Uckfield Singers musical director Tina Gelnere is pictured with Brian Redman and accompanist Kim Retallick.

Uckfield choir enjoys a mix of singing and socialising

Uckfield Singers get together every Monday evening to work on their repertoire but also enjoy the chance to socialise over a cuppa and taster sessions are available if you would like to join them.

All you have to do is contact chairman Sue Daniel on 01825 890464 to let her know you are interested.

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Tea-makers at a meeting of Uckfield Singers last night.

The choir has about 90 members and their musical director Tina Gelnere who took over the baton last year has now settled into her role.

The first real test for the choir after she joined them was a summer concert and she was very pleased with the way it went.

Next on the programme is a Christmas concert on Saturday, December 3, at the Civic Centre, Uckfield, when young musicians taught privately by Tina will also perform.

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Plenty of time for laughter at an Uckfield Singers rehearsal.

Then next year the choir will exchange visits with a choir from Brosville, in Upper Normandy, France, with the French choir coming here in May and Uckfield Singers going to France in October.

Brian Redman, who is helping to co-ordinate arrangements said the two choirs first came together over the internet. Each was looking for another choir to twin with.

The Brosville choir came to Uckfield in 2013 and the Uckfield Singers returned the visit in 2014. Both visits were successful with well-attended concerts held in each place.

Brian said: “They organised the most fantastic reception for us, took us to Monet’s Garden, and literally rolled out the red carpet when they took us to a restaurant.”

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Time for a chat for Uckfield Singers during a tea-break.

The concert in Uckfield was held at Holy Cross church and a dinner was organised for the visitors at Halland Forge.

Uckfield Singers welcome new members of all ages and abilities. It is a not-for-profit charity run group and the fees are £27 a term, £2.25 per two hour rehearsal.

Rehearsals are 7.15-9.30pm on Mondays at The Belmont Centre, next to Holy Cross Church.

Our pictures were taken during the tea break at last night’s rehearsal.

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• Contact details for The Uckfield Singers can be found 24/7 in their listing in our Uckfield Directory. Just look for the choir’s name or search in categories for Concerts, Music, Theatre Outings or Workshops.

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