The Pleasure Singers ladies choir has been in existence in Horsham, West Sussex for over 50 years. Its members used to meet in the Parish Room in Horsham’s historic Causeway, but later moved to Holy Trinity Church Hall in Rushams Road, Horsham, which is where they continue to rehearse on Wednesday afternoons.
The choir’s original conductor was Mrs Medland and was joined by Tony Wright on the piano. Ursula Haines later took over as choirmistress and ran the choir for several years with the help of her piano accompanist Kath Sainsbury.
There were about 15 members in the choir at that time in the late 1980s. Under the leadership of choirmistress Dianne Walters and then pianist and director Mark Reeves, the choir steadily increased its membership, its repertoire and began to perform more regularly in a number of different settings.
We have also forged strong links with the Horsham Twinning Associaion and were invited to sing in Lage in Germany and on one visit to Saint-Maixent-L’Ecole in France. We continue to support the Horsham Twinning Association by singing each Christmas at their Carol Concert.
The choir now has over 30 members, all of whom are required to learn their parts in order to sing from memory. This enables each member to hold their head high and produce a better, clearer sound. Learning their parts thoroughly without needing to look down at the sheet music has instilled a new confidence in The Pleasure Singers, which results in a better performance as they are able to ‘connect’ better with the audience.
The May 2014 edition of AAH (All About Horsham) Magazine ran a lovely feature on The Pleasure Singers. ClickHERE to view the magazine online.
In July 2014 the third annual Horsham Garden Music Festival took place and The Pleasure Singers were delighted to have been invited to perform as the opening act.
In June 2015, Jon Openshaw and Rosemary Hensor took over the directorship of the choir. Jon is a classically-trained baritone and singing teacher, and will focus on helping the choir develop their vocal skills in the months and years ahead. He will be very well-supported by Rosemary Hensor, a well-known local piano teacher and fine accompanist.
Keep an eye on the Concerts page of this website for details of forthcoming concerts by The Pleasure Singers.