Barn Choir

The Barn Choir, now in its 26th year, presented an
evening of light music in St Joseph’s Convent Chapel, East Street,
Littlehampton on Monday July14  2014,  to raise funds for the work of the Sisters of the Convent. This year’s guest performer was:       
cellist Rachael Calverley.  The concert
raised £600 for Projects supported by the FMSL in Peru. We thank David and all the Choir and all who came to support them on a beautiful Summer Evening.

The Barn Choir Summer Concert took place Monday 9 July 2012 at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Convent chapel, Littlehamptonl. Admission was free, and the usual voluntary retiring collection went towards the work of the Sisters in our Santa Rosa Mission in Lima, Peru.

Barn Choir Christmas Concert 2011

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The Barn Choir Annual Christmas Concert took place on Monday 19 December 2011 at 8.00pm in St Joseph’s Convent chapel. Admission was free, but as usual there was a voluntary retiring collection which will go towards the work of the Sisters in our Santa Rosa Mission in Lima, Peru.

Please see Our Missions page to see where your money goes.

The Barn Choir Summer Concert 2011

Monday 18 July 2011 the Barn Choir raised (with donations) £1400.00 for our Mission in Peru. Sr Clara (briefly) addressed the people there and explained where some of the money is used. The concert was indeed a delight. The young instrumentalists SAM BROWN (GUITAR) and JUSTIN KWOK (Piano) had everyone spellbound. The Quintessential Quintet (recorders and Guitars) were awe inspiring. The whole concert was well co ordinated and the selection of pieces by the choir gave a very relaxed and entertaining hue to the whole evening.
We thank David Rudling (whose wife died about 6 weeks ago) for Directing Choir. Nigel who was his brother in law also died some months ago. The first part of the Concert was given in memory of our Sister Angela – she had supported the Choir by her presence and encouragement down the years. The Christmas Concert the Choir will celebrate 25 years!
We too must join in this celebration. Thank you to all who gave of their time and talents for the benefit of Peru and all who came and supported the event. Sr Anastasia

Please see Our Missions page to see where your money goes.

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Barn Choir Summer 2011

Sister Angela FMSL

We are deeply saddened to announce Sister Angela died peacefully on Monday 7 February 2011. Her funeral Mass took place at 11.00 am Thursday 17 February, followed by burial in Littlehampton Cemetery. Please pray for Sr Angela’s soul, Sr Angela’s family and all the FMSL Sisters. Sr Angela’s funeral eulogy by Sr Anastasia is on our Notices page.

The Barn Choir Christmas Concert 2010

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The Barn Choir Christmas concert which took place Monday 13 December 2010 raised £900, including donations, for our mission in Lima, Peru. Thank you to all our friends and Sisters who worked backstage, all who came to support the event and those who made donations. Sr Angela, a long standing member of the Barn Choir, was able to join the choir for a couple of pieces. (see photo below) Sr Anne is scheduled to visit Littlehampton 3 January 2011 and will take the money back with her to Peru.

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The Barn Choir Summer Concert 2010

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On Monday 19 July the Barn Choir gave their 23rd summer concert in St Joseph’s Convent chapel. Once again the Choir delighted the audience with their wonderful musical talent. As always the Choir can be relied upon to deliver a varied and wide-ranging repertoire. Pieces were performed from Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Rodgers and Hammerstein. The Barn Choir were joined again by members of the Regis School of music including ‘The Quintessential Quintet,’ the ‘Lydavid Duo’ and last but not least the extremely gifted classical guitarist Sam Brown. The audience listened intently while Sam played variations on a theme from The Magic Flute, by Mozart. The enthusiastic applause resulted in Sam performing another shorter number, much to the pleasure of the enchanted listeners. The audience were encouraged to join in the last number ‘Down by the Riverside’ arranged by John Rutter. After the final applause Sister Angela read a letter from Sister Anne in Peru. The Sisters would like to thank the Barn Choir, The Quintessential Quintet, The Lydavid Duo and Sam Brown for their generosity in giving up their time and talents to raise money for the Sisters mission in Peru. We wish to extend our gratitude to all who made the evening such a success. We are delighted to announce that the voluntary retiring collection raised £817.53. This amount together with donations before the event of £552.50 totalled the amazing figure of £1370.03 for our mission in Peru. May the Lord bless you all and give you peace.

The Barn Choir would like to say they are always ready to welcome new members. They meet on the first Monday of the month (not January or August) in St Joseph’s Hall, opposite the Chapel Door.

The Barn Choir Christmas Concert 2009

The Barn Choir Annual Christmas Concert took place on Monday 14 December 2009 at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Convent chapel. The voluntary retiring collection raised £920, which will go towards the work of the Sisters in our Santa Rosa Mission in Lima, Peru. Sr Angela will visit our Peru mission in January and will take the money with her.

The Barn Choir Summer Concert 2009

On Monday 20 July the Barn Choir gave their annual summer concert at St Joseph’s Convent chapel and helped raise £1,230 to aid the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Littlehampton (FMSL) charity work in Peru. This year the choir dedicated their performance, as a tribute to Eric Davies, one of their longstanding members who sadly died earlier this year. The audience was entertained with a varied and impressive recital, which included pieces by the composers John Rutter, Gershwin, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Three classical guitarists Jez Rogers, Karim Bedda and Sam Brown, from the Regis School of Music joined the programme and provided a number of solo and duet performances. The Sisters are delighted with the amount raised and wish to thank everyone who helped make the evening a success.

