Hailsham Choral

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All rehearsals cancelled until further notice

Unfortunately, due to the latest government advice on unnecessary social gatherings, we have had to cancel choir rehearsals until further notice. We will email everyone when things get back to normal.

The concert on 28th March has been postponed to Saturday 19th September (see below).

Best wishes and stay safe!

Handel's Samson: Postponed

Because of the spread of Corona virus we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our performance of Handel's Samson. The concert will now take place on Saturday 19th September at 7.30pm in All Saints, Eastbourne. We are very sorry for any disappointment this may cause.

If you have already bought a ticket, please return it to the person/place you bought it from for a refund. We will issue new tickets nearer to the new date.

Our summer concert Animal Crackers has been cancelled as we are unable to meet to rehearse.

Further details here as the situation unfolds. In the meantime, stay safe and keep well.

Our next concert is a performance of Handel's Samson on Saturday 28th March. We are excited to bring you our first concert under our new Musical Director, Rosie Howarth. We also have four superb soloists lined up and an orchestra so it should be a great evening.

The oratorio Samson is one of the first pieces that Handel wrote immediately after Messiah and is considered one of his finest works. It re-tells the last part of the Bible story, where Samson, blind and in chains, finds the strength for one final great act.

For some fascinating notes giving the story of Samson and its historical background, written by one of our basses, please see here.

March 2020 concert poster
  • Saturday 28th March
  • 7.30pm
  • All Saints Church
    Grange Road
    BN21 4HE
  • Adults £15.00
    Under-18s £7.50
  • Tickets
  • Eastbourne Tourist Office
  • Camera Centre, Hailsham
  • wegottickets.com
  • and on the door
  • Conductor
  • Rosie Howarth
  • Soloists
  • Helen Bailey (Soprano)
  • Rebecca Anstey (Mezzo)
  • Andrew Wicks (Tenor)
  • Jozik Kotz (Bass)
  • Orchestra Leader
  • Lisa Wigmore

New Members Wanted!

January 2020 Recruitment poster

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.

For more information please see the ‘Join Us’ page.

Robin Gregory reviews our Autumn concert

Rachel’s Pie Jesu seemed to float heavenwards, and Jozik’s Libera Me perfectly prepared us for the closing In Paradisum: “eternal rest” indeed, and totally matching Fauré’s setting. The chorus was impeccable.

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About us

Choir photo

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, so we are now in our 59th year 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.

Contact us

For membership enquiries, or if you are interested in becoming a Friend, please see here.

For any other enquiries, please email our Secretary.

Milly Clark
Flat 3
22 Granville Road
BN20 7HA
Telephone : 01323 737432
Mobile: 07751 935011

If you want to read our Data Protection policy, it is available here.

Thank You

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of Hailsham Town Council who have assisted us with a Grant.

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