Something to sing about for local choir

Hastings International Musical Festival adjudicator Valerie Hoppe presents musical director of the Treble Clefs choir, Keith Richardson with a Special Merit certificate. SUS-170321-140611001
Hastings International Musical Festival adjudicator Valerie Hoppe presents musical director of the Treble Clefs choir, Keith Richardson with a Special Merit certificate. SUS-170321-140611001

Local choir, The Treble Clefs gave a stellar performance at the Hastings International Musical Festival but were pipped at the winning post by just one point.

Hastings International Musical Festival, held at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings saw nine choirs enter the Adult Choir section; an unprecedented number in the 109 years of the competition.

The Treble Clefs were awarded second place by just one point difference from the winners performance of two contrasting songs, to be completed within a seven minute allowance, This resulted in a Special Merit on the certificate being awarded to Musical Director, Keith Richardson by adjudicator Valerie Hoppe (pictured).

Ms Hoppe said: “The Treble Clefs gave a performance of excellent unison in both their pieces of music.”

Keith Richardson says it was only the second time the Treble Clefs entered the competition and their expectations were modest. “To have come second has exceeded my wildest dreams and only serves to demonstrate the commitment and talent that exists within our Choir,” he said. “It’s not every week that you get the chance to compete against much more experienced choirs on your own doorstep. The Hastings International Musical Festival is a wonderful event and is a credit to the organisers and Hastings. We shall be back with one objective - to win!”