Sing Out Loud Groups join together for performance events.  These are usually of a charitable and/or fund raising nature.  As a group, we enjoy a sociable day out and opportunity to share some of our favourite songs, by singing for the local community, whilst helping raise funds for a good cause.


Events 2019


In-House Workshop 

Emma Bishton, Guest Tutor for Sing Out Loud, on 22nd June 2019, is a choir leader, soprano and accompanist who directs choirs and informal singing groups in the Colchester and Ipswich areas.


A former music therapist, she is experienced at leading choirs and singing groups in school and community settings and draws on a wide range of repertoire from folk songs, rounds and partner songs, Musical Theatre, and classical works.


She says: “I love singing, and I want others to feel that they too can enjoy singing, whatever their starting point. In my informal singing sessions – like the forthcoming Sing Out Loud workshop – my goals are that singers will both have fun and will feel more confident about their singing, as well as experiencing the physical and emotional benefits we can all gain from singing.”


As a singer herself, Emma has a particular interest in early music and contemporary music. She is a member of the 5-part group the Marenzio Singers, and regularly performs as a soloist with the Suffolk Villages Festival.


When not working in music, Emma undertakes projects and independent evaluations in healthcare.  She is currently seeking to draw these two areas of her work together, by developing her interest in evaluations in the field of arts and health.

For more information, or how to join, visit our Contact Us Page


Autumn Events – 2018:

Fun Palace Festival

(Chelmsford Library, Saturday 6th October 2018, 1.00 pm)

We are delighted to say, this is the third time Sing Out Loud has been invited to this popular event.  The idea is to offer members of the public, chance to try out creative and scientific activities they’ve not done, before.  (The Fun Palace ‘movement’ was started by Joan Littlewood in the 1950s/60s.  Maybe look up, the history, online, if it is new to you).


Essex Christmas Fair

(Cressing Temple Barns (near Braintree), Saturday, 3rd November 2018, 1.00 pm)

A food, home crafts and lifestyle event.

Sing Out Loud – Tenth Anniversary Celebration – Starters

(BBC Essex – Tony Fisher Show ‘Live’ On Air, 3.00 pm, Wednesday, 7th November 2018)

For the Tenth Anniversary of Sing Out Loud, in Chelmsford (6th November 2018), and Fourth Anniversary in Colchester (10th November 2014), we will start the afternoon, by performing ‘live’ on air, on the Tony Fisher Show on BBC Essex (listen, here).  This is the second time we have all sung live on air with Tony, and we’re really looking forward to another opportunity to join him in the studio!  It may be a bit of a squash, but it was great fun, last year!  This time, Edwina Hayes will also be in the studio with us (see below, for more information on Edwina).


Sing Out Loud – Tenth Anniversary Celebration – Finale

(The Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, Wednesday, 7th November 2018, 7.00 for 7.30 pm)

Continuing this very special date in the Sing Out Loud calendar, we have hired the Cramphorn Theatre, for an evening of music, song and celebration.  The event is open to Sing Out Loud-ers, present, past and future, plus friends of Sing Out Loud.  We are also looking forward to our usual support from family and friends as we aim to fill this wonderful, 140 seat theatre!

We are delighted to announce, Madam Mayor, Councillor Yvonne Spence, and Mayor’s Consort Essex County Councillor Mr John Spence, will also be joining us, in our celebrations.

Local musicians, Terry Crouch, exquisite guitar player, and Simon Aldridge, with the most expressive and wonderful voice you’ll hear, this year, will form part of the evening’s entertainment.

Our special finale guest is singer-songwriter, Edwina Hayes:

“Edwina’s beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. The title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her ‘the sweetest voice in England’ and her cover of the Randy Newman song Feels Like Home was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister’s Keeper and has since had over eight million plays on You Tube.”


Tickets £8.00 with any profits going to the Mayor’s Charities (The Broomfield Hospital Dementia Project and local children’s charity, Kids Inspire).  For further details, please Email: OR click here, to purchase your tickets.  We’d love you to join us in our celebrations!  Thank you.

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Christmas Fair

(Chelmsford City Racecourse, Saturday, 24th November 2018, 2.00 pm)

This Christmas Fair, will apparently have around 100 stalls, so will be a great event to visit at this time of year.  Tickets for guests, are available, online, from:


Summer 2018 Events:

St Helena’s Hospice Fundraising Day

(Colchester Rugby Club, Bank Holiday Monday – 7th May 2018, 2.00 pm)

The Red Devils (Army Parachute Team), ‘dropped in’, in quite spectacular form, to this very popular event.


Galleywood Festival – Picnic In The Garden

(Galleywood Heritage Centre, Sunday, 10th June 2018, 3.30 pm)

Apart from the delights of hearing Sing Out Loud (plus watching Morris dancing, and hearing amilitary brass band), during the afternoon, cream teas, with strawberries, were the highlight of this lovely little, fund-raising event, in a beautiful location.


Willingale Village Fayre

(Willingale Cricket Ground, Saturday, 30th June 2018, 2.15 pm)

One of the first scorching days, of Summer, at this village, famed for its two Churches, standing side by side.  Sing Out Loud sang inside the marquee, to those indulging in Prosecco and strawberries!  What a wonderful way to spend a quintessentially English afternoon.


First School Holiday Weekend” At Colchester Zoo

(Colchester Zoo, 21st July 2018, Midday)

What a wonderful way to close our Summer, of Singing Out Loud, together, this Term.  Strains of “We’re all going to the zoo”, and a few other animal songs slithered into our repertoire, much to the enjoyment of children and parents in the audience.  A few animal prints were also ‘spotted’ (sorry, it had to be done), on our singers!

To book a free Taster session, at your local community singing group, please click here for Chelmsford