Concert raising funds for hospice

John Hancorn leading Eastbourne Choral Society in rehearsals
John Hancorn leading Eastbourne Choral Society in rehearsals

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.