A THURROCK choir will join some of the leading choral groups from around the country later this month at a festival in London.

The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus will be taking part in the Brandenburg Choral Festival in a concert called Community Contrasts, at St Clements Danes Church, in the Strand.

The festival is London’s biggest and most wide ranging annual choral celebration for amateur choirs.

The concert will be the London premiere of the Purfleet Chorus, taken from Ludd and Isis: The Purfleet Opera, written to celebrate the opening of the Royal Opera House’s Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop in Purfleet, in 2010.

The success of Ludd and Isis led to the creation of the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, which now has 140 members from across the borough.

Eighty will perform in the festival.

Jeremy Haneman, conductor of the community chorus, said: “To be invited to take part in the Brandenburg Choral Festival just three years after we started shows just how far we’ve come in a really short space of time and is recognition of the excellence that the Chorus has achieved.”

Tickets for the concert, on Saturday, April 26, are available from the festival box office on 020 77661100.

Tickets are £18 for adults and £5 for children.

Visit www.brandenburg.org.uk for more information.