We are a small mixed group that specialise in a cappella close-harmony classical and jazz. Our repertoire ranges from sophisticated jazz arrangements (Swingle, Puerling, Real Group) and tricky classical numbers by the likes of Copland and Whitacre, often in 8 parts. We don’t actually perform very frequently, the rehearsals being satisfying in their own right. Mostly we appear as guests in other choirs’ concerts, and are always open to invitations!
A Little History
The Clockhouse Singers rehearse in the morning because historically it was made up of parents dropping off their children at school at 8.30am. At first it was a group singing class, but we got so good we became a choir! And now, several years later, we no longer rehearse at Michaelhall School (in the Clockhouse) but at 9.00-11.00 every Thursday morning in the Forest Row Village Hall, RH18 5ES.
Some examples of repertoire are: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square – Manhatten Transfer; Celestine – Kirsty McColl; Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap; Hallelujah Chorus – Handel; Sleep – Eric Whitacre; Calme des Nuits – Saint-Saëns; Waltzing Matilda – Swingles; Words – The Real Group; I Got Rhythm; Java Jive; Teddy Bear’s Picnic; Strange Fruit; Ain’t Misbehavin’; Elgar part-songs; Copland.
We are always seeking new members, especially tenors and basses!