The Phoenix Cultural Centre

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About The Phoenix Cultural Centre

A community project bringing live music and other cultural events to Woking. The Phoenix Cultural Centre is a social enterprise, working towards creating a welcoming and inclusive space where people from all backgrounds can enjoy and participate in music events and which supports other community groups working in Woking.

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Lots happening at the Goldsworth Road centre

While we wait for the lease on the big venue, we're glad people are making the most of the small shop in Goldsworth Road. Here's a flavour of what's going on there...

Every Tuesday - Pregnancy Yoga

Every 1st Wednesday of the month - Woking Stanza poetry workshops

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday - Jane's Jam - Acoustic Jam session for all levels

Every other Thursday - 30mm (30 minute munches) run by Peter Doyle - open mic and feature slots

28 October - Women's Red Tent run by Woking & Guildford Red Tent

25 November - BR James Album Launch (see Facebook event and Eventbrite for tickets)

There are more activities planned by hirers who will advertise as they confirm as well.

We also sell CDs and books for local and emerging musicians and authors, retro/vintage items, and the space is available for hire to local groups wishing to stage music, arts, holistic activities etc. at cost rate.

If you have an idea or want to plan something, just contact us to discuss.

We'd welcome more volunteers to help us open up as much as possible both for activities and a drop in. The instruments are there to be played, the books to be read, the sofas to be sat on and it is a nice space if you need to work quietly, writing or studying etc.

If you have some hours to spare and would like to be involved and/or if you would like to hire the space, please get in touch: phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk

Please vote for us!

We are thrilled to say we have been shortlisted to receive £500 from Skipton Grassroots Giving. The final decision on which projects are funded is down to an online public vote.

We make good use of every penny we get by adding hard work, creativity and enthusiasm to make it worth at least three times as much! We can't do any of it without the support of our neighbours and friends. This time, we need your help in voting and asking your friends and family to vote too.

Visit the Grassroots Giving page to vote (scroll down to the bottom of the page). Voting closes 13 October.

Thank you!

Coming soon - weekly open mic/feature/jam nights at the Phoenix

Posted on behalf of Peter Doyle
We're very happy to share that local musician Peter Doyle is setting up a new weekly open mic/feature/jam night at The Phoenix Centre starting on 27 July.

The nights will run every Thursday, starting at 7.30pm. You can bring your own drinks, and entry is £3 to cover upkeep of the Centre.

You can find out more and contact him regarding playing via his Facebook page here or on 07817 040627.

Peter is a great guy and local musician who will make you very welcome.

And don't forget, we've also got the fab 'Jane's Jam' nights happening on every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. These are a chance to meet other musicians, try out songs, improve your playing and share tips and advice. More information in this previous post.
When
27 Jul 2017 at 7:30pm
until 27 Jul 2017 at 11:00pm
Where
27 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6JT

Secret Sessions featuring Lisa Von H - this Saturday in Chobham

Posted on behalf of The Secret Sessions
Don't miss this lovely gig! Join 'The Secret Sessions' for a wonderful evening of music with fabulously talented local singer/songwriter Lisa Von H. This gig will be taking place at a venue in Chobham. Book your ticket to find out where!

Listen to Lisa's music on YouTube here.

Food is included and you can bring your own drinks or there will be a bar set up with suggested donations for drinks.

Entry is by £10 donation to cover food and all profits are being donated to the Phoenix Cultural Centre's fundraising for the new music venue in Woking.

There's a Facebook event page here, but to book your ticket please email williambudd@outlook.com. Your name will then be added to the guest list and the location confirmed. Please pay your donation on the door.
When
22 Jul 2017 at 7:30pm

Cancelled: The Sound of the Suburbs Festival

Update: Unfortunately, The Members has had to cancel this event.

Punk band The Members is celebrating 40 years together with 'The Sound of the Suburbs Festival' in the new Fiery Bird venue in Woking on 29 July. Here's what the organisers have to say about it...

"Punk Rock is coming home – a 40th anniversary of alternative music in Surrey. The Members celebrate with special guests Ruts DC & Phoenix Chroi. The event starts at 4pm when new local bands will be given a chance to show that great music is still coming out of Surrey and a chance to play at their own live music venue among the greats. Artwork, record stalls and a great bar will be available and the evening kicks off at 7pm with local band Phoenix Chroi, followed by a special guest, Ruts DC who have been touring with a blistering set of old and new exciting songs with The Members headlining this special event. The Members continue to gig in style and their unmistakable sound that nailed forever the suburban anthem into punk rock history."

Music in the great outdoors!

Once again, we're taking music outside to entertain the people of Woking this summer!

We're pleased to say Streetlive is on again this year - look out for our musicians in Woking Town Centre throughout the summer, plus some fantastic street entertainers. We've already had several successful days of Streetlive and there are more to come. It's always fun - the musicians and street entertainers love playing and the ones who come from out of town say how lovely Woking people are (we already know this of course!).

