The Anglia Singers choir was formed for a very specific purpose - to sing at a Christmas Carol Service on the Chelmsford site of what is now Anglia Ruskin University. That was in 1992, and for many years the University had not held such an event. The subsequent service, held at the Central Baptist Church, Victoria Road South, was recorded by Essex Radio plc, who also recorded similar services in subsequent years when Anglia Singers were joined by the Salvation Army Chelmsford Citadel Band.
From that informal beginning when the Singers comprised many staff and students, the choir was placed on a more formal basis, and grew in size.
The Singers continue to be ambassadors for the University by taking its name to the many communities it serves. The Singers meet regularly during term times in the Sawyers Building on the Chelmsford campus.
The Singers give a number of concerts each year, with special emphasis on the Passiontide concerts and the outreach work that they undertake with concerts in the community. This involves performances in venues such as churches and special emphasis is placed upon involving young musicians with solo or ensemble spots.
Anglia Singers' concert in November 2014 raised £450 for Chelmsford YMCA Young Carers Group.
The group hopes to reach more than 70 young carers in 2015 through weekly group meetings, mid-term and half-term respite activities, school-based meetings and home visits.
Choir member Valerie Sullivan is pictured presenting a cheque to YMCA on behalf of the choir.
Visit our Forthcoming concerts webpage to find our when our next concerts are.