Gaudeamus Notes


Dear Friends and supporters,

Our Christmas concert this year will be held at All Saints Church, Barling, on Friday 14th December. Those of you who have been to our previous concerts at Barling will know that they know how to lay on a good spread there, and this time our concert is accompanied by a two course meal, starting at 7pm. Between the courses we have a feast of Christmas music for all palates, including old favourite carols, original compositions by two members of the choir, and several carols for you to sing along with, all sung in the lovely acoustic of Barling church. The full programme is on our website, . Tickets are £15 for the combined meal and concert. Please note that tickets are only available by advance purchase and will not be on sale on the door. To book, please ring Judith Smith, telephone 01702 219204.

If you are looking for a Christmas present idea, our latest CD ‘My spirit sang all day’ features 15 of our favourite pieces, everything from Renaissance church music to Barbershop. On sale at £7, they will be on sale at our concerts or from Viv Giddings, email

In the new year, we visit venues new and old. In the spring we will be singing at St Nicholas Church, Rawreth on Saturday 16th March at 7.30pm. This will be our first concert there and will feature music for Lent and Easter, as well as secular and light music. The organisers there came and heard us at Chelmsford Cathedral in October and are very enthusiastic about our visit.

Later in the year we return to some old haunts: our summer concert will be at Highlands Methodist Church on Saturday 1st June at 7.30pm. Next year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, who wrote many notable choral works, and we will be singing some of them as our birthday tribute.

Then on Sunday 21st July we make our third visit to Layer Marney Tower for their music day. This year’s theme is Classical to Romantic, and we will be joined again by the choir of St Mary’s North Shoebury and a group of instrumentalists, and hopefully by the sun...

We will supply more details about these concerts nearer the time, and programmes will appear on our website . We do send out email reminders before each concert, but with the cost of postage as it is now, we regret that we cannot afford to send out postal reminders for every concert. For this reason, we would encourage anyone on our postal list who has access to the internet to let us have your email address, so that we can communicate with you that way. Please email our publicity manager Dennis Hamilton on and he will add your name to the email list. If you would prefer not to be contacted by us at all, please also contact Dennis to have your name removed from the list.

Once again, we thank you for your continuing support and hope that you will be able to join us at some of our concerts in the near future.

A merry Christmas to you all

Ruth Brown