Bromley Beach Boys Workshop!

All Singers Saturday Workshop

Learn songs by The Beach Boys with live band returns!

Saturday 17th October

9:45am–4:30pm

VENUE

Whitfield Hall
Bromley United Reformed Church
20 Widmore Road
Bromley
Kent, BR1 1RY

All singers are welcome

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.

TICKETS

Adults £35
Children £20 (under 16)

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Feedback from the last Beach Boys Workshop in August

What a fabulous day! Adore Beach Boys music, such a thrill to sing those harmonies. Thanks Jim for best ever Workshop! Chris Hill
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
Yes I totally loved it too and so good to get 4 songs for the price of 1 in the medley - looking forward to the gospel! Alison Dawson

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • You'll receive musical scores in advance for the songs.
  • Jim will be teaching a Beach Boys hits medley including In A Room, Fun, Fun, Fun, California Girls and in the second session God Only Knows. They will be arranged in four-part harmony (SATB).
  • We'll provide tea and coffee for refreshments on arrival and during the breaks
  • There will be an hour for you to go off site and enjoy lunch, or you may bring a packed lunch with you if you prefer. There is a kitchen on site for our use.
  • We will learn the Beach Boys medley in the morning, excitingly to perform it with the band before lunch
  • After lunch we'll return to learn God Only Knows, which Jim will then record!
  • Jim will make available the best live recording from the day after the workshop (for personal use only).

TIMINGS

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

Travel info

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.

The Gospel Thriller!
All Singers Saturday Workshop

Gospel Thriller Workshop

 

Come and sing in the gospel style, learning 'Oceans' by Hillsong, and 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson in harmony!

Saturday 24th October

10:00am–5.00pm

VENUE

St Matthew's Church Wimbledon,
Durham Road,
West Wimbledon,
Greater London
SW20 0DE

 

All singers are welcome

This 'Gospel Thriller' workshop is going to be so much fun!

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.

TICKETS

Adults £35
Children £20 (under 15)

Feedback from our most recent summer Beach Boys workshop:

Thanks Jim. The recording is really great. I had such a good day. I was with Rock choir in Dorking until I moved to Somerset in October last year so do very little singing now. I miss it, and your teaching was brilliant and very inspirational. Put me down for the next one. Can't wait. Thank you for a brilliant day. Sue Miller x
Thanks Jim, a thoroughly enjoyable day. Can't wait for the next one! Rachel Haig
Yes I totally loved it too and so good to get 4 songs for the price of 1 in the medley - looking forward to the gospel! Alison Dawson

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • You'll receive musical scores in advance for the songs.
  • Jim will be teaching Oceans and Thriller. They will be arranged in three or four-part harmony (SAT or SATB).
  • We'll provide tea and coffee for refreshments on arrival
  • There will be an hour for you to go off site and enjoy lunch
  • During the day our guests, Get Gospel, will arrive to sing and host a Q&A about singing gospel and their experience on Songs of Praise.
  • Jim will make available a live recording from the day that will be emailed to you after the workshop (for personal use only).

 

Get Gospel BBC Songs of Praise Jim Hawkins Pianist
Get Gospel performing on BBC Songs of Praise with our Jim accompanying them on piano!

TIMINGS

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!

Travel info

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.

Beach Boys Workshop Day – a real treat

Fab Feedback

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

Thank you and very well done!

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!

A quick message from Jim

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!

Next Workshop

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.

Workshop photos

 

Bromley Rock Choir Summer Concert

You are warmly invited to join the lovely Bromley Rock Choir for a great night of singing and fun on Saturday 5th July.

Bromley Rock Choir Concert Poster 5th July 2014

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.

Tickets are limited so buy yours today!

Simply select your ticket type, either adult or child, and add to cart. This will open the Paypal shopping basket. To then add another ticket type, click “Continue shopping” choose the other ticket type on this page and “add to cart” again. You will then see both items in your Paypal basket and you can change quantities there. At that stage you may choose whether to pay with a Paypal account or just be entering your card details using the “Check out” option.

You will receive a confirmation email from Paypal and then we will send you an e-ticket to print for the evening to your email address.

The venue:

St. Mark’s Church, Biggin Hill

10 Church Road
Biggin Hill
Westerham
Kent TN16 3LB

Please don’t hesitate to email us with any questions and we look forward to seeing you on the night!

Thank you.

 

Bob Chilcott Workshop February 2013

Bob Chilcott Workshop TeamBob Chilcott is an adorable choral composer, arranger and conductor and if you don’t know of him I highly recommend looking him up! NOW! 🙂

http://www.bobchilcott.com

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!

http://www.bobchilcott.com