20 August 2013 at 3.36pm | Comment on this article
Earlier this summer a three-day celebration of choral music in all its forms took place in Thurrock. The second FUSED Thurrock Music Festival raised the roof in the unusual (and impressive) setting of the Tilbury Cruise Terminal and featured two full days of workshops as well as performances.
April Smith, a member of the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus attended a workshop about conducting: 'I came away with a much greater respect and understanding of how difficult a task conducting is, as well as material to work on myself.’
Other workshops included vocal techniques for male and female voices; introductions to opera and gospel singing; vocal leadership; and an inspirational beat-boxing demonstration from MC Zani.
Although the festival has passed for this year there are many ways to get involved in choral singing in Thurrock. The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, who were one of the groups taking part in FUSED, meet weekly at High House Production Park and are open to new members. They will perform at the Deloitte Ignite Festival of Voices at the Royal Opera House on 22 September, as will the RM19 Youth Singing Group, also based in Thurrock, and led by Dominic Peckham. Throughout the day there will be free workshops and opportunities to sing, both for beginners and experienced singers. Booking is now open for free tickets.
The Royal Opera House Learning and Participation department works closely with the community in Thurrock to encourage involvement in music and dance. Find out more about activities in Thurrock. This year’s Deloitte Ignite runs from 6 to 29 September. Find out more about Deloitte Ignite.