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February

BEXHILL CHORAL SOCIETY50d

 
In October we held a fund-raising Quiz evening, which is popular and was well-attended. 
In December we had our usual concert of Christmas music and carols, accompanied by a brass ensemble.  We had a large and enthusiastic audience, and had a very good review from Brian Hick of Lark Reviews who described it as a ‘wonderful evening...which brimmed over with good things’.  This was a particular triumph as a number of people had had to pull out at the last minute because of illness, and the bass section in particular was very depleted. 
Our next concert is the Brahms Requiem (in English) with orchestra, on 12th May at the De La Warr Pavilion. 
 

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February

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Our Christmas term started on September 4th and we had 15 new members start with us.
Our term has been busy with the following activities/events:
Friday 6th October
Performed at St Wilfred’s Charity Concert, Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne
Wednesday 8th November
We took over 50 choir members with friends and family to see Christmas Spectacular at Thursford, Norfolk. Particular member benefit was gained in watching/listening to the attention to detail and techniques used in the close harmony singing being displayed by the 120 strong resident professional choir
Saturday 2nd December
Performed at Seaford Christmas Magic, Seaford.  We sang for 40 minutes on a stage in the main shopping area of Broad Street entertaining those attending the Christmas stalls and attractions. A very good public attendance.
Saturday 9th December
Performed the first of our annual Christmas Concerts in St Leonard’s Church, Seaford to a packed audience who required additional seating. We achieved a door collection of circa £300 for our chosen charity the JPK Project
Sunday 10th December
Sang carols in Arndale Shopping Centre (opposite ‘Shades’ seating area) for 90 mins to an ever changing audience which included children participation with the opportunity to ‘conduct’ the choir!
Saturday 16th December
Performed the second of our annual Christmas Concerts in St Saviour’s, Eastbourne, again to a packed audience requiring additional seating. We achieved a door collection in excess of £1,150 for the JPK Project
Monday 18th December
Sang carols round the local streets of Old Town for 90 mins with a Santa and Elf on the most amazing sleigh provided by the Bexhill 100 team! We achieved a door/street collection in excess of £200 for the JPK Project. Carol singing in the Lamb Pub and Spice Garden Indian restaurant added an enjoyable and lucrative dimension! A very enjoyable choir social event followed at the JPK Centre
Monday 8th January
Our Summer term started well in our new rehearsal venue being the JPK Centre, Church Street, Eastbourne as the URC on Upperton Road has closed down for demolision and redevelopment.  The choir have settled in very well in the new environment, welcoming 12 new prospective members with another 3 coming along next Monday.
   

2018

February

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Please accept my apologies for absence from the Meeting next Saturday. Nothing to report from the former Central Merthodist Church except to say that our amalgamation with the other churches is now inplace and we have become Emmanuel Church (two Methodist and two United Reformed).
Pevensey Road premises are now vacated.
Fuure membership of EDCA to be considered in the light of our permanent re-establishment in new buildings in some two years time.
Meantime I hope that we can keep in touch.
 

2018

February

DOWNLAND SINGERS50d

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Membership has remained stable but we still lack numbers in the Bass section.
Our annual Christmas Gala at Trinity Church was the best to date with a full band, choir and audience – the church was at capacity and there was plenty of festive music for all to enjoy!
Two new venues were added to our usual Christmas programme. The first being the King’s Centre where we sang carols and festive songs at the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Christmas party , Secondly we enjoyed the wonderful surroundings of All Saint’s Hospital Chapel for the Christmas Concert run by Ivy House, Eastbourne.
Both performances went well and were much appreciated. It was gratifying to hear that while singing at the Chestnut Tree House party, one child with autism was able to engage with the live music and this has led to its use as a means of communication with him.
Our next performance will be on Maundy Thursday at Trinity Church for a service of Music and Readings for Holy Week.
 

2018

February

EASTBOURNE CHORAL SOCIETY50d

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ECS had a busy December starting with a performance of Haydn Seasons. It had been a challenging term learning this fairly long piece, but the performance, with a superb orchestra and lovely soloists, was very enjoyable and rewarding for those taking part and was enthusiastically received by the audience in All Saints' church.
This was followed a week later by a charity carol concert also at All Saints' church. This concert was the first of many carol events for the choir in several different venues - Carol singing in the Arndale Centre, Asda, a care home, an hotel and our annual engagement at All Saints' church to lead their lunch time carol service.
This term we have started work on Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony for our concert on 24th March and held an enjoyable workshop for this on Jan 29th. So far we are finding the piece challenging but agree it is a fantastic piece.
 

2018

February

EASTBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS50d

 
Report really only to mention that we had a successful Brahms’ Requiem concert in March 2017. The ESO are doing a non-choral concert for spring 2018 (details on www.eso.org.uk) and are planning a choral concert on Sunday 17 March 2019
 

2018

February

HAILSHAM CHORAL50d

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Our Autumn concert in November was Brahms German Requiem, sung in German and accompanied by Will Hancox and our own Colin Hughes on piano and keyboard.  There had been worries in the choir about singing in German, which seemed strange, as we have sung in many languages, including Russian and Hebrew, in the past.  However, Jozik did an amazing job rehearsing us and the concert was a great success and everybody, singers and audience, enjoyed it.  As it was Armistice Day we also sang ‘For the Fallen’ by Douglas Guest and Will and Colin played the beautiful Rachmaninov Romance from his Suite for Two Pianos.   
Hard on the heels of the Autumn Concert came our Christmas concert, with our Assistant MD, Barbara Edwards, working miracles to prepare us in time.  This year we had decided to sing in the Hailsham Parish Church, rather than our usual venue of the Community Hall, and this was a great idea, as the church was much more atmospheric and intimate, and we had more people in the audience than in previous Christmas concerts.  We always support a charity at these concerts, and this year we had chosen the charity Brian Maskell had been involved in, the Orpheus Centre, which helps disabled young adults become independent through music and the performing arts.  A young student from Orpheus sang at the concert – she had an amazing voice and it was incredibly moving. 
We also took part in the Hailsham Christmas Market and sang carols on what was a lovely sunny December day.
We are now building on what we’ve learned for the Brahms by singing the wonderful St John’s Passion by Bach on 17 March at All Saints.  We will be accompanied by The Sussex Baroque Players led by Julia Bishop and we have six fantastic soloists: Nick Pritchard, John Hancorn, Bethany Partridge, Rebecca Leggett, Paul Austin Kelly and Daniel Jordan.  This promises to be a very special event.
 

