Anna Tabbush is a community choir leader, choral arranger, singer and multi-instrumentalist based in Midhurst, West Sussex. She currently runs 5 choirs across West Sussex and Surrey and 2 large singing events a year: SingFest and Spring Sing.
Anna grew up in a musical household and started performing professionally at the tender age of 15 in her parents’ ceilidh band. She performed with a number of folk bands including The Tabbush Sisters, Meridian, The Climax Ceilidh Band, Anna & the Odd Socks and the European Youth Folk Orchestra. She started her first community choir at Kingston University while studying for a degree in Music and Technology.
Since then Anna has set up over 20 community choirs and conducted over 40 across the South-East. Her arrangements of folk and contemporary songs from Britain and around have been sung by choirs across the country. She currently plays fiddle and sings with french dance bands MoltenAmba and Meridian, in a Swedish fiddle/song duet with Rowan Piggott and in her own right as a singer-songwriter.
She currently plays fiddle and sings with french dance bands MoltenAmba and Meridian, in a Swedish fiddle/song duet with Rowan Piggott, as a singer-songwriter with violinist/viola player Alexandra Urquhart and she has recently joined all-star female a cappella vocal ensemble Corra Sound.
I believe that everyone has a fundamental right to sing without criticism. Singing with a group of people can be an uplifting, healing, comforting, exhilarating experience that everyone can benefit from. My mission has always been to create fun, relaxed and musically beautiful experiences that everyone can join. Over the years I have taught thousands of people to sing and put a smile on every one of their faces.
I run 3 choirs which are open to everyone:
We rehearse Monday evenings 7-9pm in the Trinity Centre next to Holy Trinity Church on Guildford High Street. You can pop along for a free trial on any Monday evening
Unfortunately this choir is huge and only just squeezes into the largest venue in Horsell, but there is a waiting list if you'd like to get in touch via the choir's websitelearn more...
The choir was set up by mental health charity MIND in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Society. The choir welcomes everyone but was set up as a space for people with conditions that affect the mind including dementia and autism as well as anxiety and depression. You can join this choir on Wednesday afternoons 1.30-3 at the Grange Centre, Midhurst. There's no charge and you even get a free cup of tea!learn more...
I also run a school choir for Midhurst Primary School called Shooting Stars and a work place choir for Guildford based games company Media Molecule. If you would like to talk to me about setting up a staff choir in your work place get in touch!Learn more...
I have worked as a freelance singing workshop facilitator for 20 years in a wide variety of venues including schools, universities, staff training events, Immigration Removal Centres and festivals. If you are interested in booking me for a singing workshop for your event get in touch!
Here are some quotes from satisfied customers:
I arrange nearly all of the songs I teach in simple 3 or 4 part harmony.
I take commissions for arrangements so get in touch if you have a song you need arranging for a cappella voices. Watch this space for new scores that you can have for free. This first one is my arrangement of the old tune to "Auld Lang Syne".
Upcoming events I'm organising or involved in:
A Collaborative project for Surrey Hills, Surrey Arts, The National Trust and the BBC
7-8.30pm, Saturday 28th September 2019
Box Hill, Surrey
Singing in the Shed
Anna will be teaching again on this wonderful weekend of singing for men along with 3 awesome conductors: Philip Read, Roxanne Smith and Dominic Stichbury
7th - 9th February 2020, Coalbrookedale
On Windover Hill; Music of the Sussex landscape
7th March 2020
Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0EE https://www.castleymusic.com/thepremiere
Sunday 8th March 2020
The Grange, Bepton Road, Midhurst GU29 9HD
Holmfirth Folk Festival
8th - 10th May 2020
Massed Choirs Performance for the National Trust
Saturday 16th May 2020
MoltenAmba with Kerry Fletcher
Bal for Ditton Twinning Association
Saturday 13th June 2020
Ditton Village Hall, Maidstone ME20 6AH
bal, Folk East
23rd August 2020
Glemham Hall, Woodbridge
Eurodance, concert & workshopseridian
28th-31st August 2020
Claydon Estate, Buckinghamshire
A weekend of singing on a beautiful farm
5th & 6th September 2020
Mellow Farm, Heath Hill, Dockenfield, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4HH
in concert with Emma Johnson
4th December 2020
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford
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