Next Concert - Haydn's Creation: Saturday 23rd March 2019
Our next concert is a performance of Haydn's Creation on Saturday 23rd March. We are lucky enough to have three excellent soloists and an orchestra so it should be a great evening.
In the meantime, here is a sneak peek at the draft Programme Notes (click to download) with some fascinating background on how The Creation came to be composed.
We are singing The Creation in English, which adds an extra charm to the occasion. Haydn's original oratorio started from a libretto in English but was then translated into German and back into English. This leads to some marvellous phrases such as Multiply, ye finny tribes, and fill each wat’ry deep and With sudden leap the flexible tiger appears, as well as the slightly puzzling Today that is coming speaks it the day.. But it is Haydn's music which makes The Creation a famous and enduring masterpiece. Not to be missed!
Robin Gregory reviews our Autumn concert
“Hailsham Choral’s concert at All Saints Church in Eastbourne on 10th November was arguably the most demanding selection of choral masterpieces I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing...
On a weekend in which we remember the Armistice of 1918, could one imagine a better place locally to hear so relevant a works as Parry’s Songs of Farewell? Parry (unlike so much of Elgar) knew how to let words shine through his music, and the performance was perhaps joint high-spot with the Whispering Mass. Yet ultimately it was the evening as-a-whole which mesmerised the audience. ”
We are a choir of about 65 singers based in Hailsham, East Sussex.
You can find references to a choral group in Hailsham from the early 1930s, but it faded from view during the war - they probably had even more troubles recruiting tenors and basses then! The present Society was founded in 1961, so we are now in our 59th year and still going from strength to strength.
We perform at least four main concerts during the year, with programmes featuring anything from Bach (Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion) to Beatles, Rossini (Petite Messe Solennelle) to Gershwin, Rutter (Requiem, Magnificat, carols) to Rogers and Hart.
We’re a sociable lot too, music workshops, coffee mornings, quizzes, even the odd pint of beer or glass of wine (or two)!
If you’re looking for a fast way to increase your circle of friends, as well as an opportunity to sing hugely enjoyable music go to the ‘Join Us’ page.
For any other enquiries, please email our Secretary.
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We would like to acknowledge the generous support of Hailsham Town Council who have assisted us with a Grant.
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