About Hastings Philharmonic Choir

Photograph: Peter Mould

President: The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hastings, Judy Rogers
Vice-presidents: Judy Appleyard, 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 Marly McLeod
Ilona Dobbs Deirdre Goodger Robert Holland
Jane Pentecost Wild Elaine Edwards Rupert Agutter
Jess Gjergji Elspeth Knights Simon Scott
Jo Angel Fiona MacGregor Simon Stonard
Joan Downing Heather Spence
Judy Appleyard Janice Edwards Basses
Julie Todd Judith Bevan Alex Csernak
Lin Westcott Kate Man Ben Bruges
Lisa Adams-Davey Kathy Shapiro David Holloway
Mary Hooper Kerry Gentleman Gareth Simpson
Mary Lipscombe Lindsey Oakman Hugh Bryant
Megan Skinner Liza Waller John Jenkins
Mena Martin Lotte Risbridger John Rycroft
Mo Cannon Lucy Cradduck Mark Ford
Nancy Friel Maggi Hyde Tillmann Lenz
Rose Dearden Mary Hughes
Rose Miller Mary Matthews
Rosemarie Roberts Nicola Urling-Clark Honorary life members
Sarah Taylor Paula McDiarmid Hilary Baker
Sarah E Taylor Rachel Farnham John Read
Sue Beaney Sue Adams Judy Appleyard
Sue Kidd Sue Green
Sue Watson
Sylvie Donnelly
Thïa Igbokwe
Wendy Swain
Zaneta Nevronyte

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