Now in our 34th 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 at Arundel Cathedral.
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 and Barcelona. A short report, with pictures, of the 2011 visit to Krakow is available here.
During 2013, the choir will visit Salzburg.
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 and Bath Abbey.
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