PALMER’S College is delighted to welcome the Royal Opera House (ROH) Thurrock Community Chorus who is now using the College premises for rehearsals.
The 140+ Chorus varies in ages, starting from as young as eight to members being in their 80’s.
Mark Vinall, Principal of Palmer’s College, said: “We are delighted to be working closely with the ROH Community Chorus and I am confident that it will be a truly harmonious relationship.”
Conductor of the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus, Jeremy Haneman said: “It’s been so wonderful for the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus to move to Palmer’s College, a place that holds fond memories for many members of the choir who attended there or whose children went there.
He added: “Everyone has been so welcoming. The theatre is a brilliant place to rehearse and there are so many other brilliant rooms and halls that we can use. It is definitely the best venue we’ve ever had – feels like home already!”
The College’s very own handyman is also part of the Chorus and loves the idea of having the new base in the heart of the community.
Eddy Archer, said: “I never saw myself joining a choir but it’s been the best thing I’ve done since retiring from my full-time job at Palmer’s. I never thought I’d be singing solo and performing at the ROH – it’s been amazing!.”
Rehearsals take place every week and will also include special visits from conductors and singing coaches from Covent Garden. Next month, upcoming opera conductor Paul Wingfield and Australian director Greg Eldridge, both members of the Royal
Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme will be coming to help rehearse for the production of La Favourite and Cosi Fan Tutti which will be performed on the main stage of the ROH in Covent Garden.
If you live, work or study in Thurrock and would like to join the Chorus, please visit www.roh.org.uk/community-chorus
No previous experience necessary.