Hastings Philharmonic Choir

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.

Carmina Burana - 'O Fortuna'

The striking opening chorus from our recent sell-out performance of Carmina Burana. Great audio recording thanks to Susannah Appleyard and great photos courtesy of Peter Mould, www.ArtyPharty.com

 

Carmina Burana - Highlights on video

We've published a recording of Carmina Burana highlights on our YouTube channel. If you couldn't get a ticket last Saturday, this is what you missed.

 

Carmina Burana - Concert Photos

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We're thrilled with the photos taken by Peter Mould last Saturday night! This is a great shot of our 'Ragazzi' choir in action with soprano Celena Bridge performing 'Amor volat undique'. You can have a look through the complete gallery if you >click here<.

Carmina Burana - Notices!

A terrific audience response to last weekend's performance - a standing ovation and encore - was followed-up with more postive feedback. Our audience, our singers and musicians contributed their thoughts. Here's a selection:

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"John (my husband) came beaming up to me after the show with 'That was fantastic!'  High praise indeed from one not given much to emotional outbursts!" Lin, Singer

"Came to see/hear Carmina Burana tonight - literally one of the best things I've ever seen/heard (and I go to a lot of music events). It was on my 'list' and I treated a friend as a surprise. We both had the most fabulous night. Spectacularly, well done and thanks. :)" Liz, Audience

"Wasn't it FANTASTIC? The most exciting thing I've done for ages. After that first BOOM on the drum, we just took off. All friends who were present agreed that it was a wonderful performance." Marion, Singer

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"Comments from my family ... 'The best concert so far - the whole evening was superb - but the O Fortuna in particular sent tingles down the spine'. I also saw one lady leap from her seat and wave her arms in the air (with excitement I presume!) when Marcio said we would perform the O Fortuna again as an encore." Jolene, Singer

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"It was wonderful. Leo and I really enjoyed being part of it. My friend Linda, who only came to support us and wasn't expecting much, was absolutely blown away. She was so moved that she was in tears. She said it was the best performance she had ever seen and said we sounded like professionals. That should please Marcio! Even my grumpy husband loved it!" Alison, Singer

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From Stephen Page, critic at LARK Reviews: "...a real triumph of a performance from a committed and hardworking choir. ...We are fortunate to have music of this quality presented to us here in Hastings." Read the full review >click here<

"Just coming down to earth after a fabulous Saturday night performing Carmina Burana with Hastings Philharmonic Choir, wonderful soloists and a lovely children’s choir, in the splendid St. Mary in the Castle. A sell-out, standing ovation and an encore. Many thanks to our appreciative audience, inspiring Maestro Marcio da Silva, our superb pianists and fellow choristers. A memorable concert. My husband thought it was brilliant and the best in his 7 years of loyal attendance." Carol, Singer

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"My three guests, and all neighbours from Winchelsea who came thought the performance was excellent. They thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly my German guest who gave it eulogistic praise. They were nervous however, that from time to time Marcio’s  energetic conducting was going to risk his falling off the podium! But it clearly had the desired effect. I have to say I thought we all seemed to have been on great form!" Geraldine, Singer

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