Who are we?
The University of Sussex Show Choir is a society giving students the opportunity to rehearse and perform a huge range of songs, from jazz to modern pop to old classics and lots more!
If you love to sing and perform, Show Choir is definitely the society for you. We meet every Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm in Meeting Room 1 in Falmer House. You can audition (don't worry, you're in groups) whether you are a student or a member of the public, and as a matter of fact many of our members stay in the choir even after they leave university! If you don’t have the time for regular rehearsals we would still love to see you at our gigs, or you could even take part in our talent show, which is an amazing opportunity for both members and non members to perform (check out our facebook page for updates on events https://www.facebook.com/usshowchoir/).
Our society was formed in September 2010, meaning this academic year is our eighth year as a society. During that time we've performed in our own shows in venues on campus such as East Slope, Falmer Bar and the Meeting House, at events such as the annual Student Awards and ACAS Culturefest, and at Brighton venues such as the AMEX stadium and Sallis Benney Theatre along with much more.
Our past few years have been successful: in 2017 we won second place at the National Master's of Show Choir competition (see our performance here https://youtu.be/APmbeQS-CFk) and in 2014 we won first place (see our winning performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXuCwevfM3Y).
Judges comments on our performaces include:
"Perfect, just perfect: nothing else to say!" - Nick Barstow (Out of the Blue, Britain's Got Talent)
"You are so cohesive as a unit; you are so in tune, forgive the pun!" - Lottie Mayor (West End Actress and TV Presenter)
In 2016/17, we were awarded numerous awards from the university's own leaf scheme (see below for more details) and were nominated for Most Outstanding Society at the annual USSU's Student Awards. In 2014 we won the Most Improved Society, and our musical director, Evie Wakefield won Society Personality of the year.
This year our society has continued to grow, putting on more of our own gigs as well as getting involved in other societies events. Our mantra is to be friendly, approachable and inclusive - if you'd like to get involved please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you and are confident that all of our members will welcome you with open arms!
At Show Choir we're all about inclusivity, and our committee work to make sure that everyone feels comfortable, safe and equal at all of our rehearsals, socials and events. We practice a safe space, zero tolerance policy and if any of our members feel at all discriminated against, or are concerned about anything at all, then they are encouraged to talk to our welfare and inclusivity officer (Joe Christophersen), or any of the committee, from whom they will receive full support. If any members are in need of specific accessibilty requirements we will be sure to accomodate these needs.
So if you love music, singing, performing and being part of a great group of people, Show Choir is definitely for you!
We charge £6 a term for membership but it all goes back to you! Your membership will go towards the following;
- Music: most music scores aren't available for free so we use some of our money to buy them, but if you think you'd like to arrange a piece of music yourself then please let us know!
- Printing: as boring as it is, a lot of your fee will go towards printing sheet music and lyrics for everyone so that you can all learn the songs.
- Promotions: we think Show Choir is amazing and we want everyone to know about it, so some of your membership will go towards posters and other marketing materials!
Our committee/Contact us:
President: Rebecca Longhurst - email@example.com
Secretary: Vicki Manington - firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Neve McLennon - email@example.com
Competition Manager: Cherie Nyota - firstname.lastname@example.org
Events Co-ordinator: Hannah Burgess - email@example.com
Promotions and Welfare Officer: Joe Christophersen - firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Sec: Alice Goldsmith - email@example.com
Musical Director: Megan Youngs - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pianist: Oscar Mackereth
(Left to Right): Joe, Megan, Rebecca, Alice, Vicki, Cherie, Neve and Hannah
What is the Leaf Scheme?
Leaf awards reflect contributions of the society or sports club towards its members, the University of Sussex Students’ Union, the University of Sussex, the local community and the public. Leaves can be attained at bronze, silver or gold levels by meeting three, six or nine criteria. Leaves apply for an academic year as a symbol of what the present committee have achieved.
Groups can work towards nine leaves:
Below are the Leaves we have achieved so far this year:
The Inclusivity Leaf is awarded to groups who have taken positive steps to increase the diversity of their membership and include as many members as possible. They have made specific efforts to include students that don’t traditionally engage, without ignoring or neglecting their current membership or other student groups.
Student Voice Leaf
The Student Voice leaf is awarded to groups who engage their members in Sussex Students’ Union campaigns, democracy and elections and influence the way the Students’ Union is run.
The Social leaf is awarded to groups who have taken active steps to include as many members as possible and regularly engage in various social activities, including those organised by - and with - other societies/sports clubs.
Team Sussex Leaf
The Team Sussex leaf is awarded to groups who have made efforts to encourage collaboration and mutual support between Students’ Union groups. Groups who achieve this award have worked in collaboration with other clubs and societies to support a welcoming, inclusive and friendly team environment within clubs & societies at Sussex.
The Development leaf is awarded to groups who have taken active steps to develop themselves, offer development opportunities to their members, build on the successes and failures of previous years and/or worked to maintain the high standards of previous years.
The Fundraising Leaf is awarded to groups who dedicate their time to organising a variety of different fundraisers. Groups who have achieved this leaf will have raised money for their own group or another group at Sussex to help fund themselves to expand and develop, as well as for local, national & international.
The Communications Leaf is awarded to groups who communicate with their members and the student body regularly and in innovate ways.
Archived Awards; 2016/17
Archived Awards; 2015/16
Show Choir have been awarded the bronze community leaf award by the Students' Union in recognition of their commitment to making a positive difference within the community (2015/16)
Show Choir have been awarded the bronze well-being and environmental leaf award in recognition of their commitment to the well-being of their members and the wider environment (2015/16)
Show Choir have been awarded the bronze development leaf award by the Students’ Union in recognition of their efforts to develop themselves as a society, build on the successes and failures of previous years and offer new exciting opportunities for Sussex students (2015/16)
Show Choir have been awarded the silver social leaf award by the Students' Union in recognition of the fun and engaging social activities they put on for their members (2015/16)
Show Choir have been awarded the gold events leaf award by the Students’ Union in recognition of their exceptional ability to organise and hold events (2015/16)
Show Choir have been awarded the gold inclusivity leaf award by the Students’ Union in recognition of their positive efforts to increase membership within their society and include as many members as possible (2015/16)
Archived Awards; 2014/15
Show Choir have been awarded the gold social leaf award by the Students' Union in recognition of the fun and engaging social activities they put on for their members (2014/15)