South Downs Folk Singers


We meet monthly, in the evenings, in three locations: Worthing, Chichester and Lewes


The South Downs Folk Singers is a large, long standing and lively group of singers who meet monthly in Worthing, Lewes and Chichester.

We learn and sing folk songs mostly from this part of the world, celebrating the beauty and history of Sussex, and also folk songs that have travelled from other parts of the UK because they are so lovely.
Occasionally we perform the songs for the pleasure of sharing them; you may hear us in the woods or at the Weald and Downland Museum or at small festivals and celebrations throughout the year.

All the details of meetings and performances, all the songs and words and lots more fascinating stuff can be found on the website:

The “South Downs Folk Singers” is not a formal choir but a joyful group who sing traditional South Downs songs unaccompanied, as they may very well have been sung in homes, places of work and recreation in the past. It began life following a Heritage Lottery Funded project in partnership with the South Downs Society, about the heritage and songs of the South Downs. This finished in 2013 and the SDFS was formed to continue singing together. Since then we have added songs, harmonies and singers.

We have three local groups, each meeting monthly to sing in Chichester, Lewes and Worthing at the following venues – (N.B. – please check our Diary Page for any temporary changes to these usual plans.)

WORTHING:  First Thursday evening of every month – The Barn, English Martyrs Church, Goring Way, Goring-by-Sea, BN12 4UE

CHICHESTER: Third Thursday evening of every month,  – The Chichester Inn, 38 West Street, Chichester, PO19 1RP. This session is facilitated by musician and songwriter Alan Wheeler.

LEWES: Third Tuesday evening of every month, 6.30 till 9pm – The John Harvey Tavern, Bear Yard, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, BN7 2AN. This session is facilitated by the lovely and musically accomplished Tina Cox.

Session times

WORTHING:  First Thursday evening of every month, 7.15 for 7.30 - 9.30pm.

CHICHESTER: Third Thursday evening of every month, 7.30 for 8-10pm.

LEWES: Third Tuesday evening of every month, 6.30 - 9pm.

Choir details


Chichester and Lewes