The ESBC is based in Lewes, the ancient county town of East Sussex. Lewes is a hive of cultural activity and the ESBC is part of this cultural landscape, contributing through the engagement and commitment of its singers and by giving audiences the opportunity to hear both well-known works and some less well-known works that may deserve to be better known.


The choir’s aim is to perform a varied repertoire to a very high standard, and professional soloists and orchestral players bring experience and excellence to our performances. The ESBC follows the practice of ‘historically informed performance’, getting as close as possible to the composer’s original intention. While the choir’s repertoire certainly includes the works of JS Bach, it is by no means limited to these. The list of recent concerts listed in the archive  gives an idea of the kind of music performed.

Music Director - John Hancorn

The ESBC's music director is John Hancorn. John is an experienced choral director, singer and teacher. In addition to his mastery of the technical aspects of the music, John brings enthusiasm, encouragement and humour to the choir's rehearsals and performances. Time and again John enables the choir to deliver exciting performances that are a level above its expectations.

John has many valuable contacts in the music world and draws on his contacts with soloists and instrumentalists (particularly instrumentalists who specialise in authentic performance) for the benefit of the choir. He particularly focuses on giving solo opportunities to talented young singers as well as working with more experienced soloists. The ESBC often performs with wonderful young soloists who may not be well-known today but who will certainly become better known.


The choir performs three or four concerts each year. Most of these take place in Lewes. In recent years the choir has been successful in attracting full houses. Occasionally we collaborate with other choirs for special projects.


Our rehearsals take place in Lewes. They are usually on a Saturday afternoon and are concentrated in the periods leading up to concerts. Rehearsals are enjoyable and sociable, as well as being instructive, and the tea-breaks often feature home-made cake.


Sing and Discover workshops usually take place at the beginning of a new rehearsal schedule for a forthcoming season of concerts. Workshops usually take place on a Saturday morning and afternoon.  Richard Wigmore (wigmoresworld.co.uk) is often invited to provide superb narrative on these occasions to enhance the experience.

Workshops are a great opportunity for prospective members to familiarise themselves with the choir and the music that we sing. Workshops are usually OPEN to public although there may be  small fee payable.