The Singing Allsorts choir meets weekly, on Monday evenings from 7.45 – 9.15 pm at the Cuckfield Baptist Church (first floor meeting room) on Polestub Lane. After some warm-up physical and vocal exercises, we practise our current repertoire. Some of our repertoire is taught by rote and some is taught with sheet music. Practice tracks for all our music are available for members to access on the website.
The group is split into three sections according to voice pitch: the highs, the lows and the in-betweens, or to put it more technically: the sopranos, the altos and the mezzos! Some of the group read music, but not all, and we all rely on Jane to teach us the technicalities. There are ‘all sorts’ of abilities, ages and characters in the Singing Allsorts. We have a lot of fun together, and hope this is evident in our performances!
Jane is the musical director of the Singing Allsorts. She studied piano and singing at Trinity College of Music and later won a scholarship to study at the Peabody Institute, USA and at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. Jane went on to have a busy career singing as a soloist and teaching, then co-founded The Garden Opera Company with friends and toured extensively throughout the UK and Holland. In 1999 Jane joined the Royal Opera House chorus with whom she sang full time for six years. She continues to run opera workshops for the ROH and more locally with Glyndebourne Education Department. She also teaches at Ardingly College, and as well as The Singing Allsorts, runs a choir for people with Dementia, an infant choir, and the Cuckoo Choir. She loves the fact that she is singing with people aged 6 – 89!