Yes, unfortunately, membership is by way of an audition. There isn’t really any way round this. However, we do try to make this as painless as possible – we want people to join us and we never turn away a good voice. And we realise you might be nervous.
Let's dispel some myths:
The audition is in front of a huge panel - No it’s not…there will be the Chorus Master Joseph Cullen, the Choir Secretary, two members of the choir and the President. That’s it - five really friendly people who want you to do well and be able to welcome you into The Choral.
I need to have singing lessons - It isn't strictly necessary, however sometimes a singing teacher can help improve your technique, advise you of your choice of prepared piece and boost your confidence.
I’m not sure I’d be good enough – We now like to give prospective members the chance to attend a couple of rehearsals before auditioning - that way you’ll soon find out if it’s for you or not! Most people think it’s so great they can’t wait to join us.
What will happen in the audition? Firstly Joseph will listen to you warm up with a few scales and arpeggios. This is to establish the range and “colour” of your voice. You will then be asked to sing your prepared piece. We recommend something you are familiar and confident with, which shows your range without being too stretching (nerves can make you squeak!) Perhaps an aria or a hymn or a traditional song. There will be a short learning test to see how quickly you are able to pick things up, which will involve singing from a choral score, and an opportunity to sing back a phrase of a few random notes, and picking out notes from a chord to check your “ear”.
And that’s it, 10 - 15 minutes of mild discomfort in return for a lifetime of pleasure. You’ll wish you’d done it sooner. I did.
If you would like to discuss possible membership for yourself or put forward the name of prospective members known to you, please contact:
01484 667 849 (home)
07539 468 454 (mobile)
So now you’re ready to apply for membership! - here's the application form.