Concert raising funds for hospice

John Hancorn leading Eastbourne Choral Society in rehearsals

John Hancorn leading Eastbourne Choral Society in rehearsals

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An evening of wine, canapés and Handel is on the menu at a special fund-raising concert on Sunday (December 8).

Eastbourne Choral Society will be back in action, just a week after its triumphant Autumn concert, to perform excerpts from Handel’s Messiah at the town’s new St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Broadwater Way.

Musical director John Hancorn will lead the choir - with both baton and voice - as it performs in the Hospice’s new large, acoustic atrium to celebrate its opening.

John, who has himself enjoyed a long and distinguished career in opera, oratorio and consort singing, will perform the solo bass parts.

He will be joined by two young soloists embarking on their professional careers – soprano Shona Hull and Alto Clara Kanter – and the choir’s leading Tenor, Rod Brown.

Completing the musical line-up will be trained classical pianist Nancy Cooley, a former accompanist at Glyndebourne Opera.

Together with the choir’s members, they will deliver rousing and uplifting excerpts from Handel’s masterpiece, including And the Glory of the Lord, Unto us a Child is Born and the famous Hallelujah chorus.

Liz Barker, Chair of Eastbourne Choral Society, said: “Supporting the wonderful work of the hospice is a cause very close to our hearts, as many of our members have experienced first-hand the fantastic care at St Wilfrid’s in the most difficult of times.”

The performance starts at 7pm and tickets, £25, include canapés and a glass of wine. Contact Robert Crew at the hospice on 01323 434221 to book.