2018

February

HEATHFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY50d

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Our main concert was a December performance of Messiah by Candlelight, which drew our largest audience ever, partly because we didn’t stop the online sales when we reached what we planned to be our maximum! Never mind, we borrowed extra seating from two other venues and somehow squeezed ourselves into the hall: still keeping to the fire regulations of course.

In mid November we had no other commitments, but within a week, we have been approached by four organisations to ask if we could sing carols at their events, from the lowly Heathfield Christmas Shopping Day, to the rather more formal reception for East Sussex Councillors and Officers. A strange one this: singing from a balcony to a large group who were clearly more interested in canapes and networking then listening to Ding Dong for the umpteenth time. Still, I think we provided an adequate background muzak!

We are now rehearsing for our concerts in May and November: a rather different repertoire than our recent classical concerts, with Rutter’s ‘Sprig of Thyme’, Spirituals and a selection from les Mis. We are sharing this concert with Heathfield Youth Drama, as a means of broadening our audience and involvement with the local community.

Then in November, we have a major concert to make the centenary of the Armistice, which includes the performance of a new work: Voices of Remembrance by Laura Rossi.

Numbers are holding up well, and some of our singers have joined forces for specific concerts with other choirs, which is a great compliment and is truly within the spirit of the association.
 

2018

February

PHOENIX CHOIR50d

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There’s little to report yet on this occasion. We’re nearing our concert date for the St. Matthew Passion on 17th February. We have had several new members join us for this programme but had hoped for more. Singing in German is a very  controversial decision it seems when deciding how to go about a piece even though choral singers regularly sing in Latin, French etc. Rehearsals have gone well, despite the German and our numbers, but we’re very aware of the number of illnesses/ bugs going round and I always open my inbox with slight trepidation as we near a concert in case another has been struck down.  We’ve had a number of altos pull out for health/ medical reasons which has been a worry. The tenors – or lack of them – continue to be a problem and we have bought in the services of two tenors to give the section a much needed boost. Our sponsored charity for this year is Medical Detection dogs and we have Ralph  - a Labrador  with a diabetic owner attending the concert so we are likely to be upstaged in any case!

We had several enquiries in the New Year from prospective members but it was too late to join so late in rehearsals. I hope they’ll still be interested at the start of next  season’s rehearsals.

We did the usual round of carol singing in December and are pleased to have some bookings for next year already.

For our summer concert we’re singing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle which will offer some fun and light relief after this season as well as being a low budget concert. Marvellous!
 

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SEAFORD CHORAL SOCIETY

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Autumn 2017 brought with it a few challenges for the new committee. In November our much loved accompanist, Nick Milner-Gulland died. We managed to continue with the help of a number of people who stepped in for the evening, including Colin Hughes and John Eady. Colin also conducted us for a short slot when our conductor was late. He lit the room up.

Colin accompanied us at the Autumn concert, which was a greater success than expected. Most of the singers had felt under-rehearsed and anxious but it came together on the night and we made a pretty good sound with Nelson mass, and really surprised ourselves in Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass. Though it went well it did highlight the importance of us all enjoying our weekly sing as well as preparing for a concert.

In December our MD resigned, leaving us without an MD or accompanist as the Christmas holidays began. I am utterly delighted to report that Colin Hughes agreed to take over as our MD and John Eady as our accompanist. They have now presided over four rehearsals and the effect has been amazing. We are buzzing. There is a new excitement and singers have a constant smile on their faces. Colin is a fantastic MD and John is unbelievable on the piano. People gaze in amazement. The word is getting around Seaford very quickly and singers are returning.

We are rehearsing Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise for our Spring concert on 24 March, along with Locus iste and Haydn’s Insanae et Vanae Curae, which we are dedicating to the memory of our lovely accompanist, Nick. Rehearsals going well. On 17 February we are having a workshop (09:30 to 15:00) at Seaford Baptist Church. It will give us time to concentrate on singing technique etc. Colin will lead the workshop. We will also spend a little time preparing for our “Almost Instant” Good Friday offering of Fauré’s Requiem. We have decided, by popular demand, to continue with these concerts but restricting ourselves to three set pieces that will rotate (Fauré, bits for Messiah and Stainer Crucifixion). We will have a busy week with our Spring concert on 24 March and the requiem on the following Friday. Singers who know Fauré well are most welcome to join us on Good Friday. We will have a rehearsal on Monday 26 March at 19:15 and another on Friday afternoon. You are also welcome to join us for the workshop on 17 Feb.

With Colin we have inherited his partner, Rebecca Anstey who is one of our very popular soloists. Rebecca has led a session with us on breathing technique, and will be taking more sessions. She is well-loved by the singers and a great asset.

The Baptist Church in Seaford is a great venue for less-formal concerts, seating at least 250 people in a flexible space. We have booked it for our Summer concert on 30 June.

Seaford Choral Society is in a good place and looking forward to the future. We have around 80 members now, and are not looking to greatly increase our numbers except by attracting some good younger singers.
 

2018

February

SOUTH DOWNS SINGERS

 
Just to say that we have attracted a lot of younger members over the last few months, which is very refreshing for us all. We are now a choir of 58.

We enjoyed an excellent Christmas concert with The Warbleton Brass Band, which was very well received. We raised £1350 for our chosen charity Children with Cancer.

Our next concert is April 21st at St John’s, where I am delighted to say we are being joined by some of Bede’s senior school. Our charity for this concert is CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young)

We are also having a work shop again this April with Ruth Kerr...

Our proposed dates for 2019 are Saturday 25th April St John’s
Saturday 29th June venue TBC
Saturday 7th December 2019
 

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BEXHILL CHORAL SOCIETY50d20u

 
We have just held a concert of music by Purcell, Vivaldi and Monteverdi.  We had a good sized-audience who seemed to enjoy the performance. 
In June our Director of Music Ken Roberts gave a lecture recital on ’Music from the dance’; he generously donates these very popular events as fundraisers for the Society.  We are also holding a fund-raising Quiz evening on October 20th.
We have just started rehearsing for our Christmas concert on 9th December – carols and Christmas music accompanied by a brass ensemble. 
 

