The Phoenix Cultural Centre

A member of the Surrey and Woking communities

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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New: Guitar workshops

We believe that people should be able to learn and enjoy music no matter what their age, ability or income. With the help of some amazing local musicians who are going to pass on their knowledge, we have started holding some guitar workshops in the Goldsworth Road shop at a fraction of the price of lessons - £3 per workshop.

If you’ve always wanted to try playing but felt shy or just couldn't stretch to fund it, you will be made very welcome. We are starting with a guitar workshop, and we plan to add other workshops in the future, including percussion, vocals & songwriting. We have some spare guitars if you don’t have one to bring.

To secure a place either email or message the Phoenix Facebook page and we will keep you up to date with information. If you work with an agency and know of people who would benefit, do get in touch.

As always anyone who wishes to volunteer to help with any activity is welcome to email us for more details.
20 Nov 2017 at 8:30pm
until 20 Nov 2017 at 10:00pm
27 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6JT

Big celebration!

We have been told by their agents that Woking Borough Council aim to have the lease on Quake nightclub completed by Thursday 23rd November.

At that point, we will be able to move on to the next stage of our long-running project to create a community-led live music venue in Woking - the Fiery Bird. With such an important milestone, we thought we should celebrate - and what better way to celebrate all the hard work to date and all the new things ahead of us, than with a get-together and a little busk!

We have booked Jubilee Square in Woking town centre from 12-2pm on Saturday 25th November, to have some music and talk to people about what is to come. We want everyone to be involved. Come and join us!
25 Nov 2017 at 12:00pm
until 25 Nov 2017 at 2:00pm
Jubilee Square
GU21 6GA

December's Sunday Afternoon Acoustic

We'll be hosting another acoustic afternoon on 10th Dec, 1.30-4.30pm, featuring The Paperwaits, Dan Shears & Megan Affonso & Phoenix Chroi.

Pop it in your diary now - ticket details to follow, but it will also be £6 entry BYOB.
10 Dec 2017 at 1:30pm
until 10 Dec 2017 at 4:30pm
27 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6JT

A night with BR James

An intimate evening with one of Surrey's finest, soul singer BR James, to mark the launch of his new album.

BR, accompanied by a backing singer will bring the words 'soul music' to life on the night.

£10 early bird or £12.50 full-price tickets, plus Eventbrite booking fee entry. Buy tickets online here.
25 Nov 2017 at 8:00pm
until 25 Nov 2017 at 11:00pm
27 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6JT

November's Sunday Afternoon Acoustic

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon listening to great music from three different acts in a wonderful, intimate venue.

Over from Sweden touring the UK are duo Perfect Blue Sky, and we will also be joined by exquisite guitarist Saiichi Sugiyama and returning local favourites Quiet Wish.

Perfect Blue Sky is a collaboration between Swedish folk/metal artist Pontus (Pna) Andersson and Australian rock singer and guitarist Jane Kitto. With the uninhibited vibes of 60s/70s psychedelic classic rock, their new album, The Eye of Tilos, is filled with imagination and spirit. Following the success of their recent UK radio tour, Perfect Blue Sky is embarking on a nationwide UK tour in November, with feel-good new single Astronaut released on 20th October. The video was filmed in July by award-winning fine arts photographer Mikaela Holmberg in Finland.

Andersson and Kitto formed Perfect Blue Sky in 2014, drawing together well-known guest musicians who share a love of classic rock. The album features Jerry Donahue (guitarist for The Proclaimers and Fairport Convention) and Dave Getz (Big Brother And The Holding Company drummer). Also in the line-up is Frenchman Frank Bessard (Joe Satriani, Stanley Clarke) on drums, Australian keyboardist Danny Oakhill, and British viola player Lewis Parsons.

Saiichi Sugiyama is a British-based guitarist, singer and composer, best known for his writing and performing collaborations with Pete Brown, the lyricist for Cream since 2002 to date. His previous bands in 1990s featured Mike Casswell and Phil Williams of Walk on Fire, Andy Smith of Hot Chocolate, Zoot Money, Boz Burrell of Bad Company, John Cook of Rory Gallagher band as well as the guitarist, Paul Wassif. Sugiyama's self-published studio albums in 2000s featured Clem Clempson of Colosseum, Pete Brown (who co-wrote and co-produced the albums), Zoot Money and Ben Matthews of Thunder. His guitar style has more than a passing resemblance to that of Peter Green and has a vibrato technique similar that of Paul Kossoff.

Quiet Wish are a band from Surrey, UK playing alt-rock, electronic trip-hop, ambient progressive, floyd-esque original music that reflects current environmental and humanitarian concerns. The music takes you on a journey; a listening experience of themes and emotions that are interwoven and connected though the use of political poetic imagery both subtle and sometimes direct.

£6 entry and BYOB!
12 Nov 2017 at 1:30pm
until 12 Nov 2017 at 4:30pm
27 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6JT

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:

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.
27 Jul 2017 at 7:30pm
until 27 Jul 2017 at 11:00pm
27 Goldsworth Road
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 Your name will then be added to the guest list and the location confirmed. Please pay your donation on the door.
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."