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 on 21st 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.

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 singers

“I was singing with a community choir but felt I wanted more.”

My name is Nikki and I am a member of the alto section in Basildon Choral._DSC0003 (2)
I joined the choir two years ago. I was looking for the opportunity to try singing choral music. I was singing pop songs with a community choir but felt I wanted more.

I saw a small piece in one of the local free papers about the choir wanting new members and it said to ‘just turn up’ to a rehearsal and so I did! I wasn’t sure it would be for me – I don’t particularly like listening to classical music but I have found that singing it is entirely different – the complexity and the harmonies are amazing – and I found I really enjoy it.

I wasn’t nervous about going along to a rehearsal even though I hadn’t sung from sheet music since I was about 10 years old. My parents had both sung in choirs, and my dad, in his eighties, still does. So it was a bit of a family tradition, but it wasn’t until after Mum died, and I realised just how big a part of her life singing had been, that I thought I’d give it a go.

Right from the beginning the choir members were just lovely – so friendly and welcoming. It feels like a nice, close group but it is not overwhelming – you can be as involved as you want to be.

I love the sound of our voices blending together and find that singing takes away the stresses of the day. After rehearsal, I go home buoyed up, and singing in concerts is just… wow! It feels amazing. Yes, some of the pieces are difficult to start with – but when they are, I see it as a challenge and work at it – and with practice it eventually clicks into place.

What I think makes this choir really outstanding is our hugely talented Musical Director, Stephen Hope. His understanding of the music, and attention to detail brings out the very best in us and makes the music very special.

I really enjoy the big concerts, singing the big choral works – of the ones I have performed, ‘The Armed Man’ is my favourite– and I really enjoy the concerts at Arundel too. Those experiences are the culmination of all the work you have put into it and give me a great feeling of achievement. After a concert I can’t stop talking about it. It must drive my husband mad!

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