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. Our rehearsal hall has free car parking on site and plenty of additional space on-street nearby.
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 would then attend an auditions session, before the usual Wednesday rehearsal, a few weeks into the term or programme.
However at the moment, things are far from normal due to the coronavirus pandemic, so we are uncertain as to when it will be possible to resume singing in the way we usually expect. It is unlikely that we will be able to perform publicly again until well into 2021, and for the time being our concert programme is cancelled.
Recently, we have been trying out options for safely resuming rehearsing in person, but like most choirs can only to do this with small, socially distanced groups for short periods of time, and only when coronavirus restrictions permit. Regrettably this very restricted opportunity for rehearsing does not currently offer the potential for welcoming possible new members; if you are hoping to join a choir in the near future, you will unfortunately find that most choirs are in a similar position, and uncertain about prospects for the months ahead.
However, if you are interested in joining Birmingham Bach Choir please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org. We can then can let you know what is happening, and when it will be possible for you to come to some rehearsals. It would also be helpful if you could 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