University of Essex Choir

Concerts and Booking Tickets

Some of the University of Essex Choir rehearsing

Christmas concert

University of Essex Choir with conductor Ben Vonberg-Clark present a beautiful Christmas Concert of contemporary music:

University of Essex Christmas Concert 2023 - Image of an advent calendar showing Sat 10 December open

  • Motets pour le temps Noel – Francis Poulenc
  • Mass of the Children – by John Rutter
  • Make We Merry – David Bednall

Soloists - Milly Forrest (Soprano) and Felix Kemp (Baritone)
Organist - Matthew Jorysz (assistant Organist, Westminster Abbey)
and featuring the debut performance of Wivenhoe Youth Choir.

The University of Essex Choir performs a wide range of classical music. Recent concerts include:

  • Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
  • Chilcott: Christmas Oratorio
  • Elgar: Dream of Gerontius
  • Mozart: Mass in C Minor

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Ben Vonberg-Clark rehearsing with the University of Essex Choir)
Ben Vonberg-Clark rehearsing with the University of Essex Choir

Previous Concerts


Spring concerts

Mendelssohn: Wie der Hirsch schreit (psalm 42)
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Haydn: Paukenmesse (Missa in tempore belli)
Saturday 30th April 2022 7pm
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
University of Essex Choir
London Mozart Players
Milly Forrest
Amy Lyddon
James Way
Michael Lafferty
Ben Vonberg Clark, conductor

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Recording for Good Friday 2nd April 2021

Chilcott: St John Passion
Choir of St John the Divine, Kennington
University of Essex Choir
One Tree Hill Choir
UBS Choral Society
Ben Vonberg-Clark, conductor


Christmas Virtual Concert

December 2020
McDowall: Christus Natus Est A Cantata for Christmas
University of Essex Choir
Milly Forrest, soprano
Children of Year 5, Millfields Primary School, Wivenhoe
Iestyn Evans, organ
Ben Vonberg-Clark, conductor

Watch the video here

15th February: Chelmsford Cathedral
Requiem (Fauré)
Cantique de Jean Racine (Fauré)
The Snow (Elgar)
Hear My Prayer (Mendelssohn)
Pulcinella Suite
London Mozart Players
Richard Bannon
Nicola Corbishley
conductor Richard Cooke


5th May: Snape Maltings
Dream of Gerontius (Elgar)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Madeleine Shaw
Jamie MacDougall
Edward Grint
conductor Richard Cooke


8th December: Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall, University of Essex
Magnificat (Durant)
Mass in G (Schubert)
Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Vaughan Williams)
Christmas Concerto (Corelli)
Holberg Suite (Grieg)
London Mozart Players
Robyn Allegra Parton
Robin Bailey
Edward Grint
conductor Richard Cooke

5th May: Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Mass in C minor (Mozart)
An Oxford Elegy (Vaughan Williams)
London Mozart Players
Robyn Allegra Parton
Susanna Hurrell
Guy Cutting
Stephen Varcoe
conductor Richard Cooke

3rd February: Chelmsford Cathedral
Requiem (Duruflé)
Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams)
Appalachian Spring (Copland)
London Mozart Players
Hannah Cooke
Dominic Sedgwick
conductor Richard Cooke


6th May: Snape Maltings Concert Hall
A Sea Symphony (Vaughan Williams)
Enigma Variations (Elgar)
Essex Sinfonia
Alice Privett, soprano
Edward Grint, bass
conductor Richard Cooke

30th January: Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall, University of Essex
Four Quartets Op.92 (Brahms)
Vårnatt (Stenhammar)
Choral Hymns from Rig Veda (Holst)
Three Folk Song arrangements (Grainger)
The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard (Britten)
London Handel Orchestra
Richard Pearce Pianist
Jonathan Beatty Pianist
conductor Richard Cooke


30th April: Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Nelson Mass (Haydn)
Gloria (Vivaldi)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)
London Mozart Players
Zoe Brown
Anna Huntley
William Morgan
David Shipley
conductor Richard Cooke

30th January: Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall
Requiem (Mozart)
Insanae et Vanae Curae (Haydn)
Symphony no. 39 in E Flat (Mozart)
London Handel Orchestra
Katherine Watson
Esther Brazil
Robin Bailey
Robert Macdonald
conductor Richard Cooke


