Boys Choir Biography
President – Bob Chilcott
Patron – Raymond Gubbay CBE
The Southend Boys’ Choir was formed in 1970, and is one of the best known in the UK. The Choir’s founding President was Benjamin Britten, who held this position until his death in 1976, and was succeeded by Sir Peter Pears.
The choir has performed with major orchestras, including RPO, LSO, Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia, BBC SO, and has made many highly acclaimed recordings.
The choir has sung under some of the world’s greatest conductors, including Abbado, Muti, Mehta, Sinopoli, Tilson Thomas, Rostropovitch, Sir David Willcocks, Sir Colin Davis, and Richard Hickox. Bob Chilcott is the choir's president, in succession to Richard Hickox, Benjamin Britten and Sir Peter Pears.
"The massed choirs intoned the wonderfully unexpected hushed chords"
– Daily Telegraph
These are varied and wide ranging, including regular appearances in major London concert venues, in addition to performances in Europe, Canada, US, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Notable highlights include – performances in the BBC Proms concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, broadcasts and recordings, concerts in St Martin in the Fields, St Bartholomew the Great, workshops and projects with British Youth Opera, the Aldeburgh Foundation and a production of Britten’s opera “Noye’s Fludde”, featuring 400 children and the Britten Sinfonia.
The choir is in great demand for corporate events and functions, and can be heard singing carols at Claridges Hotel, London, every year.
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This group was formed 6 years ago for boys with changing voices in the Southend Boys’ Choir.
The group rehearse as part of the Boys’ Choir and the singers have the chance to explore and develop their tenor and bass voices as an ensemble, as well as forming four part harmony with the main choirs.