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Community Chorus

Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus are recruiting for new members!

If you want to come and find out what it is like to be a member of ROH Thurrock Community Chorus, come along to one of our free taster sessions:

Monday 12 September 2016 from 7.15pm - 9.30pm at Palmers College, Grays
Monday 19 September 2016 from 7.15pm - 9.30pm at Palmers College, Grays

Please email to book your taster session place and for further information.

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, working or studying 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 showcase the talent and commitment of the Chorus

Date: Every Monday (during term time)
Time: 7.15pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Palmer's College, Chadwell Road, Grays, Thurrock, RM17 5TD

A termly subscription is payable (discounts may apply)
£40 adults
£20 children

Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus will be recruiting for new singers this summer! For more information please contact the Learning and Participation Team on 01708 891 200 or email

Current performances

Past performances


The second year of Village Beach, a brand new festival of culture for Thurrock, celebrating the creativity, ingenuity, arts and music of the whole Borough.

With seven stages of music, spoken word, dance, performance and international circus cabaret, seven beach huts showcasing the best of Thurrock arts and heritage, competitions, games and participatory activities.

Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus is five years old. Celebrate with us at FUSED 2016, a large-scale fifth birthday at the Civic Hall in Grays on Sunday 24 July 2016. The Chorus will showcase repertory from their five years of work, as well as performing the premiere of I Claim the Sky, a new commission for Thurrock devised by John Barber and Hazel Gould with local Thurrock schools and the community. The 90-minute performance includes a rich assortment of opera, musical theatre, classical and contemporary music.

110 members of the Chorus will be joined by three professional guest singers, 14 Young Vocal Leaders and two Trailblazer primary schools, under the guidance of a professional artistic team including Director Tom Guthrie, Musical Director Jeremy Haneman and Assistant Director Kirsty Tapp. Be prepared for exciting music, movement, costume and staging. This special one-off event is not to be missed.

Performing at London’s Southbank Centre as part of their annual Chorus Festival (18-20 March) was a significant moment for the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus as they celebrate their fifth anniversary this year. More than 90 members of the Chorus travelled to London for the performance in the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall, conducted by their Musical Director Jeremy Haneman and accompanied by Assistant Musical Director Michalis Angelakis. The ROH Thurrock Community Chorus sang a mixed repertory of opera and popular show tunes such as Chorus of Scottish Refugees from Macbeth by Verdi, Lean on Me by Bill Withers, Bernstein’s America from West Side Story as well as works by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Members of the Chorus also sang solos throughout the programme and introduced pieces.


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