Area: Essex

The Category Basildon is a subset of Essex. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Basildon which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Basildon Choral Society


Category Basildon
! Basildon KEY
VISITS (to Website)4
VIEWS (of Record)9

The Category Billericay is a subset of Essex. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Billericay which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Billericay Choral Society

- Lake Meadows Billericay


Category Billericay
! Billericay KEY
VISITS (to Website)15
VIEWS (of Record)22

The Category Braintree is a subset of Essex. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Braintree which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Braintree Male Voice Choir

- Halstead Community Choir


Category Braintree
! Braintree KEY
VISITS (to Website)4
VIEWS (of Record)11

The Category Brentwood is a subset of Essex. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Brentwood which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- St Thomas of Canterbury Brentwood


Category Brentwood
! Brentwood KEY
VISITS (to Website)17
VIEWS (of Record)17

The Category Chelmsford is a subset of Essex. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Chelmsford which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- D’Ukes


Category Chelmsford
! Chelmsford KEY
VISITS (to Website)5
VIEWS (of Record)8

The Category Clacton on Sea is a subset of Essex. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Clacton on Sea which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Clacton Musical Theatre Society


Category Clacton on Sea
! Clacton on Sea KEY
VISITS (to Website)19
VIEWS (of Record)26

The Category Colchester is a subset of Essex. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Colchester which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Essex Concert Band

- Quire.org


Category Colchester
! Colchester KEY
VISITS (to Website)4
VIEWS (of Record)8

The Category Grays is a subset of Essex. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Grays which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- The Aveley and Newham Brass Band


! Grays KEY
VISITS (to Website)42
VIEWS (of Record)44

The Category Harlow is a subset of Essex. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Harlow which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Double Up Your Spirit

- Harlow Concert Band


Category Harlow
! Harlow KEY
VISITS (to Website)2
VIEWS (of Record)5

The Category Rayleigh is a subset of Essex. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Rayleigh which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Burnham Music Group

- RODS Amateur Theatre Group

- Triple H Community Choir


Category Rayleigh
! Rayleigh KEY
VISITS (to Website)11
VIEWS (of Record)20

The Category Southend-on-Sea is a subset of Essex. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Southend-on-Sea which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Southend Musical Festival

- Southend Wind Orchestra


Category Southend-on-Sea
! Southend-on-Sea KEY
VISITS (to Website)2
VIEWS (of Record)5

'Weekly concerts are held on Wednesday evenings throughout the year except December. Featuring a wide variety of jazz genres including Big Band, Swing, Mainstream, Easy Listening and foot tapping music – there’s something for everyone! A friendly atmosphere and candlelit tables await you.'


Category Jazz Clubs
* Belvedere Jazz & Music Club
VISITS (to Website)206
VIEWS (of Record)289
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Fosters and promotes artistic and cultural activities in the Borough. It acts as a co-ordinating body between the many arts groups in the area and the local authority. Membership represents all branches of the arts: music, drama, visual arts, crafts, heritage, writing and poetry, and a large number of associate members whose individual support is much valued.'


* Brentwood Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)217
VIEWS (of Record)300

‘Members and visitors are invited to enjoy being entertained musically, whether they can play or just like to listen: probably only 25 per cent of our members/visitors own or play an instrument. All our concerts are “live” and played usually by artistes who are on the national entertainment circuit, also in the top echelons of their profession. We do encourage and give opportunity to newly emerging players who, as we have found, give excellent performances ... With different artistes ... with their own personal style, presentation and wide musical repertoire, plus their own organ/piano/keyboard and associated equipment, which put together, make each concert unique.’


* Brentwood Organ and Keyboard Club
VISITS (to Website)25
VIEWS (of Record)55
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Almost every month Chelmsford Jazz Club puts on music ranging from swing and mainstream to a touch of modern, and plan to keep doing so for a long time to come. As well as old favourites, there are always new names to discover and new approaches to explore.’


Category Jazz Clubs
* Chelmsford Jazz Club
VISITS (to Website)142
VIEWS (of Record)218
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘There is a general misconception that the word “organ” means it is either the traditional theatre organ or a church or classical organ. As much as this view is still appreciated and respected, there is a whole world of difference in the modern day instruments. The sounds that today’s artistes produce are amazing. Anything from a full string orchestra or brass band through to an electric guitar or violin, every type of instrument and style is acheived by these multi-talented musicians. So don't be put off by the word organ. Go along to your local club and see and hear for yourself, you will be pleasantly surprised we assure you.’

* Clacton Keyboard Music Club
VISITS (to Website)174
Also indexedClacton & District Organ Society
VIEWS (of Record)441

'Cooperative of composers based in East Anglia, reaching out to London and the south of England. We consist of composers of all ages – from students to professionals – and our aim is to build opportunities for all our members to fulfil their potential through training workshops, sharing skills, advice and support and providing a range of performance opportunities. As with most composer collectives, funding presents a challenge, so we strive to share what each member can offer to the group. We are always looking to expand, develop and grow our membership ...'


Category Colchester
* Colchester New Music
VISITS (to Website)224
VIEWS (of Record)340

'Top artistes are engaged to entertain members each month, some are very well known to our Society, but there are times when we engage an unknown artiste ... The Society prides itself in being one of the most friendliest in the country(artistes will bear this out) and besides being an Organ Club our meetings are a social gathering where friends with a common interest can meet each month.'


* Colchester Organ Society
VISITS (to Website)228
VIEWS (of Record)685

‘The Festival of Music takes place in March and the Festival of Dance is in June. They provide a platform for aspiring amateur musicians and dancers to perform on the stages at Colchester Institute in a supportive atmosphere with high quality feedback from professional adjudicators. The Festival is open to all styles of music and dance and is open to all ages. Every entrant receives a written adjudication sheet and certificate as well as verbal feedback from the adjudicator at the end of the class. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded in every class.‘


* Colchester Rotary Festival of Music and Dance
VISITS (to Website)84
VIEWS (of Record)188

Essex Music Services – part of Essex County Council – is the lead partner in Essex Music Education Hub which is supported by funding from the Department for Education which comes to us via Arts Council England. Along with partner organisations that make up the Hub, we offer a range of musical services, projects and opportunities throughout Essex schools and within the community.’

* Essex Music Education Hub
VISITS (to Website)238
Also indexedEssex Music Services
VIEWS (of Record)226

‘A friendly group of both players and non-players, who meet each month in different venues in Essex and beyond, for an exciting and very broad series of meetings and events.’


