In 1983 a small choral group was founded in Storrington under the musical direction of Gill Venton. In 1987 the group joined with the Thakeham Singers and became the Sandgate Singers.
Since that time the choir has gained in membership and musical stature and is now a vibrant and successful community choir.
The Sandgate Singers perform at least three concerts at local venues each year: Spring, Summer and Christmas, with music both secular and sacred. Recent Storrington concert venues have included Our Lady of England Priory, St. Mary’s C of E Church and Rydon Community College. Further afield we have performed at various venues in Pulborough, Billingshurst, West Grinstead, Arundel, Amberley, Steyning, Petworth, West Chiltington, Worthing and Chichester. In the past we have been joined by children from Storrington First School. As a result of our concerts we have been able to support local churches and a number of charities.
As an offshoot from the main choir, this year as normal a small group of choir members visited local residential homes and community groups singing popular songs from the past, evoking memories of our childhood favourites together with more current songs. Last year in particular we have sung a few songs from the period of the First World War to commemorate those who fought in the War. We are now preparing for our Christmas visits which we thoroughly enjoy.. We hope to expand on this community singing group as we progress through the year and into the future.