Singing, choirs and vocal groups

Singing is a wonderful way to increase your happiness and wellbeing. Singing in a choir gives people a chance to get together with others, to take a break from other pressures in their life and most importantly the chance to sing their hearts out. Find out how singing in a choir can boost health by visiting the BBC website.

During the August we offer various singing workshops online. Please visit the Surrey Music Hub to find out more and how to book.

Jingle Bugs

Jingle Bugs is a fun, friendly guitar-led series of classes for babies and children (aged from 3 months to 5 years) run by Surrey Arts. Classes feature an exciting range of instruments, props and resources which develop children's natural love of music and enhance literacy, speech, numeracy, physical and social development, confidence and independence. Every fortnight there is a new theme, related to your child's world. The content of the class is tailored to your child's age:

  • The baby class has many sensory aids (visual and touch, knee bounce songs and basic signing).
  • The toddlers and preschool class has additional movement songs, story telling and games which encourage children to be more independent and world aware.

Teacher and instruments

Jingle Bugs is led by Nina, a singer and Early Years trained teacher, and is almost entirely guitar-led. The guitar is the perfect instrument for this setting because it accompanies without overpowering, keeping the focus on the voice and melody. The guitar can be used for dramatic effect with dynamic and rhythmic changes. The children can experience all kinds of music, from Beethoven to Bowie, from Bach to Bjork!

When and where

Mondays: Online classes via Zoom
Wednesdays: The Colman Redland Centre, Croydon Road, Reigate RH2 0NA

Monday 9.40-10.10am JingleBugs Toddlers Online (2 years and over)
Monday 10.40-11.20am JingleBugs Babies Online (0-2 years)
Wednesday 10.30-11.10am JingleBugs Babies In-Person (non-walking, non-crawling)

How to join

£51 per 10 week term Siblings (in-person session): £29 per 10 week term

Please contact Surrey Arts to find out about how to join, start dates and further information.

Singing Bugs

Singing Bugs is the first step on children's singing journey with Surrey Arts. It is vocal group for boys and girls aged 4 - 8 years. Through singing children can immediately become music makers!

Using singing rhymes and musical games children become aware of pitch, pulse, rhythm, volume and speed. Children learn the musical skills of listening, singing in tune and inner hearing while having fun and making friends.

Classes use resources from the Jolly Music syllabus which is based on the principles of Hungarian teacher and composer Kodaly.

When and where

On Saturdays (term time only) at Woking Library, Gloucester Walk, Woking GU21 6EP.

9.40am - 10.20am 4 - 6 year olds 9.40am - 10.40am 7 - 8 year olds

How to join

The first term is free and then £70 for the term thereafter.

Please contact Surrey Arts to find out about how to join, start dates and further information.

Singing Picnics

Singing Picnics is opportunity for primary school children and teachers to come together with other schools to play singing games and enjoy a picnic lunch at parks and inspirational spaces across Surrey.

These are a low-cost, low-pressure way for schools to take part in group music making with an emphasis on enjoyment, well-being and community without the need to prepare for a formal performance.

Schools bring around 30 children each, often one year group at Key stage 2 level. Teachers prepare a simple song to share at the picnic that can easily be sung unaccompanied or with guitar.

Find out more about Singing Picnics and how your school can join.

Surrey Youth Choir and Surrey Youth Chamber Choir

Surrey Youth Choir (SYC) is one of the leading youth choirs in the country. It is a full SATB (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) choir comprising of singers between the ages of 12 and 21 from all parts of Surrey.

The SYC perform an eclectic repertoire, both sacred and secular, ranging from early to contemporary, from baroque to romantic, including the major 'standard' choral works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert etc. They also commission pieces for specific performances.

If you are a member of the Surrey Youth Choir and would like an additional challenge you can also audition to become a member of the Surrey Youth Chamber Choir.

How to join

Find out more about the Surrey Youth Choir and Surrey Youth Chamber Choir and how to become a member.

Surrey Youth Training Choir

Surrey Youth Training Choir is the county training choir for boys and girls aged 9 to 13 years who enjoy singing. Led by experienced vocal coach and professional soprano, Catherine McKay-Upcott, the choir offers a fun introduction to choral music. As well as making new friends and having fun, children will learn about reading music and singing in harmony.

They rehearse every Wednesday term time only at: The Marist School, Old Woking Road, West Byfleet, KT14 6HS, 6.45pm - 8.15pm.

How to join

There is no audition necessary and no previous musical or singing experienced needed.

The first term membership is free, then £70 per a term.

Please contact Surrey Arts to find out about how to join, start dates and further information.

Primary Music Festivals

Primary Music Festivals are an annual event with a series of concerts for primary schools across the county, with close to 100 schools taking part.

Each school choir learns and rehearses a collection of songs to perform with other schools. They then to sing as one large choir to packed auditoriums in some of the county's largest venues such as Dorking Halls.

Find out more about Primary Music Festivals and how you school can join.

Just So Singers

Just So Singers is the county's special needs choir for any Surrey student aged 9 - 19 years, who are in full time education at a SEND school or are home educated, or at a referral unit/ 6th form unit.

Just So Singers aim is for children and young people to develop life skills, team work, communication and hopefully a love of singing through the choir. They do this by offering weekly rehearsals and performance opportunities of the highest calibre with professional musicians, to raise expectations and achievements and develop confidence and self-esteem.

They rehearse on Wednesday evenings during term time, at Philip Southcote School, Addlestone, 3.45pm - 4.45pm. The choir requires commitment in terms of attending every week and learning the words at home. Other than that, an enthusiasm for music and being part of team are the only requirements. Students can come on their own, with parental support/school support or as a school group in a minibus with teaching support. At present the choir has about 75 members (15 of which are adult helpers) and they sing a variety of songs from musicals, folk songs, ballads and pop songs, which extends knowledge and understanding of different musical genres.

The choir has performed in a wide variety of venues including: The Houses of Parliament, Camberley Theatre, Guildford Cathedral, the O2 and Farnham Maltings.

How to join

Membership is free and open to students aged 9 - 19 and educated in Surrey and specifically for students with SEND.

Please contact Surrey Arts to find out about how to join, start dates and further information.

Adult singing lessons

You can enrol for September for the following singing groups, please see our webpage: Adult music lessons, for more information.

I Wish I Could Sing - beginners

This course is aimed at complete beginners. Come and join this friendly group where you will have fun singing a wide selection of songs including songs from the shows, old and new favourites and a few classical pieces. You will be given exercises and taught a vocal technique that will help you with breathing and pitching so that you can sing with confidence. All are welcome. Just bring your enthusiasm and a love of singing.

I Wish I Could Sing - improvers

Following from the 'I Wish I Could Sing - beginners' course you will continue to develop your vocal technique so that you can sing more challenging, complex material. As with the beginner's course, this is a friendly group singing a wide selection of songs including songs from the shows, old and new favourites and a few classical pieces. Just bring your enthusiasm and a love of singing.

Learn to Sing - beginners

Ever wondered if you 'had a voice' and never had the opportunity to find out? Or already enjoying singing and keen to gain some skills to improve and boost your confidence? This session will include great warm- ups, exercises to learn technique and, of course, singing some wonderful songs from a range of styles. No experience is necessary, and you don't need to be able to read music to take part.