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    at Royal Pavilion

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Future Concerts


Friday 22nd July 8 pm - Pre-Canada tour concert at Holy Trinity Church, Southchurch Boulevard. 


Tour of Canada - at various locations

 

Toronto

Ottawa

Montreal

Quebec

 

from Tues 26th July -  Weds 3rd August.


Welcome

Welcome to the official website for the Southend on Sea Boys' and Girls' Choirs
This site showcases the choirs recent achievements, with new updated biographies on the Boys and Girls choirs. Just click on the navigation bar above.  A photo and video Gallery captures on film the visits abroad and special events and is linked to popular photo site Flickr and our Facebook pages.

The media area is also where you can sample the choirs recorded work as well as streaming audio and video of their most recent appearances. Our Discography page which will feature the full list of recordings on which the choir have featured. On the media audio download page, listeners can sample a short extract from each recording listed.  Take a listen to the Choirs rich musical history. In addition there is a section devoted to forthcoming events and links to other sites of interest. Southend on Sea is twinned with Sopot, Poland, where the choir performed in 2002 and 2005.


Our archive contains Previous Concerts as well as Choir Tours and our Discography.


Conductor:
Roger Humphrey Tel: 01702 215623
Accompanist:
Rosemary Pennington Tel: 01702-215624
Mobile: 07771 600009    Fax: 01702 215631

P.O. Box 6,
Civic Centre,
Victoria Avenue,
Southend on Sea,
Essex.
SS2 6ER.

Boys' Choir President - Bob Chilcott



– we are delighted to announce that Jonathan Willcocks has agreed to become President of the Southend Girls’ Choir, in succession to his father, Sir David Willcocks, CBE, MC, who was President for many years, and who sadly passed away in September.



Boys' and Girls' Choirs Patron- Raymond Gubbay, CBE.



We are a registered charity No: 1118040




You can also Feedback directly by clicking on Contact Us




 


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 Jack Petchey Winners


Jack Petchey award winners - Tom Rattner, Sam Willsmore and Clara Fisher with The Mayor of Southend, Councillor Andrew Moring
 






  SET A DATE - Put these dates in your calendar for later this year, ticket prices will be posted once available.


Sunday 18th September, 5pm – Sandon Church, nr Chelmsford.  Joint Choirs


Sunday 25th September, 3pm – Royal Pavilion, Southend Pier.  Joint Choirs


Saturday 29th October, 7.30pm – Royal Albert Hall, London.  Carmina Burana.


Saturday 12th November, 7.30pm – Westcliff High School for Boys.  Remembrance  Day Concert.  Joint Choirs




CANADA TOUR


Sunday 24th July



Arrived at Gatwick safely and checked in, with plenty of time to stock up on snacks and drinks. West jet maybe a budget airline but they provide a very adequate free drinks and snack service, and the staff were very helpful. The singers were very well behaved throughout the 8 hour flight.
We met our coach and made our way to the hotel, where everybody settled into very spacious and comfortable rooms. Many of the singers enjoyed a dip in the pool before enjoying a very varied and plentiful buffet dinner, far more food then we could ever eat. An early night was much appreciated by all as we had been awake for over 24 hours.


Monday 25th July



After a very restful night for most, who missed the spectacular thunder storm, we were again provided with an excellent breakfast; we boarded our coach and headed for Niagara Falls and our boat ride on the Hornblower. The weather was overcast and wearing our pink ponchos we were treated to some very close views of both the American and Horseshoe falls. After this we had a couple of hours for lunch and souvenir shopping before taking the coach ride to the beautiful and picturesque heritage town of Niagara on the Lake, where we had time to shop, including the Christmas Shop. Many singers went to the park, where they listened to a steel band, played on the swings and ran through the fountains, in glorious hot sunshine which reached around 35 C.We then returned to our hotel to drop off our purchases before making our way to the shopping mall opposite to purchase our evening meal in the vast food hall. Then back to the hotel to pack our cases for and early start tomorrow.


 


 


 



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FUTURE CONCERTS


Friday 22nd July 8 pm - Pre-Canada tour concert at Holy Trinity Church, Southchurch Boulevard.


