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Colchester choir will take part in Ride+Stride steeplechase on September 13

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Picture courtesy of Colchester Chamber Choir.

Shoppers in Colchester town centre can look forward to a choral treat when the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, Cllr John and Mrs Janet Elliott, launch the first ever charity ‘Choral Steeplechase’ at Holy Trinity Church in Trinity Street at 10 am.

Twenty-five singers from the renowned Colchester Chamber Choir – which was recently featured on Radio 3 – will sing their way around as many churches as they can in one day, starting with those in Colchester town centre. In each church, the choir will sing a short unaccompanied work from their varied repertoire. Each singer will be sponsored according to the number of churches they manage to visit.

Half of the funds they raise will go to the choir’s ‘Choral Apprenticeship’ scheme helping to support young singers and musicians at the start of their careers. The other half will go to the Friends of Essex Churches Trust which makes grants to local churches in need of repairs and restoration work.

On September 13 church supporters are being sponsored to jump on their bikes or put on their walking boots and visit as many churches as possible. Ride+Stride is open to everyone. To find out how to take part locally and download a sponsorship form please visit

To sponsor the choir please email

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Ride+Stride is a sponsored bike ride or walk discovering England’s heritage of churches, chapels and meeting houses. Last year participants in Ride+Stride raised more than £85,000 for the repair and upkeep of churches and chapels of all denominations in Essex and East London.

With the Church of England’s 12,500 listed churches alone facing an estimated repair backlog of £60 million, the money raised by Ride+Stride is a vital lifeline to many places of worship unable to afford the high cost of looking after buildings that are often several hundreds of years old.

Ride+Stride started in Suffolk in 1981 and was soon taken up in other English counties. It has now raised over £29 million to help maintain and restore churches and chapels.

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