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Friday, 30 May 2014

post-Play singing, 21 June

For those singers also appearing in the Worthing Community Play, please note that we will be singing in Ambrose Place after the 21 June performance - probably in Flash Mob style, rather than with an organized song set.

Adrian F

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Horses at War - Saturday 7 June

Update for Horses at War event

Setlist (final confirmation on 4 June at the Beechwood session):

Home Lads Home
All Things are Quite Silent*
Hard Times of Old England
Ladies Go Dancing at Whitsun
Life of a Man
Rosebuds in June
* may be omitted if thought singers not yet sufficiently au fait with it

then Good In Parts will sing

My Boy Jack
Black & Gold

then SDFS will resume with

Thousands or More
On Sussex Hills
Fathom the Bowl
Rolling Home
Sussex by the Sea

John C will not be the SDFS contact (to liaise with the WDOAM's Sue O'Keeffe on the day) so we need one of the singers to fulfill this role.  Step forward, please!  If you are happy to do this, please contact John as soon as possible for details.

Singers' passes
As usual, please ensure you have obtained yours in good time: you must contact John C by midnight on 31 May for pick-up at the Beechwood session on 4 June (or by post: he will need your address).

It looks unlikely that we shall have amplification on the day.

Adrian F

Committee Meeting, 28 May 2014

The committee will meet at the Beechwood Hall Hotel on Wednesday 28 May at 7.30pm.

The agenda and previous meeting minutes are on the 'Meeting Agendas and Notes' page.

John C

Friday, 23 May 2014

Horse at War - Saturday 7th June

Just to clarify: the date of the SDFS Horses at War event is Saturday 7th June; it was to have been Sunday 8th June but was finally changed a few weeks ago to the 7th.

The flyer has 8th printed on it - this is no longer correct.

Adrian F

Monday, 19 May 2014


Apologies for the problems there have been with downloading lyrics and meeting notes - it should be fixed now.  Please let me know if you still cannot access them.

Adrian F

Friday, 16 May 2014

SDFS Committee Meeting

The committee meets on Wednesday 28 May.  If there is anything you would like to raise or feel needs to be discussed, please let John C know so that it can be added to the agenda.

As all the best organizations say: "It's your SDFS!  Have a say in how it's run!"

Adrian F

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Horses at War

This event takes place at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum over the weekend of 7 / 8 June.  We are singing on Saturday 7 June at 2.15pm for about 45 minutes in or at the front of the Music Tent in the Market Square.  There will be no amplification.  The singers as a group will be singing three new songs, along with others from the repertoire, and Amaryllis and friends will sing another three

Arrangements are as follows:

Entrance / car parking
As previously - you will need a pass if you are singing.  Last date for requesting passes (from John C) is 31 May.  Please ensure you provide John with a postal address if you are unable to come to the Beechwood on 4 June.

Songs runthrough, 15 May
Easebourne Thursday

Songs runthrough, 20 May
Lewes Tuesday

Main Rehearsal, 21 May
At the Beechwood, at 7.30pm

Wednesday at the Beechwood, 4 June
last-minute song tweaks
car park / entrance passes issued

Performance, 7 June
Meet at 2.00pm at the Music Tent

New songs:
  • Home, Lads, Home
  • The Ladies Go Dancing at Whitsun
  • All Things Are Quite Silent

All three local sessions have now sung these - possibly with different words.  On the Lyrics and Music page, there are the finalized words for these three songs, along with recorded examples for you to listen to.

Adrian F

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Anne Harrow

It is with huge sadness that I have to report the death of Anne Harrow, partner of Les Blows and extremely enthusiastic South Downs Folk Singer.

The Worthing Herald, 1st May, carries the announcement of Anne's peaceful passing in St. Barnabas House on 24th April, aged 54.  Sadly missed by family, friends and all those whose lives she touched.  The world has lost a wonderful woman, amazing musician and teacher extraordinaire.  The service for Anne will be at 3.40pm on Monday, 12th May, at Worthing Crematorium.   Family flowers only.  Donations to St. Barnabas House, c/o Ian Hart Funeral Service Limited, 92-94 Broadwater Road, Worthing, BN14 9DE.

There will be a reception at the Findon Manor Hotel afterwards: all South Downs Folk Singers will be very welcome at both the funeral service and the reception - there will be singing!  There is no specific dress code.

Adrian F

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Easebourne Thursday

Just a brief post to confirm that the monthly session at Easebourne is on Thursday 15th May, not 22nd May as previously listed.  Apologies for any confusion.

Adrian F