2017

October

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The Downland Singers held a successful summer concert at Trinity Church which formed part of the church’s “Weekend of Culture”. £100 was raised for the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital and the audience was numerically one of the best that we have had on such occasions.
The summer season continued with some members taking part in the recording of “Songs of Praise” from Eastbourne Bandstand. Several also thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Rutter “Come and Sing” day organised by the Phoenix Choir.
Our Autumn session began with an open workshop. While seven new voices joined us for this, sadly none have returned so we are still on the hunt for additional men in particular!
We have persuaded one new member to take on the role of Publicity and she is already proving a real asset. We thought it would be worthwhile investing in some new publicity materials and so our second rehearsal was given over to recording, videoing and photography.
It is now time to start learning a new repertoire ready for the Christmas season.
 

2017

October

EASTBOURNE CHORAL SOCIETY50d20u

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Since our last meeting Eastbourne Choral Society gave their summer concert. We sang Rutter – Sprig of Thyme and some songs from the shows, including Les Miserables and West Side Story. We often have a slightly smaller choir in the summer, and there is always someone who says they don’t like Rutter or wont sing songs from stage and screen, but nevertheless we performed with a choir of 75 members of ECS. We were accompanied by Nick Houghton, our resident accompanist, who us excellent. The concert also featured two of John Hancorn’s students, both of whom could have probably done with a microphone, but they so enjoyed performing with us. Ali, our young alto soloists for Les Miserables was in raptures about the sound of the choir – she had never heard anything like it. If only we could reach more young people, but it’s getting them there in the first place. Summer audiences are never huge – about 150 whatever we perform – unless we have children with us – that usually brings quite a few more. Generally, there is so much on in Eastbourne in July!
Our new term has started well with 90 plus on roll. We are singing  Haydn Seasons which  seems relatively unknown in Eastbourne, we certainly haven’t sung it before. Its had a mixed reception by choir, but since our great workshop day with Richard Wigmore and John, people seem more inspired. It is quite tricky in places so with that and the inevitable carols we are having a busy term.
It was interesting to note that at our recent AGM the two items brought up by members of the choir were – too much chatting during rehearsals and some people not adhering to our concert dress code. At least I felt we were not alone as these challenges have been aired at EADCA meetings! There are no easy answers but our committee are taking on the challenge to see what we can do to improve things in this respect!
 

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October

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Our Summer concert, on 1 July 2017, was a pleasant occasion and well attended, with slightly higher numbers than for our Christmas concert. We sang ‘The Whispering Mass’ by Marcus Haddow, one of our members, which was fun to learn and perform and well received. We also sang Rutter’s Magnificat, and a variety of light music.

Sadly Brian Maskell, our Secretary, passed away on 14 July, and a large contingent from HCS sang at his Memorial Service in Laughton on 31 July, together with members from the Laughton Village Choir and other local choirs, which Brian was involved in. It was an emotional and memorable occasion and the sound of the Hallelujah Chorus and Vivaldi’s Domini Fili Unigenite from his Gloria, raised the roof. Nathan Waring accompanied. Brian will be missed.

More recently we were invited to sing at the Hailsham Festival Mayor’s Opening Concert, at St Mary’s Church, Hailsham, on Saturday, 16 September. We sang a lovely selection of music, showcasing the variety of our repertoire.
As I write, we are looking forward to visiting the choir in Hailsham’s twin town, Gournay en Bray, Normandy, France, on the weekend of 6-8 October. Their choir visited Hailsham in 2015, so it will be a meeting of old friends for some.
We are rehearsing the wonderful Brahms German Requiem this term, which we sing in German. We will be accompanied as Brahms intended, by two pianos, at the concert at All Saints’ Church on 11 November at 7.30pm. This will be good practice for the St John’s Passion, which we will also sing in German, in Spring 2018.
Our Christmas concert will be on Thursday, 21 December, 7.30pm.
Unfortunately the EADCA AGM clashed with our workshop, so I am sending
 

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October

HEATHFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY50d20u

 
(Needs a text doc. here!) Following a very busy April and May (3 concerts in 6 weeks)
 

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October

PELHAM CHOIR50d

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The Pelham choir is much diminished in numbers through natural attrition and people moving out of the area. We have sung two evensongs during September one at Ripe and one at Hellingly, together with the Hellingly church choir, and will be joined by extra singers for Christmas carol services on 10th and 17th December.
The singers will join with the Laughton Village Choir and Clockhouse Singers, conducted by Linda Glenn, for a programme of Bach, including Jesu Meine Freude, at Laughton church on 21st April 2018.
The Villages Music Festival, now a registered charity, runs from 23rd june-1st July 2018. There will be a choral concert including Pelham choir, Laughton Village choir and friends, on 1st July also in Laughton church.
There will be a choral workshop on Bach’s Christmas oratorio on 13th October 2018, with the City Chamber Choir, conducted by Stephen Jones, at Ripe church.
 

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October

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We were very pleased with the outcome of our summer concert. Our audience numbers were a little lower that we’d have hoped but the audience there (apart from the very odd one or two of course) were wowed by the Gjeilo and the doubters amongst the choir had to  admit they’d been wrong in thinking we shouldn’t do it.  All of those there have said they want sing it again – praise indeed. The Corelli Ensemble accompaniment and solo items really added to proceedings and the entire programme provided a varied and extremely enjoyable concert.
The next big event was the Rutter Come and Sing Day in September, the success of which surpassed anything we could have imagined and was a thoroughly enjoyable day. There was the odd hiccup of course but John Rutter is so entertaining and everyone was enjoying the day so much nobody seemed to mind!
Our autumn season and the St Matthew Passion is going well so far. Everyone who wasn’t initially put off by the thought of singing in German has been very game and our two native German speakers have been enormously helpful. We hoped that we would have an influx of new singers, and while there are several, again we have very few tenors. We know more will join us after Christmas (we’ll have the Dutch Contingent, late joiners and occasionally the odd bought in singer), which will secure the concert but it doesn’t help with rehearsing for those there during the rest of the term. 
Interestingly the balance in voice sections for the Rutter Day reflected the general break down of numbers – tenors were the smallest section and the chaps who pulled out – mostly due to work commitments – were by and large tenors. Could many tenors be younger working professionals who can’t make the regular commitment to singing in a choir?? Just a thought!
We were fortunate last year in having a willing volunteer design us a lovely new website. This year control of it was passed to us and it has been rather neglected ever since as there has been no-one under the age of 35 with the knowledge and time to deal with it. So a big plus for the choir this term and a major achievement for me personally has been my finally getting to grips with managing and updating the choir’s website –
 

