East Grinstead Choral Society, Bag Full of Hats, Smokin’ Joe, Into The Blue:
Sunday July 1st 1pm to 5pm Line up as follows-
East Grinstead Choral Society
EGCS perform mainly from the classical choral repertoire (Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Lauridsen, Rutter et al) but sometimes mix things up with a few show tunes, Gilbert and Sullivan, and popular music arrangements for a more lighthearted concert.
Led by their very experienced Musical Director, Richard Jenkinson, the singers work hard in rehearsals to get the most out of the music. Richard is very ably assisted by professional accompanist, Ray Maulkin, and they also engage professional soloists and instrumentalists for their concerts.
After working so hard, the singerts clearly deserve a reward and can usually be found in a local pub after rehearsals – new members are especially encouraged to join in. They also enjoy quiz nights, scenic walks and fun-runs, black tie dinners and casual summer barbecues.
EGCS affiliated to the ‘Making Music’ federation, and rely financially on subscriptions, charitable donations, and the fundraising efforts of members.
Musical Director – Richard Jenkinson
Richard Jenkinson grew up in Sussex, and received his early musical training through the County Music Service. He won a scholarship to continue his studies at The Royal College of Music in London, where – among many inspirational characters – Sir David Willcocks was a great influence and source of inspiration.
Richard has been Musical Director to EGCS for more than 25 years, yet continues to find the post immensely rewarding. He is a busy freelance musician, specialising in choral music of all kinds, as conductor, accompanist and composer. He is also experienced in directing Choral Workshops – a leading / coaching / teaching role which he particularly enjoys.
When not working, Richard enjoys sport (mostly from the safety and comfort of a large sofa, with a good beer for sustenance!) and – most of all – the beauty and tranquility of village life in his native and much loved county of West Sussex.
Assistant Director and Accompanist – Ray Maulkin
Ray Maulkin originally hails from Southend on Sea, Essex, and studied at the Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and holds a B.Mus (Hons) degree from Durham University.
As accompanist to the Southend Boys’ Choir, he appeared in many concert venues, including those on the South Bank, and in broadcasts and recordings both in this country and abroad. He has been conductor of the Southend Choral Society, Southend Symphony Orchestra and latterly, Rayleigh Sweyne Choral Society, and with his choral group Gaudeamus, has played and conducted at churches and cathedrals throughout the country.
As well as playing for the East Grinstead Choral Society Ray has, for many years, been accompanist to Reigate & Redhill Choral Society. He is also Organist and Choirmaster at St. Andrew’s Church, Alfriston.
Together with his wife Kathryn, Ray is Director of the Lewes based chamber choir Pro Musica and the all-female group, Cantilena.
Aside from musical pursuits, Ray enjoys watching snooker, drinking Belgian beer and being a grandfather!
Bag full of hats
Starting off just practising in a local hall was all they originally planned to do, until someone suggested playing in a local pub in one of their ‘open mic’ sessions. Over the following months they played wherever and whenever the opportunity arose; private parties, open mic sessions, then in cafes and pubs. They have played at a Pagan Wedding, at folk festivals, in the grounds of Chartwell and ‘live’ on local radio.
It’s not easy to categorise the band into a particular music genre as they play many different styles. They play a mixture of original songs and covers, from acoustic to folk to reggae to rock.
The band’s line-up is dependant on the type of venue. Playing acoustically as a 3 or 4 piece, the rockier 5 piece pub band..
George Brinkhurst: guitar and mandolin and is the main vocalist and songwriter.
Pete Burton: bass and vocals.
Dave Phillips: 6 and 12 string guitars, washboard and boozaphone.
Steve Pritchett: guitar and vocals.
Jess Snashfold (nee Brinkhurst): drums and percussion.
They have made 3 CDs to date, ‘Trilbies at Dawn’, ‘Every Little Song’ and ‘Live’.
Blues Rock Band based in West Sussex. Covering such greats as Gary Moore, Whitesnake, Joe Bonamassa, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple and more.
Into The Blue
Into The Blue are a 5 piece band formed by a group of highly experienced musicians working together with the intention of making East Court Live! a memorable occasion.
They play a range of music to suit all ages and tastes including disco, pop, rock, reggae and ballads.
Perform slick, feel-good shows they have been delighting people across the UK with rave reviews from our gigs.
All members of Into The Blue are professional musicians with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the entertainment industry.