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FAQ

“Do I have to audition to join Community Choirs UK?”

No! We welcome anybody, whatever musical ability they have. We work with people to enable them to find a voice. Anybody can sing!

“Do I have to be able to read music?”

No! We use a “sing and repeat” method and use Lyric Sheets rather than a musical score. We do teach the rudiments of music, but choir members are not expected to read music to take a full and active part.

“When do the choirs rehearse?”

We run weekly daytime and evening choirs during school term times.

“Do I have to sing solo?”

Don’t worry! We are not going to ask you to sing solo if you’d rather not. We will give you some coaching to enable you to take on solo lines if you would like to.

“Do I have to commit for a whole term?”

For your own sake and ours, it is much better if you can commit to a whole term. The reason is that our rehearsals are structured around preparing for a concert performance – usually for charity. Our choirs perform in major concerts once each term and there are opportunities for smaller performances also.

Please Note: If you are paying “per session” and you don’t attend for three weeks in a row without good reason, you will forfeit your membership to someone on the waiting list.

“How many concerts do you arrange each year?”

Usually three, one in each school term. Steve’s New Community Choir in Chichester, where Community Choirs UK started, has raised several thousand pounds for charity. There is an expectation that choir members will take part in the concerts, but this is not compulsory.

“What kind of music do you sing?”

We enjoy singing a variety of music including Pop, Rock, Soul and Gospel.

“Do you have rehearsal videos available?”

Yes. These are available to members of Community Choirs UK. The videos are arranged and recorded by Steve and he talks you through the various vocal arrangements for each song, enabling members to learn their parts at any time – as long as they have access to a computer of course!

“How much does it cost?”

You can join at any time and your first session is free. (Although membership is limited to a maximum of 50 people).

Price Comparisons:

1. Pilates Classes – 45mins: From £5.50 to £6.50 per session
2. Zumba – 45mins: From £5.50 to 6.50 per session
3. Aerobics 60 mins: From £5.95
4. Over 50’s fun club(!) – single: £6.65
5. Coffee & Cake (or low fat option!): From £5.00

Community Choirs, 2 Hour Session…

Our choirs are great value for money compared to other activities like dance classes, gym membership, other clubs and activities. And it is much cheaper than many of the choirs operating around the UK. We also offer more than “singing sessions” because we include the extras mentioned. So, after your first free session, we charge a “per session” fee of £5.00. If you pay for a whole term in advance (usually 12 weeks), the per session fee is reduced to £4.00 – that’s a 20% saving.  This pays for your Lyric Sheets, Folder and Membership Badge, any hire charges required for equipment needed (PA System etc) and the expenses of the Choir Director and Conductor. You will then become a Member of Community Choirs UK with the benefits of being part of a caring community of singers.

“What does It Mean To Be A Member Of Community Choirs UK?”

We operate during school term times – 12 weeks in the Spring, 12 weeks in the Summer and 12 weeks in the Winter. And we have THREE different levels of membership.

Level 1: “Basic Member”

As a Basic Member you will opt in to pay the Full Session Rate of £5.00 for each 2 Hour Session, paying on arrival each week. Please bear in mind that your Basic Membership will be cancelled if you do not attend for three consecutive weeks without good reason, to enable others on a waiting list to join the choir.  We will give you access to our Rehearsal Videos online.

Level 2: “Advanced Member”

As an Advanced Member you will opt in to pay for a whole 12 week session, either with a one off payment of £48, or in three monthly payments of £16.00. This gives you a 20% Discount, bringing the weekly rehearsal rate to £4.00 a week. You can do this using our Standing Order Form, or using a Credit or Debit Card online. Ask for a Standing Order Form or see our website for online payment.

Benefits Of Advanced Membership:

  • Your Membership Is Protected For The Whole 12 Week Session
  • Access to all our Rehearsal Videos online
  • You Receive Our Monthly Studio Bulletin Packed With Tips & Techniques to enable you to make the most of your Choir Membership. This is accessed in the Advanced Members Area of our website.

Level 3: “Professional Membership”

As an Professional Member you will opt in to pay by Standing Order for the whole year. This represents a 20% Discount, working out at £4.00 for each 2 hour rehearsal session. Your membership fees will be spread out through the year giving you a monthly payment of £12.00. You can do this using our Standing Order Form, or using a Credit or Debit Card online. See our website for details.

Benefits Of Professional Membership:

  • Your Membership Is Protected for The Whole Year
  • You receive all the benefits of Advanced Membership,
  • PLUS: Choir Coaching Videos, useful Resources, eBooks, Downloads and MP3 Music Downloads all accessed in the Professional Members Area of the website.

“Is Singing Good For You?”

Singing is a proven stress-buster by producing that “feel good factor”  that many choir members talk about. It enables us to get breathing properly and as the energy flows, all those pent up feelings are expressed in a healthy way.  Many people in our choir say that after coming to rehearsals after a stressful day, they feel in a place of calm and focus which renews them and uplifts their spirit to face another day. Some have said to us that our choir has completely changed their lives and given them confidence to discover gifting they never knew they had, which has an impact on every area of their lives.

Recommendation: Get singing!

“How many people are in your choirs?”

Membership of our Community Choirs will be capped at around 50 people. This enables us to spend more focussed time with members  – vocal coaching, stage presence and performance techniques. Find out where our Community Choirs are starting right here: Community Choirs

Get your name on the list! Use our Contact form to register your interest.




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