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Who are we?

The Southern Knights are a Performing Arts, Colour Guard and Cheerleading organisation based in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, England and perform precision marching and dance displays to music using flags, imitation rifles/sabres, pom poms and other similar items.  We also have a musical performance group whose main aim is to have fun and help promote the Southern Knights name

Since 1998 we have concentrated just on colour guard and performing arts but prior to this we have a marching band/Drum Corps history dating back to 1909 when the 2nd Brighton Scouts started a band. In 1983 the band left the Scouts and the Imperial Knights Drum & Bugle Corps was formed and in 1988, following a merger with The Southwinds (another local youth band), the name changed to Southern Knights.

Southern Knights are now one of the largest and most successful colour guards in the UK with approximately 60 members and have won 22 national titles across 4 of the competitive Winter Guard United Kingdom classes.  In additional we have a small musical performance group.

We cater for young people from school starting age and full instruction is provided therefore no previous experience is required to become a 'Knight'.   We charge a monthly subscription and full details will be given prior to joining.  

During the summer months we perform at local events (i.e. fetes and carnivals) as well as stage performances whilst during the winter the colour guards compete in their own competitive circuit (Winter Guard - see WGUK website) at venues all over the country. We have provided displays at sporting and corporate events and also provided performers for music videos and other similar events.

Contact us for more details.

There are currently 4 sections:-

  • RUGRATS - school starting age to maximum age of 11 years old
  • JUNIORS - 8 years old (or younger with some experience) to 14 years
  • A GUARD - 10 years old (or younger with some experience) to 15/16 years
  • SENIORS - All ages but normally starting age of minimum of 13 years

The age ranges above are reasonably flexible depending on experience


Rehearsal Information

The Southern Knights rehearse at:
BLATCHINGTON MILL SCHOOL & SIXTH FORM COLLEGE, NEVILL AVENUE, HOVE, EAST SUSSEX. BN3 7BW
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(The entrance to the school is situated between 75 and 77 Nevill Avenue and if using a SatNav the best postcode to use is BN3 7NB)
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Summer Rehearsal Schedule

Our summer schedule is fairly relaxed and normally is:
RUGRATS/JUNIORS: Tuesdays 6pm - 7.30pm
A/OPEN: Tuesdays 7.30pm - 9pm
Additional one off rehearsals may be organised dependant on availability.

Winter Rehearsal Schedule

Our normal winter rehearsal schedule is:
RUGRATS: Tuesdays 6.00pm - 7.30pm with occasional weekends
JUNIORS: Tuesdays 6.00pm - 8.00pm with occasional weekends
A GUARD: Tuesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm ~ Sundays 10am - 5pm
SENIORS: Tuesday 7.30pm - 9.30pm ~  Sundays 10am - 5pm
Additional rehearsals are organised dependant on contest dates and training weekends



In previous years we have also had a very successful Youth Marching Band / Drum Corps but from 1998 this ceased to be.
For information the sections involved, were:

  • BRASS - forward facing G pitched valved trumpet style instruments.
  • MARCHING PERCUSSION - snare/bass/multi-tenor drums, cymbals.
  • STATIC PERCUSSION - orchestral keyboards, timpani.
  • PLUS OF COURSE - COLOUR GUARD


 

Southern Knights Performing Arts, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, England
Registered Charity : 294202


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