Hadleigh Choral Society

President: John Lill CBE


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Open Rehearsal and Introduction Afternoon

On Saturday 7 September at 2.15 in the Ansell Centre, Hadleigh we are inviting singers to come and try us out ready for preparing for Mendelssohn's Elijah. If you have been a singer in the past and would like to experience the joy of singing again, or if you sing in another choir and would like to join us for a 'one-off' season or if you've heard us perform and would like 'to give it a go' then come along on the 7th and try us out! Some ability to read music is preferable but we are an un-auditioned choir and commitment and practice are as important to our performance as technical ability! We will explore the work through listening to CDs, some historical background, and plenty of lusty singing of the amazing choruses for which Elijah is famous. The rehearsal will be led by our musical director, Chris Phelps.

The session is completely free, with free loan of music, and we will break for tea and cake half-way through the afternoon.

Everyone is welcome and if you need more information please ring Liz on 01473 823791 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   The Ansell Centre is next to Hadleigh URC Church in Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DL and there is plenty of free parking nearby.

We also do these:

Christmas Carol Concert

A Celebration of Christmas is held each year in mid December. Sometimes local schools or other organisations are invited to join the choir in a programme of traditional and new seasonal music and readings. Entry is free but there is a retiring collection for Charity. In 2017 we raised £360 for the Rosa Simon Music Fund and in 2018 we raised £457 for the Ansell Centre Charities Memories Cafe. Afterwards there is an informal get together with drinks and nibbles for singers, families and friends.

Summer Concerts

Every year the Choral Society presents two concerts on behalf of local causes or charities. The organisers provide light refreshments or supper so that a pleasant programme of music and food on a summer’s evening is enjoyed by all.

The music is a mix of sacred and secular – the latter including lighter items such as songs from the shows or pieces specially arranged for us by our conductor.

Amounts raised are generally in the region of £1,000. In 2019 we sang at Lavenham Village Hall to raise money for Success After Stroke, Sudbury and at St Mary's Church, Hadleigh for their funds.

If your church or local charity would be interested in hosting a Summer Concert please contact the Secretary, Jessica Bailey, on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Singing Days and Workshops

We've recently started a Saturday morning introduction to the work for the next concert, taken by our conductor. The Choir enjoys a  termly Saturday morning rehearsal just before a main concert.

Sometimes we organise Choir Workshops and training days. In February 2012 we held a very successful day led by Jeremy Jackman. In autumn 2014 there was a workshop organised for Hadleigh High School pupils taken by Mark Oldfield.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2019 15:59