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Preparations for Christmas are all around us, and Bexhill Choral Society’s popular Christmas concert 'Carols and Christmas Music for Choir and Audience' is less than two weeks away, on Saturday 2nd December at St Barnabas Church. This feast of seasonal music will definitely put you in the right mood for the Christmas season - read on for more information about this concert and other future events!
After a refreshing summer break the choir is back rehearsing for our October concert on Saturday 7th October, 7.30 at St Barnabas Church, Bexhill.
Bexhill Choral Society is proud and excited to premiere a new piece by our Director of Music, well-known musician, conductor and composer Kenneth Roberts. Iseult is an oratorio-style piece for soprano solo and chorus, exploring the story of Tristan and Iseult from Iseult’s point of view, and is full of wonderful music and drama. The concert includes another Celtic-inspired piece, with music by Sir Arthur Sullivan from a dramatisation of the ‘King Arthur’ story, while Holst’s moving and poignantly beautiful setting of Psalm 86 and two movements from Roberts’ Flute Concerto round out an evening of lovely and unusual music.
Bexhill Choral is joined by soprano Kristy Swift, flautist Susan Gregg, and the Sussex Concert Orchestra, and it promises to be a wonderful evening.
Tickets are £14 in advance from Second Spin in Sackville Rd Bexhill (cash only), from choir members, via 01424 272948, or online from ticketsource.co.uk/bcs (booking fees apply). £16 on the door, and £12 for Friends of Bexhill Choral Society. Programme is included.
Bexhill Choral Society Newsletter May 2023 Spring Concert – A Choral Celebration
Our next concert is rapidly approaching! Bexhill Choral Society’s Spring concert “ A Choral Celebration” takes place at 7.30 p.m. on 13th May at St Peter’s Church, Church St, Bexhill TN40 2HE (note, not St Barnabas!) As the title suggests, this concert contains a wonderful range of music, from favourite ‘classical’ items by composers such as Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and Handel (including the Hallelujah Chorus), through pieces by Verdi, Elgar and Fauré, to more recent classics such as Howard Goodall’s The Lord is My Shepherd. Gershwin Greats include the much-loved Summertime, and the concert also contains three brilliant Beatles songs. Definitely something for everyone!
Bexhill Choral Society is joined by local and international soprano Helen May, the Sussex Concert Orchestra, and well-known organist Nigel Howard. Tickets are £14 in advance from Second Spin in Sackville Rd Bexhill (cash only), from choir members, via 01424 272948, or online from ticketsource.co.uk/bcs (booking fees apply). £16 on the door, and £12 for Friends of Bexhill Choral Society. Programme is included.
Dates for your diary “The Piano in the Parlour” -Lecture Recitalby Kenneth Roberts Saturday 17th June 7.30 at St Barnabas Church, Sea Road, Bexhill TN40 1JG In the 19th century, no TV, no internet, no streaming - only the piano - the home entertainment of the Victorians. So, what did they play? What was the music our great great grandparents listened to? Bexhill Choral Society’s Director of Music, Kenneth Roberts, in his highly entertaining way, will guide us through and play some of the music which set Victorian Britain alight, including a section on female composers, of which there were many.
In association with the Bexhill Festival of Music and St Barnabas ‘Victorian Heyday’ celebrations.
Tickets £12 from Second Spin in Sackville Rd Bexhill (cash only), from choir members, via 01424 222801, online from ticketsource.co.uk/bcs (booking fees apply) or on the door. Programme is included.
Autumn concert Saturday 7th October 7.30 at St Barnabas Church This will be a very exciting concert! Bexhill Choral Society’s Director of Music, well-known conductor, musician and composer Kenneth Roberts, has written a new oratorio-style piece, Iseult, which will be premiered at this concert. The concert also includes Holst’s Psalm 80 and music from Arthur Sullivan’s King Arthur.
Christmas concertCarols and Christmas Music for choir and audience Saturday 2nd December 7.30 at St Barnabas Church – our popular concert accompanied by brass ensemble.
New members wanted! The week after our May concert i.e. Wednesday 17th May we will be starting rehearsals for our exciting October concert. This would be an excellent time to join the choir. Perhaps you or someone you know might be interested? Like most choirs we particularly need more voices in the lower range of tenor and bass, but welcome everyone to our friendly non-audition choir. There is increasing evidence that singing in a choir brings real health, emotional and social benefits as well as enjoyment, so why not give it a try? Potential members are welcome to attend a few rehearsals free of charge to see if it’s right for them, and this would be the ideal time to try it out.
We rehearse on Wednesday evenings 7-9 usually at Little Common Community Centre, Shepherd’s Close, Bexhill TN39 4SQ, or on the 4th Wednesday of each month at St Barnabas Church, Sea Road, Bexhill TN40 1JG, with our renowned Director of Music, Kenneth Roberts, and well-known local pianist and organist Nigel Howard as accompanist.
As well as our concerts, we have other events such as Kenneth Roberts’ popular Lecture Recital, and social events, including a Quiz & Ploughman’s evening, Christmas lunch, and regular drop-in coffee mornings. To find out more about our concerts and events, or if you are considering joining the choir, call 01424 213352, email email@example.com, or visit our website at www.bexhillchoral.org.uk, or our Facebook page. To hear us, find Bexhill Choral Society on YouTube!
Friends of Bexhill Choral Society pay an annual membership subscription of £20.00 which entitles them to a discount of £2 on the price of two tickets for each concert, and are kept informed of other events – if you are interested in joining, contact us or come along to a concert and join on the door to get your discount!