Girls Choir Biography
President – Jonathon Willcocks, Patron – Raymond Gubbay, CBE
The Southend Girls’ Choir was founded in 1988 and has since built an enviable reputation across the South East and further afield.
The choir has broadcast on television and radio and performs regularly at prestigious concert halls and Cathedrals across the world.
The Southend Girls’ Choir has worked with its President, Sir David Willcocks, in addition to working with eminent conductors and arrangers including Bob Chilcott, John Rutter, Ken Burton and Mike Brewer.
The choir has commissioned works by Bob Chilcott, Debbie Wiseman and Ian Hughes, and has given many premiere performances of works written for them.
The Choir has recorded with many orchestras and ensembles and has several commercial CDs to its name.
The choir performs at major concert halls and cathedrals across the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Concert Hall.
The choir has commissioned works from eminent composers, including Sir David Willcocks, Debbie Wiseman and Bob Chilcott. Highlights have included many appearances at the BBC Proms Concert Series, and performances overseas, including singing at the Sydney Opera House on two separate occasions.
The Choir was awarded the world record by the Guinness Book for Records for performing a concert at the highest altitude, at 30,000 feet above the north coast of Australia.
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This is a locally based chamber choir for young ladies aged twenty to thirty. It was formed in 2015 by former members of the Southend Girls’ Choir Catherine Humphrey and Hannah Wallen, who didn’t want to stop singing!
The choir has performed at a number of different venues including St James’s Church, Piccadilly, Great St Bartholomew’s Church and Mansion House, as well as many venues local to Southend.
The group sing a wide range of challenging music, from folk songs and madrigals, to oratorios and larger choral works and has recently been directed by Amy Key.
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