SOUND FAQs

  • The things we’re most frequently asked!

     

    When do you rehearse?

    Tuesday nights, 7:30-9:30pm. Our term dates for this year are:

    Autumn 2017
    Sep 12 – Dec 5th (inc.)

    Spring 2018
    9th Jan – 27th March

    Summer 2018
    17th Apr – 3rd Jul

    Where do you rehearse?

    We rehearse at New Diorama Theatre, near Warren Street.

    Do you charge a fee? How much do you charge?

    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.

    Do you audition? How often?

    Yes, we audition as necessary, but generally at least twice a year. We’re always open to hearing new talent!

    What does an audition involve?

    At the audition we’ll ask you to do three things:
    1) We’ll do a quick warm up with you so that you’re relaxed and ready to sing.
    2) 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.
    3) 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!

    How do I apply for an audition?

    To be considered, you need to fill in our audition form Audition Form AND send a short recording of yourself singing something to auditions@soundchoir.com. 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.

    Do you have a waiting list?

    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. Its always worth putting your name down!

    Do I have to be able to read music/sight-read?

    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.

    How many people are in the choir?

    The size of the group varies from term to term, but we’re usually between 20 and 30 singers.

    How often are gigs typically?

    We perform several times a term, depending on what opportunities come up, doing a mixture of public and private events.

    I’d love to stay in touch. Can you let me know when you perform?

    Sure! Subscribe to our FB page at http://www.facebook.com/soundchoirUK, and our twitter page at www.twitter.com/soundchoir and you can always follow our blog on the website.