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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


A Concert of Highlights from the Pirates of Penzance, 2nd July 2022


What better place to spend a sunny Saturday 2nd July afternoon than the Cornish coast, albeit in the company of pirates.  Realistically, we were in St James' Church, Clacton, decked out with flags and pirate bunting, with Clacton Choral Society in costume and brandishing cutlasses etc. - a friendly, lively and talented bunch; not at all hostile!  


In a concert version like this, no-one works harder than the conductor and the accompanist.  Well done, Peter Dyson and David Mitchell!  All principals sang well, but experience always shows and I'm guessing Louise Cockerill (Mabel), Ashley Thompson (Frederic), Howard Stapleton (Pirate King) and Paul Siddall (Major-General Stanley) were no strangers to the stage.  Chorus work and harmonies were good, but can I say that one or two members need to remember the 'heads held up, scores held down and smile' rule.  


A terrific atmosphere was created and, overall, it was a most enjoyable performance.  Thank you, everyone, including those who served a welcome and refreshing drink after the show!

Next Concert


Clacton Choral Society's next concert will be on Saturday 3rd December at 6.30pm at S James' Church and will feature excerpts from Messiah Part 1 and Christmas carols. Tickets available soon.

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.

Follow NEW SINGERS for further information.   


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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Musical Director

Position Vacant


Accompanist Nic Lawrence

Nic trained as a teacher at Goldsmith’s College, London and is currently Head of Music at Clacton Coastal Academy.