2017

October

SEAFORD CHORAL SOCIETY50d20u

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2016/17 was our centenary year so it was time to pull out a few stops. The previous year had done little for our confidence so we settled for some favourites. Our Autumn concert was a great success and included support by “The Semiquavers” from Seaford County Primary School and solos by Dame Felicity Lott. The church bulged. The programme included Zadok, Jean Racine, Hear My Prayer/O for the Wings, Brahms’ How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place and Vivaldi’s Gloria (and a glossy centenary programme).
The Spring concert was Messiah. It doesn’t matter how many times you do it, new choruses seem to sneak in from nowhere. It took all the rehearsal time, but was as rousing and popular as ever. Rehearsal was interrupted for a short time as we sung our “Almost Instant” Stainer’s Crucifixion on Good Friday.
Summer brought elections for the whole committee and I was elected a chair.  We decided to continue into Summer and a smaller choir rehearsed an eclectic mix of songs including Blue Skies (smiling at me!), Brightly Dawns our Wedding Day, The Bluebird and My Love Dwelt in a Northern land (Elgar). Rebecca Anstey (as usual) sand beautifully. Erika Schilsky payed a wonderful oboe solo. The concert was an informal one, open to the members who hadn’t joined in, family and friends, for a donation if we deserved it. It was fun.
We are rehearsing a hectic set of pieces for our November concert. These include Nelson Mass (another old favourite), Insanae et Vanae Curae and Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass (to name a few). The primary school choir will be singing with us.
Our greatest problem this year (apart from me and tight budgets) is getting hold of sufficient scores. The library had started to charge £30 for every batch they have had to get from every library, so 30 nelson masses came from Oxford (£30) some from Hampshire (£30) and others locally (£30). With so many pieces that mounts up quickly. We have some music stored in various places around Seaford (I’ve started hunting). I wonder if it worth us all sharing our treasures and saving ourselves a fortune.
   
 

2017

January

BEXHILL CHORAL SOCIETY50d20u

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Since the last meeting Bexhill Choral has had 3 events:
  • A singing workshop ‘Have a Hallelujah Morning’ where participants were invited to come and try singing 2 Messiah choruses (Hallelujah and For Unto Us a Child is Born).  We approached local groups, musical and non-musical, and advertised in the community, with the aim of attracting people who don’t currently sing in a ‘classical’ choral choir.  We hoped from this to increase awareness of the choir locally, and possibly attract a few new members and new audience, particularly for our Messiah concert in May.  The event was extremely popular and participants ranged from people who didn’t read music and had never sung this kind of music, to people who had sung Messiah before.  From the feedback, people had clearly enjoyed it very much, and a few people have expressed interest in joining the choir. 
  • A fundraising Quiz
  • Christmas concert which included Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols’, with a harpist.  We had a larger audience than previously.  Audience reaction to the Britten was rather mixed and the choir did find it quite tricky but it went well with a very positive review from Brian Hick of Lark Reviews. 
Our next concert is Messiah at the De La Warr Pavilion and we are happy to invite extra singers from local choral societies, who know Messiah, to join us for this.  For further information contact through www.bexhillchoral.org.uk
 
2017 January
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The Downland Singers have just completed their autumn season with Christmas performances at Trinity Church, Willingdon Golf Club and Bernhard Baron Cottage Homes, plus carol singing at Stone Cross Nurseries and the Freedom Leisure Centre in Hailsham.
The Christmas Gala at Trinity got the audience well-and-truly into the spirit of the season alongside Wealden Brass, who added a selection of their own pieces which were performed in a very professional manner.
Each event was in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and those attending were most generous in their donations, raising a grand total of £225. Macmillan was chosen as the choir learned and performed a new carol written by Jamie Hall who generously waived his Performing Right dues, in favour of contributions to this charity.
We are now working on a programme of sacred music for Holy Week.
 
2017 January

EASTBOURNE CHORAL SOCIETY50d20u

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2016/17 was our centenary year so it was time to pull out a few stops. The previous year had done little for our confidence so we settled for some favourites. Our Autumn concert was a great success and included support by “The Semiquavers” from Seaford County Primary School and solos by Dame Felicity Lott. The church bulged. The programme included Zadok, Jean Racine, Hear My Prayer/O for the Wings, Brahms’ How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place and Vivaldi’s Gloria (and a glossy centenary programme).
The Spring concert was Messiah. It doesn’t matter how many times you do it, new choruses seem to sneak in from nowhere. It took all the rehearsal time, but was as rousing and popular as ever. Rehearsal was interrupted for a short time as we sung our “Almost Instant” Stainer’s Crucifixion on Good Friday.
Summer brought elections for the whole committee and I was elected a chair.  We decided to continue into Summer and a smaller choir rehearsed an eclectic mix of songs including Blue Skies (smiling at me!), Brightly Dawns our Wedding Day, The Bluebird and My Love Dwelt in a Northern land (Elgar). Rebecca Anstey (as usual) sand beautifully. Erika Schilsky payed a wonderful oboe solo. The concert was an informal one, open to the members who hadn’t joined in, family and friends, for a donation if we deserved it. It was fun.
We are rehearsing a hectic set of pieces for our November concert. These include Nelson Mass (another old favourite), Insanae et Vanae Curae and Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass (to name a few). The primary school choir will be singing with us.
Our greatest problem this year (apart from me and tight budgets) is getting hold of sufficient scores. The library had started to charge £30 for every batch they have had to get from every library, so 30 nelson masses came from Oxford (£30) some from Hampshire (£30) and others locally (£30). With so many pieces that mounts up quickly. We have some music stored in various places around Seaford (I’ve started hunting). I wonder if it worth us all sharing our treasures and saving ourselves a fortune.
 
2017 January

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In November a group from the choir went to New York to sing in a concert at the Carnegie Hall, organised by ‘Distinguished Concerts in New York’  It was extremely well organised and we got a standing ovation for the performance.  We were among 250 other singers but made up the biggest single group.  It was expensive, but a very worthwhile experience.
Our Christmas concert included two relatively unknown works: Geoffrey Bush ‘Christmas Cantata’ and Bob Chilcott ‘Wenceslas’.  The Bush is a collection of traditional carols but with an interesting accompaniment for piano and oboe….very beautiful and not expensive.
The Chilcott should be included in more Christmas programmes – it is very listenable to and rewarding for the choir.  It calls for a King and a Page (wonderfully sung by Ansy Boothroyd) and the audience join in the last verse.
Members of the choir sang carols at a reception for local council staff and managers, and at a retirement home.
The term ahead is quite busy too:  our twinned French choir visit in early April, we are joining forces with two primary schools for a performance of Ahoy, and then there is a performance of Creation in May…..
 
