Based in the lovely Suffolk market town of Beccles, the Choir history goes back over 150 years. We are a friendly amateur choir who enjoy singing and welcome new members without audition.
Performing a wide variety of major choral works; supported by professional soloists and orchestra as necessary. The breadth of our repertoire extends from oratorio to opera and folk to specially commissioned pieces. December brings our locally famous Christmas concert where we are supported by children from local schools.
We are delighted to have Geoff Lavery as our Musical Director. Geoff brings his expertise and good humour, guiding us to achieve our high standards. Geoff is supported by Terry Cunnane, a highly skilled rehearsal pianist and occasional sectional conductor.
Although we like to concentrate on traditional choral works we also sing music from contemporary composers, pieces arranged by our own conductor and/or our rehearsal pianist and fun, novelty pieces, particularly at Christmas.
Typically our performance venues are the magnificent St Michael’s Church in Beccles and the Beccles Public Hall. In recent years we have sung in Blythburgh Church, Loddon Church, Marina Theatre in Lowestoft, Snape Maltings and Kentwell Hall in Long Melford where we performed with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Gala Orchestra and with Aled Jones.
We rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9.30 in the Beccles Public Hall. We are pleased to continue our association with the Public Hall and to support Beccles Lido Ltd in its efforts to retain the building as a local amenity
If you would like to join us and share in the excitement or just seek more information please see our Contact page.
Below are some photographs taken at a typical choir rehearsal
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Ben Parry born in Ipswich is a musician, composer, conductor, singer, arranger and producer in both classical and light music fields. He is Director of Aldeburgh Voices, co-director of London Voices, Assistant Director of Music at King’s College Cambridge, and director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.
More information can be found on Ben’s website
Ray Simmons was formerly principal trumpet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a post he relinquished in 1996 after 19 years. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he subsequently became Professor of Trumpet. He has also held principal positions in Bournemouth, Norway and the Royal Opera House and taught at Stavanger University and the UEA. Since retirement Ray has remained active in teaching and playing and latterly has rediscovered a love for the jazz piano.
Michael studied the organ at Jesus College, Oxford, achieving a degree in music.In 1958 he was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO). After graduating, he became organist and choirmaster of St. James Church, Louth 1960 – 1964 and music master at King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth.Later Michael became organist and choirmaster of St Matthew’s Church, Northampton 1964 – 1971 then organist and master of choristers at Norwich Cathedral as well as being Head of Music at Northampton Grammar School from 1971 to 1994. Whilst holding this position and being a part-time lecturer in music at the University of East Anglia, when he was appointed Chief Executive of the Royal College of Organists. From 1999 – 2013, Michael was director of music at St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich where he conducted three choirs and promoted the popular lunchtime concert series.Michael has also conducted the Northampton Bach Choir and Orchestra, the Norwich Philharmonic Chorus and the Allegri Singers. He has published various works for choir and for organ, and has written Sightsinging (1966) and Muse at St Matthew’s (196