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 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.
If you would like to experience what it's like to sing with us, please come along - no pressure, no obligation, just for fun. We currently meet to practice and learn new songs every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9pm at Meadgate Church, 'The Orchards', near Meadgate Primary School, Mascalls Way, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 7NS. Please note that Meadgate Church has two locations - one in the Meadgate parade of shops (Meadgate Church Parade) and one near Meadgate Primary School (Meadgate Church, The Orchards). We meet at Meadgate Church, The Orchards.