Dec 18: Jingle All The Way at Clifftown Theatre

We’re all still buzzing from the success of our amazing Christmas concert – the best one ever! Clifftown Theatre was a great venue. Even before we came on stage the audience were bewitched by our magical stage set of Christmas trees, snowflakes, stars and Christmas presents. We opened the show with the medley ‘Christmas on Broadway’, sang some old favourites such as ‘Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and some songs from Christmas musicals and films. ‘You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch’ was very well received with Mr. Grinch making an appearance - creating much hilarity with his own particular brand of nastiness.

In true Christmas spirit we included some audience participation numbers and what a great audience they were, joining in with gusto and a competitive spirit singing ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.

Our triple award winning Southend Vox Chamber choir sang two accapella numbers - the Choral Suite from the film Frozen, and the Pentatonix clapping, clicking and tapping version of ‘White Winter Hymnal’. They finished with a beautiful version of ‘The Power of Love’ which was arranged by their musical director.

And ballet! Yes, we had a ballet dancer too, performing a graceful and ethereally lyrical dance as we sang ‘Somewhere Only We Know’.

No Christmas concert is complete without ‘Jingle Bells’. One of our gents and a trio of our ladies sang the Michael Buble/Puppini Sisters version brilliantly.

And then - the band! We were very fortunate to have the band ‘Blank Canvas’ providing accompaniment for our jazz numbers ‘Zat You Santa Clause’ a doo wop version of ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Cool Yule’. Everyone very much enjoyed listening to them perform their own excellent version of ‘I Wish’ by Stevie Wonder – such brilliant musicians.

Well – we’ve set the bar very high with this concert.

Dec 18: Christmas Carols at The Royals, Southend

On Saturday 1st December, Southend Vox put on their festive feet and gave a performance of our shiny new Christmas repertoire at the Royals Shopping Centre in Southend. We were grateful for the gatherings of audiences that watched and listened as we sang with gusto. We were even joined by the Royals lion who helped our marvellous conductor out!

Our new repertoire was a great hit, with "Sparklejollytwinklejingly" creating smiles all around, as did old favourites such as "Holy Holy

Night" and "Step Into Christmas". Let's hope all that bucket shaking was as big a success and that we raised lots of pennies for Parkinson's UK.

Nov 18: Southend Lights Switch On

Southend Vox were invited to sing at the 2018 Southend Christmas Lights Switch On. We sang on the BBC Essex stage looking towards Southend's famous landmark, the Pier. It was a beautiful, crisp and sunny winters day.

Dressed in Christmas colours, we sang an impromptu warm up around the piano outside Debenhams. Passers-by enjoyed hearing us sing 'Somewhere Only We Know'.

When on stage we sang a Stevie Wonder medley and the classic number ‘Jolene’. We followed this with festive songs to get the crowd into the Christmas spirit.

July 18: Southend Pride

We were so excited when we were invited to perform at the fabulous Southend Pride event. The music and dance programme was filled with amazingly talented performers, and to be numbered amongst them was a great honour.

This community and friendly family event was a glorious riot of colour, music and dancing that was very much enjoyed by both us and the large audience, who sang and danced along as we performed - even the police officers joined in! Our renditions of 'Jolene' (the Dolly Parton/Pentatonix version) and 'One Night Only' were very well received.

Such a wonderful day fuelled with sunshine, smiles, happiness and music - who could ask for more? We're all looking forward to next year's Pride event.

July 18: Priory Park Bandstand, Southend

Southend Vox sang at the Bandstand in Priory Park on Saturday 14th July. It was a glorious afternoon with the sun shining brightly. Our audience were sitting on blankets and on deckchairs enjoying their Prosecco, whilst listening to our varied set of songs.

We sang a number of songs from musicals, including a fantastic medley from 'Kinky Boots', some older classics such as 'Jolene' and 'Walking in Memphis', with an energetic 'Uptown Funk' to finish.

We really love singing at the Bandstand and hope to be back again next summer.

March 18: Spring it on at Crowstone St. Georges URC

It was lovely to be invited to sing at our old haunt, Crowstone United Reform Church (now renamed St. Georges) with our concert 'Spring it On'. The weather was considerably better than it had been for a while, which meant that we were able to sing to a large audience. The recent spate of unseasonal snowy, wintry weather conditions had made this an interesting term. On one occasion the weather had been so bad our rehearsal had to be cancelled. Not to be thwarted by a spot of snow, our ever resourceful MD organised a Facebook live streaming session so that we could rehearse in the comfort and warmth of our own homes. Excellent stuff!

We began our concert by singing a Stevie Wonder medley as we walked on stage. Our other songs included our dance numbers 'Uptown Funk' and 'One Night Only', pop classics such as 'California Dreaming', show songs including '42nd Street' and more recent pop songs like Coldplay's 'Viva la Vida' and Ed Sheeran's 'Photograph'. We do like to sing an eclectic mix of songs! Our Chamber choir performed too and included Adele's 'Rumour Has It' and Eva Cassidy's 'Songbird' in their repertoire.

All in all a very successful concert that helped the church raise money for much needed repairs.