Where do you rehearse?
We meet on Wednesdays during term time from 7-8.45pm, at Lauriston Primary School, 55 Rutland Rd, London E9 7JS. There is street parking after 6pm.
What are your rehearsal dates?
The choir rehearses on Wednesdays during term time from 7-8.45pm.
The winter terms starts on September 20th and runs until December 6th. Half term (no rehearsal) is on 25th October.
Confirmed performances are:
Saturday December 2nd (daytime) – Royal London Hospital
Wednesday December 6th end of term winter concert.
(others may be scheduled, we have a potential performance on Tuesday December 12th, in Holborn)
How do I get to Lauriston School?
Buses 277 or 425 from Mile End tube station (or a 15 minute walk)
277 from Hackney Central station, Islington and Dalston Junction.
15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station.
I’ve never sung before – help!
Everyone aged 18+ is welcome. There are no auditions and you don’t need to have any previous singing experience. You’ll find that you pick things up as you go along and develop skills naturally. If you’re not used to singing regularly you’ll see a huge improvement in your voice after your first month or so. We always spend 15 minutes at the start having a good vocal warm up which will also include things like a bit of sight-reading practice, some rhythm games, vocal techniques and ear training.
If you are an experienced singer – great – I’ll be sure to throw some more challenging things your way and be really encouraging you to sing with good technique!
As well as the musical score you will be provided with rehearsal MP3s and you are expected to practice in your own time with these in between sessions. This is useful for those people who don’t read music. You are also asked to make notes during rehearsals so please bring a pencil.
How much does it cost?
The termly cost is an early bird price of £90, which is for all new members and existing members. Any existing members who pay late, i.e. after the first session of term (January 11th) the fee increases to £100. Fees help to pay for the cost of music scores, venue hire, concerts, pianist when required, MP3s etc. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Membership is paid at the start of each term – I’m afraid payment cannot be made weekly as valuable rehearsal time will be taken up taking monies and giving change. It also encourages higher attendance, effective rehearsals and better ensemble.
Occasionally you may be asked to pay a deposit for certain pieces of sheet music, which is returned at the end of term.
Do come along for a taster to see if you like us though I’m afraid I don’t offer discounts; the full fee is payable at whatever point you join during the term, to make it fair to those who have paid the full amount.
Please note – there are no refunds on membership fees. Please ensure you can commit to the majority of the weekly rehearsals before signing up.
What songs will we be singing?
I aim to offer a really rich variety of music, from folk songs to classical, to pop, to jazz and everything else. As a conductor I am reactive to the size, abilities and tastes of the group — each choir should have its own personality which is a combination of yours and mine. Winter 2014 we included French and Czech song as we wanted to include traditional carols which reflected our international community. Members can also suggest repertoire and this is incorporated when appropriate. Too Darn Hot was a suggestion from one of our tenors and was also the title of our summer 2014 concert. In 2015 we performed The Snow, by Elgar and winter 2017 one of our pieces will be an a cappella version of Joni Mitchell’s River.
We usually perform without music, meaning you will need to put in a little bit of time (an hour a week, spread over 7 days, is less than 10mins a day) to memorise words etc. There is usually a little bit of homework to revise a couple of songs to ensure we are making progress at each rehearsal. MP3s are supplied to help with learning.
If you would like to come to a rehearsal and see if the choir is right for you please email firstname.lastname@example.org so the correct resources are available for you.
How does the waiting list work?
To help balance out the voices in the choir we have set up a waiting list for ladies who wish to join. Please email email@example.com to be added to the waiting list. As soon as a space becomes available you will be emailed and given a window of between 3-7 days (depending on how close to the start of term it is) to sign up.
If you want to try out a rehearsal before joining we suggest you come during the current term to sit in, or attend one of our performances. I’m afraid we can’t offer places any sooner if you are bringing a man with you (though we would love more men!) as we are keen to make things as fair as possible. The new term starts January 11th and existing members are asked to rejoin by December 29th to allow time to contact the waiting list.
How long will I be on the waiting list for and will I be able to join in the following term?
I’m afraid we can’t give a guarantee on this. However, with 80 ladies and the transient nature of London (people’s jobs change or they move to a new area), we find a few spaces do become free. each term We also find that people circumstances change so they might join the waiting list and then when the new term starts they do not take up a space, meaning people who enquire later find themselves nearer the top of the list and are able to join us.