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Ardingly Choral Society - Choir Activities

Over the past ten years, the Choir has made biennial tours abroad. In 2000 a small group of singers and friends went to Normandy, performing Haydnís Nelson Mass in Bayeux Cathedral to an audience of about 300, an occasion cherished by those who took part, and also singing in other churches in the area. Following the success of this tour another one was organised in 2002, this time going to Ghent. On this occasion a much larger group sang in St Pauls Church and in Ghent Cathedral. By now there was great enthusiasm within the choir for another tour and a trip was then organised to Paris in 2004; this time we had 46 singers, singing Mass in St Séveren Church and a concert - to a standing ovation - before an audience of 800 in La Madeleine. This was a truly memorable occasion. In 2006 we went to Lille, this time singing in Lille Cathedral and singing Mass in Ypres Cathedral.

Over the May bank holiday in 2008 the choir took a whole coach full of singers and friends on a tour of Normandy, performing Haydn's Nelson Mass, Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine and Handelís Zadok the Priest amongst other works in churches in the area.

These tours have provided the choir with unforgettable experiences. Friends and family join the singers which enhances the friendly atmosphere for which the choir is noted.

Each year we are asked to lead the Celebration of Life service to commemorate those who have died at the Princess Royal Hospital during the year. We sing various popular Christmas Carols in the chapel and then move move down to the foyer to accompany the lighting of the Christmas Tree.

Members of the choir have the opportunity to sing Evensong locally (All Saints, Lindfield) and further afield. In July 2011 the venue was the Royal Chapel of St George in Windsor Castle; in June 2013 and 2014 Chichester Cathedral, and in July 2016 it will be Southwark Cathedral.


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