Our intense, but thoroughly enjoyable, weekly rehearsals take place on Sunday evenings from 7.45 to 9.45 at the United Reformed Church, Speer Road, Thames Ditton KT7 0PL (view map). We usually rehearse for 10 weeks prior to our main concert each term, plus additional weeks to brush up on our carols and to prepare for ‘awaydays’ and tours.
Membership is about thirty singers, drawn from a large area around Esher. The Choir would currently like to recruit to its alto and bass sections, but are happy to hear from experienced singers in all parts.
After an initial trial period, acceptance into the choir is subject to a successful audition. This will consist of vocal exercises, a prepared piece chosen by the singer, and sight-reading (usually a piece from the Renaissance period). Choir members are expected to attend at least 80% of rehersals, and re-audition every 3 years.
The Choir would also like to hear from young singers of Sixth Form or Gap Year age who might be interested in short-term membership in preparation for a University Choral Scholarship. At the moment our places for upper voices are limited but we will happily accommodate tenors/basses. In addition, our innovative Apprentice Conductor scheme is now open for applications..
For further details or to arrange an audition please ring Nick on 020 8399 2714 or e-mail email@example.com.
Tours and away days
Foreign tours and local ‘awaydays’ are an important part of choir life, and members are expected to be a part of these whenever possible.