* Essex Organists’ Association
VISITS (to Website)139
VIEWS (of Record)194

'Enjoy listening to beautiful music in intimate surroundings ... performed by exuberant musicians in charming local venues.' Held Late May.


* Frinton Festival
VISITS (to Website)214
VIEWS (of Record)412

Mission is ‘to promote the town of Harwich and to celebrate England's rich cultural heritage of sea songs and its relationship with the sea as an island nation ... If you like singing, drinking, sailing, pirates, boats, history and having fun, join us!’. Held Early October.


Category Folk Festivals
* Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival
VISITS (to Website)65
VIEWS (of Record)133

'The object of the Festival shall be to advance the education of the public in the Art, and in particular the Arts of Music, Singing and Drama, by the promoting of annual competitions.' Held During May.


* Leigh-On-Sea Competitive Festival of Music & Drama
VISITS (to Website)233
VIEWS (of Record)282

'Music on Sea is the strategic lead organisation for the Music Service and Music Education Hub of Southend on Sea. Music on Sea supports schools to provide outstanding teaching and learning across the curriculum; delivers good quality individual and group instrumental tuition and instrument hire service alongside providing exciting ensemble and performance opportunities.'


* Music on Sea [Southend]
VISITS (to Website)190
Also indexedSouthend Music Education Hub | Southend Music Services
VIEWS (of Record)357

'The Pimlott Foundation was established 2007 in memory of Steven Pimlott, inspired by his versatility, passion and love of music making. The Foundation’s aim is to bring together aspiring performers with professionals. We promote concerts and live events whilst also delivering an educational programme which supports performing arts in the local area.'


* Pimlott Foundation
VISITS (to Website)11
VIEWS (of Record)32
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Roman River Festival brings a mind-boggling variety of performers to informal and unexpected venues in Colchester, Stoke by Nayland and coastal Essex each September for a 10-day festival. From internationally renowned classical musicians to beatboxers, choreographers and digital artists, there’s something for everyone.’


Category Colchester
* Roman River Festival
VISITS (to Website)141
VIEWS (of Record)126

Wickford, Essex: ‘We meet on the 2nd Friday of each month (except August) ... We normally have 10 performers each doing a 10 minute support spot, ranging from first timers through to professionals. It is a very popular club and the support spots are always oversubscribed, so you need to let us know well in advance if you'd like to perform!’

Category Folk Clubs
* Running Well Acoustic Music Club
VISITS (to Website)209
VIEWS (of Record)340
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Most music societies engage visiting professional musicians to perform at their concerts, but at ours it is the members themselves who play the music. We encourage all ages and levels of ability and many enjoy the opportunity to get together with like-minded people to enjoy playing music together. But performing at our concerts is not compulsory!  The majority just come to listen.  Most concerts contain a wide range of music types, composers and ensembles. Everyone is welcome.’


* Southend Chamber Music Club
VISITS (to Website)81
VIEWS (of Record)146
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Objectives are: Promote the appreciation of the Arts; Encourage the foundation of new and assist in the development of established charitable societies, clubs and other organisations within Southend On Sea; To act as a co-ordinating body for such organisations; To act as a link between them and Southend Borough Council.


* Southend on Sea Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)149
VIEWS (of Record)1700

‘Chamber music concerts have taken place monthly at The Studio since 1991. The intimate nature of the performing space and the studio’s location in a garden and field on the edge of Brightlingsea Creek make for an unusual and attractive setting that is particularly suitable for the enjoyment of music of this nature. We have been especially fortunate in the very high quality of those musicians who have played here and who have subsequently brought other colleagues with them on their return visits.‘


* Studio Music Brightlingsea
VISITS (to Website)182
VIEWS (of Record)463

‘Four weekends of exceptional music - orchestral to chamber, choral to folk, with an infusion of cool jazz, all in the unique setting of Thaxted’s magnificent Parish Church on a beautiful summer’s evening. Where every concert becomes a magical experience!’ Held Late June - Early July.

Category Braintree
* Thaxted Festival
VISITS (to Website)88
VIEWS (of Record)217

‘We are a UK Charity. Our aim is to preserve, promote and celebrate the causes of jazz in the UK and beyond. We also interview musicians and other jazz icons! ... “People have died for jazz" said the legendary trumpeter John Birks 'Dizzy’ Gillespie" - and you still have a problem calling it 'serious music?'" The great British tenorist Alan Skidmore echoed the thought on a recent visit to 'The Jazz Centre (UK)'. "I've given six decades of my life to this art-form" he said " - and I appreciate its full celebration in words and deeds". Our Trustees believe him. And while we have a long way to go we believe that “The Jazz Centre (UK)” can soon remove the brackets from its last two letters.’


* The Jazz Centre (UK) [Southend]
VISITS (to Website)204
VIEWS (of Record)158
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Facilitates opportunities to participate in and experience the best possible music making as part of personal development, educational, social, cultural and leisure activity. This is achieved by providing access to the broadest musical experiences, maximising learning and development for our communities in general and specifically for all children and young people.'

* Thurrock Music Education Hub
VISITS (to Website)158
VIEWS (of Record)243

‘Our ukulele club had its first meeting in November 2016 ... We plan to meet every fortnight on a Tuesday ... We will perform for charity events. We have rehearsed sets of songs. We have a PA system with 5 microphones, 4 foldback stage monitors and a 500w stereo main PA. Although we do not make a charge we do have our own charities that we support and would welcome donations ... We've called our venture Uke on the Brain as Braintree has the River Brain flowing through it and what better to have on the brain than a ukulele!’


Category Braintree
* Uke On The Brain
VISITS (to Website)83
VIEWS (of Record)193

'Wethersfield Chamber Concerts are held at St Mary Magdalene Church with the support of the Vicar and the Parochial Church Council. Our aims are to: * encourage the careers of young professional musicians; * present music of the highest calibre; * make use of an historic building within the village; * provide enjoyable events for the wider community within the spiritual calmness of the Church. The Chamber Concerts are non-profit making. The artists presented are professional musicians and the cost to bring them to our village is met by ticket sales only. There are no subscription members.'


* Wethersfield Chamber Concerts
VISITS (to Website)117
VIEWS (of Record)312
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A mixed choir numbering about 30 members which performs a wide repertoire from sacred to secular music, from anthems and other major sacred works such as Handel's The Messiah and John Rutter's Requiem, to folksong arrangements and selections from shows ... The Anglia Singers Choir was formed in 1992 to give a Christmas carol service in Chelmsford, on the site now occupied by Anglia Ruskin University. We now give three concerts a year, raising money for local charities.’


