Who we are and how we were formed
Epping Chorus, formerly Epping Church Choirs Association (ECCA), was formed in 1972. The original choir was drawn from members and friends of the four main churches in Epping. Today the choir has around 35 members and we welcome singers from all backgrounds.
The choir practises on Friday evenings in the Roman Catholic Church Hall in Epping from 8pm to 9.30pm. We are a friendly group and would welcome singers in all voice parts, preferably those who have some previous experience of choral singing. There are no formal auditions but the Musical Director, Simon Winters, may ask for a small voice test to be undertaken in order to assess range and ability.
Epping Chorus gives three main performances each year (see our Future Concerts page) in addition to participating in one or two ecumenical services and at the St John's Christmas Tree Festival. Our repertoire is very varied (see Past Performances) and at our annual New Year Concert in January we often employ professional singers and an orchestra.
Simon Winters has been our director since 2001. He has a vast musical background spanning many years. Simon also directs two other choirs and teaches at Brentwood and Chigwell Schools.
We hold three concerts a year - an annual New Year Concert at the end of January, a Good Friday concert and a summer concert in July. We also take part in one or two ecumenical services each year and sing at the St John's Christmas Tree Festival.
Our recent performances include music by Faure, Mozart, Rutter, Saint-Saens and Bob Chilcott as well as works by Karl Jenkins (The Armed Man and Stabat Mater), Haydn, Mendelssohn (Elijah) and Rossini (Petite Messe Solennelle).
Further information on practice and performance locations including our contact details can be found in our Contacts page.