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Hailsham Festival Goers Invited to Mayor’s Concert

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Hailsham Choral Society Concert 

The Town Mayor will be getting into the festival spirit when he joins in the celebrations of Hailsham Festival’s ‘Mayor’s Concert’, which will be held at Hailsham Parish Church on Saturday 4th September, from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Members of the public are encouraged to come along to this free event, which will be introduced by the Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Paul Holbrook, before performances by Hailsham Choral Society, Bourne to Sing with the Warbleton Warblers and trumpeter Marcus Plant.

Hailsham Choral Society is very pleased to have the opportunity to sing together again at the Mayor’s concert, with their new Musical Director, Rosie Howarth and new accompanist, Will Hancox.  They will be performing a programme of short pieces to show the breadth of their repertoire, which apart from the great choral works includes sacred music, opera choruses, and songs from the musicals.

Bourne to Sing and the Warbleton Warblers are both Community choirs established in 2012 and lead by Kerry Evenden. Based in Eastbourne and Warbleton, the primary focus is to create a safe and fun atmosphere for people to develop their singing skills. They will be performing a mixture of pop, rock, folk, soul and gospel tunes at the Mayor’s Concert.

Marcus Plant, an established trumpeter, has performed at venues including the Royal Festival Hall, St Martins in the Fields in London, The Winspear Centre in Canada and Carnegie Hall in New York, and continues to perform throughout the year, as well as conducting numerous bands and ensembles such as the local Eastbourne Silver Band.

There will be refreshments available at the end of the concert in aid of the Parish Church and a retiring collection to help support Hailsham Festival.

“Hailsham has such amazingly rich groups of choristers and it is an honour for me to be part of this year’s Hailsham Festival by hosting this special concert,” said Town Mayor Cllr Paul Holbrook.

“I am very grateful to the Hailsham Choral Society, Bourne to Sing, the Warbelton Warblers, Marcus Plant and, of course, the Festival Committee for organising what is guaranteed to be an amazing concert and I look forward to an afternoon of entertainment for us all on 4th September.”

The Mayor’s Concert makes up part of the Hailsham Festival’s Town Centre Open Saturday, the festival itself being one of the highlights of the town’s events calendar and attracting a cross-section of artists and performers from the South East and further afield.

Full details of the events making up this year’s Hailsham Festival – both face-to-face and virtual – is available to view on their website:

This year, we have decided to hold a limited amount of face-to-face events with the majority still being held virtually,” said Dr Tony Biggin, Chair of Hailsham Festival. “However, the enthusiasm with which the team embraced the lifting of restrictions meant that in no time at all we found ourselves presenting over 30 events. So much for the cautious approach – but then, the arts are all about risk-taking!”

“The arts represent a vital component of our culture, enriching our community and creating a vibrant landscape from which we all benefit. Thank you for all your support over the years – we hope to make next year bigger and even better!”

Enquiries relating to this media release

Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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