmas concert 20th Dec 2014 at Civic Centre - 2 performances - raising £300+ each for THE ROCKINGHORSE APPEAL & UCKFIELD FM.
  • Saturday 4th July 2015 Our 9th Summer Concert 'Midsummer Magic' raised £356 for our new community project, 'Sing with Us' - small groups of volunteers will visit care homes and community groups in Uckfield and it's surrounding villages to lead 'singalongs' of familiar music. The concert was a sell-out.
  • Monday 6th July - Tom Askaroff of CMP Studios, Eastbourne came along to the Belmont Centre to record our concert songs. For more information on recording a cd go to www.cmpstudios.co.uk
  • July 2015 We say a fond farewell to our Musical Director Wendy Wassels.
  • September 2015 We welcome Tina Gelnere as our new Musical Director.
  • Friday 4th December 2015 Late Night Shopping, singing aound Santa's sleigh in Olive's Yard.
  • Saturday 5th December 2015 Singing on Uckfield FM stage in High Street (recorded by Uckfield FM).
  • Saturday 5th December 2015 Entertaining the folks at the Uckfield Lions Christmas Party in Nutley Village Hall.
  • Saturday 12th March 2016 Quiz Night raised £146 for Uckfield & Heathfield MS Group
  • Saturday 23rd July 2016 Our 10th Summer Concert raised £380 to be split between two local charities, the Blind & Partially Sighted Group and the Housebound and Friendship Club.
  • The Uckfield Singers held another sell-out concert on 3rd December 2016. We raised a grand total of £462.80 for the Sussex Air Ambulance.
  • Saturday 4th March 2017 Our 10th Birthday Party was attended by 90 choir members, partners, guests, and friends.
  • Saturday 8th July 2017 The Uckfield Singers travelled to Eltham in South-East London to take part in a very successful concert hosted by the Greenwich Community Choir. 
  • Saturday 22nd July 2017, Our Summer Concert raised £425.25 for Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice.
  • Monday 24th July 2017, we gave Sue Daniels gifts and a bespoke card as a Thank you for her 8 years as Chariman of the Choir as she stood down from the post. She was also granted the post of Honorary President of the Choir.

 

Joan Cottrell, one of the choir founders and music librarian for 7 years, passed away in November 2014.

 

She will be greatly missed by one and all.  

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