Due to the popularity of the concert all 225 seats have been taken and without the presentation of a special ticket it will not be possible to enter the Church


Due to the expectation of a capacity audience please contact John Kedge at [email protected] or 01255 424568 to reserve your seats


Clacton Choral Society, under the baton of their new Musical Director Peter Dyson, are delighted to return to concert singing.

You are invited to be part of their Christmas theme presentation with 52 singers for specially chosen harmonised carols, short light-hearted readings, and of course with audience participation.

To honour the occasion at St James’ Church, Clacton, on Sunday 5th December, there is no admission charge, and donations if desired on leaving will be a gift to the fabric of the Church.

The Concert begins at 6.30 pm for the 75-minute continuous Christmas celebration


Our archive of posters for the concerts we have performed since 2011 will give you a flavour of the range of styles and composers we have enjoyed in recent years. The posters are arranged chronologically, from most recent to older.



Julian Chou-Lambert, who began singing as a chorister in the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and returned to Cambridge as a choral scholar at Trinity College, achieving first class honours in music.

He then completed postgraduate studies with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music and has since performed many major classical operatic roles, concert highlights and recitals throughout the country.

He is also a keen composer and performer of his own works and sang in the UK premiere of Mascagni’s Isabeau with Opera Holland Park..


Claire Coleman studied singing at The Royal College of Music with Kathleen Livingstone. She made her London debut as a soloist at St. John’s, Smith Square, in 2003 and has since performed frequently as a soloist at most of the top performance venues in the country, including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Kings Place.

Recent highlights include her debut as Nerone in L’Incorronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) at the Suffolk Villages Festival and a collaboration combining Lassus and Eastern European folk songs with Moira Smiley at St. John’s Smith Square - excerpts of which were broadcast live on BBC radio 3s In Tune programme.

Claire has an extensive oratorio repertoire, having sung with numerous choral societies throughout Britain, and has been a soloist on many CD recordings. She has been broadcast on radio and television programmes such In Tune (BBC Radio 3), The Early Music Show (BBC Radio 3) and Songs of Praise (BBC One).

An equally experienced choral and consort singer, Claire has toured most of Europe and parts of the world with internationally renowned groups

such as the Monteverdi Choir (Sir John Eliot Gardiner), The Sixteen (Harry Christophers), The Parley of Instruments (Peter Holman), Ex Cathedra Consort (Jeffrey Skidmore), Cappella Fede (Peter Leech) and the Musicall Compass (Crispin Lewis).

Claire has been a soloist for the Suffolk Villages Festival for over fifteen years and is the principal soprano with the professional church choir at St. James’ Church, Paddington. Until recently Claire had performed under the name Claire Tomlin.


Stephen Cviic cut his musical teeth as a boy treble and orchestral flautist. After a career in journalism, he changed track to pursue solo singing, spending two years on the Morley College Opera Course.

Since then, his operatic roles have included Don Jose (Carmen); Tamino (Die Zauberflöte); Macduff (Macbeth); Orpheus (Orpheus in the Underworld); Pong (Turandot); Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas); Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance) and numerous Handel tenor roles, including Grimoaldo (Rodelinda) and the title role in Belshazzar.

On the concert platform, Stephen has performed, among others, Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass and (with Clacton Choral) Litaniae Lauretanae.

He also enjoys giving regular, creatively-themed song recitals in and around London with his sister, Antonia Cviic (soprano). In March 2018, he will appear as the Prince in Harrow Opera’s production of Dvorak’s Rusalka.


Peter was born in Hastings and studied theology and philosophy at King’s College, London. He studied voice with Jean Austin Dobson, Derek Hammond-Stroud of the Royal Academy of Music and went on to train with Michael Maurel.

He has performed many, largely lyric, baritone roles and over eighty operatic roles, around sixty oratorios, trod the boards with Pavarotti and Zancanaro and many others.

2011 saw the start of an extremely successful, ongoing, association with Saga Holidays. Since then, as a Music Host, Peter has written and presented hundreds of illustrated talks & recitals whilst hosting nine Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra seasons; and various Festivals. .


Daniel studied music at Durham University where he gained a first-class music degree and was awarded the Eve Myra Kisch Prize for outstanding academic achievement.

A choral scholar at Durham Cathedral, he studied on the postgraduate vocal course at The Royal College of Music, whence he graduated with distinction from the opera course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He has worked as a soloist for numerous opera companies, performing lead as well as smaller roles.

Recent concert performances include Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius in Eton College; Finzi's Dies Natalis with the Britten Sinfonia, and Handel's Messiah at the Cadogan Hall.