Category Chamber Choirs
+ Anglia Singers
VISITS (to Website)94
VIEWS (of Record)164
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Official musical band for the Regiment and attends a variety of formal, commercial and commemorative events. Highly trained musicians, they are recruited from Bandsmen and women across the Army ... Their proud presence at special Airborne occasions and commemorative events is much-prized and hugely appreciated by serving personnel, veterans, their families and the general public.'


Category Military Bands
+ Band of the Parachute Regiment
VISITS (to Website)160
VIEWS (of Record)305

‘The origins of the society go back to the 1930s when the organist at St. Mary’s Church, Langdon Hills, decided to stage Pirates of Penzance to keep the children in the church choir out of trouble at the weekends. Curiously then known as St. Mary’s Athletics Club, the society grew over the years to become first Laindon and District Amateur Operatic Society, and then more recently Basildon Operatic Society. The society performs in both shows and concerts, currently producing its annual show in late May. Then concerts over the summer and in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Originally BasOp’s shows were exclusively selected from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Savoy operas, but these days a good number of musicals are produced too.’

+ Basildon Operatic Society
VISITS (to Website)123
VIEWS (of Record)203

'A small friendly society. We perform shows and concerts and have an active social calendar... We always welcome new members of all voices. Most people are convinced that they can’t sing, but very soon are pleasantly surprised with what they can achieve.'


+ Benfleet Operatic Society
VISITS (to Website)179
VIEWS (of Record)385

‘Join us ... Enjoy being part of a friendly, committed local choir ... Enjoy our Music Director's enthusiastic and encouraging style ... Learn new arrangements in a lovely atmosphere ... You may have always wanted to try singing but never had the courage: here is your chance to make your dream come true!’

Category Billericay
+ Billericay Community Choir
VISITS (to Website)172
VIEWS (of Record)407

'The society started in 1929 and despite having some moments throughout the years where it looked like we wouldn't be able to continue, we have fought on and produced shows of increasingly high quality. BOS produce one musical show each year at The Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood in March and smaller shows / concert throughout the year.'

+ Billericay Operatic Society
VISITS (to Website)180
VIEWS (of Record)216

'We are an amateur musical theatre group ... performing two musical shows per year.'


+ Braintree Musical Society
VISITS (to Website)157
VIEWS (of Record)403
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘BCS as the name suggests, specialises in choral music interspersed with lighter programmes. The choir produces both a Winter and Summer concert and together with other local choirs, participates in more formal concerts two or three times a year ... Ours is a group that makes all newcomers welcome and involves them in our activities. Being able to read music is an advantage but it is possible with some practice, to pick up the basics as we proceed. What we do ask is that our members share our enthusiasm for singing, attend as many rehearsals as possible and do some preparation between meetings.‘


Category Choral Societies
+ Brentwood Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)77
VIEWS (of Record)176
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Run for the benefit of its members and meets quarterly to rehearse and perform Horn Ensemble repertoire, both existing and new arrangements and compositions. If you're a horn player, grade 5-8 or above and over 18, living or working near Brentwood in Essex (or willing to travel to us), please use the contact form ... to express your interest. We're always happy to hear from new friends. There is a small fee for each meeting and a discounted fee for those willing to commit to membership.'


Category Brass Ensembles
+ Brentwood Horn Club
VISITS (to Website)145
VIEWS (of Record)500

'We are a group of seven orchestras of varying ages and abilities, linked by our love of music and how much we enjoy playing together. Our mission is to advance the musical education of young people in Brentwood and surrounding areas by the provision of training in orchestral playing and the presentation of public concerts. We are very welcoming and are always on the look out for new members, so if you are interested in joining one of our orchestras, then please contact us ...'


+ Brentwood Orchestras for Young Musicians
VISITS (to Website)162
VIEWS (of Record)302

Brentwood Philharmonic is Brentwood's community orchestra and plays an exciting and varied repertoire. New players of a high standard are always welcome.’


+ Brentwood Philharmonic Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)112
VIEWS (of Record)192
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in February 2011 and has been entertaining audiences in the Castle Point Area. We are an independent non-profit making organistaion dedicated to raising funds for local charities ... You don't need to be able to read music or a trained musician or a professional singer to sing with The Canvey Community Choir. Come along just to enjoy the music, sing and have fun. We provide training to sing in a chorus and if you wish, the chance to sing in public, and the opportunity to sing solo ... The Choir sings a wide variety of music, from Modern pop - Patriotic songs - Hymns - Christmas carols - Folk.’ ALERT Unable to access Choir Website at Review; referenced Facebook Page instead.

Category Community Choirs
+ Canvey Community Choir
VISITS (to Website)91
VIEWS (of Record)185

‘Chelmsford’s leading amateur musical and dramatic society. Providing local audiences with West End style quality productions since November 1920 ... We welcome new members both acting and non acting at all times. You are sure of a warm welcome from all ... From classical to contemporary, we always deliver an eclectic mix of musicals. Regional premieres rub shoulders with time-honoured favourites.’


+ CAODS [Chelmsford]
VISITS (to Website)132
VIEWS (of Record)255
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A wind orchestra based in Chelmsford and which performs regularly at a range of venues in the surrounding area ... The eighty-strong orchestra plays a wide-ranging repertoire of classics, themes from stage and screen and arrangements of popular music. It has a loyal following of concert goers and a reputation for providing accessible, quality concerts which are enjoyed by players and audiences alike. Caprice gives four to five concerts a year, raising money for local and national charities.’


Category Chelmsford
+ Caprice: The Essex Wind Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)75
VIEWS (of Record)180
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Was started in June 2008 by a group of black youths who loved to sing and wanted to learn more about the gospel music style and heritage. That early group created a warm, inclusive and therapeutic environment, enabling its members to develop and contribute, and this captured the interest of others in the community ... We are now an independent, community-based, membership organisation. Managed by committee, we are funded by members’ contributions, grants and bookings.’


Category Gospel Choirs
+ Chelmsford Community Gospel Choir
VISITS (to Website)121
VIEWS (of Record)190
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘There are relatively few classical guitar orchestras in existence compared to the many and varied groups of assorted strings, woodwind, brass and percussion which have the ability to sustain notes and employ a wide range of dynamics and tone colours. However, guitar players are very keen to show what can be done with six nylon strings stretched across a wooden box; each string can be an instrument; melody, harmony and bass lines can all be played simultaneously by one player and when those resources are shared amongst a group of players the possibilities are even greater. Chego consists of some of the best guitar players in our city and who have come together to show what can be done with such instruments and with a bit of imagination and ingenuity.’


