Hello and Welcome
Thanks for visiting our website. We are a friendly choir of about 70 - 80 voices based in Hastings, East Sussex, UK. We perform up to four concerts a year in the town.
Whether you're looking for tickets or hoping to join us, you'll find what you need by exploring the site.
Tickets for Hastings Phil Choir's next concert are now on sale!
We're returning to the glorious Christ Church, St Leonards for an evening of sumptuous music in a sumptuous setting! Brahms's magnificent Requiem is a masterpiece for choir and orchestra; a groundbreaking 'Mass for the Living' as it is sometimes known. We'll be singing in German though providing a translation in our concert programme. We'll be complimented by a full romantic orchestra for this piece.
In contrast, though Sibelius's Op 47 concerto reaches tumultuous heights, in no violin concerto is the soloist's first note—delicately dissonant and off the beat—more beautiful!
We're honoured to welcome Aysen Ulucan who is joining us again to perform this virtuosic concerto which completes a programme of marvellous music.
Tickets cost £18 (£15 concs) or £3 for children under 17yrs.
You can reserve tickets by calling the Box Office on 01424 552119.
You can click the banner below to buy online:
You will also find tickets to buy at the following outlets around town
- Hastings Information Centre, (NB currently at its temporary home in the Town Hall!)
- IMAGEN Gallery, Claremont
- The Book Keeper, Kings Road
...and of course from choir members themselves.
We look forward to welcoming you to enjoy this wonderful music!
We have a special rehearsal calendar in place for the rest of term.
THERE IS NO REHEARSAL ON WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY.
THE EXTRA REHEARSAL PLANNED FOR TUES 23RD FEB HAS BEEN MOVED TO SAT 27TH FEB.
THERE IS NO REHEARSAL ON WEDNESDAY 23RD MARCH.
THERE IS NO REHEARSAL ON WEDNESDAY 6TH APRIL.
Details will appear in the 'Events > Rehearsal Dates' section as each date becomes due and a summary can be found by clicking >here<
Thanks to our audience yesterday; your reactions have been very gratifying. We've had some lovely comments about the concert. We've been told we presented a concert for 'real musicians' - a flattering response to the repertoire - and we've heard that the audience was moved deeply at particular points.
Others said '..best concert I've been to', 'an unusual programme which was well-constructed and interesting', '..an awesome concert' and Stephen Page, critic for Lark Reviews, has written:
"Hastings Philharmonic Choir was once again on top form. They have shown a high level of control and depth of feeling in this music. To create a programme which does not rely on exuberance and flashiness is a risk today. How refreshing to be able to sit back and be transported to a higher realm as this sustained, luxurious and highly emotive music works its magic."
His full review is >here<.
Alison a member who couldn't be with us to sing said "I just wanted to say I thought the choir sounded fantastic, so professional at the concert on Saturday. As a soprano I was listening to my section particularly. I thought the sopranos were going to be too quiet but they came through clearly, "wobble" free and the intonation stayed strong. The quality of the whole choir's sound was really beautiful. The alto sound was mellow and there was an absolutely wonderful moment of sustain in a gap between phrases from the other parts. It seemed as though no-one had taken a breath for ages. I really thought the blend was excellent and it sounded like a choir that was listening to each other....and the men!!"
Geraldine, another member said: "I was both happy and saddened by your email. So happy that last nights concert was such a success, but saddened and so disappointed that I was unable to be there. Or was able to sing such a lovely programme."
Another member reports that one of her guests was so moved, she's now planning an adult baptism for herself and a Christening for her daughter. Praise indeed.
Do come and hear us again in November when a Vivaldi programme promises to be a great event. It includes his Gloria, the Magnificat and features violinist Özcan Ulucan in the Four Seasons.
If you'd like to sing with us in this and later concerts in the season, join us again for Wednesday rehearsals from September 16th, 7pm at the Tabernacle. You'll find more details elsewhere on the website.