Magic of The Beatles: More information

Dear Friends

We have had enquiries about the format of the day, the timings and expectations. So, I hope you will find everything you need here. If you need to know more, use the contact form on our Home Page.

What will we be singing?

We have yet to finalise the list, but we have tried to choose a balance of songs from across the Beatles era. Another consideration is that some songs work better with massed choruses than others. All the songs have been specially arranged by Marius Frank, with keys and harmonies adjusted to get maximum pleasure with minimal pressure!

Workshop songs (we will be learning some fabulous harmonies for male and female voices):

  • Help!
  • Let it Be
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • Paperback Writer
  • Hey Jude

Sing-along Songs (words will be available, with some harmonies too- Sassparella members will help!):

  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand
  • All You Need is Love
  • When I’m 64
  • Twist and Shout

Songs led by Sassparella (welcome to join in with the melodies!)

  • Back in the USSR
  • Lady Madonna
  • Penny Lane
  • With a Little Help from my Friends

There will also be contributions from soloists featuring some of the other magnificent hits from the Fab Four.

What if I struggle to sing in harmony?

Please please do not worry. We want everyone to have a good time and participate fully. You are welcome to simply come along and sing and enjoy those unforgettable melodies.

Format of the Day

10.30am Arrive at Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon

10.45am Introductions and warm-up, led by Cindy Stratton

11.00-1.00pm First Workshop Session

1.00pm-2.00pm Lunch (bring a packed lunch with you- drinks will be available for purchase at the bar)

2.00pm-4pm Second Workshop Session

There will then be a break to rest and recuperate before the evening performance. You are welcome to stay at the venue; some may choose to visit the many excellent refreshment facilities in Bradford-on-Avon town centre

7.30pm Evening Concert Starts. The first half will be singalongs, performances from soloists and Sassparella. For the second half we will invite all workshop participants to join us on stage to sing what has been learned during the day. We will of course end with Hey Jude!

What to bring – what to wear

Food and drink (we hope tea and coffee will be available- drinks available to purchase from the bar during lunch, before and concert and at the interval); wear comfortable clothing for the workshop (we will be on our feet singing, but if you need a chair sometimes just ask); you are more than welcome to dress up in swinging sixties (and early seventies) gear for the evening performance!