Here is some of the feedback we've received from our performances. If you've heard us performing then we'd love to have your feedback through the Contact Us
"A sincere thank you to the choir for joining the Essex Police Band for our Charity Christmas Concert. Although I had not heard you before you came highly recommended and we were not disappointed. I hope you enjoyed the concert and perhaps we could perform together again. I have already been asked whether we could do the same again next year." Keith Manners, Director of Music, Essex Police Band, December 2018.
"My thanks to the members of the choir for their contribution to last Friday’s Concert; I felt transported to the plains of Africa during some of their numbers. They really did play a big part in a great concert which everyone that I have spoken to agrees was a great night." Andy Norton, Secretary, Essex Police Band, December 2018.
"Thank you so much for your generous donation of £706.30, raised by your audience. I thoroughly enjoyed the concert - your voices are amazing and I felt very privileged to be able to join you all." Debbie de Boltz, Farleigh Hospice Fundraising Manager, Glorious Gospel concert, November 2018.
"Thank you for a wonderful evening at Life Church on Saturday. You touched our souls with the songs, the love and the words expressed!" Karen Smith, audience member, Glorious Gospel concert, November 2018.
"Having you sing with us was just fantastic and we all loved it!" Katherine Barrett, Wellbeing Team Co-ordinator, J's Hospice, September 2018.
"I felt very privileged to be able to a part of Margy’s Celebration of Life. It was a beautiful tribute to a woman who was clearly much loved. The choir were wonderful and I have no idea how you all held it together." Delyse Jackaman, Manager, Old Park Meadow, North End, Essex, July 2018.
"That was a wonderful sound. The harmonising was glorious and the choir gave us a vibe of joyfulness." Judith Way, Volunteer, J's Hospice, September 2018.
"You all made Margy's funeral so special and memorable today - thank you so much." Les and Rob Parry (Liverpool), celebration for the life of Margy at Old Park Meadow, North End, Essex, July 2018.
"Your choir was absolutely amazing yesterday and totally made our wedding ceremony. I arrived at the church to hear you singing from outside, and the rector said we should wait before she announced my arrival and enjoy the choir, as they were so good! You helped make a magical day even more magical and we can’t thank you enough!" Mr and Mrs Becker, wedding at St Mary's the Virgin, Bulphan, Essex, April 2018.
"Thank you again for everything to help make our day extra special." Emma and Sandra, wedding at Reid Rooms, Margaret Roding, October 2017.
"Very friendly introduction to Gospel singing. CeCelia is fabulous." Julie Taylor, Sing Freedom workshop, Chelmsford, October 2017.
"Great teaching, very positive and encouraging."Helen Lyall, Sing Freedom workshop, Chelmsford, October 2017.
"I enjoyed learning the origin of Spiritual and Gospel music, listening, and watching CeCelia sing and move." Pam Scammell, Sing Freedom workshop, Chelmsford, October 2017.
"What did I like most? The fellowship of the other singers and the excellent leader!" Gill Wehren, Sing Freedom workshop, Chelmsford, October 2017.
"A big thanks to you, CeCelia, and the team for your lovely singing on Saturday. God bless and hope to see you again next year." Agboola Bamigbele, Worship Time Events, September 2017.
"I enjoyed the singing. It made me happy and took me back to when I was young, singing in church."Cynthia, originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Weald Hall Residential Care Home, March 2017.
"Our Christmas Tree Festival was the best so far. A very big thank you from all the committee for coming along to entertain us on Saturday. Your performance was first class and enjoyed by huge numbers of visitors. People were really pleased to have such lively music, and your own enjoyment was obvious to all. We hope that you will come back again next year." All Saints Church, Writtle, December 2016.
"A huge thank you to Chelmsford Community Gospel Choir for supporting our Christmas Gift & Food Fair. All the monies have now been counted and I am proud to announce that we brought in just over £20,000 – a fantastic amount that will enable us to support even more people living with cancer." Kate Alden, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, November 2016.
Here's what audience members said after our 2016 concert 'Global Gospel'...
"What brilliant, highly professional and joyous singing. The choir looked so happy and their enthusiasm was infectious. What a night!" Joanna Rowntree, Otley, Yorkshire.
"Greetings. Thank you for inviting me to the choir's excellent performance. It was entertaining, and everyone was full of passion for singing. I learnt something profound about spirit. Whenever you are passionate and pursue intelligently, your gifts and your calling, the Ancestors and the Great Spirit will ensure legacy and power to positively affect people around you. Stay blessed. One Love." Eli, who performed drums alongside Brian Pepper at our concert.
