Members of NODA - National Operatic & Dramatic Association
In 1953, a small group of dedicated singers founded the Southminster Choral Society with the local head teacher, Sydney Ling, as its first musical director, and Hilda Farrell as its secretary. Southminster Choral Society (SCS) gave their first concert in 1954 and have gone from strength to strength. In the late sixties, Doris Jesset used her skills - gained at Sadlers Wells - to produce operettas on the stage of the Memorial Hall, and she engaged the expertise of some members of the Southend Operatic and Dramatic Society in the principal roles.
Our 50th Anniversary production of The Mikado
For more than 60 years the Society has produced an operetta/show in May and a Christmas concert at various venues in and around Southminster. We were initially Known as the Southminster Choral Society but encouraged by our success we are now known as Southminster Operatic & Choral Society (SOCS).
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