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We had a great season in 2015/16. Over 900 people packed the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall on January 30th for our outstanding performance of Mozart’s Requiem with the London Handel Orchestra. It was a great evening. In May we returned to the world famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall with the well loved Vivaldi’s Gloria and Haydn’s Nelson Mass to great audience acclaim. This new season promises to be exciting with Fate, Love and Legends, a programme of songs by Holst, Britten, Grainger, Brahms Stenhammar and Vårnatt in February and Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony in May.

New members are 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. We currently have a particularly vibrant group of students who work hard to promote the choir.

The Choir rehearses on Thursdays in term time only and there are at least ten rehearsals in preparation for a concert. These take place in the Lecture Theatre Building (LTB) 6/7 on the Colchester campus, and are from 7-9.30pm with a tea break when we have a chance to meet new singers and chat with old friends.

If you would like to see us in action come and listen to a rehearsal. We will be pleased to see you – just email members@universityofessexchoir.org to arrange.

Being in the choir is immensely rewarding and it is a joy to see how we progress from the first rehearsal to the concert day. Richard Cooke, our Music Director, works us hard and it is a great learning experience in choral singing.

If you would like to join us there is a simple voice test. Auditions are normally held in October and February at the first rehearsal for each new performance. Don’t be put off if you have never tried anything like this before. If you show potential you have a good chance of being accepted into the choir. Email members@universityofessexchoir.org for more information.

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