When booking, please give your name and which choir as reference. E.g.: J Bloggs Ashurst.
● Be sure to arrive in good time for the start of each class and where possible let your choir leader know if you may be late or unable to attend.
● Check the booking details carefully to ensure you are aware of parking and venue access information.
● Some women will bring children with them. This is a class for both women and children and as a group we respect the needs of each woman.
● Feeding or offering your child snacks and drinks throughout the session is absolutely fine if needed.
● We will spend time both sitting and standing.
● Gentle toys are provided, it is also recommended to bring a baby blanket in case the need to snuggle arrises mid-song.
● Be sure to let your choir leader know if you have any specific dietary requirements including gluten free, vegan etc. Every effort will be made to cater for your needs in the all-important tea and cake part of the class!
Accessibility Conditions: Easy access. The “Sackville road” bus stop is few steps from the church for the following lines: 2, 25, 25X, 46, 49, 93, 95, 95A, 96A. “Portland Road” bus stop for lines 5, 5A, 5B, 71A, N5.
Facilities: Entrance on the side of the building on St Patrick’s road. The church is fully accessible for buggies and wheelchairs and there are baby changing facilities. However, access to the lower hall is through a small (but wide) flight of stairs. Buggies can be left safely at the kitchen level during the session, or carried downstairs.
Important Info: hall Doors will open from 1 ; 15 pm. We will start singing at 1 : 30 pm so please arrive in good time to get settled.
Parking: Parking Zone R. Certain local streets have pay and display for a couple of hours.
Location: The church is close to shops and cafes, either on Portland Road or on Blatchington road. It is a 5 minutes walk to Tesco, Hove Library or Georges street with its restaurants, charity shops, bakeries and newspaper agents.to
About your choir leader
Eugény Couture is an award winning aromatherapist, multi-disciplinary massage therapist and crystal healer. She practices and teaches from Hove, and Brighton.
Eugény has a passion for healing modalities and so, in addition to her complementary therapies, she is a student astrologer, a Tarot reader and has always been interested in the healing and connective qualities of singing.
She played Cello and Piano as a child, was taught to read music before her teens and was educated in all things choral and classical by her Mum, growing up near Paris.
Consequently, Eugény has sung with formal choirs across Europe, the last being the Bristol Bach Choir, in 2015.
When Eugény found out she was pregnant in 2017, she immediately had a yearning for connectivity to a community: a community of women where everyone’s experience and emotion could be shared with each other within the circle. She could not find anything local to Hove and knew she wanted this mixture of healing & community through singing.
As soon as Eugény stumbled across the Singing Mamas website she felt a connection, and after speaking to Kate, who founded and runs Singing Mamas, she knew she wanted to train to be a choir leader – something she completed in June 2019. Eugény believes that all women deserve the sense of love and belonging singing can bring, especially after child birth where changes can be so massive and overwhelming.
This is a choir born out of her own wishes for connection and opened locally to fulfil a latent need in us all for companionship, healing and community. A fellowship of women united in songs.
* The choir is open to all women, including new mums with babies, but also pregnant ladies, mums with older children, grandmothers, foster mums and female carers. The repertoire – mainly composed of lullabies, chants, Gospel and folk songs from various countries – is taught by ear and no previous experience in singing is necessary. *