About Hastings Philharmonic Choir

Photograph: Peter Mould

President: The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hastings, Margi O'Callaghan
Vice-presidents: Judy Appleyard, Pam Brown, Shirley Carey, Bryan Skinner

In just under a decade with its current musical director, the enterprising and energetic Marcio da Silva, Hastings Philharmonic Choir has established itself as one of the foremost choirs in the area, thrilling audiences and critics alike with performances to rival those of many professional ensembles.  You can see some details and reviews of our previous concerts by clicking here.

Revolving around the major choral works of the baroque to romantic periods, the choir’s wide-ranging repertoire extends also to classics of the twentieth century. Concerts in recent years have included works by Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Brahms, Verdi, Orff, Britten and Lauridsen. The choir has also performed new commissions, most recently Philip O’Meara’s evocative No Man in 2016 (click here to see and hear us performing this).

We perform four concerts a year in various venues in Hastings and St Leonards. Our popular Carols for All each December is a family affair involving local schoolchildren alongside our Choir.

With a membership of around seventy singers, the Choir offers a warm welcome to new members as we continue to develop. We rehearse weekly and encourage home study between rehearsals.  


Sopranos Altos Tenors
Alison Norris Alison Horan Andrew Jeremiah
Annie Sutton-Scales Alison Levinson Bob Moffat
Catriona Lamont Annette Humphreys Chris Cormack
Frances Day Barbara Cornish Edward Bryant
Geraldine I'Anson Carol Scoines John Spencer
Gillian Attwood Caryl Hosein Jonathan Todd
Helen Palen Cindy Gilham Robert Holland
Ilona Dobbs Deirdre Goodger Rupert Agutter
Jane Pentecost Wild Elaine Edwards Simon Scott
Jess Gjergji Elspeth Knights Simon Stonard
Joan Downing Fiona MacGregor
Judy Appleyard Heather Spence
Julie Todd Janice Edwards Basses
Lin Westcott Judith Bevan Alex Csernak
Lisa Adams-Davey Kate Man Ben Bruges
Mary Hooper Kathy Shapiro David Holloway
Mary Lipscombe Kerry Gentleman Gareth Simpson
Megan Skinner Lindsey Oakman Hugh Bryant
Mo Cannon Liza Waller John Jenkins
Nancy Friel Lotte Risbridger John Rycroft
Rose Dearden Lucy Cradduck Mark Ford
Rose Miller Maggi Hyde Tillmann Lenz
Rosemarie Roberts Mary Hughes
Sarah Taylor Mary Matthews
Sarah E Taylor Nicola Urling-Clark Honorary life members
Sue Beaney Paula McDiarmid Hilary Baker
Sue Kidd Rachel Farnham John Read
Sue Adams Judy Appleyard
Sue Green
Sue Watson
Sylvie Donnelly
Thïa Igbokwe
Wendy Swain
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