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Ardingly Choral Society: About Us

Ardingly Choral Society: Choir program

Ardingly Choral Society: Future concerts

Ardingly Choral Society: Robert Hammersley, our conductor

Ardingly Choral Society: Past performances

Ardingly Choral Society: Reviews

Ardingly Choral Society: History of the choir

Ardingly Choral Society: Choir Activities

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Ardingly Choral Society - History

The College Choral Society was started in 1948 by Robin Miller when he was appointed Director of Music. It developed from the college choir which existed from the foundation of the College in 1858. In the 1960s the College accepted day boys and day girls, so the membership of the Choral Society changed from pupils, parents and staff to become the more inclusive Society it now is, embracing ex-pupils, parents, members of staff and the wider community.

The earliest records have been passed on by Sandy Hett who still sings tenor regularly with the Society and whose uncle kept the original documents showing how the Society was fully involved with the Lewes Music Festival. Sandy's aunt was secretary for many years. The earliest records go back to 1917 though it would seem that Ardingly Choral Society was in existence before then.

We have recently renewed our links with the Mid Sussex Sinfonia with whom we are proud to present our concerts.

Robert Hammersley is the choir's current conductor and was Director of Music of Ardingly College from 1996-2007.

In 2008 the choir changed its name to the Ardingly Choral Society, registered as an independent charity and affiliated to "Making Music" (the national federation of music societies) which supports and champions voluntary music making.

The choir sponsored a new choral work (Fragile Earth) to the sum of £2,500.

Charitable Giving

Ardingly Choral Society, formerly Ardingly College Choral Society, has for many years contributed considerable sums to both local and national charities. Over the past 5 years since 2011 we have raised £9,138 for charities including the Royal British Legion as a result of the annual Remembrance Concerts in November as well as other charities: Sight Savers International, Save the Children and St Peter and St James Hospice and Marie Curie.

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