The Bexhill Seagirls WI Choir hit unprecedented heights throughout last year having just formed at the end of 2013 to enter the WI Centenary Choir Competition.
The ladies won their class in the 2014 Hastings Musical Competition at their first attempt, collecting the Morton Trophy on the way.
Throughout the year they enjoyed continuing success with a sell-out summer spectacular at St Augustine’s Church – a location which has become their venue of choice. Other choir activities included; the annual Ladies Lunch of Little Common British Legion, a WWl tribute and the annual lunch of the Little Common Flower Club.
Although the choir progressed through to the regional finals of the WI Centenary Competition, held at Dorking Halls in October, they were not selected to go to the national finals.
Only six choirs from across the country went through and, having given, what many in the audience thought a stellar performance, Bexhill Seagirls WI Choir were pipped at the post by the Surrey Serenaders when the results were announced.
Christmas saw the choir performing at two local venues, the first at St Peter’s Church in Old Town where they joined the Mayor, Cllr Brian Kentfield, in a touching service celebrating ‘Lights of Love’ on behalf of St Michael’s Hospice and the second, a simple Christmas Carols performance for residents at Ashridge Lodge.
Participation in the WI Centenary Choir Competition required all to be members of the WI. Elimination from that competition has meant that the choir can now become an independent community choir, and at a recent meeting it was agreed to change their name to the Treble Clefs.
They are already hard at work rehearsing for this year’s Hastngs Musical Festival in March and hoping for a repeat of last year’s victory.
Musical Director, Keith Richardson, said “We are busy working on our calendar of events for 2015 and have already been invited to perform in the Bexhill Musical Festival, being put together in June by local Bexhill councillor, Tony Mansi.”
More information from director Keith Richardson on 01424 218286.