If you have read this far and are interested in joining the choir, but maybe have a few doubts, then here are some frequently asked questions and answers which we hope will help you to decide;
Who do I contact ? Bernard Beckett is the choir secretary and can be emailed via the link on the homepage or by phone on 01229 830416, or you could contact our Chairman Keith Newby on 01229 472383 or 07989 569661. If you know someone who is in the choir then talk to them and come along with them. You could also come to any rehearsal at the Nan Tait Centre.
What can I expect at my first rehearsal ? You will be warmly welcomed by Bernard and/or Keith and the rest of the choir, usually there will be about 30 singers at each rehearsal. The rehearsal will be conducted by our Musical Director, Deborah Milledge, assisted by one of our piano accompanists, Sue Quarmby or Margaret Harrison. You can just listen for a while if you wish. You can review a music folder containing our current repertoire and join in when you feel ready.
Our choir has 4 sections; Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone and Bass. You may know which section will suit you best or you may not, we can help you decide and even after a few weeks if you feel a different section would suit you better, you can change.
We are a friendly group, some of our members have only been in the choir a couple of years so the joining process is quite recent for them, while others have been members for many years, you will find us all supportive to you as a new member and beyond.
Will I be given sheet music ? Yes, we will loan you a folder containing our current repertoire, yours to use while you are a member. This will enable you to learn words and also to read the music score if you have that skill, if not then you can learn by ear.
What can I expect at future rehearsals ? At most rehearsals we learn some new material and refine and improve our knowledge of songs we already know. As we get near to a concert date then we will focus entirely on the songs we are going to perform.
When will I sing in my first concert ? All new members learn at there own pace, some are quicker than others, when you feel that you are ready and it is evident that you know the repertoire, you will be invited to sing at a concert.
Is a uniform provided ? Yes, we loan you a uniform, a smart blue blazer, shirt and tie and it is yours to wear while you are a member of the choir.
Is there a social aspect to the choir? There is, and you can be as involved as much as you like. It could be a drink after a rehearsal or concert, joining in with organisational aspects of the choir or travelling to other parts of Britain or abroad to perform. When travelling with the choir many members bring their wives, partners or friends and they are always most welcome.
What will it cost ? Our annual subs are £100. Only payable after you have decided to join and pro- rata if you join part way through a year.
Anything else I should know ?Rehearsals usually finish at 9.30 pm after which many of us vist the pub for a drink and to socialise.