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
APRIL 2019 - 'Gounod: St Cecilia Mass with classics by Faure and Franck'
Moon Rise over Clacton!
On Saturday afternoon July 6th, in St James’ Church, Clacton, the Clacton Choral Society gave a wonderful concert in aid of Acorn Village, Mistley, led by their musical director, Gilli Dulieu. Under the title Clacton Choral Goes to the Proms, tickets were sold out weeks before the event; tribute to the growing popularity of this choir. The audience was treated to a varied programme of traditional and modern music, with the opening piece Benjamin Britten’s stunning arrangement of the National Anthem, which the choir sang beautifully, displaying both tonal range and sensitive dynamics. We listened to Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs in an interesting arrangement by Chris Phelps, then Songs from the First World War, arranged by Alwyn Humphrys. Jerusalem was sung rousingly by choir and audience, accompanied by Paul Sidall on the organ. A new departure was to welcome members of the Holland Park School Choir led by Sarah Stephens: they sang Refuge composed by Robert Chilcott, onetime member of the King’s Singers, and the haunting Skye Boat Song, combining with Clacton Choral for the Sea Songs. Their presence gave added zest to the occasion and the audience applauded them enthusiastically.
Samantha Christopher (clarinet) and Peter Thorne (piano) played the delightful Sonatina Pastorale by Peter Thorne, and Two Flutes at the Opera, a selection played by Sarah Stephens and Francesca Dulieu, provided a further instrumental interlude.
As a refreshing contrast to the traditional themes, the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing in July 1969 was celebrated in style. Mary Hall performed a poem she had written, and the Choir sang Moon Medley, an arrangement by Gilli Dulieu of popular songs, among them Moon River and Fly me to the Moon. This was an innovative and original part of the concert and provided both a highlight and modern focus to the programme.
The concert ended with Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 stirringly played as a piano duet by David Mitchell and Peter Thorne, the audience joining in with the familiar words of Land of Hope and Glory.
This was a most enjoyable concert for a summer’s day with much foot-tapping and humming along. Well done Clacton Choral!
Our Christmas Concert 2019
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 7.15 – 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.
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