Read Beverley Heard’s, Music Ensembles Lead Officer, review of the Essex Youth Choir and the recently formed Essex Youth Consort in concert at Chelmsford Cathedral.

On 28 December 2019, greeted by an enthusiastic large audience, Essex Youth Choir, directed by John Chillingworth, filed onto the stage at Chelmsford Cathedral and confidently delivered Rutter’s Gloria, accompanied by accomplished brass players from Essex Youth Orchestra assuredly led by Bethan Spragg. Soloists from within the choir, Alex Finnigan, Helen Matthews and Sophie Geddes sang the beautiful interjections in the second movement. The piece finished with a rousing rendition of the Quonian tu solus Sanctus leaving the audience, literally on a high note!

Essex Youth Consort, a selection of accomplished choral singers from the Youth Choir, sang Dove’s impressive work: Seek him that maketh, expertly accompanied by John Hutchings followed by a selection of beautiful a cappella pieces including Stanford’s Bluebird.

The consort look forward to singing Evensong at Waltham Abbey in April. Both groups will be touring to the Czech Republic in August with our county Wind and Brass music groups.

As Beverley Heard, Music Ensembles Lead Officer said: “These young people, aged 13 to 19, come from across Essex to perform together in these high level concerts. For some, it is the pleasure of singing such great music, giving them live skills and building life-long friendships and for others, it inspires them to become the choral singers of the future.”

Find out more information on both choirs on this link 

If you have an interest in singing in the Essex Youth Choir or Consort, please contact Beverley Heard at for further info.