SOUTHEND CHOIRS TOUR TO CANADA


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On 24th July 38 young singers from the choirs will start at 2 week concert tour to Canada, when they will be visiting and performing in some of the great cities in the East of this wonderful country.   The choirs will be singing in some wonderful venues:-


Tuesday 26th July 1-2pm St James Cathedral, Toronto


Wednesday 27th July 7.30pm Harmony Centre, Owen Sound with Georgian Bay Children's Chorus


Friday 29th July 12-12.30pm Rotunda of the House of Commons, Ottawa
Friday 29th July 7pm Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa.


Saturday 30th July, 4.30pm L'Oasis Musicale - Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal


Sunday 31st July,10am Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal


Sunday 31st July,2pm St George's Anglican Church, Montreal


Sunday 31st July, 5.30pm Saint-Joseph Oratory of Mont-Royal, Montreal


Wednesday 3rd August, 2pm St Anne's Basilica, Quebec


 


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Southend Boys and Girls Choirs have now a moderated twitter page @southendchoirs - so come on follow us and lets get tweetiing!  just click on the twitter logo.


We also now have a Wordpress Blog   http://southendchoirs.wordpress.com/


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 Workshop by Paul Smith


Workshop on 25th June with Paul Smith (Voces8) - a great afternoon for our older boys Southend Young Mens Chorus.




Future Dates - December 2016


Thursday 1st December, 7.30pm – St James Church, Piccadilly.  Britten – Ceremony of Carols.  Joint choirs.


Sunday 11th December, 3pm – Palace Theatre, Westcliff.  Southend Girls’ Choirs and Southend Young Men’s Chorus


Tuesday 13th December, 6pm – St Mary Woolnoth, London.  Southend Girls’ Choir


Wednesday 14th December, 7.30pm – Crowstone U.R. Church, Westcliff.  Joint Choirs


Thursday 15th December, 7.30pm – St Martin in the Fields, London.  Joint Choirs


Friday 16th December, 8pm – Holy Trinity Church, Southchurch. Britten – Ceremony of Carols.  Joint Choirs.


Wednesday 21st December, 2.30 & 7.30pm – Royal Albert Hall. “Anton and Erin’s Christmas Cracker”




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Youth Choir




APPLICATION FORMS


Application forms for both main and Step-Up choirs are available from this website by clicking the links below

Main Choir Boys Application Form

Main Choir Girls Application Form
Step Up Choir for Younger Singers Application form




     WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS
Southend Boys' and Girls' Choirs always welcome new members, and the start of the term is an ideal time to join.

Both choirs are accepting new members aged 8 upwards. There is no membership or joining fees provided you are accepted, and members will have the chance to sing with the choirs in the Royal Albert Hall and other major venues during the year.


The choirs have concert tours every year, and last year they performed in Rome, singing at St Peter’s Basilica and The Pantheon.  Later this year the choirs will perform in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec.  The choirs offer wonderful opportunities to keen young singers from Southend and beyond.

The choirs pride themselves with a wide age range of singers, with singers entering the choirs at 8 and stay until university and beyond. Many of our singers have continued their careers as professional singers.

Boys whose voices are changing are invited to join our senior choir – Southend Young Men’s Chorus. This newly formed group offers older boys the opportunity to explore new registers in tenor and bass range. The group works alongside the main upper voices choirs, so offeringthe unique opportunities for the choirs to perform in full 4-part harmony.




 


Chorus Sirenum is a new ladies' chamber choir consisting of former members of the Southend Girls' Choir.  St James Piccadilly was their London debut. Any former SGC members interested in joining,  please get in touch. Next performance will take place on Friday 15th July.


Go to video page to watch "A Christmas Blessing" and "An Earthly Blessing".


Visiting Japanese choir - Kurume


The choirs are always keen to host visiting groups to the town, and on Tuesday 22nd March our Girl's Choir joined forces with a visiting Girls’ Choir from Japan "Kurume Girl's Choir" - to give a joint concert at Crowstone U.R. Church at 7pm.  There are more images in our gallery area.


Singing at Armed Forces Day


Choir singing at Armed Forces Day in Southend - Sat 25th June



Boys Choir singing at workshop with Paul Smith from Voces8 on Saturday 23rd June.




Back to the musicals


Back to the Musicals at St Luke's Church on Friday 15th July (more pictures from this event are available in the main Gallery)


 

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