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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Vision Board Workshop For Women

Pictures paint a thousand words and vision boards are a creative tool to awaken your intuitive mind and unlock the power of your imagination; using your creativity you can focus on the things you want to work towards that sometimes words can’t say.

The use of visualisation is common in many environments, eg sports and music psychology, and vision boards create an opportunity for you to be part of taking back your life and making things happen for yourself.

In a welcoming, supportive, environment you can explore where you want to put your focus to start to unfold a future that reflects what really matters to you.

All materials & refreshments provided, though bring a snack if you need to.

This half-day workshop is £50. Places are limited and need to be booked in advance as there is a small amount of pre-work to do.

Email: to book.
17 Feb 2018 at 12:00pm
until 17 Feb 2018 at 4:00pm
27 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6JT

A hive of activity!

There is so much going on at our little Goldsworth Road shop that it's hard to keep up! Some of the participants in our guitar workshops are pictured here and we'll soon be introducing vocal workshops too. We kicked off the year with a great Sunday acoustic session, and there's another one coming soon in February. Plus the open mic nights are back! More details on all of these below.

We want to take this opportunity to thank Will Budd and Vanessa Lake who ran a music night featuring Lisa Von H, with support from Rebecca Jayne and Arun Kanag and they donated £277.08 to the Phoenix Cultural Centre CIC from the proceeds. A massive thank you to them for such a kind gesture and a great night of music too!

A big thank you too to Get Surrey, for featuring us as one of the projects that makes Woking what it is. You can find that article on their website. Our founders have been busy as part of the Community Business Leaders Programme across the UK, and sharing their expertise with the School of Social Entrepreneurs.

We will be shutting down the Goldsworth Road premises in March. We'll let you know about a final farewell event as soon as we know. We still await the lease on the Quake nightclub which we were offered and have been negotiating since March 2016.

In the meantime, there is lots going on. Do come along and get in touch if you want more information on anything we're up to (

  • Saturday 27 January - Traditional Illumination Workshop run by Nagihan Seymour-Art

  • Yoga on Tuesdays (pregnancy) and Saturdays (kundalini)

  • The Monday Beginners Guitar Workshops are going really well! We are planning to start another group, plus an intermediate one. Get in touch to find out more.

  • Open mic every Thursday 8-11pm, including our famous jam session at the end. £3 on the door. BYOB.

  • Saturday 10 February - Beginners vocal workshop (more details below)

  • Saturday 17 February 12-4pm - Vision Board Workshop For Women (more details below)
  • Sunday 18 February 1.30-5pm - Sunday Acoustic feat Pepper & Shepherd, Lisa VonH, Anna Neale (more details below)
  • Sunday 25 February - Family acoustic session where all ages can take part. There will be sessions led by Lisa Von H, a musician and music therapist specialising in work with children with special educational needs (SEN).
  • Saturday 10 March - Vocal Workshop for Women

  • Sunday 11 March - No Petticoats Here, workshop & performance by Louise Jordan of stories of women of courage from WW1 (more details below)

Thursday night is Open Mic Night!

They're back! The Phoenix Centre Open Mic Nights. Every Thursday night, from the 4th January to the 29th March.

Bring your own booze or buy our tea, coffee and soft drinks.

£3 on the door to cover costs.

More details via email
25 Jan 2018 at 8:00pm
until 25 Jan 2018 at 11:00pm
27 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6JT

New: Finding Your Voice Vocal Workshop

We are continuing our series of affordable workshops and events brought to you by experienced musicians, to help those who otherwise would be unable to access music and learning.

Next up is an open vocal beginners workshop, led by an experienced vocalist, who will introduce tips and insights to find your own voice, strengthen and keep it healthy, and get over some of the limits that we experience that stop us from truly being able to express our authentic voice.

This workshop is not only aimed at people who want to sing but anyone who feels that they would benefit from having an opportunity in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment to be able to be confident to speak, or sing and express themselves in the way they wish to.

This is 18+
To book please email
10 Feb 2018 at 2:00pm
until 10 Feb 2018 at 4:00pm
27 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6JT

'No Petticoats Here' workshop & performance

We have a day dedicated to the stories of First World War women through song delivered by award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan.

Louise tells the stories of inspirational women who challenged expectations. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front, to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women. Inspirational women, working in a time of conflict, leaving a legacy.

Starting with a 90-minute workshop at 2pm where Louise will talk about the stories that inspired her writing and teach some of the songs for performance. After a short break she will give a performance at 4pm.

Both can be booked separately at £10 each or £15 to be part of both workshop and performance. Spaces on the workshop are limited and due to high demand in other places we recommend pre-booking/payment so as not to miss out.

Please email for details of how to secure a place.

Louise has had phenomenal reviews for this project and great audience feedback elsewhere. For more information on Louise's work, see and
11 Mar 2018 at 1:45pm
until 11 Mar 2018 at 6:00pm
27 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6JT

February's Sunday Afternoon Acoustic

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

A fantastic trio of feature acts will be bringing one of our last music days to the Phoenix Cultural Centre in Goldsworth Road.

All so popular both in our venue and at Phoenix Rising that we had to have them back. As always, the best in emerging original live music being brought to Woking - Pepper & Shepherd - this London duo have delighted us here in Woking since we tracked them down in Camden and dragged them here and a fine time they have given us since. Their new album, As The Willow Stands Near the Water, is sublime.

Joining them will be Woking favourites Lisa Von H, playing her beautiful, heartfelt enigmatic songs, and Anna Neale celebrating the release of her new single from her latest album Evolution featuring many collaborations with world artists.

Both of these musicians are Woking residents and we are very proud of them. They have been involved with the live music project since its move to its Goldsworth Road base in 2013, playing gigs there, in the streets for the community, at charity events to support other charities we help and many more things besides.

As always, we don’t have headliners or support acts just equally compelling music from musicians with diverse styles.

You are promised a fantastic day of music in a welcoming, friendly, intimate, Iive music venue.

£6 on the door, and BYOB!
18 Feb 2018 at 1:30pm
until 18 Feb 2018 at 5:00pm
27 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6JT

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