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.

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Our next concert; rehearsals begin on 7th January at the Tabernacle.
We need a big choir for this so new singers are most welcome! If 'join a choir' is  one of your New Year resolutions, why not give us a go?

A standing ovation at Christ Church, St Leonards!
November 2012

A Christmas Celebration and a warm welcome from the Jerwood Gallery, 20th Dec 2012.

Lithuanian Conductor Aleksandras Simelis directs the choir during open rehearsals at the International Composers Festival, Hastings, August 2012.

In performance....

...and taking a bow afterwards with Polo Piatti who made it all happen!


We were proud to sing with the Hastings Olympic Torch Choir when the torch visited Hastings on 17th July 2012. You can see a video souvenir of the occasion by clicking : HERE   

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About the Choir:

Founded as the 'Hastings Town Choir' in 1928 in order "to educate the general public in the art and science of music by means of the study, practice and performance of choral music", the choir has given many notable performances with distinguished conductors and soloists. In 1948 the choir won the Daily Telegraph Shield at the London Music Festival. Edmund Niblett put the choir on the map in the 1950's and Sir Adrian Boult became the choir's patron and gave it the 'Philharmonic' title. In recent years the repertoire has been broadened and there has been a wider approach to programming. This now includes a whole range of previously unexplored songs, cantatas and motets as well as new works and arrangements by contemporary composers.

As well as a full programme of concerts in and around Hastings, the choir enjoys exchange visits with a French choir, 'Mouette et Chansons' Chorale de la 'Baie de Somme' and a Dutch choir, 'The Orpheus Ensemble' (web page) from Hastings' twin town of Dordrecht.

Membership is thriving, with current strength at over 90 voices. However, new members are always welcomed, particularly in the tenor and bass sections.  See the Join us page for details about joining the Choir.

Our Conductor

Our Conductor is Marcio da Silva who joined us at the beginning of the 2012 season.

See the Our Conductor page for more information.

Hastings Philharmonic Choir is a registered charity (No. 1029022) and is affiliated to the National Federation of Music Societies

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