Category Chelmsford
+ Chelmsford Guitar Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)99
VIEWS (of Record)131

‘Can trace its origins back to 1903 when it sang to raise funds for British troops fighting in the Boer war. The choir was re-formed in 1948 by Bill Gane, who was eventually succeeded by his son Jack ... The choir has a membership in excess of 70, drawn from many walks of life. Our repertoire includes many modern as well as traditional male voice choir pieces ... We sing locally, throughout East Anglia and other parts of the British Isles - proud of the widely acknowledged reputation we have achieved. But we are only as good as the members we have and we are keen to have you. For whilst we know we sing very well, you can help us to sing even better!‘

+ Chelmsford Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to Website)109
VIEWS (of Record)220
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Have been making music in Chelmsford since 1927. As one of the leading amateur choirs in Essex, we perform regular concerts both in Chelmsford and farther afield ... We would hope that as a member of The Chelmsford Singers you would: * enjoy making music; * improve your singing technique; * benefit from the Singers workshops; * develop your vocal skills; * increase your musical repertoire.’


Category Choral Societies
+ Chelmsford Singers
VISITS (to Website)30
VIEWS (of Record)58

‘We give two concerts a year, one in the Spring and one in the Autumn with occasional additional performances at Christmas. Don’t worry if you can’t read music, we’ll teach you the notes and provide the scores. We also organise Choral Workshops at least once a year, to which we invite all-comers (you need to book your place) and in which we study some music during the morning and afternoon before producing a performance in the early evening. We have a flexible membership scheme to suit all sorts of availability, although you will have to reach the required standard to sing in a concert.‘


Category Choral Societies
+ Clacton Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)160
VIEWS (of Record)454
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1966 and gives some four or five concerts a year in the Tendring area, performing a wide range of music to suit all tastes from classical and light orchestral music to selections from popular musicals. The Orchestra places great emphasis on young people and has provided a platform for several young players over the years, some giving solo performances with the Orchestra and others being welcomed as occasional players or as members of the Orchestra.'


Category Light Orchestras
+ Clacton Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)162
VIEWS (of Record)389

Established 2009: ‘To complement the repertoire of other choirs in Colchester, the choir seeks to promote and perform challenging works suitable for the smaller choir, particularly from the pre-baroque era as well as the 19th and 20th centuries. Lesser known works and works in their original language are given special attention‘.


Category Chamber Choirs
+ Colchester Chamber Choir
VISITS (to Website)135
VIEWS (of Record)236
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Colchester Choral Society works to uphold and strengthen the English Choral tradition by performing a variety of public concerts of the traditional large scale oratorios as well as exploring more intimate repertoire including regularly singing a cappella ... An after concert reception is held for the choir and audience following all the main concerts ... Membership of the society includes trained experienced singers as well as others with little in the way of musical education, who have a good memory, an acceptable voice and are prepared to work hard. There is a short informal audition.‘



Category Choral Societies
+ Colchester Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)47
VIEWS (of Record)114
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Colchester Operatic Society, COS, and its younger members (who form Colchester Operatic Second Edition, more popularly known as CO2) perform a selection of shows and concerts each year, at various locations throughout Colchester ... From our “amateur” beginnings in 1924, COS and CO2 now receive rave reviews from regional and national press and continue to enjoy a sterling reputation for being one of the region’s most loved operatic societies.‘


+ Colchester Operatic Society
VISITS (to Website)78
VIEWS (of Record)146
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The members of the orchestra are mostly professional musicians. Opportunities are also given to new, talented students. The Orchestra does not receive any grants or subsidies but is delighted and very grateful to receive sponsorship and donations from Friends. Ticket sales also form an important contribution to our income. Colchester Symphony Orchestra makes a unique contribution to high-standard professional music-making in the Colchester area.’


+ Colchester Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)167
VIEWS (of Record)366
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed in 1989 through the enterprise of former Chairman of the CPO and local Halstead GP Paul Bristol. As a musician himself he felt the need for an orchestra in the area which provided good amateur players with the opportunity to enjoy rehearsing and performing music together under the direction of a professional conductor. Since then, the orchestra has built a reputation for quality performances, with a varied and challenging repertoire ... The CPO usually performs three major concerts each year ... and attracts players from as far afield as Cambridge, Bishop's Stortford, Southend and Colchester.'


+ Colne Philharmonic Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)176
VIEWS (of Record)661

‘The Colchester-based Colne Valley Youth Orchestra (CVYO), made up of the CVYO Main Orchestra and its junior partner, the Colne Valley Training Orchestra (CVTO), was established in 1980 ... The aim of the orchestra has always been to afford musical and social opportunities to youngsters aged 7-18 no matter what their background. Many CVYO members have since gone on to become professional musicians.’


+ Colne Valley Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)77
VIEWS (of Record)138
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A compact, versatile, mixed-voice adult choir, performing mainly in West Essex/East Hertfordshire ... The choir is a friendly group, enjoying an eclectic but accessible repertoire, ranging from the 16th century through to contemporary works. Most concerts are a cappella and often include forgotten or neglected classics by well-known composers, in addition to music by new and lesser-known composers.’


Category Chamber Choirs
+ de Merc Chamber Choir
VISITS (to Website)165
VIEWS (of Record)434

‘Formed in January 2000 by Angela Fussell in response to the need in the area for a specialist ensemble. The members are drawn from a wide area within East Anglia and the Choir is open to clarinet and/or saxophone players who live/work in the East Anglian community.The repertoire is varied and includes classical music which is often written or arranged for the ensemble and the lighter styles of jazz and folk music.’

+ East Anglian Single Reed Choir
VISITS (to Website)76
VIEWS (of Record)171

Epping Chorus, formerly Epping Church Choirs Association (ECCA), was formed in 1972. The original choir was drawn from members and friends of the four main churches in Epping. Today the choir has around 40 members and we welcome singers from all backgrounds ... It remains an ecumenical choir, open to all, and we are hoping the new name will be more appealing both to potential new singers as well as to those who enjoy attending concerts. Entry to all concerts is free so why not come and hear us and, if you’re interested in joining the choir, please email ... for more information. The choir is non-auditioned but the Director of Music ... may wish to carry out a brief voice test.’

