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Special day for choirs

DOZENS of singers will be raising the roof at their special day in Bognor Regis.


They will be taking part in this year’s ChoirFest after the success of the inaugural event last March.


Almost twice as many choirs will be taking part, with nine compared to five, to mean the showcase will take place over a weekend.


One of the organisers, Will Hackett, said: “Now spread across two days – March 3 and 4 – ChoirFest 2018 will welcome a host of community choirs from across the region, all coming together for a weekend culminating in an evening festival concert showcasing their unique tastes and talents through music.”


ChoirFest was launched last year by Arun Arts, which runs the Regis Centre, with Bertsted Arts.


It was the first non-competitive event of its kind in the region to bring together local community choirs from across the area to share in their mutual joy and appreciation of music.


It gave them the chance to learn from each other and to highlight their individuality and unique sound to the wider public.


The full line-up of this year’s participating choirs is: March 3 – Inspirations Community Choir (Littlehampton), RAFA 381 Branch Choir (Bognor Regis), The Igloo Choir (Wickham, Hampshire) and Get Singing! (Chichester Festival Theatre Choir);


March 4 – Art of Dance and Festival Adult Choir (South Bersted), Chi Choir (Chichester), The Arun Sounds (North Bersted), Ditchling Singers (Lewes) and The Bersted Community Choir (North Bersted).


“Registration to take part is now closed,” said Will. “However, we encourage other choirs, as well as the general public, to be part of a festival by purchasing a ticket and coming to see one – or both – of the concerts.”


He is pictured below with, from left, Hazel Latus from Arun Arts, and Michael Gattrell and James Etheridge also Arun Arts.


Tickets are now on sale from The Regis Centre on 01243 861010 or online at

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