2017 January

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Since the last EADCA meeting rehearsals of Elijah at Phoenix have continued to go well with an encouraging number of new members joining the choir.
For the first time this season we had a co-ordinator for our Christmas events. She organised our bookings with hotels and residential/care homes for December as well as singing in the Arndale and at the bandstand where we raised funds for the Alzheimer’s Society – our nominated charity for this year. It was a struggle at times to ensure we had enough singers across the 4 voices what with Christmas pressures and the amount of illness going around but we managed. It proved to be a very enjoyable and successful time for all involved and raised some very useful funds.
We are now in the final stages of rehearsing for Elijah on February 4th and are looking forward to a great concert as well as hoping that we’ve seen the worst of the winter’s bugs and the added worries they bring.
After that our next project for the summer will have a Scandinavain feel with Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass and some Morten Lauridsen.
 
2017 January

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During this year, Seaford Choral Society is celebrating its centenary.
The first concert was held on 26th November and attracted a capacity audience,
drawn, no doubt, by the billing of Dame Felicity Lott, who kindly agreed to sing with
and for us at no charge. She was joined by Rachel Shouksmith (Soprano) and
Rebecca Anstey (Contralto), with Nick Houghton playing St Leonard’s church’s very
fine organ. We sang the following:
Handel - Zadok the Priest
Fauré - Cantique de Jean Racine
Brahms - How Lovely are Thy Dwellings (German Requiem)
Holst - Christmas Day
Vivaldi - Gloria, and
Mendelssohn - Hear My Prayer, in which Dame Felicity sang the first part and
(at her suggestion), Rachel Shouksmith sang Oh for the Wings of a Dove. My
abiding memory of the concert will be of Dame Felicity and Rachel singing the duet
‘Laudamus Te’ in the Vivaldi Gloria together and so obviously enjoying the
experience!
We were able to attract many of our former members back to sing with us and had
around 75 members enrolled at the time of the concert.
Our annual ‘Almost Instant’ concert on Good Friday 2017 will be Stainer’s
Crucifixion and the second of our centenary concerts on 13th May will be Handel’s
Messiah.
 

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October

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Since the May meeting we have been rehearsing for our concert on 8th October, Haydn's Creation.
We held the concert on 8th October and everything went very well, with praise from our audience members, and a review from Brian Hick (Lark Reviews) which was exellent, praising the 'quality and enthusiasm' of the choir.
In June our Director of Music, Ken Roberts, did a lecture-recital called, 'Love, hopeless love' on the theme of the loves of various classical composers; Ken very generously donated the evening as a fund raiser for the choir, and it was both a sell-out and an entertaining evening. Some of the choir also sang in a Festival Choir for the last night of the Bexhill Proms' concert which concluded Bexhill's Festival of Music. This was held at the De La Warr Pavilion and was a sell-out.
On the admin side we have revised and updated our constitution, and also created a new Members' Handbook for members to read (or not!).
We are holding a "Have a Hallelujah Morning!" workshop on 5th November from 10-1 - this is a fun 'taster' morning for people who may not have sung much if any classical music and want to give it a try. We hope we my recruit a few additional members as well, as we are performing Messiah next spring at the De La Warr Pavilion. We are also having a fund-raising quiz evening on November 11th, then our Christmas Concert on December 10th.
A few of our members are joining Hastings Philharmonic choir for Beethoven's 9th and a new piece by Philip O'Meara on November 12th.
Future dates
5 Nov 2016 50coloured"Have a Hallelujah Morning!" workshop 10am - 1pm50coloured Christchurch Methodist, Bexhill
10 Dec 201650coloured Carols and Christmas music for choir and audience including Britten's 'A Ceremony of Carols' 50coloured50coloured50coloured50colouredSt.Augustines Church, Bexhill
6 May 2017 50colouredHandel 'Messiah'50coloured50coloured50coloured50coloured50coloured50coloured50coloured De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
7 Oct 201750colouredVivaldi 'Magnificat' - Montiverdi 'Beatus Vir' - Purcell Anthems, and selection from 'Dido and Aeneas'
50coloured50coloured50colouredAlbinoni Double oboe concert (orchestra)50coloured50coloured St.Augustine's church, Bexhill
9 Dec 201750coloured Christmas concert50coloured50coloured50coloured50coloured50coloured50colouredSt,Augustins's church, Bexhill
 

2016

October

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Our Summer Concert in June – “Thank you for the Music” at Trinity Church was well supported and the choir enjoyed presenting a varied programme of light music. The ladies of the choir showed off their baking talents by providing a selection of cakes for the Interval refreshments.
We also sang again in June for the Afternoon Tea held by the Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals at East Dean Village Hall.
Our Autumn session began with two workshops - aimed at new singers - to introduce them to the skills required when following a musical score. These were both well attended and received.
Work in now underway on our Christmas repertoire in readiness for the Gala Concert at Trinity in December and other regular carol singing opportunities.
 

2016

October

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nd knowledgeable speaker and we are delighted that he is returning to Eastbourne for us. ECS hosted a Sing and Discover Day last Spring for Messiah with John and Richard and it proved hugely successful. Please do make a note of the date. Details will be on our website in due course.
Now we are rehearsing Bach Christmas Oratorio for a concert on 3rd December which will mark the beginning of what is seemingly going to be a very busy Christmas season. Ding Dong Merrily everyone!!
Finally, on beWe gave a concert in July where we sang Poulenc Gloria and Puccini Messa di Gloria. This performance was much enjoyed by choir and audience although we were slightly disappointed at the number of people who came to listen., approx 150.  We find it more difficult to attract an audience in the summer, probably because there is a lot going on in the town. Next summer we are planning a more “light hearted” concert in the hope that it may attract some holiday makers.
In September we held a very successful workshop day on Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Despite the fact that quite of few of ECS holiday in September we had 85 singers – some of whom were ECS members and some “visitors” from other choirs. The day concluded with an informal performance with professional soloists. A great days singing helped along by plenty of tea and cake!!
Advanced notice – we are holding a Sing and Discover Day for Haydn The Seasons on 30th September 2017 led by John Hancorn with guest speaker Richard Wigmore. Richard is an entertaining ahalf of ECS a huge thank you to Jenny, Roger and Michael for their continuing work for the EADCA.
 