"The choir were exciting, colourful and lively. A showcase for community inclusion in which anyone who wished to be part of it could join without qualification. ‘Come and find your voice’ was the very attractive and encouraging invitation. The songs brought a breadth to the Gospel genré and featured some fine solo voices. But more than that - the joy, enthusiasm and sheer guts of the singers overcame any weaknesses of the amateur performance. The outstanding harmony tones of the African songs were captivating and the spirituals, a favourite of CeCelia the choir director, were evocative and rich. An evening well worth being at." Tim Ball, Vicar, Meadgate Church.
"I enjoyed the whole evening with the variety of songs. It was great the way you so easily got us to join in. Thanks again for a great evening." Sue Marriott.
"Thank you to the choir for their wonderful renditions yesterday. It was lovely to see you all again and you all made a massive difference to the ceremony. You got lots of compliments. Xx"
Elaine Mackenzie, feedback from the choir performance at her husband's funeral, Chelmsford, September 2016
"Thank you so much for performing at our wedding. You were all truly brilliant. And Danielle - what can I say but WOW!!!!!! Absolutely amazing and really gave the service an added extra. All our guests commented on how good the service was and how fantastic the choir was. If only we could do it all over again - well we could renew our vows - maybe see you again in 5 years :-) I cannot thank you enough - you are absolutely awesome!!! Thank you."
"Really enjoyed your performance on Saturday - it was well worth the wait!"
"Every time I hear you, the choir has grown. You were tight, polished and really together."
"Joyous, fun and challenging. Learning songs by heart was a lot of work, but CeCelia was terrific."
"Our residents loved it – you could tell from their smiling faces."
Diane Anderson, Activity Co-ordinator at Park View Care Home, Witham, June 2016
"I've never sung in a choir before, but I found it uplifting. CeCelia made us feel at ease."
John Woodrow, participant at St John the Baptist Church Choir gospel workshop, Danbury, May 2016
Suzanne Gaywood, participant at St John the Baptist Church Choir gospel workshop, Danbury, May 2016
Colin Anderson, choir director and participant at the Worship Concert, Kingsland Church, Lexden, May 2016
Lori Hallam, participant at the Worship Concert, Kingsland Church, Lexden, May 2016
Gemma Palmer, bride at St Michael and All Angels Church, Galleywood, February 2016
"The youth of St Michael's And All Angels Church on Galleywood Common would like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone in the choir who sang so beautifully at their Christmas Concert fundraiser. The African rhythms really rocked the audience and had many hands and feet tapping along in time. Your choice of songs, especially Vuma, Sizohamba, Kunjani and Kwabuna Gala, which you sang in Zulu and Swahili, were particularly special to the evening, given that a percentage of the money you helped to raise will be going directly to the 1000 Hills Community Centre in Kwa Zulu Natal in rural South Africa. This centre helps children orphaned by HIV and other illnesses, maintains a small clinic and feeds up to 1000 people per day. Your contribution to this incredibly worthy cause will be very gratefully received."
Caroline Speed, Youth and Community Worker, St Michael and All Angels Church, Galleywood, December 2015
"Just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who gave up your Saturday evening to come along and sing at the concert last night to support St Michael's Youth mission trip to South Africa. You made it extra special by singing African songs and we had such great feedback from everyone."
Barbara Webb, St Michael and All AngelsChurch, Galleywood, December 2015
"A very big thank you from the committee - the choir's performance did much to enhance the enjoyment of the festival. Feedback from visitors has been excellent - words like fabulous, brilliant and superb have been used many times. And so many remarked on the choice of African gospel songs and on our obvious enjoyment at singing them. The committee would be delighted to have you back again in 2016 and are extremely pleased to hear that you might be performing for us again in April."
Sally Cansdale, All Saints Church, Writtle, Christmas Tree Festival, December 2015
"Thank you and your choir for your time, enthusiasm and smiles when it would have been so easy to stay at home in the warmth."
Heather Wooderson, Community Fundraiser, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Christmas Fair, November 2015
"On behalf of our church family, we would like to say a huge thank you for coming and for sharing the love. We were honestly blessed by your presence and felt honoured to have your choir. The harmonies were amazing and the vibe was phenomenal. We will definitely be having the choir back again very soon."
Nerija Kele, Faith Church, Finsbury Park, November 2015
Here's what audience members said after our 2015 concert 'Women of Gospel'...
"I really enjoyed tonight and also thought it was the best concert so far! There were some really good soloists (isn't CeCelia a gem?) and a lovely mix of songs. You all looked so happy and involved and sang with real precision. So thank you for a lovely evening."
"CeCelia is quite an inspirational woman and the singing was great."
