In the cross is the height of virtue; in the cross is the perfection of sanctity. There is no health of the soul nor hope of eternal life but in the cross
(Thomas à Kempis)
Formed in 1966, the Society is most unusual in that its membership consists of performing members of both a concert choir and a symphony orchestra. Concerts, usually five in a season, are promoted in St Botolph's church and both choir and orchestra rehearse in church.
Colin Nicholson is Director of Music of the Church and of the Society. The membership of the Concert Choir and the Symphony Orchestra is amateur and as open as possible, drawing members from a wide area in NE Essex. New members are always welcome, subject to availability of places. Subscriptions are kept as low as possible and there is no obligation for singers to purchase music.
The Choir rehearses on alternate Friday evenings in term time, singing in two or three concerts each season. A wide repertoire of music is performed, often new to the singers, providing stimulating music-making. Next season includes music by Buxtehude, Purcell and Monteverdi, amongst others. We work with professional soloists. The Orchestra rehearses on Thursday evenings in term time, playing in all concerts. The repertoire consists mainly of symphonies, concertos and the accompaniment of choral works. A huge variety of works have been given in exciting programmes with excellent soloists, including pianists of international repute. Professional 'stiffening' is used if needed.
Friends of SBMS are non-performing supporters who purchase a season ticket for a concert series.
President: Arthur Davies Hon. Director of Music: Colin Nicholson
Hon. Deputy Director of Music: Jonathan Abbott Hon. Secratary: Sheila Abbott
Applications for membership are welcomed. Please apply to the Hon Secretary at: