JOIN THE CHOIR
The choir welcomes good singers aged 18+ from many countries around the world, recognising the universal appeal of choral singing.
We normally rehearse every Wednesday from 7.15pm to 9.30pm in Edgbaston, where our rehearsal hall has free car parking on site and plenty of additional space on-street nearby. At the moment, due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, our rehearsals are working somewhat differently, and will temporarily be based near the city centre but still on Wednesday evenings.
Choir members pay a season’s subscription of currently £208 per year. There is a reduced yearly fee for students of £48. Anyone else of limited means may talk to the Treasurer in confidence regarding payment of subscriptions.
Why not find out for yourself?
If you are interested in joining the choir, we normally recommend that you come and begin rehearsing with us when we start a new programme, which is usually (but not always) at the beginning of a term. If you like what you see and hear, you can then attend an auditions session, before the usual Wednesday rehearsal, a few weeks into the term or programme.
This term, we are planning to re-start rehearsals in person, but still with covid-secure arrangements, for large groups of the choir, with a view to a concert at St Philip’s Cathedral on Saturday 4th December. We would be happy to welcome singers interested in joining the choir this term to attend one or more rehearsals from Wednesday 8th September, with auditions on Wednesday 29th September. Due to the organisational complications resulting from the pandemic, we are unfortunately unable to be flexible about these arrangements, so please bear this in mind.
If you are interested in joining Birmingham Bach Choir please get in touch with us via email@example.com. We can then can let you know what is happening, and all the details you need. Please make sure that mention your voice part (SATB and whether first or second), and perhaps a bit about your choral experience and interest in the choir.
Our FAQ sheet probably answers most of the questions you might have about singing with the choir, and there is more information on our audition guidance sheet below, but please get in touch if you have other queries.
This is the feedback we received from one recent first-time visitor:
"I thought you might like to hear my reaction to the rehearsal I attended earlier this week. In a word, brilliant! It was so refreshing to see the whole choir listen and respond to the conductor throughout the rehearsal. I would like to apply for an audition".
Auditions consist of:
• Scales to test range
• A simple aural test - pick a note out of a chord
• Singing a piece of your own choice
• Sight reading
• FAQs about the Choir and being a member