Choir hits high notes

'Rejoice' concert in St Mary's church
'Rejoice' concert in St Mary's church
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A community project hit the high notes on Saturday, November 9 when a packed church enjoyed a musical extravaganza given by ‘Rejoice’, a combined community choir and orchestra in West Chiltington.

Ali Littleboy, one of the organisers, explained that a notice went out last year for anyone interested in learning to sing or in the early stages of learning an instrument to form a group.

Twelve months later ‘Rejoice’ comprises a group of 27 enthusiastic amateurs made up of singers and an eclectic group of instrumentalists including strings, plus a double bass, woodwind, brass and even the Irish bagpipes!

The 12th century St Mary’s Church in West Chiltington was packed as people flocked to hear a cross-section of songs from the musicals.

Tony Hancock, the conductor and accompanist, said: “It is a wonderful forum for those who are learning to sing or play an instrument and at the same time enjoy fun and fellowship.”

The concert was free but donations were made to 4Sight, the West Sussex charity for blind and partially-sighted people.

More than £1,000 was raised for this very worthy cause. More details of 4Sight’s work can be found at