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Thursday, 28 March 2013



Some of you may have received an email asking for money however, its a scam which has come from Nigeria.  They are on holiday but not in the Far East - more like the South West - so please delete that particular email - or don't even open it if you see 'Phillipines' - just delete it!

Music to the ear

Adrian has a link for those who attended the CD recording on snowy Saturday. Here is the link

Running the SDFS

Adrian Figgess and John Crane are the main contacts for any future events

If you know of any event that the SDFS might want to sing at, contact Adrian Figgess or John Crane I am happy to pass on emails to them and update the blog - Linda

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Burpham Recordings - 23 March 2013

photo courtesy of Adrian Revill
photo courtesy of Margo


Alternative arrangements for bad weather

If the weather is decidedly inclement on the day we will be singing in the new Chichester Novium Museum  In Tower Street opp. the cathedral bell tower.Don'f forget practice session on 3rd April at the Beechwood 7.30 for 8.00pm.

Song list and final details will be sent by individual email on the 29th March 

John Crane

Thursday, 21 March 2013


Hello all,

Thank you so much for all your kind and happy wishes, beautiful cards, and most generous gifts,they were such a delight to receive!
we're all well and revelling in the new babe, (she nearly has a name!) and enjoying getting to know her. 

I'm looking forward to seeing you all at the next various singing occasions...
Much love from the glows of motherhood 



Monday, 18 March 2013


LAST BEECHWOOD FOR THE PROJECT  - Wednesday 20th March 8pm start

Please come and support Chris, Ann and Emily at the last Beechwood Wednesday

However, in order to practice for the 6th April event at Chichester there will be a new 'Beechwood Wednesday' on 3rd April 7.30 pm for 8pm. All welcome, especially those who are taking part in the proceeedings on the 6th.

and if you miss Wednesday there's always

'Midhurst Thursday' at Easebourne this week

April 6th Chichester- further news

Venue: East Street side of the Market Cross 

Times 12pm to 2pm as there will only be Ann and ourselves performing alternately, punctuated by demonstrations on spinning etc by the two Tudor costumed museum re-enactors
That's assuming we can be heard above the baa-ing of the adjacent south down sheep! Regards, John Crane

Suppport a Lewes Group

and the SDFS will then stretch across Sussex!

It seems there is some support to start a local group in Lewes.

If you are keen to find out more contact Adrian Figgess on

May 18th  - a 'Big Sing' Beechwood Hotel, Worthing

Ann is running a workshop for all those singers who are committed to carrying on singing with the SDFS over the summer. There will be a small charge (approx £5) to cover time, photocopying etc. If you haven't put your names down yet, contact

Monday, 11 March 2013



Our final workshops, at Worthing and Billingshurst, will soon be coming to a close and with them the South Downs Songs Project reaches its conclusion. It has been a great project from every possible perspective and we have been really overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and commitment of all of you who have taken part and made the workshops such a delight for us to teach!

To mark the end of the project and the release of the final CD - which will include all the best tracks from the six workshop groups - we will be a having a celebration day on Sunday June 16th - which happens also to be Sussex Day. YOU ARE ALL INVITED and I am writing to you now so that you can put the date in your dairies.

We will be meeting to sing and to celebrate at the Weald and Downland Museum at Singleton at 7pm on June 16th. The museum have said that we can use the gridshell, which, if you don't know it, is a marvelous modern and yet appropriate structure, just right for our songs. The museum will be holding Sussex DAy events throughout the day and we hope to have groups singing at various times.

I will send out more information and more details of timings and of events earlier in the day over the next few weeks, but the important thing is that you all have that date - Sunday 16th June. Could I also ask that, if you see other members of your workshop groups, that you mention this celebration day to them, as I am aware that many people still do not receive these mailings.

Thank you.


Tuesday, 5 March 2013



Wednesday 20th March 8pm

These sessions will continue, but will move to the 1st Wednesday of each month from April.

Easebourne and Lewes will be on 3rd Wednesday of each month

So you can continue to sing  across the County


The local media will be at the event below. 

(Don't miss your chance to be in the local paper)

Shepherding in the Downs  - Still more singers required!

Saturday 6th April - Chichester Market Cross

See previous post. John is 10 singers short to make this session viable! Please contact him NOW if you can do this session. It would be great to start the post project  year with a good turnoutEmail for more details


Saturday, 2 March 2013

Worthing Workshop - 2 March 2013

Four singers at one of the Worthing workshops held in the Beechwood Hotel (2 March 2013)