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    A wonderful positive bright sound

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    The singers made an

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    ...impressively well-drilled

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    Noye's Fludde 

    St Luke's Church

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    at Royal Pavilion

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    Outside St Martin in the Fields

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Saturday 23rd June, 7.30pm
St James the Less Church, Hadleigh
Chorus Sirenum and Southend Young Men’s Chorus

Tuesday 10th July, 1pm

St Martin in the Fields, London.  Lunchtime Recital by the Southend Girls’ Choir


Friday 13th July, 8pm

Plaza Centre, Southchurch Road – “Night at the Musicals”.


BBC Proms

Sunday 22nd July, 7pm, Royal Albert Hall

Mahler Symphony of a Thousand.

Join The Choir


       Click on the icon below and Application Forms link for more information


Southend Boys' and Girls' Choirs always welcome new members, and the start of the term is an ideal time to join, and remember there are no joining or membership fees for any of the Southend Choirs.  The choirs cater for all ages and experiences, from the youngest Step Up Choir to the 4 – part harmony senior choirs.

•    Step Up Choir (ages 6 – 8/9)  This small and informal group meets weekly on Wednesdays during term time, 3.45 – 4.30 at St Mary’s C of E Primary School.

•    Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs
Both choirs are accepting new members aged 8/9 upwards. There is no membership or joining fees provided you are accepted, and members will have the chance to sing with the choirs at major venues during the year.

Girls’ Choir – Meets Wednesdays 4.15 – 5.45 at Southend High School for Girls.
Boys’ Choir – Meets Fridays 4 – 5.15 (trebles and altos) at Westcliff High School for Boys.

•    Southend Young Men’s Chorus- Meets Fridays 4.45 – 5.45 at Westcliff High School for Boys.
This group is particularly suited to boys with changing voices, and meets on Fridays within the Boys’ Choir rehearsals.

•    Chorus Sirenum – Chamber choir for older girls’ voices, and meets mainly on Sundays. Email

The choirs have concert tours every year, and in recent years have performed in Rome, Venice and in Canada and US. The choirs offer wonderful opportunities to keen young singers from Southend and beyond and 2018 will see them singing in Australia and Hong Kong. 

BBC Ten Pieces Ten Pieces III uses a brand new set of classical pieces to engage children aged 7-14 and inspire them to make their own creative responses.

BBC Ten Pieces website


Welcome to the official website for the Southend on Sea Boys' and Girls' Choirs
This site showcases the choirs recent achievements, with new updated biographies on the Boys and Girls choirs. Just click on the navigation bar above.  A photo and video Gallery captures on film the visits abroad and special events and is linked to popular photo site Flickr and our Facebook pages.

The media area is also where you can sample the choirs recorded work as well as streaming audio and video of their most recent appearances. Our Discography page which will feature the full list of recordings on which the choir have featured. On the media audio download page, listeners can sample a short extract from each recording listed.  Take a listen to the Choirs rich musical history. In addition there is a section devoted to forthcoming events and links to other sites of interest. Southend on Sea is twinned with Sopot, Poland, where the choir performed in 2002 and 2005.

Our archive contains Previous Concerts as well as Choir Tours and our Discography.

Roger Humphrey Tel: 01702 215623
Rosemary Pennington Tel: 01702-215624
Mobile: 07771 600009    Fax: 01702 215631

P.O. Box 6,
Civic Centre,
Victoria Avenue,
Southend on Sea,
SS2 6ER.

Boys' Choir President - Bob Chilcott

Girls' Choir President - Jonathan Willcocks

Boys' and Girls' Choirs Patron- Raymond Gubbay, CBE.
We are a registered charity No: 1161752

BBC Coaching Scheme Sessions  

The Choirs are delighted to have been accepted on the BBC Ten Pieces Coaching Scheme this year, when members of the BBC Singers will visit the choirs to work with boys in the choir aged 8 – 14.


 Two sessions were held on 20th April and 8th June at St Christopher School.   The professional singers came along to work with the choir’s trebles and altos and we will be joined by boys from 5 local primary schools. 

In the sessions, the boys learnt new vocal skills, fun warm ups and spent time learning to perform Kerry Andrew’s “No Place Like” which they will perform together at the end of the sessions



Latest Parent's Posting


Mahler's 8th Part 1 (audio file Mp3 format)

Mahler's 8th Part 2 (audio file Mp3 format)

Mahler's 8th Part 2 - German (audio file IOS format)

Sheet music for Mahler's 8th Part 1




Girls Choir 9th May

Boys Choir 18th May

Click on the link for the latest documents - these documents are password protected please use the password provided to you.

Privacy Notice

Southend Choirs hold information on current members of the choir and contact details for parents and carers for reasons of safeguarding and personal protection of all singers in their care.

This information is stored securely and is not shared with other parties unless required for licence purposes for public performances, such as BBC and other concert promoters.  On these occasions parents will be notified of this.

Southend Choirs at the BBC Proms

The Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs will be performing in the BBC Proms on Sunday 22nd July, 7pm at the Royal Albert Hall. 

The choirs will be performing Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand with the BBC Symphony Orchestra of Wales, BBC National Chorus of Wales, BBC Symphony Chorus and London Symphony Chorus, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

Congratulations to Jenny Wells, Lewis Ritchie and Bessie Paice winners of the 2018 Jack Petchey award with Southend Mayor 2017-18 Cllr Fay Evans.


Boys Choir    Girls Choir

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Southend Boys and Girls Choirs have now a moderated twitter page @southendchoirs - so come on follow us and lets get tweetiing!  just click on the twitter link above.


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