Sussex Chorus – 9th January 2019
One of the county’s best-loved choirs, Sussex Chorus, is looking forward to an exciting 2019 under the baton of new Director of Music, Jack Thompson. Jack begins rehearsals with the choir on Monday 7th January as they start preparing for their first performance together in March.
Keen supporters of the choir will know that previous conductor, Alan Vincent, led his farewell concert with Sussex Chorus in December, with a performance of Handel’s Messiah that earned them a standing ovation and the reviewer, Simon Austin, commenting that “the choir sang their hearts out”. Jack Thompson, currently organist and music teacher at Ardingly College, was appointed following a wide-reaching recruitment process that included all choir members in the final decision. Singers were able to ‘audition’ the shortlisted candidates through involvement in a short rehearsal and were very clear that Jack was their number one choice!
Commenting on this new development in his career, Jack said: “I was delighted to accept this exciting role with Sussex Chorus. It is clearly a choir that believes in delivering high quality choral performances and keeping classical music very much alive in Mid Sussex. This is a wonderful opportunity to use my experience, ideas and enthusiasm to take the choir into an exciting new era.” While still at an early stage in his career, Jack’s experience is impressive. Aside from his teaching at Ardingly College, he is Director of Music at StMary’s Church, Chelsea and has worked as a conductor at Oxford, Cambridge and Durham universities. His freelance work has involved him in projects with members of the BBC Singers, the Gabrieli Consort, Glyndebourne Chorus and The Sixteen. Jack also has a strong interest in engaging younger people in singing and has supported children’s choruses preparing for concerts, including the BBC Proms.
Summing up his review of the choir’s Messiah performance in December, Simon Austin also said: “There is so much music out there to be enjoyed and here’s a choir which does just that”. With Jack Thompson leading Sussex Chorus this year, the choir is looking forward to a new year of very enjoyable music-making. New singers are warmly welcomed by Sussex Chorus and rehearsals take place on Monday evenings between 7.15pm and 9.30pm at St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill.
The next concert will be a performance of Haydn’s Creation on 23 March at King’s Church, Burgess Hill. More information from our website www.sussexchorus.org