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West Sussex Philharmonic Choir at St Mary's, Horsham

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About the West Sussex Philharmonic Choir

Now starting our 39th season, the West Sussex Philharmonic Choir has about 90 singers drawn from the Horsham area. We perform two concerts each season at St.Mary’s Parish Church, Horsham, in November and April. A concert in aid of a local charity takes place in December, featuring carols and Christmas music.

The season runs from September to April. During the summer, members have the option of participating in the Sussex Festival Choir, to perform in July a major choral work with full orchestra in support of the Hospice movement.

Our concerts are supported by professional musicians – both soloists and orchestral players, who make up the Sinfonia da Chiesa – all under the baton of our Music Director, Stephen Hope, who founded the Sussex Festival Choir.

New members in all voices are always welcome. We rehearse in Horsham.

Other singing activities

Visits every other year to Europe have become a feature of early summer activities.

The choir has given concerts in Bruges, Florence, Rome, Venice, Barcelona, Krakow, Salzburg, Bologna and Florence.

Short reports of the visits: Krakow 2011 - Salzburg 2013 - Italy 2015

A brief tour to Bruges took place in 2016; a full week’s tour to Vienna is planned for 2017.

Members have the opportunity twice a year of joining residency week-ends at cathedrals in the South of England; recent visits have included Bath Abbey, Canterbury, Chichester, Hereford, Norwich, St. Albans, Wells and Winchester.

Activities in the Community

Members volunteer their time in support of Age UK Horsham District, by assisting with singing therapy at the Lavinia House Day Centre.


The West Sussex Philharmonic Choir is a registered charity. Number 276763

Carols at St Marks, Horsham