12th March 2019
Having last year raised money for Colchester Cancer Centre Campaign and SSAFA, Essex Police Choir, as part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations, have chosen two smaller, local charities to support in 2019.
The David Randall Foundation from Maldon, supports people with life limiting illnesses to enjoy life to the full for as long as possible, by helping to provide ‘Good Days’ for them and their families. It also provides Scholarships to people who demonstrate exceptional dedication and passion in pursuing their ambitions in sport or music but may be held back by their financial situation.
Kids Inspire, based in Chelmsford, supports young people across Essex who are at an educational, social and/or economic disadvantage resulting from trauma, or emerging mental health issues. They provide a range of services including individual therapy, coaching and mentoring, group work, training and local community outreach activities run during school holidays.
The donation will come from the proceeds of the Choir’s Annual Concert with Essex Police Band at St Luke’s, Tiptree on Saturday 19th October and their Christmas Concert at Trinity Methodist Church, Chelmsford on Saturday 14th December.
The objective of the Choir, which was formed in 1989, is to enable charities, churches and other good causes to raise money for their work. In that 30 years, the Choir, who do not charge for their performances, have held over 300 concerts and have helped raise over £350,000 across the County and are probably the leading group in Essex for contributing to disabled loos in churches!
The Choir sings in four parts, Sopranos, Alto, Tenor and Base and has nearly 50 members. It performs around 8 concerts a year and these are held all over Essex and beyond and this year will be at the Royal Albert Hall in May with massed Police Choirs.
Rehearsals take place each Tuesday evening from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Police HQ in Chelmsford with just a short break in August and at Christmas. The subscription is only £75 a year but music and uniform are provided free of charge.
New members, who do not have to have any connection with the Police service, are encouraged to come along for a few weeks to see if they like what is offered and whilst they do not have to read music, they need to be able to hold a tune!
If anyone feels the urge to join a friendly, supportive band of singers, whilst giving something back to the community, then they should visit the Choir’s website for further information: www.essexpolicechoir.co.uk, or contact the Membership Secretary Sue Dobson on 01206 549801.
For further information, contact……………………
Essex Police Choir Publicity Officer
01206 366100 (day)
01206 734870 (evenings)