Join Victoria Park Singers

Think you would like to sing in our friendly community choir? You would be more than welcome to come and join us. There are no auditions and you don’t need to have any previous experience to join in – you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can start making a brilliant sound.

Everyone is welcome; our youngest member is 19 and our most senior is a young at heart 77, so we have a really great mix of experience and energy. Please contact us to book your FREE taster session.

Like most choirs, we are always very excited to hear from men/lower voices who would like to join the choir. Are you a tenor or bass that is contemplating coming along? Read some thoughts from current/past Victoria Park Singers lower voices here. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you rehearse?

We meet on Wednesdays during term time from 7-8.30pm, at Lauriston Primary School, 55 Rutland Rd, London E9 7JS. There is street parking after 6pm.

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. The entrance we use to the hall is the big metal gate to the left of the main entrance.
How much does it cost?

The termly cost in September 2021 is £110 + booking fee. 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 payments and giving change.  It also encourages higher attendance, effective rehearsals and better ensemble. Please note – there are no refunds on membership fees. Please ensure you can commit to the majority of the weekly rehearsals before signing up. New members are able to attend a free taster session before they join.

Occasionally you may be asked to pay a deposit for certain pieces of sheet music, which is returned at the end of term.

We have a bursary scheme for people on a low income who are unable to afford choir fees. Victoria Park Singers Choir Bursary is for adults aged 18+ who would like to attend the choir but due to their financial situation are currently unable to do so. We are particularly interested in giving the bursary to people who think that singing would have a positive impact on their physical or mental health. Please click HERE to download the form.

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.

Is there any practice I need to do outside of rehearsals?

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.

Do you have any other singing opportunities?

If you are unable to commit to a weekly choir, I offer various workshops for singers throughout the year, including an annual singing retreat. I also teach 121 singing lessons. Please contact me to join the mailing list or for more details.

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 an 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 may 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.