2016

October

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Activities since May 2016
11 June 2016 - Concert in St Nicolas' Church, Pevensey
Haydn, St Nicholas Mass
"The True Saint Nicolas", a new work by Ruth Kenward and Martin Neill in which we were
joined by children from Pevensey & Westham C of E Primary School.
3 July 2016 - Summer Concert in Civic Community Hall, Hailsham
On the theme of Love and Romance
Future Events
17 September 2016 - Open workshop as part of the Hailsham Festival.
12 November 2016 - Concert in All Saints' Church, Eastbourne
Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs plus a selection of early music and Russian music
from the Oxford collection "European Sacred Music".
16 December 2016: Christmas concert
25 March 2017 - Concert in All Saints' Church, Eastbourne
Handel, Dixit Dominus
Vivaldi, Gloria in D
14 April 2017 - Stainer's Crucifixion - Hailsham Parish Church.
 

2016

October

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Our main summer concert was held on 21st May, and included 2 contemporary works: Karl Jenkins ‘ The Armed Man’ and Howard Goodall ‘Every Purpose Under the Heaven’.
Both were enthusiastically received by the choir and the audience, although ticket sales were a little lower than expected, perhaps because the Goodall is not yet widely known.  It was still a worthwhile event and I anticipate that this work will in time become more widely known, in the same way that his earlier work ‘Eternal Light’ is now in the repertoire of many choirs.
The season ended with a whole day rehearsal for Eternal Light and a tea party.
So far this term we have given a concert at East Hoathley Church, which included ‘Every Purpose’ and extracts of works we have performed over the last few years.
In November we have our trip to New York, and a Christmas Concert on December 10th, including the first Sussex performance of Bob Chilcott’s ‘Wenceslas’.  This is a very ‘easy on the ear’ work, but with some very clever choral writing.  I can recommend it as a very useful addition to a choir’s Christmas programming – it needs only piano accompaniment and two soloists.
 

2016

October

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Choral workshop on 8th October at Ripe church (flier attached). Excerpts from Handel’s Israel in Egypt. This is in association with the City Chamber Choir, conducted by Stephen Jones. Singers in all parts are very welcome; please send the flyer to your mailing lists.
There is unfortunately a clash of dates with the Hailsham Choral Society, and Brighton Early Music Festival who are both running workshops on the same day. Sometimes clashes just cannot be avoided.
There will not be  a Ripe workshop in 2017.
The Villages Music Festival was a great success and was well attended with some outstanding musical events including an opera workshop for children.
We are planning  a musical weekend for 9/10 September 2017 which will include chamber music and a film.
 

2016

October

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Our summer concert in early June was a great success - well-attended and with a very pleasing review. We performed Rutter's Gloria and Bob Chilcott's Little Jazz Mass, and also two instrumental spots - one a composition by our accompanist for piano and violin and the other, pieces for guitar and recorder. After some 'Rhythm of Life' the evening concluded with a taste of the Last Night of the Proms. The concert was well received and thoroughly enjoyed by choir and audience alike and there was a super atmosphere throughout the evening.
The start of the new season is going well and is proving popular with Elijah being a favourite of so many. We've had several new members join including extra tenors and basses who are most welcome and making a good sound.
The membership unanimously supported an increase in subscription this year to £100. We took the decision this summer to have a different subscription fee for each season; a higher rate to reflect the higher costs of our winter concert and with the bigger choir, and a lower rate for our summer concert with its lower costs and smaller choir.
We're trying to have a push on fundraising as concert expenses are so high and we have a well organised sponsorship/advertising team now as well as a team who are organising some in-house fundraising and the odd social event. We have a good number of carolling events booked for this December and are now supporting the Alzheimers Society for the coming year. We also have a new website and a new Friends Sercretary who has the bit between his teeth.
All in all our new season has got off to a very positive, productive and enjoyable start.
 

2016

October

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We have had no concerts since our last one in May. After the traumas of our last
concert, it was mutually agreed by both Committee and MD that we all needed a
break to rest and recuperate and that there would therefore be no summer
concerts.
We restart rehearsals on 5th September to prepare for our Autumn concert on 26th
November, when we shall be singing the following works:
Parry - I was Glad
Handel - Zadok the Priest
Faure - Cantique de Jean Racine
Brahms - How Lovely are Thy Dwellings (Requiem)
Holst - Christmas Day
Vivaldi - Gloria
We shall be pleased to welcome Dame Felicity Lott to sing with us at this concert in
celebration of our Centenary and shall be organising a half-day workshop in early
October for both present members and visiting singers (details at the meeting).
We have set up a Music Planning Sub-Committee, consisting of myself, our
President, our MD, our accompanist and two members, one of whom will be
celebrating her 60th year of singing with the Choral Society! The brief will be to
work out a programme for the next two-three years which will then be costed and
submitted to the Committee for approval.
I wait to see how many of our erstwhile members will return to sing with us!
 

2016

January

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Since the last meeting we have had a very successful Christmas Concert accompnied by brass.
We had a big push to get choir members to sell tickets, including a graph to show ticket sales week on week and we did have a much bigger audience.
We are now rehearsing for our May concert ofd Poulenc's Gloria and Puccini's Messa di Gloria.
7 May 201650coloured Poulenc 'Cloria' & Puccini 'Messa di Gloria'50coloured St Augustine's Church, Bexhill
8 Oct 2016 50coloured Haydn 'Creation'50coloured50coloured50coloured50coloured50coloured" 50coloured50coloured
10 Dec '16 50coloured Carols & Christmas Music for choir and audience
50coloured50coloured50colouredIncluding Britten's 'A Ceremony of Carols'50coloured"
6 May 201750coloured Handel 'Messiah'50coloured50coloured50coloured50coloured50colouredDe LaWarr Pavilion, Bexhill
 

2016

January

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Concentus sang their two main concerts for Christmas in Seaford and Eastbourne and they were a huge success.
Besides this we also sang at 8 other venues around the Eastbourne/Seaford area during the Christmas season.
We are now preparing for our summer concert where we are performing Zimbe in the second half of the programme which will involve sivty children singing at the Seaford and Eastboune concerts.
Coping with age: All Concentus members are insured for accident liability until they reach the age of 75 years. Members are aware of this.
Travelling abroad: We have taken the choir to France and we were all insured and stayed in a hotel.
Two German visits: Most members who went to Germany stayed with host families. We did have 2 or 3 members that stayed in a hotel - all were insured.
   

