Robin Gregory reviews our Spring concert
All Saints Church set alight by Haydn’s Creation
“But the most important comments came from the audience, as they clapped until their hands ached, and sometimes beyond. This was music-making of the highest order, and if Haydn was hovering above he would have been well satisfied. A huge work, a fine performance throughout, a welcoming church, appreciative listeners. What more could one ask for?”
Easter concert - Good Friday 19th April 2019 (Free concert)
For Easter this year we will be performing John Henry Maunder's sacred cantata Olivet to Calvary on Good Friday in Hailsham Parish Church at 7.00pm
Admission is free, with a voluntary retiring collection to help cover costs.
Olivet to Calvary is a deeply felt religious work which tells the events leading up to the crucifixion. One of Maunder's many admirers wrote the following:
“The music of Maunder is always well written and thoroughly musical and devotional in feeling, and yet it is always easy to sing. Any amateur parish choir can attempt it, and yet it is worth the attention of even the best choral organizations. There is always a fresh and apparently inexhaustible flow of melodic ideas and the harmonic fabric is always full of interest and color and yet never unduly complicated.”
You can read more about Olivet to Calvary in our Programme Notes.
We are a choir of about 65 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.
For any other enquiries, please email our Secretary.
22 Granville Road
Telephone : 01323 737432
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We would like to acknowledge the generous support of Hailsham Town Council who have assisted us with a Grant.
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