Clacton Choral Society was founded in 1888

We are a mixed and very friendly soprano, alto, tenor and bass choir of about 70 people.

We hold no auditions, but achieve a high standard for our three concerts each year, with local musicians.

Recent Concert News

Brahms, Dvorak and Christmas Carols – December 2019

Strange though it felt to be on the receiving end; having so recently left as an alto singer myself; I settled back to enjoy Clacton Choral’s Christmas Concert at St James’ Church on Saturday 7th December. Their new afternoon time slot, a nice warm church and comfortable seating, were all very welcoming to a packed house.

Right from the start, I was struck by the full, round tone of this choir, as two glorious Brahms’ melodies from his German Requiem filled the church, under the very skilful baton of Musical Director, Gilli Dulieu. The young and up-coming voices of soloists Emily Kirby-Ashmore and Julian Chou-Lambert – singing the hauntingly beautiful but little-known Brahms’ ‘Ave Maria’, showcasing Gilli’s specially-adapted arrangement of it – were to shine again in the next piece too; Dvorak’s Te Deum. This powerful and uplifting work with the full choir, whose handling of the dynamics, with such clear diction, made for a masterful performance, accompanied by Stephen Smith on the church organ.

The anticipation for the second half was palpable, as the audience hurried back to re-take their seats, for a cascade of traditional carols. Each was introduced with its own history to add context, including a delightful Rutter set with delicate flute and piccolo solos from Francesca Dulieu; then with plenty of the audience participation that is such a lovely feature of Choral’s Christmas concerts, we all enjoyed putting the finishing touches to what was a very spectacularly festive musical feast!

Or so we’d thought … until festive hats of every description popped out of nowhere and a figgy pudding criss-crossed the aisles as the choir’s encore sent us finally on our way. Could they top this? Well, with Parts II and III of Handel’s Messiah on 4th April 2020, anything’s possible. Keep an eye on their website for early booking –

Review by Mary Hall

Next Concert

Sold out! Due to the popularity of the concert all 225 seats have been taken and without the presentation of a special ticket it will not be possible to enter the Church

Clacton Choral Society, under the baton of their new Musical Director Peter Dyson, are delighted to return to concert singing.

You are invited to be part of their Christmas theme presentation with 52 singers for specially chosen harmonised carols, short light-hearted readings, and of course with audience participation.

To honour the occasion at St James’ Church, Clacton, on Sunday 5th December, there is no admission charge, and donations if desired on leaving will be a gift to the fabric of the Church.

The Concert begins at 6.30 pm for the 75-minute continuous Christmas celebration.

Sing with us!

We usually give three concerts each year.

We don’t hold auditions – if you can read music it will make it easier for you, but we welcome anyone who is keen to sing!

If you’re wondering whether to join the choir, it’s easy –as long as you can sing in tune and have Monday evenings free from 7.30 – 9.30pm to rehearse.

Why not give us a try? We’ll teach you the notes and provide the scores.

You’ll be made very welcome!

And if you decide to stay, we’ve lots of extra learning support on offer too.

Follow NEW SINGERS for further information.

Some Kind Comments from our last Concert

'The first piece (Blessed) told you from the start it was going to be a thoughtful programme.'

'The full sound of the choir and organ filling the church was extraordinary.'

'The timbre of the sound you produce is stunning.'

'The music touched me deep inside.'

'You created something culturally valuable.'

‘The choir is certainly sounding confident. You all also deserve credit for getting such a good audience. The reaction at the end demonstrated how much they appreciated the concert.’

And from a choir member:

Have had several messages today, from those to whom I sold tickets, to say how much they loved whole concert ('fantastic', 'fabulous', 'great', 'feel sorry for those who missed it'!), and how much they appreciated being able to attend a concert locally that was conducted and performed so professionally.

Peter trained at the Royal Academy of Music and is the founder of the Belmont Ensemble of London. He has worked with many different orchestras and choirs both in the UK and abroad.

Nic trained as a teacher at Goldsmith’s College, London and is currently Head of Music at Clacton Coastal Academy.