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Sound Waves choir from Hastings looking forward to Wassail

Sound Waves choir from Hastings looking forward to Wassail

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Hastings Old Town is in for a treat on Friday December 16 when Sound Waves Community Choir presents a festival of medieval songs and carols at All Saints Church from 7.30pm.

Sound Waves community choir, with its unique blend of a cappella voices, will be singing traditional carols and Wassailing songs as well as recreating medieval Christmas traditions.

They will be joined by recorder group the Fipple Consort and Liam Genockey – the drummer with Steeleye Span – will be accompanying some of the songs on medieval drum. It’s fitting then as part of Winter & Wassail they will be performing the original Steeleye Span arrangement of Gaudete during the programme. In the interval there will a chance to try actual Wassail made from a traditional recipe. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, free entry. There will be a collection for Hastings charity Counselling Plus.

Sound Waves has a busy month with several local performances. On Friday December 2 at 6pm they will be singing carols round the Christmas campfire in the woods at Mallydams in Fairlight as part of the RSPCA’s Winter Open Wood evening. The woodland will be lit with lanterns and the tea room will be serving hot drinks, mince pies and sausage rolls. Rumour has it Father Christmas may make an appearance.

The following weekend Sound Waves will sing at Seaview’s Carol Concert on Saturday December 10 at St Johns Church in Pevensey Road. There are several choirs taking part and Father David – the singing vicar – will also take part. A collection for Seaview will be taken at the concert.

Sound Waves Community Choir is proud of helping local causes through music. Earlier this year they donated over £1000 each to Friary Gardeners and Snowflake Project and helped raise thousands of pounds for St Michael’s Hospice at The Big Sing in October. The group has donated over £12,000 to local charities since it was set up in 2009.

They also took part in the Root 1066 Festival in September with Clash! at Sussex Coast College - seven choirs sang new compositions by local composers using poems written by local poets inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry.

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Go to www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/christmas/