We are currently rehearsing at Little Common Community Centre, Shepherd’s Close, Bexhill, TN39 4SQ on Wednesdays, currently from 7-8.40 p.m. On the 4th Wednesday of each month, however, because of a prior booking at the Centre, we rehearse at St Barnabas Church, Sea Road, Bexhill TN40 1JG instead.
There is some parking in front of the Centre, or street parking nearby. Street or seafront parking is available for St Barnabas. The final Wednesday rehearsal before concerts, and an afternoon rehearsal on the concert day are held at the concert venue. At the moment we are rehearsing without a break, and please bring your own refreshments!
We perform 3 concerts during the year, usually in May, October and December, featuring a wide range of choral music. The May and October concerts are generally accompanied by orchestra and the December concert (Christmas music and carols) by a brass ensemble. Our usual concert venue is at St Barnabas Church, Sea Road, Bexhill, TN40 1JG. We sometimes also perform concerts at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill.
Membership subscriptions are £106 per year from September 2021, and can be paid as one annual subscription or in two instalments. New members joining part way through a financial year will pay pro rata.
Ladies wear a long-sleeved plain black top, and a long black skirt or smart black trousers; a coloured scarf is also worn, which can be purchased or borrowed from the Society. Gentlemen wear white shirt, black DJ and black trousers, black bow tie (usually red at Christmas). Plain black folders are used for music; members need to provide their own (inexpensive folders are available from Choraline (www.choraline.com), with whom the Society has a discount).
How to join
We are a non-audition choir, and while the ability to follow printed music is advantageous, we welcome people with a range of musical knowledge and experience. Anyone who thinks they might like to sing with us is very welcome to come along and give it a try. You can come and sing with us for a few weeks at no charge (music will be provided) to see how you get on, and decide whether it’s for you. After a few weeks there will be a very basic, non-scary ‘Voice Placement’ privately with the director of music, simply to establish that you can actually sing in tune and are singing in the right voice, and to provide an opportunity for any queries or issues to be discussed, after which you may join the choir as a full member.