2nd May: Snape Maltings
The Kingdom (Elgar)
Essex Sinfonia
Sarah Fox
Gaynor Keeble
Jamie MacDougall
Benjamin Bevan
conductor Richard Cooke

7th March: Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall
Carmina Burana (Orff)
Suit no.2 op. 17 for two pianos: Romance and Tarantella (Rachmaninov)
Richard Pearce, Jonathan Beatty, pianists
Percussion Ensemble Of London
Grace Davidson
Peter di Toro
Alexander Robin Baker
conductor Richard Cooke

31st January: Chelmsford Cathedral
Vespers 1610 (Monteverdi)
London Handel Orchestra
Julia Doyle
Kirsty Hopkins
Nicholas Mulroy
Nathan Vale
Robert Rice
Robert MacDonald
conductor Richard Cooke

Ken Burton singing workshop November 2015

The workshop was a great success and attracted singers from different musical backgrounds from all over Essex. Feedback was extremely positive and we hope to run a similar event sometime in the future.

“Thanks for a wonderful day…I ended up with a better singing voice than I started with!”
“I went home feeling I’d been to something really special and the memory of the day will stay with me for a long time”
“What an amazing day, please come back!”
“Get Ken Burton back again!”
“The best day I have had for ages!”
“A most enjoyable day – very uplifting and a great deal of fun”

Have a look at this compilation video of the day.


Saturday 14th November 2015
10am – 5pm
Lecture Theatre 6 (LTB6)
University of Essex
map here: free parking

Tickets £15 : University of Essex Students £5

Join us for a singing workshop with radio and TV personality Ken Burton. All abilities welcome. You don’t need to be able to read music for this event.

Ken Burton is a performer, composer, recording artist and conductor as well as judge and adjudicator for BBC Television series The Choir and Musical Director for BBC’s Songs of Praise. Ken Burtons TV performances include The X Factor, Songs of Praise, BBC Proms and many more!

We advise booking early to avoid disappointment. It is not necessary to bring any sheet music. There will be tea and cake and you can bring a packed lunch or visit one of the cafes on the University Campus.

The workshop aims to excite people about choral singing and help participants find their voice. Different types of choral singing will be explored, discovering the common threads running through choral singing, regardless of genre.

Warm-Ups/Vocal Exercises

Quick songs: – songs drawn from a variety of traditions, including songs from the Cameroon Baka tribe tradition, to get people singing, and relaxed
Vivaldi” Gloria”: – it’s not just in contemporary non-Classical genres that choirs can let go and enjoy infectious rhythms; this movement from the Gloria is bursting with energy.
Bach “Chorale – O Haupt Voll Blut Und Wunden” from ‘St Matthew’s Passion’ – to explore a range of techniques related to the genre of Classical. In addition to learning the pieces, we will explore ways to get to the heart of the music, and its meaning, and the beauty of choral harmony.
“Rivers Of Babylon”: – continuing on the theme of choral harmony a close harmony arrangement, exploring the genre and techniques of close-harmony/Jazz singing, and how they compare with other genres.
Spirituals & Gospel: a selection of Spirituals and gospel, exploring the techniques and joy of the gospel genre; among them Burton’s own “Come And Go With Me” and Salisbury’s up tempo “I Feel Better Now”.
“The Same Song”: – written originally for a multi-schools event, this song gives an opportunity for singers to be creative, in small ensembles, exploring the pop/rock/Soul/music theatre choral genres.


3rd May: Snape Maltings
War Requiem (Britten)
Essex Sinfonia
Alwyn Mellor
Benjamin Hurrell
Benjamin Appl
conductor Richard Cooke

1st February: Charter Hall
Coronation Mass (Mozart)
Coronation Anthems (Handel)
Music for the Royal Fireworks (Handel)
London Handel Orchestra
Susanna Hurrell
Grace Durham
Bradley Smith
Dominic Sedgwick
conductor Richard Cooke

University of Essex Choir rehearsing around the piano
University of Essex Choir rehearsing around the piano
University of Essex Choir rehearsing around the piano
University of Essex Choir rehearsing around the piano