Twenty years of singing for society

Eastbourne Choral Society is celebrating 20 years of singing.

As part of these celebrations they are holding a concert on June 29 (7.30pm) at All Saints’ Church. They will be singing The Armed Man – a Mass for Peace, a modern work by Karl Jenkins, which was commissioned for the Millennium celebrations by the Royal Armouries Museum and dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis. It is a dramatic, yet moving composition, very apt for today and certainly for the day of the concert - Armed Forces Day.

There will be a retiring collection for The Chaseley Trust in Eastbourne which supports wounded service men and women.

Also on the programme is “Feel the Spirit” by John Rutter – a collection of Spirituals, with many well known melodies.

As this is one of our special anniversary concerts the founder and Life President of ECS, Elizabeth Muir Lewis, returns to conduct two short pieces – Stanford’s “The Blue Bird” and a beautiful choral setting of “Nimrod” by Elgar. The choir will be accompanied by Nancy Cooley on piano and the ECS Chamber Ensemble with John Hancorn directing.

John has been musical director of Eastbourne Choral Society for ten years since taking over the baton from Elizabeth Muir Lewis in 2003.

Ticket cost £12, to include programme, are available from Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre or at the door.