2016

January

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The Hospital Choir has completed a successful year with concerts held in the Hospital Chapel and with Age Concern. The concerts/services have been well attended and circulated round the Hospitals to the appreciation of the patients. But it is difficult to maintain a group of capable singers and providing the music becomes more and more expensive. It is seen as a charitable offering and thus no subscriptions have been charged throughout the 20 plus years it has been running.
If anyone feels led to take over the directorship, I would be relieved to hand it on to 'younger blood'
Very best wishes for 2016 to all.
 

2016

January

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The run up to Christmas kept us busy with 6 occasions to perform.
The Gala at Trinity Church saw the choir loin forces once again with Wealden Brass. This was a rousing afternoon of festive music and was very well attended - the church being full, in fact it was the best attended Gala over the past three years.
We had our usual carol singing venues at Willingdon Golf Club, Stone Cross, and Lime Cross Nurseries, together with a new venture - carol singing at Freedom Leisure, Hailsham. Our chosen charity was Macmillan Cancer Support and we raised £55 through bucket donations.
We are rehearsing Stainer's Crucifixion for performance on Maundy Thursday.
 

2016

January

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Since the last EADCA meeting ECS has been very busy. We gave a concert of English Anthem and Song at All Saints Church, Eastbourne on Sat 28th Nov. This included Handel Coronation Anthems and was well received by the audience, which considering the atrocious weather, was a reasonable size. The concert also featured the lovely All Saints organ played by David Force and the retiring collection of £240 for the organ fund was gratefully received by the church
Then, as with all choirs, it was carols.
Some 35 of us led the singing at one St Wilfrid's Light of Love Services for the bereaved, always a privilege and very moving. A small group from ECS sang carols in a care home in Polegate and a larger group sang carols in the Arndale Centre in aid of Children with Cancer Fund based in Polegate. Our biggest carol event was a carol concert which took place in St Wilfrid's Hospice on Sunday afternoon This is the third year running we have given a concert at the hospice at Christmas. All proceeds go to the running of this wonderful organisation. We made our annual appearance at All Souls lunchtime carol service where we lead numerous congregational carols plus do a couple of solo spots. This has grown in popularity over the years and there were over 130 people in the congregation, which for a weekday is great. The church work hard to promote the service and serve refreshmants. A few of us squeezed into the DGH radio studio and sang carols live for one of the shows - good fun! Our very last event was carol singing at Mowbray Hotel at lunch time on Christmas eve.
The begining of this term was somewhat of a milestone for ECS as we moved to a new rehearsal venue. ECS has rehearsed at URC since its inception in 1993 but with the redevelopment of the church in the pipeline we took the opportunity to search for somewhere else to meet. We now rehearse at Gildredge House School in Compton Place Road in a lovely new airy room. They have made us very welcome there and we are settling in well. Plenty of affordable space, with a large car park.
Nancy Cooley, our excellent accompanist, has decided that she cannot now give the time to ECS. Living in Lewes she is developing a lot more work with children and has a busy life. We shall miss Nancy's superb playing. However, fortunately for us, Nick Houghton has mover to Eastbourne and has agreed to be our accompanist. Nick has worked with us before for concerts and workshops and is well known and liked by the members of ECS.
 

2016

January

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ESO choral concert, last year 2015 (Creation) went well and our 24April 2016 will be Gerontius (all details on www.eso.org.uk)
   
 

2016

January

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Activities since October 2015
7 November 2015 - Concert i All Saints' Church, Eastbourne - Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle. There is a review by Robin Gregory in the Eastbourne Herald and on the HCS website
17 December 2015 - 'Carols for the Young at Heart' in the Civic Community Hall, Hailsham
Smaller groups sang carols at the Hailsham Event and at Chapter 12 Wine Bar
Future Events
19 March 2016 - Concert in All Saints' Church, Eastbourne - Mozart Requiem in D minor, Haydn St Nicholas Mass
11 June 2016 - Concert in St Nicolas' Church Pevensey - Haydn St Nicholas Mass, 'The True Saint Nicolas', a new work by Ruth Kenward and Martin Neil in which we will be joined by children from Pevesey & Westham C of E Primary School. This is part of the church's 800th anniversary celebration.
3 July 2016 (3pm) - Summer concert in Civic Community Hall, Hailsham - Love songs through the ages
12 November 2016 - Concert in All Saints' Church, Eastbourne - Glories of European Church Music (mainly from the Oxford collection 'European Sacred Music' edited by John Rutter)
16 December 2016 - Christmas concert
25th March 2017 - Concert in All Saints' Church, Eastbourne - Handel Dixit Dominus, Vivaldi Gloria in D
14 April 2017 - Easter concert
2 July 2017 - Summer concert
11 November 2017 - Autumn concert
21 December 2017 - Christmas concert
 

2016

January

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Since the last meeting, the choir has completed three evenings of performaces of Aida with South Downs Opera - professionally staged and directed. This was challenging for the choir, for the amount of music we had to sing, and the extra rehearsals we had to attend.
The outcome was amazing, but some of the singers were not so enthusiastic about doing a 'non choral society' programme. The next opera in three to four years time will be either Madam Butterfly or Turandot...both large scale! It may be that the opera chorus is opened up to other singers and a Heathfield/South Downs Opera Chorus formed.
As this left us much less time to prepare for a Christmas concert, we teamed up with Buxted Symphony Orchestra for a shared 'Gala' concert. They played Mozart 'Horn concerto' and Faure 'Masques et Bergamasque' in the first and we sang Vaughan Williams 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols' and other accompanied pieces in the second half.
It was an enjoyable evening and drew an audience who would not normally come to one of our own concerts.
There were two carol singing events for the local Abbey House Residential Home and the Community Carol Service at the Kings Church.
We are now rehearsing for our May concert: Karl Jenkins 'Armed Man' and Howard Goodall 'Every Purpose Under the Heaven' - a relatively new work which has high audience appeal and needs only a small orchestra. There will be a Singing Day in April to introduce the work to other singers and choirs.
Then there is a trip to New York and a performance in Carnegie Hall...
 
