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 meetings.  Sadly, due to the current coronavirus pandemic, active recruitment has been suspended, and whilst rehearsals have started again these are conducted with the strictest protocols in place for the safety of our members.


Sopranos Altos Tenors
Alison Norris Alison Horan Andrew Jeremiah
Carole Maurice Alison Levinson Chris Cormack
Catriona Lamont Annette Humphries Edward Bryant
Deidre Goodger Barbara Cornish John Spencer
Frances Day Carol Scoines Robert Holland
Geraldine I'Anson Caryl Hosein Simon Scott
Helen Palen Elspeth Knights
Jill Lockhart Heather Spence Basses
Joan Downing Janice Edwards David Holloway
Judy Appleyard Judith Bevan David Stokes
Lin Westcott Kate Man Hugh Bryant
Mary Lipscombe Kerry Gentleman John Jenkins
Megan Skinner Lucy Cradduck John Rycroft
Mo Cannon Maggi Hyde Malachi Hill
Rosemarie Roberts Maria Atkinson Ray Lockhart
Sarah Lee Mary Hughes Stuart Robinson
Sarah Taylor Nicola Urling-Clark
Sue Kidd Rachel Farnham
Tessa Sambrook Sally Quinn
Sue Adams
Thïa Igbokwe
Virginia Cole

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