Here are some frequently-asked questions and our answers to them

Q. Am I good enough?

A. You don’t need to be able to read music to sing with us.  A core of members do read music and help and support the majority of us who don’t.  Every newcomer sits alongside an experienced singer, to help and guide them during their early days in the choir and to make their joining as easy as possible.

As well as being provided with the score for each item of music, choristers also have recordings of the song parts for their particular voice to make the learning process easier. Click on the player below to hear an example.

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Prospective members can take as much time as they need and our aim is to give newcomers every assistance.

Rehearsals are enjoyable – hard work and learning tempered with portions of good humour and banter.  All that is asked is that individuals attend rehearsals regularly, are willing to learn and are prepared to put in a little time outside rehearsals to facilitate the learning process.  ‘Little and often’ is an established formula for success in learning both music and words.

At the end of the day, the only real answer to this question is to ‘give it a try’, so why not come along and see us in rehearsal?  You will find that we are a friendly bunch and very keen to help you enjoy your singing with us.

Q.  How much time will the choir take up?

A.  Most of the year (except for the summer break in August), we rehearse weekly for two hours on Wednesdays.  During November (the lead-up to the Christmas season) and in January through to March (learning the new repertoire for the Festival concert) we rehearse on Fridays as well.  It also helps if choristers can spend a little time between rehearsals in going over the song parts, and again before concerts.  Apart from our Christmas repertoire, all songs are sung without music copies so these need to be known ‘off-by-heart’ and the the ability to do this only comes with practice.  Choristers are expected to attend rehearsals on a regular basis.

Having learned the repertoire, we enjoy around 20 public performances a year, usually in the evening.  Whilst most concerts are in the Nottingham area, some can be a little further afield (recently Cranwell in Lincolnshire and Loughborough in Leicestershire).  Our annual Festival concert includes an afternoon rehearsal before the Saturday evening concert.  Most concerts are followed by an (optional!) visit to a local hostelry for much needed and, hopefully, well deserved refreshment.

Q. How much will it cost me?

A.  Choristers pay an annual membership subscription which works out at about £1 per rehearsal.  This covers essential running costs as well as music copies and subsidies for the likes of uniforms.  The choir puts aside some funds for members who may have difficulties meeting costs, so finances need not deter those who want to sing with us.

While most items of the main uniform are provided, members are expected to have their own dinner suit and dress shirt for formal occasions.

Members are usually expected to make their own way to concerts and other events, although there is a very active car-sharing scheme within the choir to offset costs.

From time to time, national or overseas trips are organised for the choir to sing with other choirs.  The cost of such trips has to be borne by the individual members, but there is often a valuable subsidy from the funds raised by the Ladies Support Group through various social activities.

Q.  How will I fit in?

A.  Fitting-into the choir is very easy.  Rest assured that regardless of your background, experience or age you will be warmly welcomed and helped to settle in.  Encouraging new members is one of the ways in which the choir has maintained its numbers, standards and reputation over many years. The choir comprises people from all walks of life, some working, some retired, and all coming together to create something that they love and which our audiences will enjoy.

Every newcomer is assigned to an experienced choir member and singer to help and guide them during their early days in the choir and to make their joining as easy as possible.

Read what some of our newcomers have to say about their experiences in joining the choir.

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