Southend Chamber Music Club

Meeting at
St. Margaret's Church, Lime Avenue
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 3PA

St Margaret's Church
St. Margaret's Church, Leigh-on-Sea

All our concerts are held at:
St. Margaret's Church, Lime Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3PA

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Saturday 27 June 2015

A complete concert performance of
Henry Purcell's opera
Dido & Aeneas

The composer Gustav Holst said of Dido & Aeneas, "It is one of the most original expressions of genius in all opera.... between the lovely airs and choruses there are dialogues, set to easy, free, and melodious music. Probably the English language has never been set so perfectly, either before or since."
Leading local soloists will join forces with the Leigh choir Gaudeamus and local established musicians in a complete concert performance of this seventeenth century musical masterpiece.
Please join us. All are very welcome. Just 5 at the door, which includes interval refreshments.

Other concert dates all at 7:30pm:

Saturday 19 September 2015
Saturday 14 November 2015

About Us

There are classical music clubs in many towns, but as far as we know, none quite like ours!

Music clubs and societies usually engage visiting professional musicians to perform for them, but we are different: we draw on our own membership for our concerts. Southend is an amazingly musical place, with two permanent symphony orchestras and at least ten choral and operatic societies. Over the years it has produced a steady stream of young musicians, many of whom have become famous performers - so we have a wonderful pool of talent to benefit from.

Because we want to encourage all ages and levels of ability, one of our concerts may include a quartet or quintet performed by professional or near-professional players, ensemble items by enthusiastic amateurs, and even a talented youngster trying out a piece for a forthcoming exam or college audition.

But performing at our concerts is not compulsory! The majority of our members attend our concerts simply to enjoy listening to a wide range of chamber music, and many use the contact opportunity to get together with other members to enjoy playing in small ensembles.

Our membership fee is £15 per year, with a whole-family rate of £25. This includes entrance to all the concerts plus interval refreshments.

Visitors are very welcome at all our concerts, for which the entry fee is £5 for adults or £1 for students and under 18s (unless stated otherwise against a concert date above). The entrance fee includes interval refreshments.

All concerts begin at 7.30pm and finish around 9.30pm
(During the interval freshly made tea and coffee, cold drinks and biscuits are available)

Works recently performed at the club include:

Scarlatti - Cantata Augellin, vago e canoro
Handel - German Arias
Maurice Greene - Phoebe (opera)
John Stanley - Zimri (oratorio) LISTEN BELOW
Faure - Dolly Suite for piano duet
Mozart - Piano Quartet in G Minor
Walton - Suite from Facade, arranged for piano duet
Rheinberger - Suite for Violin, Cello and Organ

Recent Performances


See and Listen:

Faure, Dolly Suite

Saint-Saens, Danse Macabre Op.40 for piano duet

Dvorak Slavonic Dance op.46-4 in F major

Dvorak Legend Op.59-10 in B flat minor

Dvorak Slavonic Dance op.46-8 in G minor

Dvorak "Klid" from Bohemian Forest

If you would like more information then please feel free to contact either:

Roger Slade (Treasurer) Email or
David Galbraith (Programme Secretary) Email