Residents join the Thurrock Community Chorus in a concert of opera and carols

THURROCK Community Chorus gave its first Christmas Concert on Sunday 11 December in the Ellis Theatre at the Gateway Academy and entertained the audience with a rousing programme of light opera and favourite carols.

Thurrock Community Chorus was joined by professional opera singers Nicola Wydenbach and Andrew Rees, from the Royal Opera House, who performed pieces by Mozart and Verdi. The whole audience was invited to sing the carols and everyone was in great voice.

Thurrock Community Chorus goes from strength to strength with more than seventy members of all ages meeting regularly to work with Jeremy Haneman, professional Chorus Director. The Chorus sang at the Royal Opera House in October, entertaining the audience before the Welcome Performance, a one-off double bill showcasing both opera and ballet: Gianni Schicchi and Rubies, together with activities for all the family in particular aimed at those people who are new to the Royal Opera House.

New members aged eight years and over are very welcome to join the Thurrock Community Chorus from the New Year. No previous singing experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn. Rehearsals take place on Monday nights throughout the year at St Clere’s School in Stanford-le-Hope. Termly subscriptions apply.

If you would like to get involved, try an open rehearsal session in the New Year taking place at St Clere’s School, on Monday 9 January at 7.15pm.

For more information about the Thurrock Community Chorus, please email

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