We also want to say a massive thank you to everyone who came out to Phoenix Rising on 28 May. A huge thank you is in order for our brilliant volunteers who set it all up (project managed by the wonderful Peter), everyone who displayed posters and distributed flyers (see this Facebook post for some of those!) the stage crew, the fantastic bands, stall holders and most of all to the people who came along, danced, sang and enjoyed themselves. It was the best one ever, even if sadly rain stopped play early.

The lovely Sarah Longes (Mirador Design) took beautiful photographs of the day (including the image of The Sheratones on this post) and you can take a look at those on the Mirador Design Facebook page. Sarah has kindly offered to make higher-res versions available for people in exchange for donations to the Phoenix project, so do get in touch with her if you want to take advantage of that offer.

See you there again next year - it just gets better and better!

Acoustic Jam & Get Together

From the 28th June, we'll be hosting a regular 'Acoustic Jam & Get Together' in the Phoenix Centre on Goldsworth Road on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. We have the use of the shop on Goldsworth Road for a while longer, so we thought we'd get together there! £3 entry on the door.

Bring an acoustic instrument, bring your voice, bring chords if you wish or we could just make it up as we go along. This night is intended for everyone to join in. No solo spots. But everyone can improve their singing or playing by taking part.

Want to know more? Well come along and find out!
When
28 Jun 2017 at 7:30pm
until 28 Jun 2017 at 10:00pm
Where
27 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6JT

Phoenix Rising - Woking's very own live music festival returns!

Phoenix Rising, our free day of live music in Woking Park, is back! This year we'll be in the park on Sunday 28 May, 12-7pm. We have some great bands and local musicians lined up, all for free for everyone to enjoy!

As in previous years, there will also be stalls, with food and a bar, as well as workshops and space where you can try out instruments.

Come along! If you're on Twitter, the festival has its own Twitter handle @phoenixrisingwk.

If you'd like to volunteer on the day or if you can put up a poster or distribute flyers, please get in touch. Any stall holders who want a spot, please contact peter@phoenixculturalcentre.org.uk.

See you there!
When
28 May 2017 at 12:00pm
until 28 May 2017 at 7:00pm
Where
Woking Park
Kingfield Road
Woking
GU22 9BA

Great live music at our fundraising gig

A big thank you to everyone who made the fundraising gig on 21 April such a great night! Although we've not yet got the lease, we were able to use the new venue (Quake - soon to be Fiery Bird!) for a great night of music featuring Eddie & The Hot Rods, Department S, Ed Tenpole-Tudor and Phoenix Chroi. The bands all did great sets, and we can't thank them enough.

Huge thanks also to everyone involved behind the scenes, including Ed from Elegraphics for poster design, Knaphill Print for doing all the flyers & posters, HD Pro Audio for lending the sound equipment and engineering skills, Kim from Waterats studio for loan of stuff and expertise, Dan from Powerhouse (and The Fanzines!) for volunteering last minute, Sainsbury's for the band refreshments, Sarah from Mirador Design for the press pics (including the one on this page) and Ali & her staff at Big Apple. Plus all of our amazing volunteers, and everyone who came along to support the event. We just can't thank people enough for what they do to get this off the ground. Thanks also to Get Surrey for their support - you can read a write up of the gig on their website.

If you couldn't make it, you can get a peek inside the new venue in this Pyrford TV Arts interview with Elaine about the project. Recorded back in February, the footage gives an idea of the scale of the venue we are looking to take over. With thanks to them for their support.

Recent Phoenix news and another date for your diary

A massive thank you is in order to everyone who supported the crowdfund campaign by pledging and sharing the web link. It raised a fantastic £5693! Thanks to Get Surrey for their coverage. Huge thank you too, to the lovely people from University of Surrey who came to help us with some admin, publicity and getting the crowdfund gifts designed and ready.

In February, Woking band Phoenix Chroi celebrated the release of their second album 'Humanity Lands' with a launch gig, supported by Skaciety and Rudeboy Productions. and with all proceeds going towards the venue's fundraising target. It was a great night and raised over £300.

Also in February, we had a great time at the LGBT History Month evening hosted by Surrey Heritage and Outline. There was a fantastic buzz, talks, chat and great cakes!

Earlier this month, our founder Joe and volunteer Danny completed a sponsored 5k run in Woking. They’ve already raised more than £500, but there’s still time to add to their total. Huge thank you for your efforts guys!

Phoenix Rising

Coming up, the annual outdoor live music extravaganza Phoenix Rising is on Sunday 28 May in Woking Park. It will be a day of great live music, stalls, activities, all free for the local community to come and enjoy. There will also be food stalls and a bar, so put the date in your diaries and come and join us for a great chill out day, for everyone. If anyone fancies volunteering or has an idea they would like to contribute please contact phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk. Any stallholders who want a spot, please contact peter@phoenixculturalcentre.org.uk for more details.