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We are always interested in talking about possibilities for collaboration. If you’d like to talk to us about a potential project, please contact us using the form provided on the right.
For other general enquiries please also use this form.
If you are interested in joining East Sussex Bach Choir, would like to learn more about us and complete an application please refer to the JOIN US page for further information.
If you’re looking for high quality performances and a welcoming choir in the Lewes and the East Sussex area then look no further.
Being a member of the East Sussex Bach Choir offers you the chance to perform with one of the most highly respected choirs in the region performing to high standards, under our Music Director, John Hancorn. We place an emphasis on developing and reviewing our members’ vocal development to enhance the individual choral experience and to constantly improve the standard of the choir, in both an individual and group environment. We principally perform with The Baroque Collective led by Alison Bury. The Baroque Collective is an informal grouping of the UK’s most talented and experienced period instrument performers. Both John and violinist Alison share a passion for the music of the 17th and 18th Centuries.
If you would like to find out more about joining our friendly and committed choir please read the frequently asked questions below.
Is an audition required?
We are keen to hear singers who have a good voice and can indicate some musical knowledge and sight-reading ability. Auditions are held on a Saturday to suit the availability of new singers and take place after our Saturday rehearsals. Few people enjoy auditions. Rest assured that ESBC auditions are not imposing. You will be advised by the Membership Secretary on what to prepare.
What singing standard is required?
The choir is made up of amateur singers who work to a high standard, challenged by a wide variety of baroque and renaissance music. As a benchmark, if you think you are able to sing Bach passions or Handel oratorios competently then perhaps there is an opportunity for you. It is vital that you have tempo control, and can sing with support so that tuning is well honed. As importantly you must be prepared to listen and respond to musical direction. Please remember though that we are looking for applicants who have the potential to develop these skills.
Is there a subscription?
ESBC is a not-for-profit charity, therefore, we have to raise income through subscription fees. We currently ask an annual fee of £150 which can be paid in full or on a monthly basis.
When and where do you rehearse?
ESBC rehearsals are held on Saturdays from 3.00pm to 5.30pm. Sometimes additional rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30m. The rehearsal schedule is published well in advance. We use a small range of rehearsal venues in Lewes.
How much time do I have to commit?
Applicants are required to be available for all rehearsals although some flexibility is considered depending on individual circumstances. Preparation is king though and we only typically have six rehearsals. Therefore you are expected to spend some non-rehearsal time learning music.
Can I come to a rehearsal before auditioning?
New singers are always welcome to attend a rehearsal before arranging an audition. Please email the Membership Secretary in advance.
Does the choir tour?
Yes, tours are arranged on an ad-hoc basis. We are currently planning a reciprocal tour with a German Choir from our twin town Waldshut-Tiengen in 2022. Membership would offer you the opportunity to be part of this fantastic experience.
Rehearsals and concerts generally take place in Lewes, East Sussex.
Our current rehearsal venue, St Anne's Church is marked on the map shown to the right. Occasionally performances also take place at this church.
Our main performance venues are Lewes Town Hall and Trinity Church St John sub-Castro Church. These are also marked on the map.