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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.
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 Aysen Ulucan in the Four Seasons.
If you'd like to sing with us inthis 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.
Spellbinding music by Eric Whitacre forms the centrepiece in an evening of a capella music, informal and relaxing, being presented at Christ Church, St Leonards on Saturday July 4th.
'When David Heard', Eric Whitacre's tribute to the late son of a close friend, is a mesmerising study in minimalism, and is compelling and moving. Better known, because it was used for one of Whitacre's 'Virtual Choir'/YouTube projects, is 'Sleep'. Melodic and contemporary, we'll be performing it with considerably fewer than the 2,000 voices from 58 countries that sang it for the virtual choir.
A quartet of soloists will share the programme with us and among several gorgeous items, a trio of pieces by our Music Director Marcio Da Silva will complete an engaging and beautiful early evening concert.
We'll be offering tea and cake to audience members that can get to Christ Church for 4pm; the concert begins at 5pm.
Tickets cost £12 (£10 concessions) or £3 for young people under 17yrs.
Tickets will be available to buy on the door from 4pm. Ticket holders will be offered complimentary teaand cake in lavish quantities from 4pm until the concert begins.
We do hope you'll be able to join us!
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