Category Harlow
+ Epping Chorus
VISITS (to Website)39
Also indexedEpping Church Choirs Association
VIEWS (of Record)84
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Established in 1979 for players who were "retired" from the Essex Youth Orchestra, ECHO varies its forces to perform a wide variety of exciting programmes ... There are three intensive rehearsal weekends per year followed by a series of concerts, usually at venues in Essex.‘


+ Essex Chamber Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)76
Also indexedECHO
VIEWS (of Record)193
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We invite members and musical directors from other Essex male voice choirs to our open chorus rehearsals on a Monday evening to experience singing in the barbershop style. These rehearsals are always open to the public ... You can sit back and enjoy the singing and get to see the way we work. You can even join in if you wish! We are sure you will enjoy the experience of harmonising along with a group of friendly guys singing their hearts out. Probably the most important thing is that there is no way we will put you under any pressure to join us. Whether or not you do is entirely your decision ... Our reportoire consists of a wide selection of songs, ranging from upbeat to romantic ballads - many of which are well known and have stayed popular over the years.'


+ Essex Chordsmen
VISITS (to Website)190
VIEWS (of Record)408

‘The Essex Concert Orchestra performs popular programmes three or four times a year. Works included in the programmes are typically preceded by a short verbal analysis presented by the conductor, during which sections of the Orchestra may play selected excerpts before the performance in full. This has become the Orchestra’s popular characteristic style of performance. The Orchestra is a “not for profits” organisation and, as such, occasionally makes donations to charities ... It is also seen as a high calibre semi-professional orchestral body ... made up of top musicians from the Essex area. These individuals include professional performers, students at prominent London and Essex music colleges, and local music teachers.’


Category Southend-on-Sea
+ Essex Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)57
VIEWS (of Record)115

‘In the late 1940s a few police officers and their wives started a group called “The New Court Players” and performed small plays in an old wooden hut near Police Headquarters, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex. Several of the original members were moved from Headquarters and this, together with retirements, meant the members sadly depleted. However, a small number remained and the decision was taken to perform a musical and The New Court Players became The Police Headquarters Musical Society. Our first musical, Calamity Jane was performed in 1966 in the newly constructed Assembly Hall at Headquarters. Back in the 1980s the society was renamed The Essex Police Musical Society and since then the Society has produced two shows each year at the Assembly Hall.’

+ Essex Police Musical Society
VISITS (to Website)349
VIEWS (of Record)468

‘A Chelmsford based Orchestra typically performing 4 to 5 concerts each season. Formed in 1949 we try to choose adventurous programmes and have the resources to bring to our audiences the large symphonic works of the 19th and 20th centuries. Over the years we have been able to bring to Chelmsford some of the finest international soloists and in addition we have provided a platform for many young artists both from Essex and the national scene.‘


Category Chelmsford
+ Essex Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)123
VIEWS (of Record)222
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Making music for more than 200 years ... one of the oldest military bands in the country. The band has a huge repertoire of military, classical and light music and gives regular public concerts throughout the year. You can book the band for private engagements and we can help you support a charity event too. We're proud to welcome musicians of a reasonable playing standard ages 16 to 80 – come along and try us out! ... Joining the Essex Yeomanry represents a considerable investment on our part. Each uniform costs us £500 and we often have to alter clothing to fit new members. We try to avoid the pressure of formal auditions and you are welcome to join us for rehearsals although not necessarily to perform in concerts. Once you have demonstrated a commitment to us and we feel that you would be a valued member of the band, you will be formally invited to join.‘


Category Military Bands
+ Essex Yeomanry Band
VISITS (to Website)65
VIEWS (of Record)142

‘A chamber choir of about 28 voices, based in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Since we were founded in 1988 we have grown from strength to strength and have developed a reputation as one of the elite choirs of Essex. We sing a wide range of music, from the middle ages to the present day, unaccompanied and accompanied by piano, organ or orchestra, but we are particularly noted for our unaccompanied a cappella singing, be that Byrd, Bach, Stanford or Cole Porter.’

Category Southend-on-Sea
+ Gaudeamus Choir [Southend]
VISITS (to Website)59
VIEWS (of Record)235
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Based in Great Dunmow. We play a variety of music from show, film, classical, modern and traditional ... Consists of Brass, Woodwind, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard and Drums and our musicians are all ages and musical abilities. We are a fun relaxed concert band who enjoy playing a wide range of music and all new members are welcome so feel free to come along to a rehearsal to see what we are all about.’


+ Great Dunmow Town Band
VISITS (to Website)102
Also indexedDunmow Wind Band
VIEWS (of Record)223

‘A friendly, non-audition North Essex Choir ... We sing a variety of music and perform 4 concerts a year ... New members are always welcome to come and give us a try. We will give you a warm welcome and hope that after a few weeks of trying us out you will want to join.‘


Category Choral Societies
+ Halstead & District Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)59
VIEWS (of Record)181

‘The Band consists of local players who provide live music for the local community. Although at present the band does not contest we are of 4th section standard. We are considering returning to the contest arena with the hope of improving our standard ... Our music repertoire consists of tradition Brass Band music as well as contemporary pieces and Brass Band arrangements of some pop music!! We are a friendly band who always welcome players who either wish to join or just come along for a blow.’


+ Harlow Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)152
VIEWS (of Record)432
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Harlow Chorus aspires to high standards and enjoys critical acclaim. It is one of the most successful choirs in the country with some 80 members drawn from South West Essex, Hertfordshire and London. We sing a programme of four or five concerts each year, covering a broad repertoire, with professional soloists and orchestras ... In addition to already established works, Harlow Chorus supports contemporary composers and commissions new pieces ... We also run ad hoc vocal technique workshops with visiting professionals. This encourages every member of the choir to make the most of themselves musically by providing opportunities to develop knowledge of choral repertoire, vocal technique and ensemble singing.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Harlow Chorus
VISITS (to Website)146
VIEWS (of Record)403
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’The orchestra was founded in the early 1960s. Membership numbers have varied over the years and are currently very strong, although we are always pleased to hear from local players who may be interested in joining ... It meets each Tuesday during term times preparing a concert which is performed towards the end of term.‘


+ Harlow Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)119
VIEWS (of Record)192

'Established in 1976 (as the Basildon Concert Band), and now comprises about 50 musicians ... We are always keen to attract new players – brass, woodwind and percussion – and all are assured of a warm welcome. Auditions are not required; new members are encouraged to just come along and sit in at rehearsals.'


