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.
You can download a copy of the current membership form on our 'Joining Us' page >here<.
(NB includes last year's rates which may change after the AGM!)
Regearsals begin for our exciting Autumn Term on Wednesday 16th September. You can find details by clicking >here<. We're preparing some fantastic music by Vivaldi for our concert on 14th November; the term was previewed in the local press - details >here<!
If you're thinking about joining us, now would be an ideal time. Hope to see you.
If your email address is on our Members email circulation list, but you're not receiving emails, please look at the advice featured >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.