The newest fully professional orchestra in the South East

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: MARCIO DA SILVA

Founded as the 'Hastings Town Choir' in 1928 in order 'to educate the general public in the art and science of music by means of the study, practice and performance of choral music', the choir has given many notable performances with distinguished conductors and soloists.

In 1948 the choir won the Daily Telegraph Shield at the London Music Festival. Edmund Niblett put the choir on the map in the 1950s, and Sir Adrian Boult became the choir's patron and gave it the 'Philharmonic' title.

Since 2012 the choir has been under the direction of Márcio da Silva, and audiences have increased substantially. Together they have performed a great variety of works, including the Requiems of Brahms and Mozart, and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, as well as Monteverdi's Vespers and Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël.

In 2017 the Hastings Philharmonic Chamber Choir was also created, giving their first full concert on February 4th.


SOPRANOS

ALISON NORRIS
ANNIE SUTTON-SCALES
ANNIKA JASSE
BARBARA RALPH
CAROL SCOINES
CAROLE MAURICE
CATRIONA LAMONT
DEIRDRE GOODGER
FRANCES DAY
GERALDINE L'ANSON
HELEN PALEN
HILARY BAKER
JAN POWELL
JANE PENTECOST-WILD
JANE READ
JAQUELINE DAVIS
JOEN DOWNING
JOLENE PONT
JUDY APPLEYARD

ALTOS

ALISON HORAN
ALISON LEVINSON
ANN DAWSON
ANNETTE HUMPHREYS
BARBARA CORNISH
CAROL FORSTER
CILIA WINTLE
DORIS COKER
ELSPETH KNIGHTS
GILL PAUL
HANNA TUOHY
HEATHER SPENCE
JANICE EDWARDS
JEWEL DYER
JUDITH BEVAN
KATE MAN
KATH HUFTON
LAETITIA YHAP

TENORS

ANDREW JEREMIAH
ANDREW THORNTON
CHRISTOPHER CORMACK
EDWARD BRYANT
​GERALD TURNER
JOHN SPENCER
ROBERT HOLLAND
RUPERT AGUTTER
TONY HARDIMENT
BASSES

ALEXANDER MCMILLAN
BRYAN SKINNER
CSABA HANN
DAVID EDBROOKE
DAVID HOLLOWAY
GARY DYER
JOHN READ
JOHN RYCROFT
KEITH PAUL
PAUL MCQUILLIAN
STUART ROBINSON

LIZ EDBROOKE
LUCY CRADDUCK
MAGGI HYDE
MARION LOVELL
MARY JENNINGS
NICOLA URLING CLARK
PAM MESSAGE
PAUL COOPER
SALLY QUINN​
SASKIA HART
SUE WATSON
VIRGINIA COLE

KATE DYER
LAURE MAMBLONA
LESLEY BRUCE
LIN WESTCOTT
MARY LIPSCOMBE
MAXINE WRIGHT-MOORE
MEGAN SKINNER
MO CANNON
NAN MCCUBBIN
PENNY HAMO
ROSE MILLER
ROSEMARIE ROBERTS
SUE BEANEY-EDWARDS
SUE JENNER
SUE WEATHERLY
SUSAN KIDD
SUZANNA LENZAN
TESSA SAMBROOK

Francis Rayner started piano lessons at the age of six, and three years later, won first prize in the under-14 National Piano Competition, held at the Purcell Room in London.

Shortly after, he entered Chetham's School of Music, where he studied with Fanny Waterman and Ryszard Bakst. While at school he appeared as soloist with the Halle Orchestra, and also gained an LRAM Performer's Diploma. In 1978 he entered the Royal Northern College of Music to study with Renna Kellaway, where he performed extensively as soloist and also as a chamber musician.

In 1982, shortly after leaving college, he won major prizes in two international piano competitions held in Italy and France. From 1983-96 he lived in London, where he benefited from the professional advice of Murray Perahia and Fou Ts'ong. During these years he performed in Switzerland, Spain, Sweden and North America.

Since his move to East Sussex in 1996, Francis has been associated with many of the local musical organisations, including Opera South East, Counterpoint Arts, and, since 2005, Hastings Philharmonic Choir. He has appeared as soloist in a number of this choir's concerts, notably in Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, and Constant Lambert's Rio Grande. In recent years he has assisted the rapidly developing Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition as an orchestral pianist.
FRANCIS RAYNER
PIANIST