 

2016

January

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LVC is a community choir, conducted by Laughton-based singing teacher Linda Glenn, and growing rapidly in number, confidence and ability. The choir is made up of singers from the surrounding villages, with representatives from Ripe, Laughton, Chalvington, Deanland, Ringmer, Upper Dicker, even Eastbourne. We sing a wide range of music, from Handel to Fats Waller via Glee, Barbershop, Gospel, Abba, Beatles aand Manhattan Transfer.
Future Events
10 March 2016 - Concert in All Saints' Church, Laughton - Faure Requiem
3 July 2016 - Concert in All Saints' Church, Laughton
This is the finale of the Villages Music Festival 2016 - Handel, Zadoc the Priest. Vivaldi, Gloria
 

2016

January

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No major recent events.
We will be joining the Laughton Village Choir for a performance of Faure's Requiem at Laughton Church on 19th March.
Villages Music Festival planned for 25th June - 3rd July 2016, which will include an opera evening with singers from Glyndebourne, a pop-up orcherstra, piano quintet playing English music, an opera wokshop for children, a folk duo, the Askew sisters, and a performasnce of Verdi's Gloria, a Telemann Suite with trumpet and 2 oboes, Bach violin music and Zadok the Priest,
Choral workshop planned for 8th October at Ripe.
   
 

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May

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The choir put on a moving performance of Maunder’s sacred cantata “Olivet to Calvary” at Trinity Church, Willingdon on Maundy Thursday, April 2nd. This was well attended and the retiring collection, in aid of People Matter, (an Eastbourne based charity) raised £227.00.
This proved a good example of how our member choirs can support each other. Having failed to find a suitable Tenor soloist who was available for a daytime performance, we contacted Brian from Heathfield Choral Society. Brian put us in touch with Nick Howard, a member of the society who undertakes solos for them. We were delighted that Nick agreed to sing the Tenor part. But, what a small world it turned out to be – Alastair used to work with Nick, who is also connected with the Chiddingly Festival so had an association with Jennie too - thank you Brian!
We are now working towards a concert for the “Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals” Fair at East Dean next week.
Plans are well in hand for the celebration of the choir’s Silver Jubilee in June.
 

2015

May

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Our most recent concert in March was a performance of Brahms Requiem, perhaps in a more unusual version – accompaniment was four hands on one piano, in this instance played brilliantly by Nancy Cooley – our regular accompanist and Gareth Hancock.
The performance was very well received and the choir were thrilled with the evening. MD John Hancorn has stated that we have never sung and responded to him so consistently and so intently before – definitely a high spot for ECS. All feedback from audience has been great.
This term we are singing something very different – a modern piece by Aleaxander L’Estrange (composer of Zimbe which we performed in 2010) called Ahoy – Sing for the Mary Rose. This piece celebrates the rise and fall and rise again of King Henry’s flagship which now can be found in Portsmouth dockyard. The music is a mixture of Sea Shanties, music by Alex and some attributed to King Henry himself. It is written for adult and children’s voices and we will be performing this piece on Saturday 4th July in All Saints Church Eastbourne with choirs from St John’s Meads, The Causeway and Wallands, Lewes schools. We will be accompanied by the composer and his Call me Al Jazz quintet. 
We held a workshop for Ahoy last Saturday which was very enjoyable. John did a great job of getting us to sing in a very much more relaxed way that something like Ahoy needs and we had lots of fun and tea and cake!
We have another more traditional open workshop on Saturday 12th September in St Nicolas Church Pevensey for Mozart Requiem. This is a stand alone day culminating in an informal concert with soloists and organ accompaniment. All welcome!!
 

2015

May

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Dec 28th 2014, Laughton Village Choir, conducted by Kate Hawks sang a cappella carols at Chalvington church with poetry readings. The church was packed with lots of families and it was well received.
March 22nd 2015 , Laughton Village Choir and friends, conducted by Linda Glenn, performed Vivaldi's Gloria at Christchurch in Lewes with Lewes Baroque Players in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice in Chailey. This was well attended and a very successful event.
April 25th 2015, here was a choral workshop on Handel's Messiah at St John the Baptist Church, Ripe, conducted by Kate Hawks with a string quartet called Berwick Baroque, organist Mark Richey and soprano, tenor and bass soloists. 45 local choral singers attended the day, which included a performance in the evening, and a retiring collection in aid of church restoration funds. I have received enthusisatic feedback
   
 

2015

May

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The Pelham Choir, conducted by Joan Hester, continues to provide music for church services and will sing two choral evensongs on 31st May and 25th October, both at Chalvington church. The Hellingly Church chior will join the October service.
A further choral workshop is planned on 3rd October 2015 at St John the Baptist Church, Ripe, with the City Chamber Choir, conducted by Stephen Jones, who has conducted 10 previous annual workshops at Ripe. This is open to all singers on application. The works to be studied this year are Faure Requiem and Gounod Messe Solonnelle de Sainte Cecile. Fliers will be circulated in early July.
 

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September

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The choir has experienced another busy musical year. We have performed at some of our usual venues but highlights were singing at   The Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals’€ Summer Fair, The Afton Hotel for The National Federation of the Blind of the UK€ and more recently at Willingdon Memorial Hall, where we performed a selection of WW1 Songs, for the commemoration afternoon tea organised by The British Legion.
At Christmas, we joined forces with Wealden Brass for a Christmas Gala at Trinity Church, which was much enjoyed by band, choir and audience a like. Then on Maundy Thursday, an augmented choir presented “The Crucifixion” by J.S.Stainer. Our soloists were exceptional in their performances and the emotion and appreciation of both choir and audience was most apparent.  
Numerically the choir has grown steadily and we continue to welcome new voices. It is many years since I have been able to say that the choir is going from strength to strength. After a period of uncertainty, the Downland Singers are now well on the way to a healthy future. This also means that we are able to take on different challenges and, as the diary already shows, this will happen in next year as we celebrate our Silver Anniversary.

 

2014

September

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We put on our usual range of concerts, November at All Saints' we sang' Dido and Aneaus' followed by opera choruses.   At Christmas we had our Christmas concert in the Hailsham Civic Community Hall, at which we offered mince pies and mulled wine.   At this concert we also have a craft/produce stall to help with fund raising. Our chosed Christmas charity this year was Children with Cancer (a local charity based at Polegate) for which a retiring collection collected nearly  £300.   We also sang for the Wealden Council Christmas party and did an evening at Chapter 21 in Hailsham: so a busy time for us.
In Spring 2014 our Eastbourne concert at All Saints' was Durufle's 'Requiem' and Rutter's 'The Mass of the Children' in which we were helped by a choir from Bedes Junior School. The summer concert was a bit of an experiment, an afternoon concert in the Community Hall. This was an afternoon of music and poetry remembering the First World War. It was followed by tea and scones which went down well with our audience (some of whom are not in their first flush of youth).   As an experiment it was a success and will be repeated.
And finally a warning to other choirs in the area - we have recently been told that we are unable to put on 'Carmina Burana' at All Saints' in November.    
Jan Boyes