Bexhill’s Seagirls WI choir raise the roof

Bexhill’s Seagirls WI Choir raised the roof as they sang to an audience of 230 plus in their first ever public performance.

The concert, which took place as the choir prepares itself for regional finals in October for a national contest, was held at St Augustine’s Church in Cooden.

The group presented a Summer Spectacular which included choral songs, as well as serious pieces together with duets, recitals and a session of World War One songs in which the entire audience joined in.

Musical director Keith Richardson, who guided the choir during the performance, has helped boost the group from just nine nervous ladies 18 months ago to the polished performance enjoyed by the audience on the evening of July 5.

Among people that came to watch the performance were local councillors, professional musicians and music fans from as far afield as Hailsham and Eastbourne.

Ticket sales, which included entrance and refreshments, went towards the costs of music and choir funds as they prepare themselves for the regional finals in October of next year’s ‘Singing for Joy’ WI Choir of the Centenary 2015.

The choir, who were winners in the Hastings Music Festival earlier this year, is now concentrating on the challenge in October which takes place in Dorking.

If the team is successful then they will progress to the National Finals at the National Exhibition Centre in March.