+ Harmonie Concert Band [Rayleigh]
VISITS (to Website)113
VIEWS (of Record)377

‘First started out as the Hedingham Choral Society in 1984. In 1995 our name changed to the Hedingham Singers as it was more appropriate to the sort of music we perform ... Our repertoire includes songs from the shows, light classical music, popular songs, sacred pieces and jazzy numbers ... Anyone can join ... Whatever your music ability, you are welcome ... There is no formal audition.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Hedingham Singers
VISITS (to Website)89
VIEWS (of Record)170
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Established in 1967 and is the largest choral society in Brentwood and, with 120 singers, one of the leading choirs in South Essex ... We generally perform 4 major concerts a year with professional orchestra and soloists as well as a concert of lighter music. The society’s membership is drawn mainly from the Brentwood area but some singers travel from a much wider area, drawn by our high standards and the reputation of the choir ... We actively seek to encourage young people to become members.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Hutton & Shenfield Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)149
VIEWS (of Record)248
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are an enthusiastic and friendly four part choir of about 50 singers and are always happy to see new members who will be sure of a warm welcome.  If you have always wanted to sing and join a choir and haven’t done so yet why not come along and give us a try?  We will provide you with good music (copies loaned free of charge), good company and the opportunity to enjoy a high standard of singing ... The atmosphere is informal ... and there are no auditions and no fees for newcomers for the first term and reduced fees for young singers.’


Category Community Choirs
+ Ingatestone Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)56
VIEWS (of Record)173
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A Chamber Choir of between 20 and 24 voices ... Performs a wide range of music, in venues throughout Essex, Suffolk and further afield, sometimes subbing for Cathedral Choirs. Singers need a reasonable level of sight-reading skill.’


Category Chamber Choirs
+ Kelvedon Singers
VISITS (to Website)37
VIEWS (of Record)73
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed by Sarah Blake in 1992 from a few members of Lexden Church Choir, augmented by a number of friends. The objective was not only to pursue quality but also engender a friendly atmosphere, with no hierarchy, so that new members would feel immediately at home. The idea has worked well and is one of the main attractions of membership. The Choir has grown steadily in both membership and reputation, and can muster up to one hundred singers when performing the larger scale works such as Verdi’s Requiem and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. The Society performs 4 concerts a year – April, June, November and December.’



Category Choral Societies
+ Lexden Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)90
VIEWS (of Record)208

The Choir can trace its history back to the 1920s and 1930s and a male voice choir and ladies choir which then combined to form a choral society: ‘We continue to learn and strive to perform to a high standard and our broad repertoire suits a range of tastes, from Handel's Messiah to Gilbert & Sullivan's fun-loving operettas, from Bach to The Beatles. And, we like to involve youngsters singing with the choir by participating in joint concerts particularly at the Christmas Carol Concert in Maldon town’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Maldon Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)48
VIEWS (of Record)106
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Our aim is to allow local amateur musicians aged 18 or over of all standards, the experience of making music in an orchestral setting within a friendly and relaxed environment.’


+ Maldon Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)69
VIEWS (of Record)132

‘A traditional big band line up with two vocalists. We play a wide range of authentic big band music including swing, jive, rock & roll, pop and jazz.’


Category Big Bands
+ Melvin Beddow Big Band
VISITS (to Website)68
VIEWS (of Record)145
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’Since its formation in 1979 ... as the South Woodham Ferrers Male Voice Choir -  the choir has grown steadily in numbers and currently there are over 60 choristers, drawn from a wide variety of back­grounds ... New and creative arrangements of both pop and classical music, sometimes augmented with the use of orchestral backing tracks, have given a depth, breadth and vibrancy to our music not normally associated with male choirs ...You are very welcome to come along to any of our rehearsals to try us out and see what we are about. There are no auditions and no previous singing experience is needed.’


+ Men2Sing
VISITS (to Website)86
VIEWS (of Record)134
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The all-female choir based in Hadleigh, Essex, very near to Southend on Sea. Our 140+ members with an age range of 25 – 85 enjoy the exhilarating and uplifting joy of singing together. As a registered charity, the many concerts performed throughout the year enable significant funds to be raised for a variety of local, national and international charities.'

Category Rayleigh
+ Orpheus Singers [Hadleigh]
VISITS (to Website)188
VIEWS (of Record)1322

'The Band is able to deliver high quality and entertaining concert programmes at the same time as maintaining a very friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Rayleigh Brass do not enter contests like many bands, but seek instead to broaden the appeal of the band beyond the traditional brass band image, playing a wide and challenging repertoire, at the same time trying to relate to their audience.'


+ Rayleigh Brass
VISITS (to Website)187
VIEWS (of Record)325
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Offers local residents the opportunity to find their voice and join a Community Chorus. The Community Chorus meets weekly during term time and is open to anyone aged eight and over, living, working or studying in Thurrock. The Chorus works on a mixed repertory, chosen by its musical director with a focus on established and new work, as well as the Royal Opera House repertory. The Community Chorus is open to experienced singers and those with no previous singing experience ... Public performances across Thurrock and the wider region showcase the talent and commitment of the Chorus.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Royal Opera House Community Chorus
VISITS (to Website)94
VIEWS (of Record)249

Founded 1974: ‘SEYSO is a cross-schools organisation set up to give aspiring young musicians all manner of orchestral training and the thrill of participating and performing in a full symphony orchestra ... A series of monthly workshops, three substantive annual courses and major public performances ... There is a friendly and relaxed social atmosphere over a wide age range. (Over 18s can remain members as long as they are in further education.)‘.


+ South Essex Youth Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)70
VIEWS (of Record)140

‘Our choir is approximately 65 strong and welcomes new members of both sexes of every age. Musical Beginners will be very welcome ... The Musical Director does not usually carry out a formal audition for those who want to join, but may wish to check your voice to ensure you are placed within the correct section of the choir ... We give 2 major concerts each year, plus a lighter concert in the Summer and a Carol Concert at Christmas. Other activities include social events like dinners and quizzes.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Southend Bach Choir
VISITS (to Website)48
VIEWS (of Record)76
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Highly respected children's choirs drawing from the Southend area performing in major London venues and overseas. Regular broadcasts and recordings ... Southend Boys' and Girls' Choirs always welcome new members, and the start of the term is an ideal time to join, and remember there are no joining or membership fees for any of the Southend Choirs. The choirs cater for all ages and experiences, from the youngest Step Up Choir to the 4 – part harmony senior choirs.‘


+ Southend Choirs
VISITS (to Website)64
Also indexedSouthend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs
VIEWS (of Record)113

