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December 2017 at Hurstpier Point
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Christmas Oratorio in full swing in 2016
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Conclusion of a successful 2016 concert
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Christmas Oratorio warm up for 2016 concert
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Chanctonbury Chorus

Chanctonbury Chorus is a well established group of about 50 singers of all ages who enjoy getting together weekly to rehearse a big choral masterpiece. We meet for rehearsals at 7.45 pm on Wednesday evenings, during term time, in the Drama Room of the Lower School, Church Street, Steyning

We perform with our orchestra 2 or 3 times a year – often this is in the Steyning Parish Church but we also sing in Lancing College Chapel and number of other local venues.

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Warm applause expressed appreciation for  a special evening at the end of May 2017 concert.

A fine May evening a glorious Norman church, and an unusually varied programme of choral and instrumental music, this was Steyning for the Summer Concert of the Chanctonbury Chorus and Orchestra. From Schubert to Korngold, Mendelssohn to Vaughan Williams, our musicians tackled a challenging programme that required sustained vocal control, wide dynamic grasp and considerable stamina. Under the magisterial leadership of their director, Siobhan Denning, they delivered music of a near professional standard, aided by orchestral leader Chris Phipps, the promising young tenor Ryan Williams and soprano Lucy Mair, whose fresh and radiant voice, pure-toned and unaffected, was one of the pleasures of the evening.

The orchestra played Mendelssohn's Octet in A flat which, after an uncertain start, soon gained a warmth and vitality that characterised their playing throughout the evening, especially in the major work of the first half, Schubert's Mass in C, an odd piece, pleasing but lacking the profundity of his best work.  The choir proved resonant and strong, even though Schubert kept his sopranos steadily at the top of their register. Particularly in the Benedictus, the counterplay between soloist and choir was effective.

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