The Singing Allsorts choir meet weekly, on Monday evenings for an 8pm start. Jane Haughton starts proceedings with gentle physical exercises and vocal warm-ups to relax our bodies and voices. We then sing a cappella songs (unaccompanied singing) split into parts, which Jane teaches us by rote until our pianist arrives. The remaining time is spent practising our parts to a rapidly expanding repertoire, in preparation for our next performance.
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 seconds! 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 Haughton - mezzo soprano
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 6 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!