Founded in 1978, West Sussex Philharmonic Choir has enjoyed over forty years of successful music-making. The choir numbers around seventy singers drawn from Horsham and the surrounding area. Performing alongside professional soloists and orchestral players, the choir provide some of the very best amateur musical performances West Sussex.
Rehearsals are held during term time on Tuesday evenings at 'The Barn', Causeway, Horsham, between 8.00pm and 10.00pm. New members in all voices are always welcome and no experience is necessary. There is no audition process and whilst the choir works hard in rehearsals, sessions are also sociable and fun!
The range of music presented is wide and the choir encourages members to embrace an array of music styles. Major choral works such as Brahms' German Requiem, Bach's Mass in B minor and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis have been performed, as well as many works by Mozart, Schubert, Haydn, and Dvorak. English composers have not been overlooked with Britten, Elgar, Chilcott, Jenkins, and Rutter featured in their programmes. Twentieth-century works such as Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky and Kodaly's Psalmus Hungaricus have also been performed. Music from contemporary composers such as John Rutter, Karl Jenkins, and Bob Chilcott are also frequently performed.