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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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    photo courtesy of BBC

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    Choir re-create Outside Sydney Opera House

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Future Concerts


Sunday 16th September, 5pm, St Andrew’s Church, Hall Ln, Sandon CM2 7RQ

Tickets from 01245 698988


Sunday 23rd September, 2.30pm, St Basil’s Church, Luncies Road, Basildon, SS14 1SD FREE with retiring charity collection


Thursday 27th September, 7.30pm, Kings Road U.R. Church, Westcliff on Sea

Joint concert with visiting choir from Methodist Ladies’ College, Sydney, Australia

Tickets from 01702 465460


Saturday 27th October, 7.30pm – Royal Albert Hall, London “Carmina Burana”

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. 

Southend Boys and Girls Choir took part in this years Ten Pieces Prom (Prom 20)  listen to Carl Orff's "O Fortuna" and Kerry Andrew's "There's no Place".

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, Essex. 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

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On behalf of all of us here at the BBC Proms, BBC Ten Pieces and our very happy Sunday audience, THANK YOU and WELL DONE for all the hard work your staff and performers put into making the Ten Pieces Proms such a huge success. I appreciate that at this time of year this is not an easy undertaking so sincerely thank you for making it happen and for all of your support.

The choirs gave brilliant performances on Sunday and have received special mention in all of the reviews, including a 4* review in the Telegraph (see attached and below). We are all immensely proud of what they achieved, especially those who had never sung anything like O Fortuna or performed at this level before.

The second Prom was live on Radio 3 and you can listen to it for 30 days after the broadcast: The interval (from 54’30’’) features some lovely interviews with performers (thank you to the Southend performers for doing this).


Here are some lovely reviews and posts from happy families…

Classical Source Pt.1

The Ten Pieces Children’s Choir performed with gusto and precision ‘O Fortuna’ from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Kerry Andrew’s No Place Like.”

Classical Source Pt. 2

“The first half closed in emphatic fashion with ‘O Fortuna’ from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and the massed voices of the Ten Pieces Choir and the BBC Singers, dynamics well-observed, and the conclusion was suitably frenzied.”

The Arts Desk

“The opening of Carmina Burana… featured the Ten Pieces Children’s Choir, brought together from youth choirs founded as part of the project. They were bolstered by the BBC Singers, but even so, sounded impressively weighty and precise, easily mistakable for an adult chorus.”

“On a similar subject, Kerry Andrew’s No Place Like took children’s ideas of home as the basis for an unaccompanied choral work, again performed with impressive assurance by the Ten Pieces Children’s Choir. This was another aspect of the programme that had appeared in previous events, but well justified repetition”

The Prickle

“Another obvious highlight was “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana, featuring the overwhelming combo of the Ten Pieces Children’s Choir and the BBC Singers, on top of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, who blew the roof off.”


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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.

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Choirs are also on Twitter

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.


Tour 2018

Photo credit: Chris Chistodoulou

The reviews continue to flood in from our recent Proms appearance.

Mahler Symphony No 8 BBC Proms, Sunday 22nd July 2018

"The Arts Desk" - The speeds remained just the right side of hectic, and wrought miracles of exuberance from the Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs, angels with dirty faces as Goethe’s closing scene from Faust starts its steady ascent.  This is the ultimate Proms spectacular, and all involved did it proud.

Guardian - The combined forces of BBC National Chorus of Wales, the BBC Symphony and London Symphony Choruses, and the Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs sounded awesome throughout.

"TrendFem" -  They were accompanied by the scintillating voices of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, the London Symphony Chorus, the BBC Symphony Chorus, and the Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs

Almost magically all singers, of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, the London Symphony Chorus, the BBC Symphony Chorus, the Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choir and the eight soloists, managed to make it work.

                                                            Photo Credit: Mary Grace Nguyen

Classical Iconclast
- Under Søndergård, the BBC NOW is at a peak  but the glory of this performance was built on the choral forces he had to hand - the BBC National Chorus of Wales (Adrian Partington, chorus master), the BBC Symphony Chorus (Neil Ferris) and the London Symphony Chorus (Simon Halsey) with the Southend Boys' Choir and Southend Girls' Choir (Roger Humphrey).

Seen and Heard International - The best moments continued to be either purely orchestral ones or those hair-raising tutti moments from soloists, BBC National Chorus of Wales, BBC Symphony and London Symphony Choruses, Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs and BBC National Orchestra of Wales such as during the headlong race to the end of the work.

Listen to the entire Prom11 Mahler Symphony of a Thousand via BBC IPlayer



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