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
St James’ church at half-past six on Sunday 9th December, but it wasn’t a service but a glorious “Concert of joyful English music with harp and organ”. One first saw the welcoming appearance of the church, then on examining the impeccably produced programme one realised that this was going to be no amateurist affair.
Then the sopranos came in, chanting the plainsong Hodie Christus natus est, the first element of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. It was such a startling beginning to the concert, because the choir then went straight into Wolcum Yule delivered with phenomenal attack and vigour. The other items followed, beautifully sung. Britten’s Ceremony of Carols is a wonderfully varied work and the texts in mediaeval English are a delight to read as well as to hear. It was good to see that several choir members were willing to sing solo or in small groups and did so to excellent effect.
People who have seen Clacton Choral in the past years must have been startled and delighted to see it now eighty-strong, a high-class choir, capable of handling any of the major choral works.
The harp, played superbly by Lynne Creasey, was an ideal accompaniment to Britten’s work, which was followed by the monumental Te Deum by Edward Elgar, when we heard the organ for the first time, played by Stephen Smith who is the choir’s favourite concert accompanist.
An audience carol brought the first half to a close; one wonders when the church last heard a massive sound of music like this, because the audience stood up and gave it their all.
The second half featured Gustav Holst’s Four Old English Carols plus his Christmas Day. This offering too was very varied and featured soloists from the choir. There followed a programme of perhaps lighter pieces, the Audience Carol Go tell it on the Mountain, some spirituals, one supported by flautists Francesca Dulieu and Sarah Stephens, and a final Audience Carol.
The church was packed, showing how much the varied programmes of Gilli Dulieu’s Clacton Choral are appreciated. Next time should be good: Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass on 13th April
Our next concert will be on SATURDAY, 13TH APRIL 2019 (6:30 pm) at St James' Church, Tower Road, Clacton on Sea
GOUNOD: ‘ST CECILIA MASS’
With classics by Fauré and Franck
Including Cantique de Jean Racine and Panis Angelicus
Harp: Meriel Barclay
Cello: Melanie Woodcock
Organ: Stephen Smith
Soprano: Laura Pooley
Tenor: Daniel Joy
Bass: Peter Grevatt
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Gilli Dulieu
Tickets at £10 from 01255 221511 or email@example.com and on the door
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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