Based in the ancient village of Fletching, near Uckfield, we have performed a wide variety of choral music in mid-Sussex for over 30 years - from folksongs to Latin Masses - and have built up a large and loyal following in the local community.
Why Not Join Us?
We always welcome new singers, and invite you to come to one of our rehearsals for a sing to help you decide whether you'd like to become a member.
You can get in touch via our Contact page...
Our Music Director
Our Music Director, Michael Fields, is a multi-faceted musician with world-wide reputation in performing, directing, teaching, composing and record producing.
Although a lutenist and guitarist through his first training, his work has always involved working with singers - foremost in a 35 year duo partnership with soprano Evelyn Tubb, as well as accompanying other eminent singers ranging from Emma Kirkby to Van Morrison, conducting amateur and professional choral and instrumental groups, and composing a variety of vocal works.
Michael began his musical journey playing folk, jazz and rock in California. A growing interest in 'early' music led him to England in 1974 where he continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and in Basel. He received the AGSM and LRAM diplomas in 1977.
Michael Fields is widely regarded as a leading interpreter of the works of Hildegard of Bingen. He also directs the vocal ensemble, VOX ANIMAE, whose audio and video recordings of Hildegard's Ordo Virtutum have received international acclaim. He founded the Mayfield Chamber Opera Company, which specialises in Baroque opera.
Michael is also the Musical Director of Sastamala Gregoriana, Finland’s leading early music festival and the country’s “Festival of the Year” in 2016 (out of 200 festivals). https://www.sastamalagregoriana.fi/en/index.php He also teaches at Westminster School, London.
Past summer concerts have been given at some memorable venues, for instance, a madrigal evening in the beautiful garden of Clinton Lodge, Fletching; Handel's Acis and Galatea on the terrace of Mount Harry House, Offham; and Carmina Burana in the ancient barn at Court House, Barcombe, complete with balloons and firework display. Other venues include the church of St. Rémy, Dieppe qnd the chapel of Peterhouse, Cambridge. From time to time, the choir has also spent a week giving concerts in the Dordogne, including in Sarlat Cathedral.
We normally engage outside professional professional soloists and instrumentalists. These have included Lucinda Houghton, Elizabeth Brice, Ansy Boothroyd, Helen-Jane Howells (soprano), Sara Gourlay, Susannah Vernon (mezzo), David Gould (counter-tenor), Mark Curtis, Andrew McKenzie-Wicks, Paul Austin Kelly and Gareth Malone (tenor), Ian Caddy, Stephen Charlesworth, John Hancorn (bass), Eloise Irving (soprano), and Neil Jenkins (tenor).
Concert plans are made by the choir's committee in consultation with the conductor. We have given a number of joint concerts with other choirs: Ryde Chorus, The Crowborough Choral Society and Les Lundis Chantants, Dordogne.
Our Social Life
The Fletching Singers do not neglect the social side of life. Each year we have a Christmas Dinner, and we frequently perform carols in aid of local charities. A weekly raffle is held to boost the choir's funds.
We are a friendly group, and we welcome new members. There is no audition, but what is essential is a love of music, an enjoyment of singing, and a willingness to learn many kinds of good music, whether simple or challenging.
If you would like to come along, either as a full member or else for a trial period without commitment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org