COLCHESTER CANCER CHOIR                                                                                     

No audition or experience needed

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A super friendly group, for cancer fighters and survivors, having fun singing whilst supporting each other.

Check out our radio interview on BBC Essex below


CCC ShirleyColchester Cancer Choir was founded and launched in April 2019 by Shirley Maudling.  Part of her work with the committee for the Cancer Research UK Relay For Life Colchester was finding a choir to sing... then the brain wave came to initiate one of her own!

Mother-of-three and grandmother-of-nine Shirley was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in 2017.  She had two different types of cancer on each side - one triple negative and the other oestrogen positive.  After a gruelling treatment regime including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy she managed to beat the condition.  She has since dedicated her time to helping support others who are starting out on their journeys with the disease.

She hopes the choir will also act as a support group where members can make new friends and discuss their experiences of the condition and give performances to raise funds for chairties in need


With passions for collective vocal harmonies the aim is to have fun, whilst helping and supporting each other through a mutual understanding of a cancer diagnosis and the after effects of treatment.  Singing is so good for your mental health and well-being and the confidence that comes from singing and performing together can really help to rebuild lost self esteem.  We're not a conventional choir because each and every one of us has had some form of cancer, some are finished treatment some still having some, whatever stage you are at you are welcome to join us, as well as singing we are a fantastic support network to each other .

“As awful as having cancer is, without it I wouldn’t have met these wonderful people and I am so grateful to have them in my corner.”

“We are having a great time getting together singing and I would like it to go from strength to strength and become a permanent organisation raising awareness and being a feel good factor to the choir members and the public."

“Being a member of this choir has had such a positive impact on my emotional well-being.  “I struggle with post cancer anxiety but being part of something so positive after going through such a challenging time has really helped me. 

“I look at the choir as an extended support group too.

“I can’t sing for toffee but it’s so much fun having a go."

“I’ve always wanted to be in a choir so being in one for people who have had cancer or are going through it has so much more meaning."


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Sessions are run by our MD Sandra, Certified Choral/Musical Director with over 20 years of dedicated teaching experience in numerous and varied choir, vocal and music ensembles.

All songs are taught by ear with the aid of simple lyric sheets for each singer.

"Classically trained and full of inspiring energy, enthusiasm, edge and 'get-up-and-go' teaching approach"

"The most unique, insanely infectious approach to vocal ensemble/choir teaching you will ever experience..."

"Peter Kay meets Gareth Malone. So funny and so inspirational"

  • Britney
  • Chains
  • Chesney
  • Cold As Ice
  • I Found Lovin
  • Luther
  • Waterfalls
  • Leo
  • Come Alive Image
  • I Gotta Feelin
  • Whitney
  • Tiger
  • Toto
  • Eminem
  • Supertramp
  • Robbie


When and Where

Mondays, 7pm-9pm

Old Bourchiers Hall,
New Road

Do I need to be a great singer?

You don't need to have any experience, just an enjoyment of singing and music. We teach by ear and you'll be amazed by how quick results are achieved.  You don't need to be a singer at all, and no-one is listening to individual voices.

Do I need to be able to read music?

We don't use music notation or terminology, so there is no need to read music... easy!

What is the cost?

£10 per month to simply cover costs

What kind of commitment do you expect?

Weekly Choir

Performing within the gigs is such a buzz, often members say they didn't have any intention of performing when they joined, but are now belting out at every gig.  Again... there is no pressure.

What happens in a rehearsal?

Community Weekly Choir

  • All rehearsals are taken by qualified experienced tutors, who also bring their own style to Funky Voices. 
  • You will decided whether you would like to sing in one of 3 sections; top, middle or bottom, depending on the pitch you want to sing.  (men are automatically within the bottom section)
  • You can expect to learn/go through 3 to 7 songs per rehearsal.  Examples of types of  artists/songs we sing are: Queen, Michael Jackson, Take That, Supertramp, Bruno Mars.  
  • We stand for rehearsals, which helps towards the energy, but you are more than welcome to use the seating too as some do already.
  • Rehearsals are 2 hours long and the first 15 minutes is often used as time for members to get to know each other, any announcements etc.  There is generally a break of approx 10-15 minutes in the night also.

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