The Appledown Centre nestles in the heart of rural Hampshire on the western edge of the South Downs.

The centre offers individual and group tuition in singing and musicianship, with associated singing workshops, masterclasses and concerts, under the directorship of Gillian Gray.

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The vocal and instrumental ensemble Ceciliana are based at the centre, the member musicians being available for a wide variety of performances, either as an ensemble or individually, from weddings to fund raising concerts.

Our performers also include Gillian Gray, mezzo soprano soloist and The Lainston Singers, an amateur ladies group, who perform to raise funds for local charities.

The Pat Gray Arts (Music) & Rural Education Trust (GARET) arranges events for all age groups, encouraging experience of and participation in the arts and rural activities. 

Tuition in singing and musicianship is available privately,in groups and through workshops and masterclasses.

The Appledown All Age Training Choir provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of choir practise and choral singing based on the RSCM 'Voice for Life' award scheme.

Publications available by mail order include 'The Singers Notebook' and 'The Music Reader's Notebook'.

If you have any further questions or wish to enquire about booking tuition or any of our performers, please do not hesitate to contact us. Directions to the Appledown Centre can be found below.

 

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From the South:

  • Approach on the A31
  • Bypass Alresford and take the first exit from the roundabout at Ropley, signposted to Bishop's Sutton
  • Once in the village of Bishop's Sutton, pass The Ship Inn on the right and take the next left hand turning
  • Immediately fork left in to Scrubbs Lane
  • Follow this road for just under one mile, round a sharp right hand bend, up a short hill and turn right at the top
  • Scrubbs Farm is at the end

From the North:

  • Approach on the A31
  • Take the third exit from the Ropley roundabout
  • Once in the village of Bishop's Sutton, pass The Ship Inn on the right and take the next left hand turning
  • Immediately fork left in to Scrubbs Lane
  • Follow this road for just under one mile, round a sharp right hand bend, up a short hill and turn right at the top
  • Scrubbs Farm is at the end