About The Ashdown Singers
The Ashdown Singers, a chamber choir of up to twenty-five voices, gave their first performances in 1976. The aim at the choir’s formation was to have a group of experienced singers capable of performing major works and yet also able to sing madrigals and part-songs in an intimate and authentic manner.
Performances have included Classical Masses by Haydn, Mozart, Dvorak and Schubert and have ranged in style and scale from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (performed in Brighton in 2008 with The Prince Regent’s Musicians) to demanding twentieth-century repertoire such as the Requiems of Maurice Durufle and the Canadian composer Eleanor Daley.
The choir is essentially a five part unit as much repertoire needs two soprano lines, but frequently divides further to sing pieces for double choir in eight or more parts.
Charitable work is an essential part of the choir’s ethos. Over the years many thousands of pounds have been raised for local and national charities and causes. Singers are drawn from across East Sussex, and the choir is equally at home performing in village churches or cathedrals and concert halls and has broadcast on local radio.
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The Guiding Principles of Ashdown Singers
The principal purpose of the Ashdown Singers is to promote the enjoyment of its members in the rehearsal and performance of high quality choral music, drawn in the main from the classical tradition ranging from Renaissance to contemporary compositions.
The members believe that high quality music and performance can be achieved through a balance of hard work, commitment and fun.
A cappella singing forms an important part of the choir's performances, but some pieces are accompanied by piano, organ or a chamber orchestra.
The choir usually draws its soloists from within the membership.
Membership of the choir is gained through vocal assessment.
Wherever possible, the choir's performances are linked to the raising of charitable funds for a variety of good causes.
Learn more about the choir and our concerts jointly with a French choir in November - listen to this recent interview on Ashdown Radio:
For an account of the visit and concerts, see the Recent Events page.