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Dear Choir Members and Friends

We hope you have been having a pleasant summer and all remains well for you and your families.

We very much look forward to the start of the new season at BHCS on Monday, 13th September and how joyous it will be to return to in-person meetings after such a long period. The December concert has been set for Saturday, 4th December at St Andrew’s Church. We are so fortunate to have Mike as the musical director and Phillip as accompanist, leading us in what will, undoubtedly, be a most inspirational experience.

The main musical pieces we shall be focusing on this term are Handel’s Messiah and the Bach Cantata BWV 122, both such festive and satisfying sings. Please see the Music Scores page for details of the editions of these works we are using and how to hire copies of them from BHCS.  Chris, our librarian, is very happy to start hiring out copies in advance of the start of term, which would, indeed, be useful for our administration.

As previously discussed, we have been tasked with finding a new venue for our rehearsals to allow for greater space and ventilation.  We were, therefore, delighted to then learn of the opportunity to use St Andrew’s Church, along with the associated link building, for our rehearsals.  While most legal Covid-related restrictions have now been lifted, we shall be taking precautions, in accordance with professional guidelines for choral singing, by following a protocol for meetings a  Such a protocol will, of course, be kept under review to ensure it remains proportionate and reflects an informed assessment of current risk. We are mindful that some people may wish to engage with the choir this term but not be ready to return to in-person rehearsals, as yet, and therefore arrangements are being made for remote access to rehearsals via Zoom.

As there remains some uncertainty about how the pandemic will impact across the 2021/2022 season, the committee have considered it judicious to set membership fees by the term and not offer the option of subscription for the whole season. The fee for the autumn term is £60. Please note that this fee applies to both those who attend in-person rehearsals and those accessing the rehearsals remotely.

Please find, in this section a record of the key dates for the autumn term.

Thank you for all your support of BHCS and I do hope you choose you join us for the forthcoming term to share in our love of music and the achievement of a great performance. In any case, please contact me if I can be of any further assistance.

Best Wishes


On behalf of BHCS Committee





The new season will start on Monday, 13th September 2021 when we shall be working towards our December concert which is to take place on Saturday, 4th December 2021 at St Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill. It will feature Part 1 of Handel's Messiah as well as the Hallelujah and Amen choruses, Bach Cantata BW211, in addition to carols for choir and audience.  Further details will be posted here over the coming weeks. Meanwhile, if you have any queries, please e mail: