In the run up to our Christmas lights switch-on event (now just two weeks’ away on Thursday 16th November), we’ll be firmly shining the spotlight on our local acts who will be taking to the stage to get us all feeling festive.
This year’s free switch-on party, which takes place in East Street from 5:15pm, celebrates some of the best Brighton talent, including Hove singing school, Singing’s Cool.
We spoke to Principal Tutor, Helen Bowman to find out all about the school, its talented young singers and what we can expect to hear from them on the night…
When did Singing’s Cool start?
I started the first Singing’s Cool in Worthing 3 years ago and the Hove school launched only a few weeks ago in September. The idea behind Singing’s Cool school is to give young singers a chance to really improve their techniques while having fun. Although there are lots of theatre, dance and drama schools in the area, I felt there was a need for somewhere for students who want to focus exclusively on singing to be able to perfect their skills and learn to perform confidently.
How many students do you teach?
At the moment there are around 20 students, aged from 7 up to 15 years old.
Which styles do you like to sing?
We focus on singing contemporary pop songs, which the kids love, with the extra added cool factor of being in real rehearsal and recording studios.
Each term we perform a live gig, which is really exciting and helps students to overcome performance nerves.
Speaking of performing, what can we expect to see at the Christmas lights switch-on event?
There will be performances of some Christmas themed songs from all of our age groups: Superstars aged 7-11, the Teen Skills group (11-14) and Artists’ Development group (14+). Without revealing too much, the songs will all be upbeat and festive to really get everyone in the Christmas spirit…. and there will be a mix of old and new, so something for everyone!
It’s so exciting to be involved with such an important event in the Brighton and Hove calendar and it’s a fantastic chance for our young singers to showcase their talents to the public.