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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. 

The recent musical theatre workshop held on 6th April.

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

Highlights of 2017 for the Choirs

The choirs started the year with the annual Holocaust Memorial Day service – a very moving event which enabled the singers to listen to a talk by the inspiring holocaust survivor Dr Martin Stern.  February saw the singers participating in Southend Makes Music at the Palace Theatre, which was followed in March by our ever popular, and well attended Mothers’ Day Concert, and a concert in the beautiful Brentwood Cathedral.

The annual St George’s Day service was well attended by our singers, who contributed greatly to the singing in the service. 

In June the choirs were honoured to be able to take part in the closing evening of the highly prestigious Poppies: Wave exhibition on Barge Pier in Shoeburyness, where they performed to a crowd of over 3,000 spectators, listening to Roger’s own composition “Never Forget”.  July was an exciting month for many of the singers, who took part in two concerts in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, before embarking on a week-long tour to Venice and Lake Garda

A fun concert on the end of Southend Pier was also an enjoyable event for singers and audience alike.  September saw the choirs performing in the delightful church of St Andrew’s Sandon, where we are always made so welcome.

We were invited to join the international boyband Collabro on stage at the Cliffs Pavilion in October, which was an exciting evening for all concerned.  70 members of the Boys’ Choir performed “Carmina Burana” at the Royal Albert Hall, and the full choirs joined in a choral concert with Southend Choral Society.  Christmas was its usual mix of fun and serious concerts, with performances ranging from shopping centres and restaurants to Claridges Hotel and the Royal Festival Hall. 

The year ended with a group singing at a very special wedding in Claridges on 27th December.

We were also delighted to have the chance to host our friends from Montreal, Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont Royale, and our friends from Cottbus in Germany during the year.


Latest Parent's Posting


Mahler's 8th Part 1 (audio file Mp3 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.

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.

 BBC Coaching Scheme

 20th April and 8th June

 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.  The professional singers will be working with the choir’s trebles and altos when we will be joined by boys from 5 local primary schools.  In two sessions, the boys will learn new vocal skills, fun warm ups and will spend time learning to perform Kerry Andrew’s “No Place Like” which they will perform together at the end of the sessions.

Boys Choir    Girls Choir

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