Accompanied by the Kingfisher Sinfonietta and in the atmospheric ambience of St James’ Church (with its new, wonderfully plush and comfortable seating) Clacton Choral will perform music from four of the greatest composers who have ever lived.

Starting with Baroque composers who were born in the same year, the titanic greats Bach and Handel’s wonderful music will fill the first half, with Bach’s ‘Jesu Joy’ and the opening ‘Allegro’ from the ‘Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe’ in C minor BWV 1060. This will lead to some choral pieces you may not have heard before – Bach’s ‘Sinfonia, Lento and Chorale’ from his Cantata BWV12 and Handel’s emotive ‘Laudate Pueri Dominum’, featuring solo soprano Claire Coleman, whose beautifully pure soprano voice will complement the wonderful tunes in this work.

The first half will end with the ever-popular ‘Zadok the Priest’ to send you to the interval with a big smile on your face!

The second half will be full of wonderful melodies by the Classical composers who lived and worked at the same time in Vienna; the reserved and organised Haydn and the younger, mercurial and outgoing Mozart.

We will be treated to Mozart’s ‘Te Deum’, and the ‘Adagio and Rondo’ from his ‘Flute Concerto in G’ (with soloist Francesca Dulieu on flute) before hearing Claire and the choir once more with the beautiful ‘Laudate Dominum’ from the Solemn Vespers. The concert ends with Haydn’s ‘Little Organ Mass’, which will again feature Claire with the choir and orchestra.

Saturday 28 April 2018 at 7.30 pm

St James’ Church, Tower Road, Clacton on Sea, CO15 1DA

Tickets £10 (including programme) from 01255 221511


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All at St James’ Church, Tower Road, Clacton on Sea, CO15 1DA

28 April 2018 – Four Great Composers - see full details above

7 July 2018 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

8 December 2018 – Christmas Concert


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 the most recent to older.



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.

He studies voice with John Upperton.


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.


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.