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Come and join us!

Remember there are no auditions and you do not need to be able to read music to sing in the choir.

We meet most Thursday evenings during term times (terms are approx 11 weeks long including taster) in the Baptist Centre, South Street, Wellington, 7.30 – 9.15 pm. If you do have to miss a session through illness then the parts are normally available to members on the website for catching up.

At the start of each term there is usually an open session where new members are invited to try out the choir alongside existing members. This is ideal for those new to singing. Please contact us if you would like to come to the next session to try us out!

To join us, come to a taster or for more information please contact us through this website or by phoning the Membership Secretary on 01823 662203

New members may also come for a taster at any time during the term, but if we are full due to restricted seating, then we may have to ask you to join a short waiting list.

We sing a wide variety of songs, modern or traditional, from around the world. They are all learnt by ear. Some are sung as rounds and some in two, three, four or even, as this term, as five part harmonies. The choir is loosely grouped into parts which will depend on the songs being taught. You choose to stand where ever you are comfortable. For convenience we are gouped into four part and are often referred to by their conventional names.

So we have the Tops (Sopranos)

the Tops (Sopranos)

the Tops (Sopranos)

The Middle Uppers (Altos)

Middle Upper (Altos)
Middle Upper (Altos)

 

The Middle Lower (Tenors)

Middle Lowers (Tenors)

Middle Lowers (Tenors)

and finally the Bottom (Basses)

the Bottoms (Basses)
the Bottoms (Basses)

The most important part is to sing where your own singing range feels comfortable. We are frequently encouraged to move around and try out singing different parts, to the ones we usually sing. It is just from habit that we tend to end up singing  where we were standing  the last time!

Recordings of the harmony parts to the main songs learnt each term are available to listen and download from the members area. New members will be given a username and password on joining.

 

AutumnTerm 2017

21 September 2017

This is the best time for you to come along to a Taster. Come along at 7.15pm so that we can meet you with lots of time.

Taster session
 Pay £5 at the door which will be deducted if you decide to stay.
Concessions are discretionary and being over 60 does not automatically give a concession.
For those couples at the same address;  each may pay concessionary rates whatever their income.

Fees payable in advance in full at the first session.(New members pay after the taster). On-line payment is available!

Fees normally average £55 for an average of 11 sessions (see below) 0r £60 for 12 sessions.

A limited number of post-dated cheques for the second half of the term are accepted if necessary at the time of booking – please ask.

 

FAQs

Who can be in the choir?

  • You can, anyone can… (though under 16s need to be accompanied)

Do you hold auditions?

  • Never!

Do I need any experience of singing?

  • No experience is necessary- just enthusiasm!!

Do you have to read music?

  • No – all the songs are taught by ear, all you have to do is listen!

I prefer to sing from music- can I?

  • Songs are all taught by ear but some music is available for some songs for those who want it.

I’m not sure I can hold a part in harmony

  • The songs are sung in parts (sometimes as rounds). Each part is taught separately and you choose a part and sit between others singing the same.

If a song is in another language how will I manage?

  • Many of the songs are in languages that are phonetic i.e. the words sound as you would expect from the written form. For other songs we have a phonetic version to help us sing the words correctly. It is surprising how quickly everyone picks it up.

Does the choir perform to the public?

  • The choir performs at some public events (once a term if possible) but this is voluntary. Performance at particular events will only go ahead if enough people sign up. The main purpose of the choir is to sing for pleasure, to entertain friends and families and we also raise money for good causes.

 

Does the choir sing unaccompanied?

  • There is no musical accompaniment although Caroline will start the choir off on the right note!

How much does it cost?

  • The cost is approximately £5 per session:  £55 for eleven weeks and £60 for twelve weeks.

Who can get a concession on the cost?

  • People with low income (self defined) who really can’t afford the full fee. This is not necessarily because they are over 60! We are self- financing and do not sing for profit but have basic running costs.

Is there parking near the venue?

  • There is parking right by the venue in South Street or in Bulford Car Park. The venue is fully accessible.

Do you cater for people with disabilities?

  • The choir is inclusive and open to all, but this particular choir may not suitable for those with learning disabilities – please enquire

I’m not sure this style of singing is for me – can I try it out before joining?

  • The first session each term is usually an open session for you to come and have a go and have a ‘taste’ of what the choir is like. New songs are often introduced at these sessions. Those who want to join can then sign up for the term. If you miss this open session, then new members are also welcome to join at any time during the term for a ‘taster’ if you let us know in advance but see above

Do you have a repertoire and will I have to learn a lot of songs when I join?

  • A few of the choir’s favourite songs from a particular singing year are often carried over to the next year, but from September a new repertoire is started as well. If you join, new members can access words and parts for these songs from the website. Sometimes old favourites are re-visited and are revised in greater depth. Most new members who join later in the year find they are able to pick up the songs fairly quickly.

How big is the choir?

  • Around 40-60 members attend every week with a maximum of 60 enrolled every term.

Will my family be able to hear me sing?

  • The choir aims to have one performance a term and/or a ‘sharing’ of what we’ve learned for families and friends.