Our next concert is a performance of Handel’s Samson on Saturday 1st April 2023 with orchestra and soloists. Blind and in chains, can the hero Samson summon the strength for one last desperate act? Join us to hear one of Handel’s finest dramatic works.
No music lover should miss this rare opportunity to hear Handel’s most dramatic oratorio Samson, which was second in popularity only to Messiah during the composer’s lifetime. Based on the poem Samson Agonistes by John Milton, it tells the story of the Israelite hero Samson, and features a cast of characters including his alluring but treacherous wife Dalilah, the swaggering Philistine giant Harapha, his loyal friend Micah and faithful father Manoah. The arias for these characters have become some of the most famous ever written by Handel, including Let the bright Seraphim, Total eclipse, Honour and Arms and Return O god of hosts. The alternating choruses of Israelites and Philistines are also richly characterised and contrasted.
Hailsham Choral have engaged a superb group of professional soloists including the exciting young tenor Ben Hancox-Lachman in the title role, Rebecca Hughes as Micah, Andrew Tipple as Harapha, Jim Clements as Manoah and Helen Bailey as Dalilah.
Robert Milnes reviews our November 2022 concert
Hailsham Choral: Musical Triumph at All Saints
How appropriate that Hailsham Choral Society, under their inspiring conductor Jozik Kotz, should choose to perform Haydn’s great “Mass in the time of fear” (also known as the “Nelson” Mass) at this particular moment in time.
New Members Wanted!
Do you enjoy singing?
Are you looking for a friendly, welcoming choir?
Look no further.
Hailsham Choral is a lively, local choir with some 60 members singing a wide repertoire from Bach to the Beatles, Rossini to Rutter, and Handel to Holst
We rehearse on Thursdays, at 7.30pm at the Hailsham Community Hall, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX.
For more information please see the ‘Join Us’ page.
We are a choir of about 60 singers based in Hailsham, East Sussex.
You can find references to a choral group in Hailsham from the early 1930s, but it faded from view during the war - they probably had even more troubles recruiting tenors and basses then! The present Society was founded in 1961 and still going from strength to strength.
We perform at least four main concerts during the year, with programmes featuring anything from Bach (Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion) to Beatles, Rossini (Petite Messe Solennelle) to Gershwin, Rutter (Requiem, Magnificat, carols) to Rogers and Hart.
We’re a sociable lot too, music workshops, coffee mornings, quizzes, even the odd pint of beer or glass of wine (or two)!
If you’re looking for a fast way to increase your circle of friends, as well as an opportunity to sing hugely enjoyable music go to the ‘Join Us’ page.
For membership enquiries, or if you are interested in becoming a Friend, please see here.
For any other enquiries, please email our Chair Milly Clark (Phone: 01323 737432 Mobile: 07751 935011)
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We would like to acknowledge the generous sponsorship of Crane & Co, the Hailsham-based Estate Agents.
and the kind support of Hailsham Town Council who have assisted us with a Grant.
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