Hastings Philharmonic Choir creates a newsletter periodically to keep our friends, supporters and followers up-to-date with the activities and events of the choir. It is delivered via our friends email mailing list.
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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!