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Southend Festival Chorus

Southend Festival Chorus will be performing their Spring Concert in April.

SOUTHEND Festival Chorus’ (SFC) spring concert will feature performances of Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass.

The Spring concert, will take place on April 1, at St. Augustine’s Church in Thorpe Bay.

This concert follows their successful winter performance of Handel’s Messiah, which as member Helen Durrell explains, nearly didn’t take place: “The night before the concert, Stephen King, organist of Brentwood Cathedral phoned to say he had put his knee out and couldn’t walk, let alone accompany us!

“On the morning of December 3, the Tenor soloist Alexander White also phoned to say he had Covid and would thus be unable to sing.

“He suggested a friend, Andrew Woodmansey, who knew the work and was free that day.”

The choir managed to replace Mr King by enlisting Anthony Fort, brother of Southend Festival Chorus’ Music Director Dr. Joseph Fort.

Helen continued: “SFC’s performance went ahead and was masterful, with the audience blissfully unaware of the dramatic events which had preceded it.

“We are looking forward to our next concert, which with hopefully take place without any hitches!”

The choir are keen to acquire new singers for the performance, as Helen added: “If you are a competent singer and would like to join SFC to sing these uplifting works, you would be welcome.

“We rehearse on Wednesday evenings during term-time at St. Peter’s Church Eastbourne Grove, Westcliff, between 7.45-9.45pm,” added Helen.

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