Past Events

3 February 2024

Croydon Performing Arts Festival, Royal Russell School, Croydon

Event Photo First singout of 2024 took place on Saturday 3rd Feb at the Croydon Performing Arts Festival. We sang two songs in each of the two categories we entered - Male Voice Choirs and Barbershop Choirs - a good opportunity to try out some recent songs as well as to listen to another chorus - The Kentones (Bromley Barbershop Harmony Club). Some very positive and useful feedback from both judges and we rounded off the afternoon with both choruses singing Let's Get Together Again, (which we will do as we will both be at Convention in Harrogate in May ! ?)

15 December 2023

The Leatherhead Community Association, The Leatherhead Institute

Event Photo Last Sing Out of 2023 ! A very warm welcome from the audience at the Leatherhead Institute where we sang on Friday 15th December. Many people came up to us afterwards saying that the chorus, singing our mix of old standards from the Barbershop Song book as well as Christmas songs, had really put them in the Christmas mood !

9 December 2023

The Epsom Hospital Medical Equipment Fund Raising Event, The Ashley Centre, Epsom

Event Photo This year again we were invited to sing at The Ashley Centre in Epsom to raise money for the Epsom Medical Equipment Fund. During our set over £180 was collected from shoppers and passers-by, all of which goes towards purchasing vital equipment for Epsom General Hospital. Well done guys !!

2 December 2023

The Spirit of Christmas , Bookham High Street

Event Photo On a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon The Downsmen made light of the conditions to add some Christmas cheer (and music) to the Bookham Christmas Fair. (Reports that the need to keep warm had the chorus more animated than usual have been exaggerated !)

24 November 2023

Rotary Club Ashtead , Ashtead Memorial Hall

Singout for the members and friends of Ashtead Rotary Club

14 November 2023

Woking Music Festival , Woking High School

Event Photo Event Photo Woking Music Festival 2023. On a stormy evening we braved a long dark drive to Woking High School to compete in the Woking Music Festival. Despite non-functioning level crossings and heavy evening traffic we all made it on time (well Gary did have to run on stage as the pitch pipe was sounding !). Unfortunately, as has been increasingly the case in recent times, the number of choirs entering competitions has dropped off sharply and we found ourselves the only chorus in both the Male Choir and Barbershop categories. With the result a forgone conclusion we were determined to take full advantage of the opportunity to sing in an unfamiliar venue in front of a professional adjudicator, Julia Dewhurst. We sang Can You Feel the Love, Boardwalk, Hallelujah and Do You Hear the People Sing. In the Mens' Choirs category we were graded Commended and won the Radbone Cup and in the Barbershop category we received a Merit and the Merrow Chimes Shield. Following her feedback on our performance, Julia then spent some additional time giving us advice and tips on how to improve our vocal technique so plenty to work on at the next rehearsal !!

8 November 2023

Harmony Jug 2023, The Oaks Golf Course, Carshalton

Event Photo The 2023 Harmony Jug competition was held at The Oaks golf course on November 1st. Despite perilous weather warnings and the well-intentioned (?) advice from other non-golfing Downsmen, eight intrepid golfers took to the course to compete for this year's Harmony Jug. Wind and rain were not enough to deter these brave few and a five hour match resulted in Stuart retaining the Harmony Jug, Paul winning the Green Jacket and Steve winning both the Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin competitions. It was great to have three of the newer Downsmen playing and Martin was awarded the Ultimate Runner-Up prize.

25 October 2023

Barbershopper of the Year 2023, Leatherhead Methodist Church Hall

Event Photo And the winner is........... Paul Bullock receives the new Allan Scott Memorial Trophy from Downsmen Chairman Gary Score after being voted Barbershopper of the Year by the other members of the chorus.

21 October 2023

Autumn Quiz night, Ashtead Scout Hall

Event Photo The Autumn Quiz night took place on Sat 21st October at the Scout Hall in Ashtead. Although slightly less well attended than the Spring quiz we still managed to raise over £350 for the Chorus funds. Thanks to Digby for being our quizmaster for the evening and congratulations to The Rotter's Club team (pictured) for winning !

10 June 2023

The 2023 Ashtead Rotary Village Day , Ashtead

Event Photo The 2023 Ashtead Rotary Village Day was held at the usual venue on 10th June. Huge crowds attended the event on a scorching Saturday and The Downsmen were there as usual to promote the chorus, attract new members and of course sing some songs. An additional attraction this year was Steve Martin's recently restored MG!

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