The type of music that the choir performs has changed with the musical environment. The choir also now has a membership that is as much from Havering as it is from Thurrock so it seemed only right to us that we should rebrand and re launch ourselves this year as the Thurrock and Havering Male Voice Choir.
Thurrock Male Voice Choir was founded on 8 May 1938 by Arthur Jones. He started with 16 choir members and was a great choir master. The first concert given by Thurrock Male Voice Choir was on 19 October 1938. Admission was 1 shilling and 3 pence (6.25 p today!).
During the Second World War around 20 concerts were given at gun-sites, hospitals and for other organisations supporting the war effort. After the war choir life settled into a routine of providing concerts for various charities, mostly, but not always, local to Thurrock. By 1951 over £840 had been raised for charities.
In the mid-fifties over 70 broadcasts of the choir were made by the BBC. Many competitions were entered, mostly successfully. The choir were twice winners, in 1959 and 1960, of the London semi-national Eisteddfod. Around this time the choir performed on “Friday Night Is Music Night” and also won a BBC Let the People Sing contest. Click here to read more.
Musical Director, Linda Wade
Linda is an honours graduate in music, for which she had to perform on piano and flute, and also specialised in song arrangement and French song. Since then she has had a long and varied musical career, not only performing as a conductor, pianist, flautist, singer and accompanist, but also teaching, currently being involved with Thurrock Music Services as a piano, woodwind and singing tutor.
She has also been involved for many years with Thurrock Choral Society, not only singing with them, but also being their accompanist for a time. Linda also had the good fortune to have sung with London Cantata Choir, with whom she was fortunate enough to perform in some of the best cathedrals in the country, including Westminster Abbey, St.Paul's, Southwark,York, Canterbury, Chichester, Norwich, Lincoln, amongst others.
Linda's present association with Thurrock and Havering Male Voice Choir began in 2004 when she became accompanist, then taking over as Musical Director in 2006. The choir, during this period, has been accustomed to perform its regular charity concerts, plus going on tour to Norfolk, Hereford, Devon, and Worcester, an especial personal highlight being the only choir to have been given the privilege of singing in the church on the Sandringham estate.
Pianist, Angelo Tsocos
Angelo Tsocos M.Mus is a professional music director, pianist, organist and double bass player. He completed his Masters Degree in Music in 2012 and has since worked alongside members of the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band and the BBC Big Band. He has recently accepted a place in the prestigious Astor Big Band and is currently touring the UK with them on 'The Real Glenn Miller Story’ theatre show. He has directed and performed in over 30 theatre shows across the UK and counting. He is also involved with the Elton John Experience which has previously performed at the likes of the Formula One in Bahrain and Wembley Stadium. Angelo is most excited to have been asked to play piano on the next James Bond film soundtrack.