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‘From the heart – may it again – go to the heart!’
Beethoven’s inscription on the score of his awe-inspiring ‘Missa Solemnis’ to its dedicatee, Archduke Rudolph of Austria, Bishop of Olmütz. From the lyrical opening Kyrie, through the jubilant Gloria, the heights and depths of expression in the Credo, the entrancing violin solo in the Benedictus, to the alarming sounds of warfare and final prayer for peace of the Agnus Dei, Beethoven’s music in this mass never fails to move the listener.
Come and let your heart be touched this Saturday, 11th November, 7pm at St John’s Church, Brittany Road, St Leonards TN38 0LF
Hastings Philharmonic Choir
Helen May, soprano
Marta Fontanals-Simmons, contralto
Leonel Pinheiro, tenor
Edwin Kaye, bass
Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Marcio da Silva
Under 18s, students, universal credit/ JSA recipients £5/free
Our new season has got off to a busy start, with rehearsals for our autumn concert commencing in early September. We're tackling Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, one of the peaks of the Classical choral repertoire, and a real challenge for us! But, under Marcio's patient and insightful direction, we're beginning to make headway, and are looking forward to performing it for you in November!
Before that, though, there's an opportunity to hear us revisit some of our favourite choruses from Mendelssohn's Elijah when we take part in the 'Big Sing' this coming Saturday, 7th October. This annual fundraising event for St Michael's Hospice brings together twenty local choirs in a whole day's worth of singing at St John's Church, Brittany Road, St Leonards. We have the 5.30pm slot - why not drop in and listen to us? The Big Sing - St Michael's Hospice (stmichaelshospice.com)
Read on for more information about our season's concerts ...
Welcome to this late summer round-up of news! We've had a fantastic year, and have so appreciated your continued enthusiastic support. Our last concert of the season is taking place later than usual this year. Read on for further information about it, and a sneak peak at what we have in store for you next year.
As the days grow longer and lighter, we're looking forward to our spring concert, which this year will take place just after Easter, on 15th April. Read on for more information, and for news about our exciting summer project!
Our first concert of the season will take place this coming Saturday, 5 November, 7.30pm at Christ Church, Silchester Road, St Leonards. We'll be performing a colourful programme of celebratory Baroque masterpieces - why not come along and let us lift your spirits on a dark November evening?
Hastings Philharmonic Choir with Poppy Shotts and Rachel Allen (sopranos), Maya Colwell (contralto), John Twitchen (tenor), Jack Lawrence-Jones (baritone), Ensemble Orquesta, conducted by Marcio da Silva
Our new season has got off to a flying start. Rehearsals for our first concert are well underway, and we were delighted to be able to sing at The Big Sing last Saturday, in support of St Michael's Hospice.
We have some real treats in store for you this season. Our concerts will cover some diverse and exciting repertoire. There's something to suit everyone's taste, starting with glorious Baroque choral masterpieces next month. Further details are given below. Despite rising costs, we've managed to maintain ticket prices at last year's level, with standard tickets starting at £12.50, and a cheaper option for students and under-18s.
We hope to see you at one - or more - of our concerts!
Dear Friends Welcome to our first Newsletter of 2022! We are thrilled to have been able to rehearse and perform uninterruptedly throughout the winter this year. Our first major performance of the season – our Mozart and Lauridsen concert in November, with full choir and orchestra – was a sell-out success. It is clear that, after the enforced silence and cancellations of 2020–21, the choir is enjoying a period of regeneration, with keen new members joining and further exciting repertoire planned for the remainder of the season. We do hope to see you in the audience for our March concert.
This Sunday! Don't miss it! Come and enjoy your favourite Christmas choral music and carols, plus the brilliant Cromwell Brass, and, of course, Marcio's wonderful performance of 'O Holy Night!' And there'll be mince pies and mulled wine on sale at the bar during the interval ...
Our new season has got off to an excellent start, with regular, uninterrupted rehearsals, five new singers joining us, and several 'old' faces rejoining after a period away from choir. Although we've come to appreciate the fragility of our plans over the last eighteen months, things do feel a little more settled. As you'll see from this newsletter, we have an exciting season to look forward to, and we hope to see you soon at one of our concerts. Tickets are now available for our autumn concert (see item 1 below) - buy yours now to avoid disappointment!
We are delighted to announce that, after so many months without singing, we finally began rehearsing again on 17 June! This decision followed clarification from the Government that covid-secure indoor rehearsals to prepare for concerts with a paying audience were allowed within the guidelines. We are immensely grateful to Bishop Peter and the team at Christ Church, St Leonards, for supporting and facilitating our safe return to rehearsals.
It's been wonderful (and exhausting!) to return to singing together. We're especially pleased to welcome some new members to our choir, several of whom have patiently waited for months to meet us since making their initial enquiry about joining. Many of them were attracted by our shiny new website, which is proving to be an excellent resource for the choir and our supporters.
We are currently preparing for our summer concert - read on for more information!
First, I want to thank you for your ongoing support of the Choir during these difficult times. It's not been an easy twelve months.
Now that the Government have announced some dates for the lifting of lockdown, we are finally able to make some (provisional) plans for the way forward, so the time is ripe for our first full newsletter of 2021.
Our first full choir rehearsal of the year is planned for Thursday 20 May. Despite lockdowns, our choir membership stands at a healthy 85 strong, and in addition we have five new members who we hope to welcome at this first rehearsal, with a further three who have expressed an interest in joining.
We are excited at the prospect of giving some performances in the summer – our first since December 2019. You’ll find further details of these, and other choir news, within this newsletter.
Thank you again for your ongoing support. Finally, I can safely say that I look forward to seeing you all again shortly. Continue to keep safe!