Eastbourne Choral Society
"Eastbourne Choral seized our attention from the very first bars...it set the mood perfectly, and that sense of drama and intensity never, ever faltered..." Image: London Brandenburg Concert, April 2017. Review: Kevin Anderson - Mozart Requiem
Hello to all our followers. Sadly, due to the present situation with the coronavirus, we not be singing again until the autumn.
Welcome to Eastbourne Choral Society: a friendly local choir that puts on a great performance!
With around ninety regular singers, E.C.S. rehearses and performs three concerts every year. We are very lucky to sing from a repertoire of beautiful choral classics by some of the world's best-loved composers and work with some excellent instrumentalists and soloists. As well as this, the choir enjoys serving the local community at charity and fundraising events.
The Society welcomes new singers every term. Choral singing has become hugely popular in the UK over the last few years, as we all become more aware of the feel-good factor which comes from singing as part of a group!
Eastbourne Choral Society will not ask you to audition - just come along for a taster rehearsal one Tuesday evening to see what you think - you will be very welcome! Read more...
Howard Goodall leads Eastbourne Choral Society workshop
The well-known composer Howard Goodall came to Eastbourne on Saturday 29th September, to lead a day’s workshop hosted by Eastbourne Choral Society, at All Saints’ Church in Grange Road. The event was also attended by a large number of singers from other choirs, both from our local area and from further afield.
Famous for TV themes including Red Dwarf and The Vicar of Dibley, and for choral works including the much-loved Eternal Light, Howard received an enthusiastic welcome and went on to lead a workshop which was entertaining, insightful, and rewarding. With a finely-judged balance of singing, discussion of technique, anecdotes and a question-and-answer session, Howard held the participants enthralled: ‘mesmerising’ was just one of the many appreciative comments being made at the end of the day.
Accompanied by Nick Houghton, the choir’s regular accompanist, and with soloists Olivia Hemmings (soprano) and the choir’s Musical Director John Hancorn (baritone), Howard led a day of enjoyable and constructive music-making, featuring performances of pieces from Eternal Light and from his new work Invictus. The day ended with a reprise of his beautiful setting of The Lord is my Shepherd, magnificently performed in tribute to a former member of Eastbourne Choral Society, known to many of those present. The combination of this poignant chorus enhanced by All Saints’ acoustics, and the moment of contemplative silence which followed it, was deeply moving.
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