‘Formed in 1943 at the request of the Essex County Welfare Committee for the recreation of Service personnel. The Choir consists of about 100 Singers, mixed voices, with ages ranging from 16 to 90, and offers a warm welcome to all newcomers. The Choir usually presents 4 concerts each year, two with the Southend Concert Orchestra, A Summer Concert with soloists, and a Family Christmas Concert with a Children's Choir and a Brass band, usually the Southend Band.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Southend Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)79
VIEWS (of Record)193
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Founded in 1890 and research concludes that probably only six societies in the whole of the country came into existence before that year and still survive. These are based in Brighton, Evesham, Paignton, Settle, Spalding and Tunbridge Wells ... The SODS have two paramount and parallel responsibilities: they have to provide the audiences with productions which are consistently of the highest possible standard and at the same time provide all the members with a hobby which is both rewarding and enjoyable ... Every artistic aspect has always been firmly underpinned by strong organisational, financial and stage management and the Society has now evolved into a business – it is only “amateur” in as much as the cast are not paid! Accordingly, the continuing success of the Society in three centuries is every bit as much thanks to a succession of committed and unsung administrators as to its performers on stage ...'

+ Southend Operatic and Dramatic Society
VISITS (to Website)143
VIEWS (of Record)330

‘Was formed as an association in 1921 from the orchestral section of the Westcliff Operatic and Dramatic Society. The aims of the orchestra were, and remain to this day "to perform, for the benefit of members and friends, the works of the Great Masters as created in Overtures, Symphonies and Concertos for Solo Instruments". There were few opportunities at this time to hear such works outside of London, other than that performed by Military Bands.​‘


+ Southend Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)94
VIEWS (of Record)187

‘A locally acclaimed chamber choir of about 25 singers, performing a wide variety of music from the very early to the present day ... The choir was formed in 1968, initially to perform the works of William Byrd at Stondon Massey, Essex, where the composer spent the last thirty years of his life. Whilst the singers remain committed to the music of the Renaissance, a far broader repertoire is now presented ... The choir gives several concerts a year ... Performances may be a cappella, accompanied by organ or piano, or with full orchestra and soloists.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Stondon Singers
VISITS (to Website)98
VIEWS (of Record)90
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a friendly, mixed-voice choir (SATB) who enjoy performing works from a large and varied choral repertoire including Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Mass in C minor, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Rutter's Magnificat, as well as lighter classical pieces. We usually give three concerts a year, within Manningtree and the surrounding area bordering Essex and Suffolk ... No auditions are required and we are happy to help with queries about vocal range and parts. Sight-reading ability would be helpful but this is not absolutely essential.‘


Category Choral Societies
+ Stour Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)72
VIEWS (of Record)134
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Do you like Big Band music, but haven't got the space for a Big Band? Size isn't everything! We've trimmed our line-up down to 9 (saxophones, trumpets, trombone, piano, bass and drums), a manageable number that will still give you that Big Band sound, and won't break the bank! Like the idea of a Jazz Band, but worried that it mightn't suit all tastes? We have a varied repertoire, starting with the classics of Big Band swing, adding a pinch of Trad Jazz, a twist of your Rock n Roll favourites, a little rumba of Latin American, and those all time greats of film and stage. All served up with ballroom dancing standards ...'


Category Big Bands
+ Sweeting Swing Band
VISITS (to Website)215
VIEWS (of Record)412

‘A fun loving ladies choir based in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex. The choir was formed in 1989 and continues to grow every year having over 70 members. The choir sings in 4 parts and any lady, aged from 18 upwards is more than welcome to join us, there is no audition so don’t be shy!’


Category Ladies Choirs
+ Swift Singers
VISITS (to Website)149
VIEWS (of Record)352

‘We are a friendly, family orientated brass band based in North East Essex. We perform a number of concerts in and around the Tendring Peninsula and beyond ... Apart from the main band, we operate several subsidiary groups, including the Brass Band Music Academy, a Beginners Band and the A120 ensemble.’ The Band competes at the London & Southern Counties Region Brass Band contest.

+ Tendring Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)104
VIEWS (of Record)272

Founded in 1975: 'We give concerts in Billericay and other parts of Essex ... Most of our concerts are built around a theme, which gives us the opportunity to cover a wide range of music in one programme, often taking in a madrigal at one end and a pop standard at the other ...'

Category Chamber Choirs
+ The Choir For All Seasons
VISITS (to Website)101
VIEWS (of Record)311
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A top flight, traditional community brass band striving for excellence in performance ... We are a competing Championship Section Brass Band based in South Benfleet, Essex. We perform at numerous concerts, contests, charitable events, private functions and civic events each year.’

+ Thundersley Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)165
VIEWS (of Record)413

'Founded in 1905, Thurrock Choral Society has been singing, under a variety of names, for over 100 years. Today the choir consists of around 25 singers ... We give several concerts a year, including a Christmas Concert with popular seasonal music, and our "Summer Soiree" - this is a mainly social evening at which the choir delivers popular repertoire alongside guest performers ... The choir also holds social events each year, all of which are open to non-members.'


Category Choral Societies
+ Thurrock Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)147
VIEWS (of Record)360

‘On 28 May 1919, at a meeting of the Tilbury Branch of the National Union of Railwaymen, it was agreed to form a brass band. By 1 July the Tilbury Railwaymen’s Band had called its first meeting and two delegates were appointed to travel to Shoeburyness to view a set of 24 instruments. At the next meeting 47 members were in attendance ... Today the Band continues to thrive, attracting talented players from both the local area and further afield and competes and performs at concerts and events throughout the year.‘


+ Tilbury Band
VISITS (to Website)118
VIEWS (of Record)285
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A long-established mixed chamber choir of some 18 voices, based in Ingrave, Brentwood, Essex. All singing is a cappella, and the choir have a very varied repertoire from which to choose programmes. Times & Seasons‘ “mission statement” is to try to identify with its audiences in an informal atmosphere, to provide something for all musical tastes and to convey its members’ obvious joy of singing.'


+ Times & Seasons
VISITS (to Website)171
VIEWS (of Record)415
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in the late summer of 1945 ... Currently has about sixty singing members and its repertoire ranges from light popular music to major oratorios. It has an excellent reputation for presenting concerts of a high standard and in addition to using its own soloists, regularly engages professional singers and musicians to take solo or orchestral roles to accompany the choir.’


