Simon believes that everyone can sing.
He's a bit of a character but will always do his best to help everyone....................sing!
He has had a long career establishing choirs and orchestras in schools and founded West Bridgford Social Singers in 1992, after being approached by parents to teach them to sing.. He continues to be their musical director. See facebook/West Bridgford Social Singers or www.westbridgfordsocialsingers.com
After spells in Norway with Reppe Blandakor, the University staff choir and in Portugal at St.Dominic's International School, Simon founded a harmony group . 'Oldish Spice' are an a capella group who have added guitar accompaniment, and are regulars on the Nottingham singing scene. See facebook: 'Oldish Spice'
Simon believes that singing can improve emotional well being and has since founded 'Everyone can Sing' to introduce more people to the joys of singing for pure enjoyment. He teaches all parts of songs and you decide which part suits you!
New to the cluster of groups are ECS the Thursday choir and already 60 have signed up to sing with him and the boys each Thursday.
A unique atmsophere is created by the band who include: Tim Heywood (keyboard and vocals) Martin Roscoe (lead guitar)Mark Walker (bass and vocals) and Robert Braber (drums)
Above all, Simon will have a bit of fun, not take himself or anybody else too seriously and enjoy the moment. Come along!
He plans to take ECS to Clifton, the Meadows, Bridgford and to businesses, charities and churches....................watch this space!
Tim's love of music began in a household which was always full of music. His mum loved singing so much that her sister said he would grow up thinking life was a grand opera. He's spent the intervening years trying to make it so, and is glad the fat lady has not yet sung.
He learned the flute and piano at school and put these and his singing to good use in getting an A level in music.
After a university career full of Handel and Gilbert and Sullivan, he found himself a keen member of Kidderminster Male Voice Choir until moving to Nottingham in 2010. Then he joined West Bridgford Social Singers and suggested to the small Yorkshireman at the front that the male voice repertoire was fun, and so that diminutive chap started Oldish Spice.
At the same time a local band of friends carelessly mislaid their bass guitarist. Tim thought, "How difficult can that be?" and became a member of the Old Codgers. He is still learning how difficult the bass guitar can be.
In the meantime he learned how to fool the casual listener into thinking he can play the keyboard, saxophone, trumpet, ukulele, guitar, bodhrán and pretty much anything else you throw at him. He can't actually play any of these but don't tell him that - he'd never cope with the truth.
In the spirit of protecting his naivety, Simon asked him to play keys for ECS and, frankly, he loves it.
Martin bought his first acoustic guitar when aged 15 and taught himself to play folk songs, and more, with a little help from Bert Weedon’s ‘Play in a Day’ book. Realising it was possible to play along with popular songs of the day, it wasn’t long before he acquired, amongst others, ‘Beatles Complete’ (easy guitar book) and ‘The Leonard Cohen Songbook’. Wanting to move on from acoustic, he purchased an electric guitar and ‘Winfield’ amplifier from Woolworths.
Armed with this basic equipment, later supplemented by a 12-string guitar purchased with help from his first grant cheque, he played at school, folk clubs, rest homes, colleges and pubs. He went on to play ‘on the road’ in a band in which most of the set comprised songs written by Martin. Some of the songs involved more than three chords and some even had minor chords.
Over the years, and with upgraded guitars, Martin has played in a number of bands, probably the most famous being ‘Men Behaving Sadly’, or possibly ‘Mid Life Crisis’, and he continues to write songs.
In 2012, he retired from playing in bands due to the adverse effect it was having on his hearing. Somehow, in 2013, he found himself playing for Oldish Spice and he has been playing with them regularly ever since. Martin has also played guitar for West Bridgford Social Singers.
Playing for ECS has meant a return to playing as part of a band and he’s lovin’ it!
Mark is a bass player and vocalist with over 40 years experience. Unlike most of the rest of the ECS team, Mark is an untrained musical ignoramus. He only got the ECS job because someone had to be smaller than Simon.
Mark’s serious music career hasn’t begun yet. However, in the late ‘70s (yes, he is that old) he toured with the groundbreaking “Oscar the Frog”, combining folk, funk, rock, reggae and roots long before it became fashionable with the chattering classes. Mark still has 500 Oscar the Frog albums in a box in the loft – email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to snap one up for a snip at £10.00. Buyer to collect. No PayPal.
In the long intervening years, Mark has performed and recorded a huge variety of musical genres with a dazzling array of unknowns. Most notably:
And now, this bunch too
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