"We just want to tell you all that it was wonderful on Saturday evening...am sending all of the choir congratulations, and our thanks for a great evening...I hope to hear you again in the future."
"A big thank you to all of the choir members who sang at our wedding. Everyone said how fantastic the choir was - you were so upbeat and the feel-good music was just what we wanted. It really kicked the day off with a fantastic start!"
Laura & Sam Chapman, bride and groom at Crabb's Barn, Kelvedon, May 2015
"Thank you so much for coming to Chelmsford Cathedral Christmas Market. It was a delightful entertainment for our day and I hope you all enjoyed entertaining us. We really enjoyed you!"
Yvonne Spence - Chelmsford Cathedral, Dec 2014 Chelmsford Cathedral Christmas Market Chelmsford
"I wanted to say a big thank you to you and all of your choir members that attended Race4Business. We had some fantastic reports on how much the runners and marshals enjoyed the choir. I would like to thank everyone for giving up their time it really did mean a lot to us and really helped the runners get round on the day. I will obviously bear you in mind for future events as it would be great to see the choir perform."
Lydia Plews - Haven's Hospice fundraiser, June 2014 Birketts race4business Chelmsford
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chelmsford Community Gospel Choir for performing at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters on Tuesday 17th December providing an impressive and inspirational performance for our volunteer celebration reception which was enjoyed by all, thank you."
Paul Hill - Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Performance, Dec 2013 in Kelveden
"That was an excellent performance."
"The best Gospel Choir I've heard all year."
"You started off really well and just got better and better."
Various members of the audience, Meadgate Church Performance, Dec 2013 in Chelmsford
"Your performance at our church at the beginning of December 2013 was absolutely fantastic, you got us off on a good start in celebrating Christmas. We are so grateful to you"
Mones Farah - Vicar, Meadgate Church, Dec 2013 in Chelmsford
"Thank you so much for providing us with such a special evening at Gateway Club. I know how much work would have been involved in gaining funding and including your members. It is truly appreciated and we hope our association will continue."
Grace - Co-Manager Chelmsford Mencap, June 2013 in Chelmsford
"Thank you so much for coming to see us We really enjoyed the workshop and your performance was wonderful."
Chelmsford Mencap Gateway Club, June 2013 in Chelmsford
"I have received such good press with regard to the opening of the Showcase, with yourselves. Words such as 'inspirational', 'it made me go cold with emotion', now that's something to be so proud of and I am of your performance. God Bless you all."
Gwyneth Calvert-Painter, Rotary Club Showcase, February 2013 in Chelmsford
"It was really impressive, really professional, really together. It was nice to listen to in the evening."
Paul, High Chelmer shopping centre, Chelmsford, December 2012
"You are singing beautifully, there is a lot of harmony there and it's a pleasure to listen."
Joanna, High Chelmer shopping centre, Chelmsford, December 2012
"Nice to have something different with the African songs - you certainly have a good sound."
Yvonne, High Chelmer shopping centre, Chelmsford, December 2012
"It was a lovely performance. What a stunning night!"
Fiona, Annual Concert, Chelmsford, October 2012
"We always wanted a gospel choir - don't think we could have found better. You made our day."
Amy and Rob, bride and groom, Chelmsford, August 2012
"Many, many thanks for your performance at our wedding. It was brilliant and everyone loved it. When we all sang 'Jerusalem' it was like we were on Songs of Praise. Everyone took your lead and really sang out. 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' went down a storm. It set the tone for the rest of the day."
Bride's feedback from her wedding in March 2012
"What a wonderful performance! It really enhanced the wedding. The singing was professional in the fullest sense of the word - great diction, superb rhythm and good tone control. It was as good as going to a concert. Well done!"
Rex Broad, Verger, St John's The Evangelist, Moulsham March 2012
"Really uplifting and fun at the same time"
Alex, Altogether Now participant, Chelmsford, May 2012
''On behalf of everyone here at HFT a big THANK YOU for entertaining us with your tremendous choir last Tuesday evening. It was truly inspirational. Your performance was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and we wish you all continued success in the future.''
Nigel Horne Assistant Regional Director, Hft (formerly the Home Farm Trust)
"I just wanted to send a note of thanks to you all for coming to Hamilton Court and bringing with you the ' Joy of the Lord!' It was so wonderful to be lifted up through your music and wonderful to see the smiles on the residents faces. Please COME AGAIN!"
Tracy, a friend of Hamilton Court
"The words 'hold on just a little while longer...' gave me the strength to carry on."
Audience member, Witham Music Festival
"I was so touched by your singing, I was nearly in tears."
Member of the public, High Street, Chelmsford