Welcome to Basildon Choral!

“‘Amazing performance! We were blown away!” “Fab show tonight, absolutely amazing. Loved every second.” “The Armed Man was an emotional experience. It was all wonderful.”  – the views of three members of the audience of an enthusiastically received Come and Sing performance of Karl Jenkins The Armed Man.

This was the most recent concert in our programme for this year.  Next up is the Arundel cathedral concert in July when we will be singing Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Beethoven’s Mass in C.  If you would like to try singing these with us come along to our  rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7.45-9.45pm at Langdon Hills Methodist Church, Basildon SS16 6EX, starting Wednesday 1st May.

A growing choir of long standing with an excellent reputation, we sing five concerts a year including a family carol concert, light music, a ‘Come and Sing’ and choral works with orchestra, using professional musicians and soloists. We also enjoy singing tours abroad and fun events throughout the year.

If you’re not sure Basildon Choral is for you , read on ….

Meet the singersGraham Smyth

We would like to introduce you to one of the members of the choir……

My name is Graham and I am a member of the tenor section in Basildon Choral.
I joined about a year ago when I was searching for a choir that sang the kind of music I wanted to sing. I found Basildon Choral on this website.
I emailed via their contacts page and was soon in touch with one of their committee members who invited me along to a rehearsal just to see if they were what I was looking for…
I’ve done lots of singing (since I was 7 years old!) so I was not nervous about going along for the first time. The choir was rehearsing ‘Carmina Burana’ – a favourite of mine. I was soon made to feel welcome and looked after. I sat next to another tenor who was really helpful and could answer any questions that I had.
I’ve had lots of hobbies but I always come back to music and singing. Singing in a choir is my favourite thing.
I like the kind of music that Basildon Choral sing and the fact that everyone aims to work towards a better standard, a higher standard. Their musical director is ambitious and can be demanding but I like that. That was what I needed, something challenging.
The concert I have enjoyed the most was at Arundel Cathedral in the summer. Family and friends made a weekend of it and had a great time. We joined with two other choirs, a full orchestra and professional soloists for a performance of ‘Elijah’.
Large choirs give you something you don’t get anywhere else!
I enjoy singing the larger, sacred, choral works but I’ll sing anything, even the lighter stuff we do at our Café Style concerts, if it’s part of being in a choir like Basildon Choral


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