SOUND wants vocalists who have experience of live performance and a cappella singing. We are often looking for new members – especially male singers and beatboxers / vocal percussionists, who are usually in shorter supply!
You don’t need to be an amazing sight-reader, as long as you are able to learn quickly by ear. To maximise time in rehearsals you will need to practice in between weekly sessions too.
If you are interested in joining, please do check out our FAQs for details of what we’re looking for, and fill in our Audition Form including a recent recording of yourself singing, preferably unaccompanied; a simple smartphone recording is fine.
Due to high demand we are unable to consider applicants without a demo.
The things we’re most frequently asked!
Tuesday nights, 7:30-9:30pm during school term time.
Near Piccadilly Circus.
We ask our members for termly contributions towards the running of the choir. However, we don’t want anyone to be turned away for financial reasons, so we run a self-declared sliding scale as follows:
- Full price: £80 per term
- Half price: £40 (for anyone earning less than £20k per year)
If anyone feels they will struggle to pay this, that’s not a problem – and a number of members contribute time instead of money by helping out with our gigs.
Yes, we audition as necessary, but generally at least twice a year. We’re always open to hearing new talent!
At the audition we’ll ask you to do three things:
- We’ll do a quick warm up with you so that you’re relaxed and ready to sing.
- Next we’d like to hear a short section of a song of your choice. 1 minute is about the right length (a verse and a chorus is usually perfect). It’s best if it’s unaccompanied, and pop or jazz is best for us.
- Finally we’ll do a mini rehearsal of one of our pieces to see how you do picking up new music.
It’s very informal, and though we understand you’ll be nervous, we try to make it as enjoyable as possible!
It doesn’t have to be very high quality – a smartphone recording is fine. If we think your voice is a good fit for us, then we’ll invite you to come along for a really informal, 10 minute audition.
Yes, we keep a list of potential candidates if we don’t immediately have space in the group. Our membership is quite solid, but occasional spots do come up. It’s always worth putting your name down!
You don’t need to be able to sight read well to be part of SOUND, since we provide sheet music in advance and there is time between rehearsals to prepare.
However, you’ll find it helpful to have at least a basic grasp of musical notation for learning pieces. We provide recordings and mp3s whenever possible to help those who prefer to learn by ear.
The size of the group varies from term to term, but we’re usually between 20 and 30 singers.
We perform several times a term, depending on what opportunities come up, doing a mixture of public and private events.