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.


In the short-time Gilli has been conducting Clacton Choral Society, she is now in the most fortunate position of directing a large choir who seemingly not only watch her every musical move but also respond to her requests. This friendly choir now boasts a most respectable number of both tenors and basses and on Saturday evening had the privilege to be joined by soloists Stephen Cviic and Patrick McCarthy who both sang beautifully to a packed St James’ Church in Clacton.

During the first half of the concert, we were treated to Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with its glorious operatic and lyrical music for both soloists and choir. For me the most musically rewarding moments were during the unaccompanied sections when the full effect of each voice part and soloists could be fully appreciated. Clearly conductor, soloists and choristers were well-rehearsed and prepared and presented this charming work to great effect.

The second half of the concert was crammed full with a variety of Christmas Carols including a delightful version of I Saw Three Ships by Peter Thorne for the two soloists, flute (performed by Francesca, one of Gilli’s daughters) and accompanied by the composer at the piano. Patrick McCarthy showed his versatility with a lovely rendition of the unaccompanied I Wonder as I Wander followed by When a Child is Born.

Throughout this varied concert, the large choir of some 70 members were visually and musically focused on Gilli’s direction and clearly enjoyed the music. (Review by Liz Leatherdale - Colchester Classics.)


Our next concert will be on Saturday, 28th April 2018 (7:30PM) at St James' Church, Tower Road, Clacton on Sea

CO15 1DA

SOPRANO: Claire Coleman

ACCOMPANIED BY: The Kingfisher Sinfonietta

Leader: Beth Spendlove



Tickets at £10 (includes programme) from 01255 221511 or and on the door

For full details of the programme click here


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.

Follow NEW SINGERS for further information.

Gilli graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in Music from Colchester Institute in 1985

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