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"Adoramus te, Christe"
which we sang recently at New Romney
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The Wealden Consort, or as it was named at the beginning,
The Hawkhurst Singers, was formed in 1979 through the
inspiration and enthusiasm of the vicar of St Laurence
Church in Hawkhurst, around a nucleus of singers from the
In 1980 the group was joined by Maisie Hammond, who took
over the leadership of the choir. Maisie, a graduate of the
Royal College of Music, was a professional violinist who often
provided musical interludes during concerts.
In its formative years the choir, then a group of around
eight singers, performed mostly motets and madrigals.
Since changing to The Wealden Consort - a name which
more accurately reflects the Weald of Kent from which its
members are now drawn – the choir has remained sensitive
to and further explored the rich range of church music.
With the passing years the size of the choir has increased
and, as its numbers have grown so has its repertoire, adding
spirituals, folk songs, songs from the shows and other
modern pieces as well as humorous musical works.
In May 2003, the choir were pleased to welcome Cornelis
Taekema as its new Musical Director.
Under his baton the Consort continues to perform wherever
groups seek to use its talents to entertain and raise funds for
Finalist Top Choir Kent
The Wealden Consort reached the
Final of Kent’s Top Choir, which took
place on 12 April 2014 at Shirley Hall,
King’s School, Canterbury. Further
information can be found at