After scouring the area for a suitable rehearsal hall the founder,
Roger Malley, was offered a hall at St.George's Roman Catholic Church,
Eastbourne Road, Polegate.
The choir was founded following a public meeting at the hall on 25th
October, 2001. Some fifty friends and members of the public attended
and, after discussion, agreed that a new community choir would be
welcome in the area.
The first rehearsal took place one week later at the same venue and the
continued to meet on a regular basis ever since.
From its inception the choir has warmly welcomed anyone in the community
who has a love of music and a desire to sing and to improve their
singing, in a friendly, sociable atmosphere. No auditions have been held and
it is NOT a requirement that members must read music.
A wide variety of music is rehearsed and performed, from early English
madrigals to ABBA and Beatles hits.
It was fundamental to the ethos of the choir
that the music making should be fun (rehearsals have been essentially
social events ) and that any public performances
should raise money for charity. The group has, from the beginning,
specialized in 'a capella' singing mainly in english and made
efforts to improve performance for the benefit of audiences.
For many in the group there has been a steep learning curve but the
standard of performance continues to develop at an amazing rate with the
strong support of the associate conductor Margaret Marsden.
From September 2008
the choir was directed by John Eady and Margaret Marsden.
From September 2010
the choir was directed by Erika Schilsky and Margaret Marsden.
From 2013 the choir
is directed by Louise Morris, with Margaret Marsden as associate conductor.