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 Society Saturday April 9th
Concert Celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee - A Concert fit for a Queen!
Choristers of Clacton Choral Society, under the baton of conductor Peter G Dyson, were joined by the Belmont Ensemble of London together with soloists Elizabeth Weisberg and Lucy Waring for an evening of glorious music at St James Church. The familiar anthem by Parry, ‘I was Glad’, began with sonorous tones from the organ played by Paul Siddall. Sung at every coronation since that of Charles 1st, the work made a rousing start with the choir in full voice, ’Vivat Regina’ filling the church to its rafters. Next was a Handel aria movingly sung by soprano Elizabeth Weisberg accompanied by the Ensemble. The royal theme continued with Handel’s Coronation anthem, ‘My Heart is Inditing’. Here the choir showed its melodic range and colour, a wonderful blend of voices and instruments.
We already felt we were in excellent hands: the musicians were confident, the music’s dynamic range and colour was exciting and superbly controlled by the conductor, Peter Dyson, who has been described by The Times as a ‘Baroque specialist’ - and it showed! The choir counts itself fortunate in their new conductor; he comes with an impressive history having conducted in all the major London venues and has studied under such famous names as Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Colin Davis. Amongst many other successes he is the Founder and Musical Director of the Belmont Ensemble and together they have given over 800 concerts at St Martins in the Fields.
The third Handel piece in this most enjoyable concert was ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’ from the Oratorio ‘Samson’. The superb trumpet and soprano voice, on opposite sides of the choir, echoed across the church as if in a conversation with each other. The effect was stunning.
The highlight of the concert was Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria in D’. Full justice was done to this magnificent piece of music. The twelve sections, varied in tempo and style, are marked by Vivaldi’s striking use of oboe and trumpet. ‘Et in Terra pax’ with its meditative calm and male voices contrasted with the uplifting ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’ of the opening. We were given various combinations of voice and instruments - cello, harpsichord and mezzo-soprano, Lucy Waring, in ‘Domine Deus’, the trumpet again in the final triumphant crescendo. This was music to remember, something to take forward as we consider Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee, indeed to raise our spirits in these dark times.
Clacton Choral Society’s next concert will be on Saturday 2nd July 2022.
This will be an informal concert performance of highlights from The Pirates of Penzance.
Peter G Dyson - Conductor
David Mitchell – Piano
Come dressed as a pirate and you might win a prize!
Tickets: £10.00 for adults
£5.00 for children under 17
Book online via Ticket Source
Tickets also available from Roger Broomfield