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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, 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

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.

Past performances

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.

  • All Change at FUSED Festival on 9 and 10 July 2015 at the Civic Hall, Grays

The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus and RM19 joined forces for the first time to present All Change. Inspired by the new Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre at High House Production Park in Purfleet, All Change was a new production that combined chorus numbers from existing repertory with new imaginings of existing pieces, in an exploration of some of the timeless themes of opera. Professional soloists joined this group of singers young and old to present an evening of old favourites, less familiar works and pieces never heard before, woven together to take you on a journey of change.

  • The Brandenburg Choral Festival on Sunday 26 April 2015 at 7.30pm, St James Sussex Garden

The 130-voice Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus made a welcome return to the Brandenburg Choral Festival, joined by soloists Anush Hovhannisyan, Rachel Kelly, Luis Gomes, Yuriy Yurchuk from the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, performing a range of operatic repertory including choruses by Bizet, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Puccini & Copeland under the Musical Direction of Jeremy Haneman and Assistant Musical Director Michalis Angelakis.

Verdi's Requiem, a powerful and moving piece that is perhaps one of the best-loved pieces in the choral repertory, was performed by the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, who are joining forces with the Brighton Festival Chorus,  soloists from the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and two outstanding professional French orchestras – Orchestre de Picardie and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, under the baton of Arie van Beek. Find our more in our News & Features section.

  • The Brandenburg Choral Festival, 26 April 2014

The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus performed in a concert as part of The Brandenburg Choral Festival 2014.

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, Prudential plc and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.