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Area Choral Festival 2018,

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Compline by Candllelight

Tue 01 November 2016 at 00:00 Holy Cross and All Saints Warley.

Rehearsal time 7.30pm. Service 9pm Free with retiring collection. Director, Jonathan Schranz


As you like it Organ event

Sat 05 November 2016 at 00:00 St Luke's Church, Church Road, Tiptree, CO5 0SU

Organ event with John Rippin.


Voice for Life workshop

Sat 14 January 2017 at 00:00 Luke's Church Tiptree


Alan Bullard showcases the Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems

Sat 30 September 2017 at 14:30 St Barnabas, Browning Road, Manor Park, E11 6PB

Cost £10 including hire of music – Under 18s go free.

A great opportunity for leaders and members of choirs and music groups of all sizes and denominations to add to their versatility and resources.

Following the success of The Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems, Alan Bullard has now edited The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems a vital resource for all churches. This collection caters for church choirs of all types and sizes, enabling them to have at their fingertips, easy music for every occasion. The collection presents flexibility in a constructive and realistic way, with particular provision for unison or two-part singing, whilst not forgetting SATB choirs.

With complete coverage of the Church’s year, a fabulous range of accessible, quality material and a focus too on ease of learning and performance.

Alan Bullard was born in London, and studied with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music and at Nottingham University. He enjoyed a successful career in music education and most recently as Head of Composition at Colchester Institute. He now devotes most of his time to composing, editing and arranging. His music unfailingly appeals to both performers and audiences and he has written for all kinds of choirs, with instrumental works for a variety of ensembles and orchestras. Alan is also a respecter writer of music for examination syllabuses and educational albums. As well as the inspirational Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems and Oxford Book of Flexible Carols, his major publications include Alan Bullard Carols, Alan Bullard Anthems and the three cantatas Wondrous Cross, O Come Emmanuel and A light in the Stable. He and his wife Janet also write the Pianoworks series for the older beginner.

Further information from Duncan Paterson Telephone: 020 8554 9499


RSCM Brentwood Choral Festival

Sat 21 October 2017 at 10:00 Brentwood Cathedral, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, CM15 8AT


Organ Workshop with Richard Brasier

Sat 04 November 2017 at 10:00 St Mary's Church, Shenfield, CM15 9AL

This morning’s event is a combined Master-class and Workshop and is designed for all organists who would like professional help and encouragement with any aspect of their playing – at all levels. Please bring something to play – a hymn or a piece or some service music. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to have top quality advice from Richard, who is currently Director of Music at St Laurence, Upminster, and teaches both at Sevenoaks School and for the Royal College of Organists Academy. He is musical editor for Dr J Butz Musikverlag (publishers) in Germany, where he studied after gaining his performance diploma from the Royal Academy in London. He is establishing himself as a fine player, giving recitals both here and on the continent. His work at the RCO Summer Academy has been described as “inspirational and truly encouraging”

St Mary's Church is in Hall Lane, a turning off Shenfield Road A1025 Parking is available next to the church or at the school opposite The church is about 10 minutes walk from Shenfield Station Buses: No 81 (Shenfield Stn – Brentwood) pass the end of Hall Lane

Time: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm.

Please arrive by 9.45 for a prompt start at 10.00.

There will be a break for tea/coffee during the morning

Adults £7.50
*School pupils £4

*Those under 18 years of age, unless accompanied by an adult responsible for them, must provide an indemnity form signed by a parent or guardian before the event begins.

Any queries, problems &c, please email him at:


West Gallery Workshop and Georgian Evensong

Sun 10 December 2017 at 00:00 St Mary's Church, Wanstead, E11 2LP

Workshop 3pm Georgian Evensong 6pm Directed by Dr. Francis Roads. Sorry we have had to cancel this event because of weather conditions


Presentation of Deans' and Bishops' Awards

Sat 20 January 2018 at 17:00 Brentwood Cathedral, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8AT

Service of Vespers with Brentwood Cathedral Choir and the Singers who will be presented with Deans’ and Bishops’ award during the Service.

All are warmly invited to attend.


Celebrating Oak Apple Day

Sun 20 May 2018 at 15:00 St. Mary’s Church,, Wanstead, E11 2LN

A seasonal celebratory workshop for singers and musicians with Dr Francis Roads musical director of the London Gallery Quire in one of the finest Georgian Churches in England, featuring West Gallery Music, followed by a Georgian Evensong led by the Rev Gordon Giles a regular contributor to Church Music Quarterly.


Open forum for organists and would-be organists

Mon 18 June 2018 at 19:30 Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh, SS6 8BB

with James Davy and John Rippin

This evening's event is designed to provide help, encouragement and practical hands on advice in an informal atmosphere on many aspects of playing the organ, such as transferring from piano to organ; choosing repertoire; service playing; technical problems; handling the instrument itself; practising; etc, etc. James and John will put you on the right track and provide answers (hopefully!) to all those questions you meant to ask but never have.

Please arrive any time after 7 p.m. for a prompt start at 7.30 p.m. There will be a break for tea/coffee during the evening and we aim to finish about 9.30p.m.

Cost: Adults £7.50 or £9 for non RSCM members. *School pupils £3.

*Those under 18years of age, unless accompanied by an adult responsible for them, must provide an indemnity form signed by a parent or guardian before the event begins.

Holy Trinity Church is at the north end of Rayleigh High Street (A129) at it's junction with Hockley Road (B1013). Enter the Church via the Parish Centre. Parking is available behind the Church, entrance from Rectory Garth, a small turning off Hockley Road. Trains: The church is about 10 minutes walk from Rayleigh Station (Shenfield to Southend Victoria line). Buses: Arriva and First Essex are the main service providers - please check their on line sites. The latter also runs the X30 Stansted-Southend fast hourly service which goes via Chelmsford and Rayleigh (railway station)


Come and sing Evensong

Sun 01 July 2018 at 15:00 St. Andrew's, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 6QP

Directed by Andrew Losq

Cost £5

An opportunity to sing Choral Evensong according to the Book of Common Prayer, especially for those who do not regularly have such an opportunity. Choirs and individual singers all very welcome. Members of St. Andrew’s choir will be on hand to boost any of us who are less confident. Bring Choir robes if you have them, but if you haven’t that is fine. Refreshments will be provided.

The music, copies of which will be available on the day, will include Canticles Noble in B minor, O come ye servants of the Lord Tye, Be thou my vision Chilcott, Psalm 130, Responses Rose, I heard the voice of Jesus say (Kingsfold), Just as I am (Saffron Walden), Immortal Love for ever full (Bishopsthorpe). Psalm tones will be Purcell in F minor and Rimbault in F major.

Further information from and booking form (attached) to Bill Brooks at, or 12 Walden Way, Hornchurch RM11 2LB or ring 01708 509489.


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