Clacton Choral Society was founded in 1888 by Frederick Lewellen.
Its aim is:
To present quality choral music,
conveying our passion and enthusiasm to our audiences
The choir has been a constant part of the tradition of choral singing in Clacton since its establishment,
breaking off only during the Wars.
In recent years, the membership has doubled to 70,
attracting singers from throughout the Tendring area and beyond.
The choir performs three concerts in each season, usually including a traditional Easter programme,
a lighter Summer afternoon concert and a December concert,
that includes ever-popular carols alongside other works.
Performances are accompanied and augmented by local instrumentalists and soloists of a high calibre.
If you’re tempted, our weekly rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at St James’ Church Hall, Clacton CO15 1LE, from 7.15 – 9.30pm (with a refreshment break)
You can come along any week to try us out or listen to a rehearsal, there’s no need to book: and the fee (once you decide to enrol) is only £10.00 per month.
If you’d like to chat first with one of our members, please ring June Fieldsend on 01255 677368, email her [email protected] or you can
You too can become part of our second century of music making!
Still in doubt? Read our Choristers' Comments to see what our members say!
Our ‘Saturday Sings’ are very popular, and a great opportunity for new singers to come along and ‘try us out’ as we explore and learn about the content of the upcoming concert.
We also hold Choral Workshops from time to time, to which we invite
all-comers - though you will need to book your place.
We learn music in the morning and afternoon, before producing
an informal performance in the evening.
MUSICAL DIRECTOR - POST VACANT
Clacton Choral Society has been part of the Clacton community for over 100years. Our outgoing Musical Director was with us for nine years and has seen the choir grow to approximately 80 enthusiastic members performing three well attended concerts a year. We are a friendly choir, without an audition process, with differing levels of musical ability and experience. We rehearse on Monday evenings with a regular professional accompanist. Further information can be found on our website www.clactonchoral.org.uk
We are seeking a Musical Director for as soon as we are allowed to begin rehearsing again. The successful candidate should be an able musician and experienced conductor with a broad knowledge of the traditional choral repertoire. The person will work with the committee and show strong leadership; have excellent communication skills and a clear directing style. The appointment comes with remuneration dependent on experience and would be subject to an annual review.
To express your interest and for further details please contact our secretary, June Fieldsend at j[email protected]. Applications, to be received by 30th September 2020, should be by CV with a covering letter saying why you would like to work with Clacton Choral.
Nic Lawrence began accompanying ballet, modern and tap dance in Clacton when he was fifteen. He read for a music degree at Colchester Institute, graduating with a First, and studied for the LTCL piano teachers' diploma. He began playing for Clacton Choral in 1984. After graduating, Nic studied for a PGCE in secondary music at Goldsmiths College and after various teaching jobs, became Head of Music at what is now Clacton Coastal Academy. He resumed playing for the Choral Society in 1992. Nic also has an MA in music from the Open University.
Clacton Choral is delighted to have been able to rely on him for many years to accompany anything impeccably – and at sight; a wonderful gift. He seems to know instinctively what the conductor wants him to pick out before being asked; and as well as his wonderful skill at the keyboard during rehearsals, he then joins the ranks to sing at their concerts.
‘Energising, challenging, fun!’
‘It’s like a breath of fresh air which lasts all week.’
‘After one practice you’re hooked.’
‘Leading choir for the area.’
‘I joined Clacton Choral as I wanted to sing more challenging music. Rehearsals are a combination of discipline and fun, and always rewarding. Singing with this choir is, for me, pure joy.’
‘The hall at St James’ is a very good venue for rehearsals.’
‘I feel elated after choir every Monday.’
‘I sing for the sheer joy of it. I sing with Clacton Choral for the challenge of it.’
‘If music be the food of love, what better way to spend Monday evenings!’
‘Gilli works us hard every week to produce performances of a superb quality. At the end of a concert you get that
Wow, look what we’ve achieved feeling.’
‘Joining the Choral Society was like joining a warm, friendly musical family who supported me and introduced me to another world.’
‘I enjoy singing with Clacton Choral for the friendship and, as I’ve been singing since I was six,
the Society keeps me doing the thing I love.’
‘I come each Monday to enjoy the variety of music and get great pleasure from the good-humoured company.’
'Fabulous rehearsals with Gilli who guides us through any piece with patience and precision'