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This month’s focus is on music making and the Billericay Choral Society. Anne Fryer gives us a brief insight into the choir and answers some of the questions you might want to ask about the Society.

Billericay Choral Society

For over 40 years the Society has been part of the local music scene. They were founder members of the Brentwood Choirs Festival and will be celebrating 25 years of the Festival next year.

Q. Do you only sing classical and religious works?

A. No. One of the choir’s strengths is its varied repertoire.  Yes we have sung many of the major choral works and thoroughly enjoyed these as a choir and joining with a number of choirs in Brentwood Cathedral. However we have sung Folk songs, music from Operas and Musicals, from the Great American song book, Gilbert and Sullivan and the Beatles.

Q. Would I have to have an audition to join the choir?

A. We are always looking to welcome new members into the choir. We don't hold auditions and are happy to welcome you whether you are an experienced singer or have never belonged to a choir before.

We have 3 or 4 concerts through the year, for which we rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 8.00pm – 10.00pm. at Mayflower Hall in Chapel Street.

Our next concert is on July 11th.  We are combining with the talent of local poet Tim Cunningham in an evening of Words and Music. Haydn's Missa Brevis and Folk songs from Tim's country of birth, Ireland, will be interspersed with readings from some of his books of poetry. We hope it will make an interesting evening.

 At our annual Christmas evening our aim is to raise money for local charities.

Since last September, we have been very fortunate to be working under a brilliant young musical director, David Todd (pictured).  David's approach to rehearsals has been both inspirational and great fun.

Our March concert was a great success, played to a full house. David had brought some young instrumentalists and soloists from the Royal Academy of Music to perform Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and accompany the choir in the Vivaldi Gloria and pieces by Bach and Handel. The whole performance was enthusiastically received by the audience.

Why not make 2015 the year you return to, or start, singing and join us at the Billericay Choral Society?  or you can phone Anne on 01277 658740