Emily studied at the University of King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music and has completed her Masters of Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

Previously Principal Artist with Palace Opera and a Young Artist with Head First Productions and the ‘Opera in the City’ Festival, Emily has performed lead roles in The Rape of Lucretia; Dido & Aeneas, and L’Incoronazione di Poppea .

Recently returned from the first leg of a European tour singing Verdi's Requiem with the Monteverdi Choir, to be completed later this year, in June she will be joining Opera Holland Park for their Summer season, followed by Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore with ‘Into Opera’ this August.


Baritone Patrick McCarthy has been a notable figure on the East Anglian music scene for over thirty-five years. Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and the London Opera Centre, he has appeared with leading British opera companies and gave concerts in the UK and abroad, later teaching singing at the Colchester Institute.

He hit the headlines in 1974 when he rescued a televised Proms performance of Carmina Burana, when a singer was taken ill.

Some twenty-five years ago he successfully took up conducting and has appeared on television, at Snape Maltings and other leading East Anglian venues with his choirs and orchestra, the Colchester Philharmonic.

His recent singing engagements have included Noah in Britten’s Noyes Fludde; Puccini’s Messa di Gloria; Handel’s Messiah and Samson, and song recitals.


Kate Symonds-Joy graduated with a First-Class music degree from Cambridge and a DipRAM from the Royal Academy. Concert highlights include Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Sydney Opera House; Rutter's Feel the Spirit at the Barbican; Mahler's second symphony at Cadogan Hall; Elgar's Sea Pictures with the RPO; Handel's Messiah, Mozart's and Verdi’s Requiems.

Kate cycled to the most northerly-inhabited part of the UK, the Shetland Islands' Muckleflugga lighthouse to sing Judith Weir's King Harald's Saga. Recently she joined the Prison Choir Project to sing the role of Carmen with a chorus of inmates in Dartmoor and Wandsworth Prisons. She sings regularly as a member of Solomon's Knot Baroque Collective and recently appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival and Leipzig Bach-fest. Last summer she made debuts at both the Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall, as part of the BBC Proms.

Kate has taught the choral scholars of both St. John's Voices and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge since 2014.


We are lucky to have a reliable pool of local performing talent on which to draw, as and when we require it.

Recent performances have featured:



The Kingfisher Sinfonietta was founded in 2011 by its Leader/Director Beth Spendlove. In a short but very busy time, it has become a much-respected orchestra, performing to high professional standards in a variety of venues across Suffolk and Essex. As well as some of the best orchestral musicians in East Anglia, the KFS occasionally helps young musicians to experience and gain confidence in orchestral playing. Soloists are drawn from the profession and from principal players within the orchestra.

"The key to its success," says Beth Spendlove, "is that we all truly enjoy playing together. All the players are so enthusiastic about making really good orchestral music and some of us have performed together for a very long time.

We particularly delight in supporting a number of important choral societies in small and large-scale works and also performing works by living composers.”



Stephen Smith is a scientist by profession, and at the University of Essex, he was Dean of the School of Science and Engineering, and Head of the Physics Department. He studied the piano and organ from an early age, and has given organ concerts in England, Germany and the United States.

Stephen has been accompanist and sometimes conductor with the Stour Choral Society since 1976 and has accompanied many choirs on the organ.

He has conducted, amongst others, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St. Paul; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio; Schubert and Haydn Masses; Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Gloria; and Verdi’s Requiem in combination with the Clacton and Dovercourt Choral Societies.

In addition to these, Stephen regularly accompanies concerts for the Anglia Singers, solo singers and the University of Essex Choir, and he is a member of the concert group ‘Con Spirito’ and the Colchester Chamber Choir.



Peter Thorne has been composing music since the age of about twelve. He read music at Oxford and the UEA, where he took a Master’s degree. Over the years, he has written in many different styles and genres but most recently for wind instruments and piano. His music often features influences from various kinds of jazz and pop and is often colourful and rhythmic.

He has written two piano sonatas and other pieces for the concert pianist Peter Seivewright who is in the process of recording them for a CD.

As a pianist, he regularly accompanies choirs, ensembles and soloists in concerts locally.



Alan Bullard's music is performed and broadcast world-wide and appears on many CDs and publishers’ lists. He has composed in most genres, for both amateurs and professionals. He has recently edited a new anthem collection for Oxford University Press, while future commissions for new pieces range from Colchester Choral Society to the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, USA.

After many years of teaching, Alan now works as a full-time composer and he is also an examiner for ABRSM. He has lived in north Essex or Suffolk for over forty years and enjoys accompanying or continuo playing when the opportunity arises.


Acknowledging with thanks the work of Jeff and Marie Stansfield, for the video clips