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Chelmsford Community Gospel Choir - our story

Chelmsford Community Gospel Choir was started in June 2008 by a group of black youths who loved to sing and wanted to learn more about the gospel music style and heritage. That early group created a warm, inclusive and therapeutic environment, enabling its members to develop and contribute, and this captured the interest of others in the community.

Janet Hammond of Mid Essex PCT saw how the choir supported mental health, and helped to secure funding from the NHS Mid Essex Investing in Health grant and Essex County Council.

We took to the stage in 2010 for the BBC Choir of the Year Competition. We didn’t win, but we did impress the judges with our courage and determination.

We are now an independent, community-based, membership organisation. Managed by committee, we are funded by members’ contributions, grants and bookings.

With the guidance of our principal director CeCelia Wickham Anderson and the enthusiasm of our members – old and new – we are going from strength to strength.