Coastline Harmony (14 April 2017)
Five years ago I was singing with a local classical choir and a small a cappella group based in Crawley but I had always wanted to sing close four-part harmony in Barbershop style. Friends in the Crawley group mentioned that Coastline Harmony are a welcoming, friendly group of women who sing four-part harmony a cappella music and I would be welcome to try out with them.
Happily I was accepted as part of this lovely group of women and made to feel so welcome. I now have a group of nearly 40 good friends as a result. The chorus repertoire covers the last 60 years of popular music, including tunes from artists as diverse as Eurhythmics and The Beatles as well as songs from the shows and cinema, including The Lion King and Pete’s Dragon.
I have loved singing with them; learning the music is easy with sheet music and audio teach tracks to help me learn my part, and we’ve sung in venues as diverse as local nursing homes and the beach front bandstands in both Worthing and Hove, and we sing to social groups meeting all over Sussex. I’ve sung in venues where the audience seemingly ignore us (Christmas fairs and town centre street venues come to mind here) and in places where they hang on every word (singing to local disability support groups are a particular highlight).
There are now no ‘official’ auditions, with our talented and charismatic Musical Director, Miguel Fernandes, helping new arrivals choose the right part to sing and ensuring they fit in as quickly as possible. If you love to sing, come along any Thursday evening at 7.15 pm to the Southwick Christian Community Church in Roman Crescent, Southwick. We’d love to meet you. – Ann Waterhouse