If you would like to try singing with your local (or even not-so-local) choir, here is what you need to know:
- You need enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Previous experience is not essential though you’ll need some ability to follow a score even if you’re not a fluent sight reader. There is plenty of help to master the score. You can buy rehearsal CDs (or get them freely from the internet) for many of the works we sing.
- There are no auditions – if you think you can sing, you probably can!
- There are no age limits – we have members from their 20s to their 70s.
- Much as we love singing, we like socialising too – though this is not compulsory!
- We offer a warm welcome to new members and great fun. The choir’s friendliness has been commented on in all the surveys of our members .
We rehearse every Tuesday evening in term-time from 7.30 pm to 9.15 pm at the fantastic new music block at Headington School, Headington Road, Oxford OX3 7TD.
You can click here to see a bird’s eye view of the school: the new music block is next to the tennis courts.
Enter through the gates on Headley Way. Then, if you’re on foot, go straight ahead and go behind the main buildings – the music block is the last building you come to. Turn left just before the building to get to the entrance.
If you’re coming by car, turn left from the Headley Way gates and drive round the front of the school, heading towards the tennis courts where there is plenty of parking.
The subscription is £40 per term (£35 if you are not wage-earning for whatever reason and £15 for registered students). The fee includes the hire of scores – you don’t need to provide your own.
Please speak to our Treasurer if the subscription is an issue for you – we don’t want anyone to be deterred by the cost.
What our members say
These are some of the responses members gave recently when asked what they thought about the choir.
- “I particularly enjoy the informality, sociability (and the music of course). It’s a great venue for rehearsals and we have a wonderful accompanist.”
- “I love the chance to sing great music, especially the big pieces. It’s a good place for a non-musician to gradually find their feet, yet you’re in the company of some very good singers who are generally forgiving!”
- “The choir has a happy atmosphere and sense of purpose. Good organisation too.”
- “Fantastic conductor and pianist.”
- “It stretches my brain and I get a real sense of achievement when I finally get it right.”
- “Concerts are fun and rewarding.”