Now starting our 37th season, the West Sussex Philharmonic Choir has about 90 singers drawn from the Horsham area. We perform two concerts each season at St.Mary’s Parish Church, Horsham, in November and April. A concert in aid of a local charity takes place in December, featuring carols and Christmas music.
The season runs from September to April. During the summer, members have the option of participating in the Sussex Festival Choir, to perform in July a major choral work with full orchestra in support of the Hospice movement.
Our concerts are supported by professional musicians – both soloists and orchestral players, who make up the Sinfonia da Chiesa – all under the baton of our Music Director, Stephen Hope, who founded the Sussex Festival Choir.
New members in all voices are always welcome. We rehearse in Horsham.
Other singing activities
Visits every other year to Europe have become a feature of early summer activities.
The choir has given concerts in Bruges, Florence, Rome, Venice, Barcelona and Krakow. A short report of the 2013 visit to Salzburg is available here.
The 2015 tour is planned to include Venice (with a performance in St Mark's) followed by a return visit to Florence.
Members have the opportunity twice a year of joining residency week-ends at cathedrals in the South of England; recent visits have included Canterbury, Chichester, Winchester, Hereford, Bath Abbey, Norwich and St. Albans .
Activities in the Community
Members volunteer their time in support of Age UK Horsham District, by assisting with singing therapy at their Lavinia House Day Centre.
The West Sussex Philharmonic Choir is a registered charity. Number 276763