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.


Clacton Choral’s Spring Concert on Saturday 28th April, under the baton of their Musical Director, Gilli Dulieu, achieved a magnificent sound with the regal accompaniment of the Kingfisher Sinfonietta under Beth Spendlove – as they celebrated the ‘Four Greats’ - Bach; Handel; Haydn & Mozart.

The scene was set with Johann Sebastian Bach’s much-loved Jesu, ‘Joy of Man’s Desiring’, then his Cantata No. 12 with its majestic, soaring phrases, was sung in German. His ‘Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe’ showcased the thrilling playing of Beth Spendlove and Robert Rogers, and this led the audience neatly into Handel’s Vespers Psalms - his expressive ‘Laudate Pueri Dominum’ - with soloist Claire Colman’s sparklingly clear soprano voice running delightfully through the trills and the hallowed Latin text. Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’ was an exciting end to the first half; a momentous volume being achieved, that would have graced any cathedral!

Mozart’s ‘Te Deum’ welcomed the audience back after the interval, with the next instrumental piece the Adagio and Rondo from his first Flute Concerto, beautifully interpreted by solo flautist Francesca Dulieu. The choir’s rendition of Mozart’s joyful ‘Laudate Dominum’ was followed by Haydn’s ‘Little Organ Mass’ – a real gem of composition that cleverly compresses the length of the Mass to suit a much shorter timescale, by requiring the choristers to sing the different exhortations at the same time as each other – and all in Latin, of course.

As music critic and one-time professional Gilbert & Sullivan singer, Clive Harre, put it, “What a difference a Sinfonietta makes!” as he praised the diction, hard work and commitment of all concerned. Well done, Clacton Choral.


Our next concert will be on Saturday, 7th July 2018 (5:00PM) at St James' Church, Tower Road, Clacton on Sea

CO15 1DA


And other Songs from the Shows (including a new medley from Oliver!)

Piano: David Mitchell

Guitar: Phil Dulieu

Bass: Peter Thorne

Drums: Jerry Price



Tickets at £10 (includes programme) from 01255 424568 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.