SongCycle was formed in 1996 following the four founder members first combined entry into the “Friend’s of Essex Churches Sponsored Cycle ride” when as well as raising money for charity by cycling from church to church, they sang a different four part motet in each one and have continued to do so every year, having raised over £42,000 to date.
Since inception SongCycle has progressed to singing in a variety of styles which is not barbershop, but ‘à la King’s Singers’ and their repertoire ranges from the sacred motets and canticles which they sing in cathedrals and churches to popular music by composers such as Lennon and McCartney and Billy Joel. They even manage some poular children's television theme tunes.
"Their renditions of ‘Postman Pat’ and ‘Bob the Builder’ are certainly not to be missed, and you will always be guaranteed good professional entertainment”, a sentiment heartily endorsed by John, Bishop of Chelmsford, after they performed at his retirement party in the spring of 2003.
The group are or were all members of the Parish Choir of St Thomas of Canterbury, Brentwood, and together with their passion for singing, they have a liking for real ale, good food and wine. SongCycle has sung in Exeter, Wells, Truro, Salisbury, Guildford, Worcester, Chichester, St Davids and St Edmundsbury Cathedrals, Bath Abbey and Sherborne Abbey. After hearing them during their visit to Salisbury Cathedral in 2011 the Director of the Royal School of Church Music said " Keep up the great work and thank you for all you are doing for church music". Praise indeed!
They have also sung the services in numerous churches and chapels and entertained thousands of people at secular concerts throught the country.
Over the years they have broadcast on local radio stations and in 2007 appeared on BBC's Songs of Praise with Aled Jones.