We are a vibrant and friendly group who meet every Tuesday in Worthing, to sing a wide range of music from Mozart to folk songs, Show Tunes to traditional Sussex Songs. Over 40 strong, (and still recruiting) with ages ranging from 20 to over 80, we sing in harmony with a real sense of fun, and love to entertain audiences all around Sussex and beyond. In addition to our public concerts, we also sing for a number of different charities.
If you have been in the audience at any of our recent events and would like to join us, click on How to Join and get in touch
End of Summer Term and start of the Autumn Term
Our last rehearsal this term will take place on Tuesday the 24th July. We will then have a summer break of 4 weeks resuming for the start of the autumn term on Tuesday the 28th of August.
Concert at St John the Divine in Worthing
We contributed a big part of this concert on the 2nd June, alongside the Regnante School of the Performing Arts. A select but enthusiastic audience were treated to songs form the shows as well as old favorites from the Gruffs and our guest Soloist, Teresa Wilkie. Regnante performed several pieces from the Musicals and the mix was enjoyed by all. The proceeds will go towards maintaining the fabric of the church building.
Concert in aid of the Worthing Churches Homeless Project
Our first public concert of the year was held on the 24th March at All Saints church in Findon Valley. We were joined by our friends from Crawley 'The Songbirds' and between us presented an evening of music ranging from Elvis to Musicals and from Popular to African. Many thanks to the Songbirds for making the journey south in such numbers. The proceeds of well over £500 were donated to WCHP.
On the 9th of February, we sang on stage at the Worthing College Sealight Theatre as part of their "Go Sing" event. Many amazing performers appeared at the same event, ranging from current and past students and from our age range down to Bramber first school. All in all, it was a thoroughly enjoyable event and all the Gruffs who attended had a fabulous time. Many thanks to our hosts, Worthing College for organising the event.
Our Christmas Concert at Worthing College
On the 19th December we held our Annual Christmas Concert at our new rehearsal venue in the Sanditon Suite at Worthing College. Although some of the choir were unable to attend due to the bout of winter coughs and colds going round, nearly 30 members put on a festive performance for some 80 audience members. They were ably assisted by Teresa Wilkie who performed solo and also a duet with Howard, our MD.
Hot mulled wine and mince pies were served afterwards and a good time was had by all.
Our Shoreham Concert on 11th November
An audience of nearly 150 joined us for an evening of lovely music at the Shoreham Centre. The Gruffs performed 16 songs from their latest repertoire and were joined by guests from Worthing College, who sang three songs beautifully in the first half. Our other guests, Amy Marchant and her sister Hannah Williams sang music ranging from love songs to show tunes - all of which was very well received by an enthusiastic audience.
Not forgetting the importance of the date of the concert, the Gruffs sang a medley of songs from the First World War which also included a Solo by one of our number "We are the D-Day Dodgers", taken from the Second World War. This was a very poignant moment of remembrance in an otherwise joyful occasion.
NSPCC Charity Concert
On Saturday 30th September we performed at East Preston Village Hall, with another choir, Coastline Harmony. The event was organised by the NSPPC to raise funds. Each choir sang a selection of songs in the first half, excellent cakes and other sundries were available in the interval, and then in the second half Coastine Harmony sang again, followed by the Gruffs and the evening concluded with both choirs and the audience singing Sussex by the Sea.The concert was very well attended and we were delighted to hear the event raised over £800.00.
St Symphorians Church Concert
The latest in our series of annual concerts in aid of the 'Roof repair' fund of St Symphorian's Church was a great success tinged with sadness. The choir were accompanied by Teresa Wilkie who sang beautifully and the choir weren't bad either! A sizeable ammount was raised towards the repair of the church roof.
The sad part is that we will no longer be rehearsing at the church every tuesday evening as we have now moved to our new rehearsal venue at Worthing College.
A great Concert with like-minded colleagues
We have just spent a very successful evening at The Church of the Resurrection in Drayton near Portsmouth. The concert was to raise funds for our colleagues in the Solent Male Voice Choir. Both choirs sang three sets of three songs and we were joined by a Tenor Horn soloist from the ranks of the Solent MVC (picture below).
A raffle was organised and drinks and snacks served at the interval. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Two very successful concerts!
We have just performed in two concerts in just three days.
The first concert was in Worthing and in aid of the Mayors charity. There were five other choirs who were all extremely good. The evening opened with a truly delightful choir from Chesswood school, calling themselves the Disney choir as 64 of them were about to descend on Disney World. They were followed by the Rowland Singers, JuSSt voices, and after the interval we performed, followed by the Emery ensemble and the Worthing Scout and Gang show.
Two days later we were performing in Crawley with the Songbirds, an all ladies choir. We sang with the Songbirds at one of our concerts last year and this was a return visit organised by them. Playing to a packed audience, and raising over £500 for their chosen charities, this was a very successful partnership and I suspect there will be more concerts in the future.
The Sussex Gruffs Male Voice Choir has helped to raise significant amounts of money to promote venues or organisations.
We have also sung at Weddings and other types of celebrations and are available for performances throughout the Sussex area.
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