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.
Recent Concert News
Clacton Choral: A Christmas Celebration
Out of the dark on the evening of December 5th people came to gather at St James Church, Clacton, for the return of the Clacton Choral Society. The organ, played by Fiona Bodmer, welcomed them as they arrived creating a sense of excitement and expectation. A true Christmas Celebration lay ahead with light, music, readings and carols. It had been two years since the well-known choir’s last concert and now, under their new Musical Director, Peter Dyson, they gave the audience a festive musical treat. Peter comes from a local family. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, he has conducted amongst others the English Chamber Choir and is the music director of the Belmont Ensemble which regularly gives concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Peter led Clacton Choral singers through beautiful arrangements of familiar carols, some in new settings by, among others, John Rutter. The audience joined in with great enthusiasm when invited: O Come All ye Faithful raised the rafters and they shared verses of O Little Town of Bethlehem and Once in Royal David’s City pleased to be able to sing.
The programme had great variety with carols carefully balanced: Away in a Manger with its quiet passages was contrasted with the lively Sussex Carol. Ding Dong Merrily on High was followed by the sensitively modulated Nativity Carol. The singing was interspersed with readings spoken by Peter Kenvyn Jones. Both humorous and serious they culminated in Mrs Beeton’s recipe for Figgy Pudding, amusing to our modern ears.
The piano accompanist was Nicholas Lawrence and his delightful, happy playing enhanced Ding Dong Merrily on High and Sans Day Carol in particular. The organ came into its own in the great hymn, Of the Father’s love Begotten with the basses and tenors giving great depth to this powerful work. Jingle Bells was accompanied by real bells and The Twelve Days of Christmas was presented in an innovative way with the different voices of the choir taking the traditional gifts of gold rings and drummers drumming. The applause at the end of the Concert was warm and wholehearted. For the audience this enjoyable concert set the tone for the start of the Christmas Season. The Choir’s aim is to build on its many community links and we look forward to great music-making in 2022, next concert April 9th!
Clacton Choral Society's next concert will be on Saturday 9th April 2022.
The programme will include Vivaldi - Gloria, Handel - Coronation Anthem "My Heart is Inditing" and Handel - Let the Bright Seraphim. Guest artists joining the choir are musicians from Peter Dyson's Belmont Ensemble of London, and Soprano soloist Elizabeth Weisberg, Royal Opera House.
Ticket price £12.50, available from John Kedge, tel: 01255 424568, mob: 07580 827415, firstname.lastname@example.org from January 2022
Sing with us!
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 7.30 – 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.
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Some Kind Comments from our last Concert
'The first piece (Blessed) told you from the start it was going to be a thoughtful programme.'
'The full sound of the choir and organ filling the church was extraordinary.'
'The timbre of the sound you produce is stunning.'
'The music touched me deep inside.'
'You created something culturally valuable.'
‘The choir is certainly sounding confident. You all also deserve credit for getting such a good audience. The reaction at the end demonstrated how much they appreciated the concert.’
And from a choir member:
Have had several messages today, from those to whom I sold tickets, to say how much they loved whole concert ('fantastic', 'fabulous', 'great', 'feel sorry for those who missed it'!), and how much they appreciated being able to attend a concert locally that was conducted and performed so professionally.
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