Bromley United Reformed Church
20 Widmore Road
Kent, BR1 1RY
Due to popular demand, there will be a second Beach Boys Workshop in Bromley this autumn. Hurray you say! Join us and you will learn Beach Boys songs in four-part harmony. Plus for extra buzz we'll be singing with a live band accompaniment, and Jim will make a recording available after the day.
Children £20 (under 16)
Doors open at 9:45am and welcome refreshments
10:15-12:45 Warm up and session 1 with band, including break
12:45-13:45 Lunch Break
13:45-16:15 Session 2 including recording!
16:15-17:00 Warm down and departure
The Bromley United Reformed Church is in the centre of Bromley, extremely close to multiple bus routes and the railway station. There isn't any parking available at the venue, but The Glades car park is adjacent should you choose to drive. Please check TFL for the best public transport routes for you to the venue. Postcode: BR1 1RY.
St Matthew's Church Wimbledon,
Join us this October in Wimbledon, South West London, where we'll be singing gospel music arranged for us by Get Gospel, the BBC Gospel Choir of the Year Finalists, and a classic Halloween track, Thriller, by Michael Jackson. Expect to be entertained, challenged and enthused by Jim's excellent teaching. I know he is particularly looking forward to this one!
You can listen to 'Oceans' being sung in a gospel style here!
Both songs will be taught in three or four part harmony, and in case you're concerned, there won't be any dance moves!
We're very pleased to announce that members of Get Gospel will be joining us on the day to sing live (perhaps take part?) and offer tips for singing in the gospel style. Plus, Jim will make a recording of our singing at the end of the day for you to enjoy as a personal souvenir.
Children £20 (under 15)
Doors open at 10am and welcome refreshments
10:30-13:30 Session 1: Gospel Music, Oceans, incl. Get Gospel appearance and a short break
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30-17:00 Session 2: Thriller, incl. recording the songs we've learned from the day!
St Matthew's Church is within easy walking distance of Raynes Park railway station, which is on the main line from Waterloo via Wimbledon. There are also good bus links from Wimbledon. If you require parking under special circumstances, please contact us so that we can try to arrange that for you. Please check TFL for the best public transport routes for you to the venue. Postcode: SW20 0DE.
Thank you so much - amazing day and I feel very proud of what we achieved with your excellent teaching
Will definitely be looking out for the next one!
- Karen Bond
Thank you for a great day on Saturday - a great Beach Boys fan in my youth! so enjoyed every minute of the day.
Looking forward to a gospel day later in the year.
- Gaynor Chick
Thanks so much Jim Hawkins for an awesome day of Beach Boys harmonies. I absolutely loved every second of it. They are geniuses and so are you 😉
- Emma Tracey
What a fabulous day! Adore Beach Boys music, such a thrill to sing those harmonies. Thanks Jim for best ever Workshop!
- Chris Hill
It is was hot, hot day for our summer workshop this year, which seemed very appropriate for the Beach Boys songs! Nearly 90 people attended the uniquely beautiful Normansfield Theatre in Teddington to learn a Beach Boys medley of “I Get Around”, “In My Room”, “California Girls” and “Fun, Fun, Fun”, which they then sang with the band. After a rest and lunch outside on the grass, the afternoon was spent singing “God Only Knows”, such a beautiful song, which you don't see the likes of these days. Jim went on to record this... listen below! It's was a bit of a quick recording, but, for a few hours of work, I think it's a brilliant effort!
Thank you to all those who attended and helped at the Beach Boys themed workshop on Saturday 8th August 2015. I hope you enjoyed learning the songs as much as I did teaching them with you and I must tell you how impressed I am with how much we managed to get through!
A special congratulations to all those who were new to score reading and learning in this way, you did a fantastic job! Well done for sticking at it, it's the only way to get to grips with reading the dots!
Our next theme will be Gospel songs, date to be confirmed, but we're looking at the end of October. Please sign up to our mailing list in the footer below to be first to hear the details and book your place!
Jim came away inspired by the whole day and has been bursting with ideas about future workshops. (Remember his remark... "Just imagine what we could do with a few days together!"...) Watch this space.
We are proud to announce that Bromley Rock Choir will be performing more than 20 feel-good songs at St Mark’s Church in Biggin Hill. We promise you a highly enjoyable evening for all the family, compered by Jim, so you can expect a few fun surprises too.
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10 Church Road
Kent TN16 3LB
Please don’t hesitate to email us with any questions and we look forward to seeing you on the night!
Bob Chilcott is an adorable choral composer, arranger and conductor and if you don’t know of him I highly recommend looking him up! NOW! 🙂
I found his work through teaching at schools across the country. Pieces such as , “The Lily And The Rose”, “Like A Rainbow”, and “Can You Hear Me?”, simply hit the spot for me and I immediately became a fan! Little did I know that years later I’d be meeting, having lunch with, discussing a mutual enjoyment of the daytime-TV show, “Loose Women”, and working as his accompanist for the day!
In February 2013 Bob hosted a choral workshop in Kingston where he taught “Queen Of The May”, “Thou Knowest, Lord”, “Danny Boy”, and “The Lily And The Rose”, to a mixed-ability group of approximately 200 amateur local singers. He was all that you could have hoped for as a choir leader and many times I had to pinch myself to make sure it wasn’t just a dream!
The workshop whizzed by but I made sure to listen intently and learn as much as I could from this musical giant. It was a real master class in teaching choral music!
One of Bob’s highlights from the day was hearing the Rock Choir sing, “True Colours”. The entire room was moved, some to tears, and a lot gave such beautiful compliments to the Rock Choir singers. Bob was really impressed.
It was an incredible day with an incredible composer/arranger and conductor! A number of his CDs are available on Amazon. I would highly recommend the following choices:
by Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir and Bob Chilcott (2012)
by Laurie Ashworth, Andrew Staples, the Nash Ensemble and Wells Cathedral Choir (2012)
by Gemma Beeson, Will Todd Trio, Wellensian Consort and Bob Chilcott – NB – for those who went to the Missing People Carols Services in St Martin in the Fields in Dec 2013, Will Todd arranged the beautifully unique rendition of ‘Away in a Manger’.
by Bob Chilcott and the Sirens
Or simply check them all out here!
Bob hosts workshops all over the country so please do look him up, I can guarantee you’ll have a wonderful time!