Are you thinking of joining a choir? Well, look no further, we would love you to take a look and see what you think! Please contact us if you want to know more – or check our our News and Events pages for upcoming tasters…
What do you get in return?
We are a fee-paying choir, with payments taken every 4 weeks. In return you are supplied with sheet copies of music and member-level access to the choir website. We rehearse on a Wednesday evening, between 7-9pm, although our current sessions look a little different post-COVID! Besides the online rehearsals, website access, we manage communication via email and Whatsapp.
Each rehearsal is prepared by our Musical Director, and aims to support our members in a supportive environment by:
- developing our sight reading and rhythm skills
- developing a wide musical range
- learning musical phrasing and solfege (doh-rey-me)
The choir is run by a committee, made up by choir members who are all accessible if you need to have a chat with them at any time. We are still a small choir, and rely on the passion of our members to drive and shape us as we go forward. We couldn’t be anything without your support, energy, passion and commitment.
What do rehearsals look like?
At the moment, we rehearse every Wednesday 19.00-21.00 in a cycle of 5 or 6 week cycle of 4 weeks on, then 1 social event (sometimes there’s an extra week off as well). These sessions take place over Zoom, with our Musical Director leading the rehearsal.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to hear each other sing in real time, so in general, the MD is the only one unmuted, playing accompaniment tracks, giving instructions or demonstrating. Everyone else is on mute, unless they are asking a question, or demonstrating something.
At the moment the choir is split in half with each group having 1 hour, because we’ve noticed Zoom is quite intensive – it’s a bit like having a singing lesson. However, during projects, we sometimes do a session where everyone comes and we sing through a whole piece of repertoire together. Usually we have some social stuff happening so its about 60-90 minutes of singing rather than 2 hours straight.
There’s usually a bit of a chat for the first 5 minutes or so then the next 10-15 minutes are warm ups. We then work on the music (at the moment a suite of songs from West Side Story – which we will be performing with a small orchestra after lockdown ends). Prior works include Somewhere In My Heart (Aztec Camera), Tantum Ergo (Anton Bruchner), Sunshine on Leith (The Proclaimers) and Cherubim Hymn (Tchaikovsky) so, as you can see, we aim to have a wide range with music to appeal to all sorts of tastes.