Please see Our Missions page to see our latest letter from Peru. Thank you to everyone for this wonderful generosity and to the Barn Choir who inspired it.

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On Monday 15 December 2008 The Barn Choir gave their annual Christmas Concert at St Joseph’s Convent Chapel. The Barn Choir, under the direction of David Rudling, with The Seacourt Ensemble performed a varied selection of traditional Christmas carols and seasonal music.

After the concert the audience enjoyed festive refreshments in the Sisters’ refectory. The event has raised £806.16, so far with donations still coming in. Proceeds, as usual, will go towards the Sisters work in Peru.
The Sisters are delighted with the amount raised and would like to thank all who made the event possible.

The Barn Choir Summer Concert 2008

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The Barn Choir gave their 21st Summer Concert at St Joseph’s Convent Chapel on 21 July 2008. The choir and guest guitarists gave a superb performance under the direction of David Rudling.

The audience were entertained by an impressive blend of Folk songs, TV themes, classical and a medley from the musical Oliver.

It was a delight and privilege to listen to three solo guitarists. Tom Emery, Karim Bedda, and Sam Brown, all three are very talented young men and all pupils, or previous pupils of the Regis school of Music in Bognor Regis.

Admission and refreshments were free and the retiring collection together with a number of donations after the concert has resulted in £1,389.23 being raised for the Sisters Mission of Santa Rosa in Lima, Peru.

The Sisters are thrilled with the amount raised and would like to thank all who made the event possible. Their heartfelt thanks go out to The Barn Choir, all those who helped serve, wash up after the refreshments, count the money and prepare the chapel for the service.

The Barn Choir are always on the look out for new members and would like to urge everyone to cajole any musically inclined members of their families, or circle of friends to lend their voices to their fund raising efforts. They perform twice a year, at Christmas and July and rehearse monthly, usually the first Monday of the month. For further details please call Mr B Wood 07795 988114.

The Barn Choir gave their Summer Concert at St Joseph’s Convent Chapel on Monday 21 July 2008 at 7.30 pm. There is no admission charge, but there is always a voluntary retiring collection. All proceeds go towards the work of the Sisters in Our Santa Rosa Mission in Lima, Peru.

The Barn Choir gave their annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday 18 December 2007 in St Joseph’s Convent Chapel. Nearly two hundred people joined the Sisters to listen to the Barn Choir Christmas Concert. The audience was captivated by the enthusiasm and energy of the Barn Choir as they performed a festive selection of traditional, classical and humorous music, under the direction of David Rudling.

Admission and refreshments were free and the retiring collection together with a number of donations after the concert has resulted in the grand sum of £1,815.85 being raised for the Sisters Mission in Peru.

The Sisters are delighted with the amount raised and would like to thank all who made the above possible. Their thanks go out to The Barn Choir, and all those who helped serve, wash up after the refreshments, count the money and helped prepare the chapel for services.

The Barn Choir

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The Barn Choir gave their 20th Anniversary Summer Concert at St Joseph’s Convent Chapel on 16 July 2007. The Barn Choir have been performing for twenty years and since 1995 their home has been at St Joseph’s Convent where they practise monthly and perform twice a year.

There is no admission charge for their concerts, but there is always a voluntary retiring collection, which goes towards the work of the Sisters in our Santa Rosa Mission in Lima, Peru.

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Tom Emery

We had the pleasure of listening to a varied and entertaining repertoire under the direction of David Rudling. It was a privilege to witness the performance of guest artist Tom Emery. Tom is a very talented solo classical guitarist and performed four classical pieces.

Our Mission in Lima celebrates 25 years of the presence of the Littlehampton Franciscan Sisters among the people of Santa Rosa on the Feast of Santa Rosa at the end of August 2007. We are therefore delighted that £1,001 was raised here at The Barn Choir 20th Anniversary Summer Concert.

Over the years The Barn Choir have given many concerts at the convent. The total amount raised over the last sixteen concerts (since 1999) is £13,164.40.

We thank all who have supported the work of the Sisters in this Mission during these years.

St Joseph’s (Littlehampton) and Santa Rosa (Peru)
On Tuesday 19 December 2006 The Barn Choir, under the direction of David Rudling gave a most enjoyable Christmas Concert of Carols and music. Twice a year the Barn Choir freely give their talents in order to help raise money for the Sisters’ work amongst the disadvantaged of Lima, Peru.

On the night £927.50 was raised to help keep the Comedor project safe. A generous donation of £72.50 was received to bring the total up to £1000.00. Further donations have since been received and the total now stands at £1422.00.

We the Sisters are grateful to all who share our work and to those who direct money to the fund, in memory of a loved one who has died. All of you share in the prayers of the Sisters, and Masses are offered each month for all our benefactors.

What is the Comedor? The Comedor is basically a canteen. It is an area where food is cooked, en masse, for the community of Santa Rosa de Puente Piedra, Lima Peru.

We would like to take this opportunity to share with you some photographs to show you where and how your money is used.