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Community Chorus

Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus

Who are the Chorus?

Royal Opera House Thurrock offers local residents the opportunity to find their voice and join a Community Chorus. The Community Chorus meets weekly during term time and is open to anyone aged eight and over, living in Thurrock.

The Chorus works on a mixed repertoire, chosen by its musical director with a focus on established and new work, as well as the Royal Opera House repertoire.

  • The Community Chorus is open to experienced singers and those with no previous singing experience
  • It will enable members to sing with other groups, singers and musicians, developing their skills and extending their abilities
  • Public performances across Thurrock and the wider region will showcase the talent and commitment of the new Chorus

Date: Every Monday
Time: 7.15pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Ormiston Park Academy, Nethan Drive, Aveley, South Ockendon, Essex RM15 4RU

A termly subscription is payable (discounts may apply)
£30 adults
£15 children

For more information about the Community Chorus and to join, please contact the Learning and Participation Team on 01708 891 200 or email:

Forthcoming events

  • The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus will perform in a concert as part of The Brandenburg Choral Festival 2014 on Saturday 26 April at 7.30 at St Clement Danes. Tickets are available by phone on 020 7766 1100 or online.


In the build up to the opening of the High House Production Park, we staged a series of large-scale events locally in Thurrock venues as well as the Royal Opera House main stage in Covent Garden. Community-led, but performed to professional standards, these productions bring together Royal Opera House artists with local young people and residents, on a creative journey that culminates in showcase celebrations, attracting huge audiences.

The preparation for these events involves year-long programmes of workshops with local community members in creative writing, composition, singing, drama, dance, prop and costume-making, scenery and set design, lighting and make-up.

Past Projects

The Thurrock Community Chorus presented a newly devised show featuring music from three operas: Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, Mozart’s Idomeneo and Ludd and Isis by Richard Taylor. The show was written, created and devised entirely by the Chorus.

Singers and choral groups from across the area came together for two days of workshops and performances at the London Cruise Terminal as part of the FUSED Thurrock Choral Festival. On Saturday, the workshops ranged from an Introduction to Gospel Singing, to classes on sight-singing and vocal warm ups, while Sunday focused on young singers, including workshops on beatbox and rap.

A seasonal concert with the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, Thurrock Youth Orchestra and and other local choirs and musicians.

Members of the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus sang with the Royal Opera Chorus for the first time for two performances. The new National Skills Academy in Purfleet was the venue for the first concert, while the second took place in the elegant setting of the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House. The repertoire for both evenings included well-loved operatic numbers by Verdi, Bizet, Rossini, Sullivan and Copland, among many others.

  • Ludd and Isis, December 2010

To celebrate the launch of the new High House Production Park and Royal OperaHouse Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop in Purfleet, the Learning and Participation team in Thurrock worked with over 1,000 people from the area – school children, students and residents of all ages to create the spectacular opera, Ludd and Isis.

The production was a huge success and this is largely down to the generosity of spirit and time from dedicated staff and countless local people, who contributed to the creation of the work over a period of 15 months.

The Royal Opera House Thurrock  Community Chorus is generously sponsored by Thurrock Borough Council, Royal Opera House Endowment Fund and Prudential.