Who runs the choir?
Musical Director: Judith Moreland
Accompanist: Jack Brookes
Finance: Adrian Allen
Membership secretary: Alice Lumley
Music Librarian: Peggy Paterson
Core group: Judith Moreland, Keith Horsfall, Alice Lumley, Fran Jones, Jen Brown, Pam Vandome, Tina Timms, Adrian Allen, Maggie Stowe, Karen Silvera, Richard Newhall.
We always need volunteers to help with events, for example putting out chairs, setting up staging, helping with refreshments, packing up after concerts. Please do come forward if you are able to help.
Do I need to read music?
We often work from sheet music, and while some previous experience and the ability to read music is helpful, it’s not essential. People often follow it and learn in their own way. All we ask is that you’re willing to put in the effort to learn, and enjoy singing a wide variety of music.
Who provides the music?
Music will be distributed at the beginning of each term. All your music should have the same number. However, copies do go missing and you may be temporarily loaned a different number for some pieces. Please be patient if your number is not available.
We spend a lot of money on printed music; if for any reason you no longer wish to sing with the choir, please return all music. All music will be collected at the end of term.
From time to time Jude will ask you to print out music and these pieces will be emailed to you. Please check your email before rehearsals! Also please make sure Alice Lumley has your contact details and keep her up to date with any changes.
We have In Sound Company black choir folders for concerts - Alice can let you have one.
Are there any subscriptions?
New members: free for the first half term. Thereafter: £50 per term, or £25 per half term, payable at the beginning of the term or half term.
Please pay online - you'll be given the sort code and account number when you register.
It would be much appreciated if choir members could pay subs promptly each term or half term. Please have a quiet word with Jen Brown if you are on income support or similar benefit and/or struggling to pay your subs.
What happens at rehearsals?
Please tick the register on arrival and pick up any new music.
The following guidelines may be useful:
What do I wear for concerts?
All black unless otherwise announced.
Ladies: dress or top and trousers/skirt.
Gentlemen: open neck long sleeved shirt, trousers.
How frequently do you meet?
Rehearsals normally take place every Monday evening at 7:30 during school term time. We encourage all members to attend every rehearsal as we are learning new content every week.
Do you hold social events?
We aim to hold at least one social activity during each school term, including quizzes, ceilidhs, skittles, and meals out. These are more relaxed than rehearsals, and allow the whole choir to get to know one another.
We also take part in choir festivals, organise weekend workshops to improve singing technique, and occasionally some international travel.
Can I benefit from singing?
Studies have shown that the mental health benefits of choral singing include enhanced brain function, strengthened feelings of togetherness, and the release of endorphins and oxytocin resulting in reduced stress and depression.
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