An early picture of Sound Waves Choir
In January 2009, four singing friends met for coffee and explored the idea of creating a new kind of singing opportunity for people in Hastings and the surrounding area.
Madeleine, Davina, Jill and Jan together wrote their mission statement envisioning what they would love to happen. The four cornerstones of this new choir would be that it would be run by its members for the members, attempt to foster a genuine sense of community by being open to all and have fun, raise money for local charities from our performances and find a way to enjoy different styles and genres of music.
This forms the heart of how the Choir is still run today.
The fabulous local opera singer Louise Winter volunteered to be the first MD. Rehearsal space was secured and dates agreed. In February 2009, approximately 30 singers took part. It was a great success culminating in a performance for family and friends.
The founders arranged a meeting of all the singers to share their vision for the future and agree the choir’s name. Sound Waves was born!
The admin grew with increasing members. Dave Kaye, Jill’s husband, very kindly offered to set up our first website for free. It was a tremendous help!
From the beginning Sound Waves has operated on the basis of inviting local musicians to direct a series of sessions through the year. So far some of the genres we have experienced have been classical/opera, jazz/blues, Pop, Sea shanties, Gospel and World music.
Sound Waves has gone from strength to strength with an elected committee and stalwart members who have formed a strong core. At times we topped over 100 singers.
We now have a wonderful and varied repertoire that we are able to perform independently with the direction of three of our very own members.
We have raised over £11000 pounds for local charities.
And last but not least the original vision of working with different musical directors (we call them ‘MDs’) has given us unforeseen benefits. Whilst there is never a dull moment, getting a virtual master class from the very talented MDs we work with has stretched us out of our comfort zones enabling us to build on our confidence and versatility as Singers and Performers’.
Danny Mooney did this fabulous ipad picture of the choir at our At the Movies concert - April 2016
Here are some You Tube highlights of this event https://youtu.be/ocm0RGUkG9Q
Beatles Day 2016
Old Town Carnival 2015