"As the longest-standing member of the Ouse Valley Singers and its antecedents, I pay tribute to Andrew Thomas as music director. Andrew offers his singers wonderful opportunities to develop their choral abilities. We sing a very varied repertoire which inspires and challenges, and through encouragement and professionalism he produces success and pleasure for singers and audiences. The choir is going from strength to strength and is an inspiring and life-enhancing venture." Joyce

"I had looked all over the Brighton area for a choir I would feel comfortable joining. I had tried out a few until I found Ouse Valley Singers, which I knew was right for me from the very first evening. I was welcomed  by everybody. I had had one to one singing tuition with Andrew and knew his teaching approach is egalitarian, he has great patience and is lots of fun! Such a great variety of songs and always a lovely atmosphere." Dorothy 

"Andrew's group has transformed my approach to singing. I had neither confidence nor ability to sing except when surrounded by a large group. I have been delighted to have the coaching to learn to use my voice. I have been amazed at the confidence that I have developed during a few years with the group.  Andrew teaches in a friendly and relaxed manner but is always seeking to improve our ears, voices and musicianship.  The group is very supportive and enjoyable.  No matter how tired I feel before we begin the evening I know that by the end of the evening, singing will have given  me both energy and pleasure." Susan

"I had not sung in years and Andrew's choir provided a very friendly and unthreatening way of easing back into the joy of singing.  I have been singing in the choir for more than four years now and I've learned a lot and gained in confidence.  Our weekly session is a chance to catch up with friends, exercise my lungs but most of all enjoy singing in a group." Dennis

"Andrew taught me to sing three years ago. I was discouraged to sing as a young child so I decided that I did not want depart this life without learning to sing. When I booked my first singing lesson with Andrew he invited me to sing in his choir!  After several amazing, singing lessons, I soon became a somewhat nervous member of his choir.  Over time I have gained confidence, made friends, sung in concerts, made my mother cry to see/hear me sing and 'sort of' learnt to read music. I am happy and often awed to be a member of the Ouse Valley Singers and to sing music from the 17th - 21st century. ". Jill

"Last time I was in a choir was at the end of primary school! I joined because I saw the singers at Kingston Parish Church last December and thought they were really great, and seemed to enjoy what they were doing. Andrew has helped me increase my confidence in my voice. I'm sure we sometimes test his patience and professional standards, but it's great fun, a really good bunch of people to sing with and I really enjoyed the first public performance - it felt we had worked for and achieved something that everyone enjoyed. I hope we did Andrew (and the audience) proud." Patrick 

"I've met people I'd never normally cross paths with and found beauty in songs I'd never normally choose to listen to.  It's opened my mind to new possibilities and given me confidence in now collaborating beyond the choir.  Andrew is great with people at all levels - he's very talented, professional and an all round nice guy!"  Claire

"The Ouse Valley Singers is such a welcoming group - we have a lot of fun and learn a lot at the same time!  We mostly sing short pieces, so it doesn't matter if you can read music or not, and they vary from early music to pop songs - whatever we enjoy!"  Angela

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