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Frankie’s fundraising trek to Burma

Frankie Mclean (Soprano1) has asked us to share:
“I am fundraising for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. I have a personal connection with the hospice and they really do wonderful work with children and their families. I have a target of £2800 and need to raise most of this by mid August, I am doing well; people have been extremely generous but I still have a way to go. Please Please sponsor me, every little bit helps so much.”
Here is a link to her page

Concert Programme 2017-18

Handel’s Jephtha

Saturday 25th November 2017, 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Preston Village, Brighton BN1 6RB
Hear Jephtha’s very human story through Handel’s dramatic score.

City Christmas Charity Concert

Thursday 7th December 2017, 7pm
All Saints’ Church, The Drive, Hove BN3 3QE
The choir is invited back to lead this popular Martlets and Argus Appeal concert.

Carol Singing for Shelter

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 5.30pm
Brighton Station
Raising money for the homeless.

Mozart’s Requiem and Ave Verum,Schubert’s Magnificat

Saturday 24th March 2018, 7.30pm
All Saints’ Church, The Drive, Hove BN3 3QE

Summer Concert

Saturday 30th June 2018, 7.30pm
Varndean School, Balfour Road, Brighton BN1 6NP

Bob Chilcott Workshop – Kaleidoscope Singers

Kaleidoscope Singers have asked us to join us at their Bob Chilcott Workshop Day
and short presentation concert
Saturday 3 June 2017 at the Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning BN44 3XZ
from 10am to 3.30pm (Registration from 9.15am)
GLORIA – Bob Chilcott’s four movement setting of the Latin Gloria
FIVE DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD – Bob Chilcott’s setting of newly written text by Charles Bennett, this 15 minute Choral work takes singers on a journey through five historical events
WIDE OPEN SPACES – Sarah Quartell, reflects on the journeys and adventures found in the wide open spaces within ourselves and in the world around us

Workshop Fee £25 Students £15 payable in advance
Presentation Concert Audience tickets £3 on the door

Further information

From our concert manager


130 pm Church is open
2 – 5 pm Full rehearsal for Choir, Soloists, Orchestra
3.30 – 3.45 Time for a break ?


7pm Doors open … earlier if weather poor.
7.15 Choir find places for line up…In choir stalls etc
7.20 Stella speaks.
7.25 Orchestra take seats and choir lead on from both sides.
7.28 Chairman speaks to audience.
7.30 Led applause from H and choir as Conductor enters with soloists.
Choir stands still and silent.
At the end of Part 1 check watches and return to seats without assembling after about 18 minutes.

At the end of each part please stay still with copy open. Then close score and place folder at your LHS

At the end of the work , do as above, after which Stella and soloists will depart.
Choir sits to applaud.
Conductor and soloists return to receive presentations.
You will be asked to stand by Stella for final applause.



Emphasise the dynamics etc.

Concert Dress As advised . If in doubt please ask me.

Please remember…. all black, choir scarf or tie, black folder.

Thank you for reading and GOOD LUCK. H / Concert Management

George Bowles

From Elizabeth:

Some of you will remember George Bowles who chaired the Brighton Orpheus Choir before Annette took over and continued to sing in the bass section for some years after stepping down as Chair.

I am sorry to say that I’ve just learnt that George passed away earlier this morning; his son and daughter were with him.

Further information will be passed on as and when it becomes available.

Concert Dress for 25th March, 2017


Ankle length, plain, black skirt or smart, long black trousers. [No jeans ,jeggings or similar! ]
Plain black shirt style top with long or 3/4 length sleeves. Collar.
Black shoes and hosiery. No boots.
Small black handbag.
Choir scarf.


Smart black trousers. [ No jeans ,jeggings or similar! Dress trousers preferred ]
Black shirt with traditional collar for tie. Long sleeves.
Black shoes and matching socks.
Choir tie.

New members will be given scarves, ties and black folder before the concert.

If there are queries please contact Heather on 01273 304973 or

‘Come and Sing’ Dvorak’s Requiem at Barbican

From Julia Jacob (SOP1) : “In conjunction with Radio 3, the Barbican in London have great ‘Come and Sing’ sessions, led by Mary King (she of English National Opera/ Glyndebourne/ Cardiff Singer of the World competition/ Channel 4’s ‘Operatunity’ and ‘Musicality’ fame). The next one is ‘Come & Sing Dvořák’s Requiem’ on Friday 07 April at 7pm at the City Of London School for Girls at the Barbican.
It costs £10 and typically the duration is 2-2.5 hrs – and it should be great fun as well as a fab learning experience (her vocal ‘warm-ups’ are quire something!).
Granted, London is quite a way to go for a Friday night sing (!) but if our fellow choristers happen to be planning a stay with friends in London that that weekend or if someone – or a group – feel up to braving the train back to Brighton, it’ll be definitely worth it if the previous ones I have attended – Bach & Mozart being most memorable! – are anything to go by! (A return train ticket can be got for between £10 & £18.50 from Brighton, and I reckon one would get the 10.20 or 10.50pm train back from London Victoria so be back in Brighton by 11.30/45pm.)
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