About Hastings Philharmonic Choir

Photograph: Peter Mould

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 eighty 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 Chris Cormack
Annika Jasse Annette Humphreys Edward Bryant
Carole Maurice Barbara Cornish John Spencer
Catriona Lamont Carol Scoines Robert Holland
Frances Day Caroline Gibbins Rupert Agutter
Geraldine I'Anson Caryl Hosein Simon Scott
Helen Palen Deirdre Goodger Simon Stonard
Hilary Baker Elspeth Knights Soo Chee Kin
Jane Pentecost-Wild Fiona MacGregor
Jill Lockhart Heather Spence Basses
Joan Downing Janet Horner Ben Bruges
Jude Cowan Montague Janice Edwards David Holloway
Judy Appleyard Judith Bevan Edward Mundy
Kate Dyer Kate Man Gareth Simpson
Lin Westcott Kerry Gentleman Hugh Bryant
Mary Hooper Lucy Cradduck John Jenkins
Mary Lipscombe Maggi Hyde John Read
Maxine Wright-Moore Maria Atkinson John Rycroft
Megan Skinner Mary Hughes Malachi Hill
Mo Cannon Nicola Urling-Clark Ray Lockhart
Rose Dearden Penny Hamp Richard Overton
Rose Miller Rachel Farnham Stuart Robinson
Rosemarie Roberts Sue Adams Tom Bruges
Sarah Taylor Sue Green
Saskia Hart Sue Watson
Sue Beaney Thïa Igbokwe
Sue Kidd Virginia Cole
Susan Wood
Tessa Sambrook
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