Category Choral Societies
+ Tiptree Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)110
VIEWS (of Record)267
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1977 and numbering 130 singers ... New members are very welcome – you don’t need to be a member of staff or student at the University. Our singers are from all walks of life; musical novices to experienced singers, some still at school, others working or retired ... If you would like to join us there is a simple voice test ... We sing twice yearly in prestigious venues in East Anglia such as Snape Maltings and St Edmundsbury Cathedral and on the University of Essex main campus.’


Category Choral Societies
+ University of Essex Choir
VISITS (to Website)86
VIEWS (of Record)188
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are one of the foremost mixed, adult choirs in Essex, rehearsing in Chelmsford town centre with 90+ members. Come and join us! ... There are no auditions, but we set ourselves high standards and relish the challenge of performing a wide range of choral music ... Waltham Singers gives three or four concerts each year.’


Category Choral Societies
+ Waltham Singers
VISITS (to Website)122
VIEWS (of Record)296
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Established in 1978 and has been raising money for local charities every since. We play music for fun and welcome players of all ages and abilities.’


+ West Bergholt Concert Band
VISITS (to Website)91
VIEWS (of Record)253
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Our Mission 'To bring high class and professional shows to our local and surrounding communities!'


+ Witham Amateur Operatic Society
VISITS (to Website)142
Also indexedWAOS
VIEWS (of Record)445
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A well-established, friendly choir which usually performs three times a year with orchestra. There are no auditions but it helps if singers have some knowledge of music.’


Category Choral Societies
+ Witham Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)94
VIEWS (of Record)173
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A highly respected mixed-voice choir dedicated to performing music to the highest standard and enjoying ourselves doing it – that way, we know our audience will enjoy themselves too. Our repertoire is varied ... We are never afraid to mix the old with the new in the same concert ... With fewer than 30 singers, every voice makes a difference. Development of good singing technique is encouraged in our warm-ups ... and by workshops with an internationally renowned vocal coach. Unsurprisingly, then, our soloists are usually drawn from the choir.’


Category Chamber Choirs
+ Writtle Singers
VISITS (to Website)95
VIEWS (of Record)204
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A community-oriented organisation in south Essex, UK, playing British and international folk music throughout the region, often at community, charity or other fundraising events ... We want to bring folk music to as many people as possible, either as audience members or by involving them as participants. We welcome new players and encourage beginners and all levels of skill. There is a place for everyone who can play an instrument to some degree and who is prepared to join in and have some fun developing their potential.'


+ Yardarm Folk Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)116
VIEWS (of Record)267

’The Cathedral hosts a popular series of Lunchtime Concerts; our Programme is varied including regular Organ Recitals, especially by students from the Royal College of Music, London. In addition, we welcome performances from soloists and ensembles, both instrumental and vocal. Our recitals provide a wonderful opportunity to listen to beautiful music in splendid surroundings and to enjoy refreshments afterwards in the Song School.’


Category Cathedrals
@ Brentwood Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)164
VIEWS (of Record)222

‘Since 1914 the Cathedral (and before that the Parish Church) has been filled with the sound of music and worship; a sound that attracts thousands of worshippers, visitors and music lovers each year and has led to the Cathedral becoming known as a centre for musical excellence ... The Choral Foundation helps to provide superb musical opportunities for the choristers, choral and organ scholars, lay clerks and singing men of the choir; it is responsible for ensuring a secure financial base for the development of music at Chelmsford Cathedral ... The Cathedral is available to hire and hosts concerts, meetings and lectures throughout the year ... Many concert organisers choose to hire staging for their event and a dance floor can be hired.’


Category Cathedrals
@ Chelmsford Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)308
VIEWS (of Record)320
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Offer entertainment to the people of Essex and beyond. Situated in the heart of Chelmsford's West End, the Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio provide entertainment including concerts, plays, ballet, pantomime, opera, jazz, dance, musicals, comedy, cinema, live music and children shows.'

@ Chelmsford City Theatres
VISITS (to Website)182
VIEWS (of Record)296

Colchester Castle Park is very lucky to contain a Victorian bandstand.  This is used through the summer by traditional silver bands and some more contemporary artists playing more modern music. There is nothing better on a sunny afternoon than packing a picnic, laying down a rug on the grass that surrounds the bandstand and then enjoying your picnic while relaxing listening to the music ... The really good news is that all of the events scheduled for the bandstand are Free.  Even more of a reason why you should make the time to come along.‘


@ Colchester Castle Park Bandstand
VISITS (to Website)128
VIEWS (of Record)263

'Colchester Town Hall’s majestic Edwardian organ is at the heart of the town’s musical life, featuring in lunchtime recitals, concerts, civic ceremonies and weddings. First installed by Norman & Beard in 1902, a Heritage Lottery Fund-sponsored restoration was completed in 2015, enabling the Moot Hall Organ to be heard and enjoyed by people of all ages and by future generations.'


@ Colchester Moot Hall
VISITS (to Website)186
VIEWS (of Record)413

'The Hall stands in open countryside, one mile from the village of Ingatestone and substantially retains its original Tudor form and appearance with its mullioned windows, high chimneys, crow-step gables and oak-panelled rooms and is surrounded by ten acres of enclosed gardens comprising extensive lawns, walled garden and stew pond ... The public rooms and grounds may be hired for a wide variety of public or private events including receptions & dinners, lectures & seminars, concerts and plays, trade promotions & corporate events, garden parties, fairs & exhibitions and film locations.'


@ Ingatestone Hall
VISITS (to Website)193
VIEWS (of Record)342

‘Come along to the Southend Bandstand in Priory Park for free concerts performed by a number of talented musicians from across the county and further afield. Performances are every weekend from April 1st - September 30th.’


@ Priory Park Bandstand Southend
VISITS (to Website)129
VIEWS (of Record)195

‘Formerly the Parish Church of St. John The Baptist. The church was built by subscription in 1839-40 in memory of Charles S. Miller, a former vicar ...  The Church became redundant in 1979 and in the following year a suggestion was made by the Harlow Chorus that the building would make a good base. At the time Old Harlow did not have a community centre, the Diocese therefore granted a lease with covenants to restrict its use to serving the social and recreational needs of the area ... We offer a varied programme of activities and events for all ages which include concerts, exhibitions and workshops.’


@ St John's Arts & Recreation Centre
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Towngate Theatre is the best place for live entertainment in Basildon! Featuring a varied line-up including live music, drama, family favourites, opera, ballet, musicals and more! We also have a popular café bar open on weekdays and prior to performances.’


@ Towngate Theatre
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