Thurrock Golden Voices is an over 50s Community Choir, and came from an idea raised at the 2007 Thurrock Older People's Conference. In October 2008, with 2 year funding from the Arts Council and support from Thurrock CVS, the first members came together to form the new choir. At the end of the 2 year project, membership had grown and those involved wished to continue and therefore Thurrock Golden Voices became a fully constituted and independent group in 2010.
We aim to show older people in a positive light and we sing a range of songs that you wouldn’t necessarily expect the over 50s to be singing, as well as the occasional 'old favourite'!
Membership of the choir is open to all Thurrock residents over 50 years old, there are no auditions and we welcome people who have never sung before. We ensure that our rehearsal room and performance venues are fully accessible for all members, especially those with disabilities, and performances are adapted to the needs of the members. Click on our Membership page to find out how to get involved.
The choir is led and trained by our professional Musical Director, Daryl Branch of local performance group Impetuous Kinship, and we have gained tremendously from his input. Over the years, we have sung at various large community events including Thurrock T-Fest, Fused at the Tilbury Cruise Terminal, Basildon Festival and we always try to fit in a Christmas performance at Thurrock Lakeside and Grays Shopping Centre collecting for local charities. However, our aim is to entertain others in the community and we are more than happy to attend small groups and meetings to entertain members.
The choir has developed a link with a young people’s performance group, Creative Blast Academy, which grew out of a joint performance for International Older People’s Day 2009. Since then we have performed together at Brentwood Theatre, Thameside Theatre in Grays and the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch. This has been a fantastic collaboration, bringing a wide range of age groups together and we hope to continue to work together.
Several members of the choir attended Royal Opera House workshops throughout 2010 and performed in the Purfleet Opera, “Ludd and Isis”, to celebrate the opening of the ROH Production Park in December 2010. Since then Thurrock Golden Voices has joined with the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus and other choirs on many collaborative performances.
If you would like Thurrock Golden Voices to sing for you click on our Choir Bookings page for more information and check out the calendar.