Based in East Sussex in the United
Kingdom, we are a small, well-established group of up to 20 singers.
The singers are all experienced artistes and some of them are
professionally trained solo singers in their own right.
Our members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, opera, oratorio and recital. This means we can offer programmes which, as well as the full ensemble, can include solos, duets, quartets, sextets etc. in any combination of voices.
The group has undertaken three visits to Blois, France and to Waldshutt, Germany. The group has visited the USA twice and performed in Connecticut, Long Island, Little Rock, Conway, Clarksville and Stuttgart.
We have a wide and eclectic repertoire including: folk, part songs and madrigals, secular and religious music, opera, operetta, oratorio and jazz.
Over the years, our programmes have varied enormously but are always tailored to suit the occasion. As many of our original singers were from an opera company, many programmes have featured pieces from opera but variety has always been important and remains so to this day. The original church services were in Southease Church, a small church with over a thousand years of history in a beautiful rural setting. Part of the charm of singing there in the summer was that the singers would join the small congregation in the churchyard after the service where wine would be served. In the winter we would be invited back to the local farmhouse for something slightly warmer!
One of the major changes the choir has seen over the years is the role of music director. When the group first started there was no formal Musical Director. Instead, one of the contraltos, Janet Lovegrove, would conduct from the end of the line. However commendable this was, it left room for improvement and by the mid 1990s the number of singers had grown sufficiently to need a dedicated MD. Olive Kemm, who joined as a contralto, offered to act as MD and remained in this role until she was succeeded by John Baker in 1999. In 2008, Lee Reynolds took over as MD who served as MD until the end of 2012. From 2013 we welcome our new MD, Matt Greenwood.
Over the years the group has sung at many locations and events. Below are a selection of those which count as some of the many highlights for the choir:
In 2007, we celebrated our twenty-fifth anniversary with a concert in St Johns Sub-Castro Church in Lewes and welcomed many past members to sing with us once again.
New Sussex Singers is a charity for tax purposes.
New Sussex Singers is a member of Making Music (formerly the National Federation of Music Societies).
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