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.


The concert on Saturday July 7th was a joyous occasion. St James’ Church was full and the audience was treated to a feast of melodic music.

The programme started with a new medley from Lionel Bart’s 1960 musical Oliver! arranged by musical director, Gilli Dulieu, and accompanied by David Mitchell on the piano. The music moved seamlessly from song to song. There was good balance and contrast of tone, Gilli holding the choir with her usual control. Humour came at the end as the choir sang Food, Glorious Food waving appropriately decorated paper plates.

This was followed by a Selection of Show Songs sung by individual members of the choir. Heather Attwell-Davis brought her accomplished soprano voice to Art is Calling for Me, Graham Bell sang Oh, What a Beautiful Morning with great sensitivity, Miriam Fitzgerald sang Over the Rainbow with attractive clarity, the duo of Catrina Grimsey and Richard Nowak performed We’re a Couple of Swells with verve, enlivened by their swanky hats. Next Sylvia Canning, with her lovely soprano voice, convinced us that she could indeed have Danced all Night. The finale to this section was provided by Peter Thorne on the piano improvising on the spot a medley of songs from those suggested to him by the audience. This was a bravura performance and was greeted with cheers at the end.

A concert presentation of Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat formed the largest part of the programme. Dressed in multi-coloured shirts and blouses, the choir sang with panache and confidence, Howard Stapleton taking the voice of Joseph. The choir’s singing was enhanced by Peter Thorne on bass guitar, Gilli’s husband Phil on guitar and her brother, Jeremy Price on drums; the musicians providing a thoughtful accompaniment. The familiar songs sounded fresh and lively: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s great music and Tim Rice’s witty lyrics were beautifully brought to life on this sunny evening. Gilli Dulieu continues to draw the best from Clacton Choral: the 2018 Summer concert did not disappoint. It was in aid of St Helena’s Hospice.


Our next concert will be on SUNDAY, 9TH DECEMBER 2018 (6:30 pm) at St James' Church, Tower Road, Clacton on Sea

CO15 1DA


A concert of joyful English music

with harp and organ

including Holst ‘Four Old English Carols’ and ‘Christmas Day’

Elgar ‘Te Deum’

and Spirituals

Harp: Lynne Creasey

Organ: Stephen Smith



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.