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About Southend Festival Chorus

Southend Festival Chorus is a vibrant community based choir with members from all age ranges and backgrounds. The choir’s repertoire has included the classics such as Mozart’s Requiem, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and contemporary works such as Tippett’s Child Of Our Time. The choir has succeeded in performing a cappella and accompanied works which are less well known or rarely performed. This has broadened the musical horizons of choir and audience members alike.

In October 2011, Southend Festival Chorus gave the world premiere of Richard Allain’s Vespers, which the choir commissioned. This exciting work reflects the coastal heritage of Southend on Sea and as well as the choir includes soloists, children’s choir and handbell ringers.

SFC at the Menin Gate, Ypres. 1998
SFC at the Menin Gate, Ypres. 1998

We also enjoy our annual Christmas concert where we are often joined by local children’s choirs.

Choir members regularly sing at weddings and fuunerals, and are available for hire. To hire Southend Festival Chorus for your event, please contact the secretary using the contact form.

In October 2009, the Chorus travelled to Normandy to perform in the magnificent Rouen Cathedral and Fecamp Abbey. A group of over 100 people including choir members, family and friends travelled to the North of France and The Chorus received a standing ovation for their performances of the Victoria Requiem and Schütz Musikalische Exequien. In May 2012, the choir toured northern England and performed in Ripon Cathedral.

The Chorus always welcomes new members and anyone interested in joining should contact the Membership secretary on 01268 777541 or email Georgina for details on how to audition.

Officers and Committee, Season 2017 - 2018
  • Chair/Treasurer: Vanda Roberts
  • Secretary: Vacant
  • Membership Secretary: Georgina Davies
  • Publicity: Ruth Jarrett
  • Librarian: Rob Little
  • Committee Member: Jan Bunton
  • Committee member: Shirley Masterson
  • Committee member: Alan Lamont

To Contact any of the people listed above, please use our contact form

Recommendation from member Chris Dugmore

Although already a long-term member of Southend Choral Society, I joined Southend Festival Chorus last term as I was so tempted to sing Mendelssohn's Elijah again. Their future programme is full of such classics as Mozart's Coronation Mass and Requiem, Bach Magnificat and Handel's Messiah, together with a new work by Christopher Wood and Will Todd's Mass in Blue- all too difficult to resist! Rehearsals are demanding but good-humoured and fun and I have found the choir members to be friendly and welcoming. There are plenty of fundraising initiatives which often double as social events. A lovely way to spend a Wednesday evening!