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The Meljon SingersThe Meljon Singers was formed in 1990 when a group of friends realised there was a gap in the local East London singing community.

They were looking for a chance to sing music outside the mainstream a cappella repertoire and within a small and fast-learning group. Over two decades on the choir has around 35 singers who thrive on the wide ranging repertoire and the stimulating rehearsals run by their Musical Director, Janette Ruocco. These rehearsals are held weekly during term time in East London, which is where the majority of the choir’s concerts are held. In addition the choir occasionally performs in central London and elsewhere in the UK, and has undertaken tours in Italy.

It was a group of friends that formed the choir, and they like to make sure that each member of the audience is treated as a friend too. In addition to beautiful performances of professional quality, the choir provides its audience with “The Meljon Experience”; an evening featuring a complimentary programme containing information on the music and the performers, an interval where carefully chosen drinks and nibbles are served, all with a friendly welcome.



Janette RuoccoJanette Ruocco has been Musical Director of The Meljon Singers since its foundation in 1990, establishing the group’s traditions of exploring choral music beyond the conventional repertoire and creating fresh and imaginative concert programmes.

A dedicated music educator, Janette brings her own passion for choral music to groups, helping to develop musical literacy, vocal technique, a love of performance and an appreciation of the wealth of possibilities available for combinations of the human voice. She has run courses and singing workshops for various groups in Greater London, Suffolk and Essex, and has worked with youth choirs and children’s groups, preparing them to perform in large-scale choral works with adult groups as well as in their own concerts.

Janette is also Musical Director of the vocal ensemble Bocca Aperta, Braintree Choral Society and Harleston Choral Society. As a singer, she performs regularly with Eight Voices, an a cappella group specialising in Renaissance music. She studied orchestral direction with Denise Ham.

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