Information for Members

Rehearsals:

Rehearsals are held every Tuesday evening during term time, at Blenheim Primary School, Blenheim Chase from 7.30pm to 9.30pm (with a short break for refreshments and conversation).

Please remember to bring a pencil to rehearsals!

Terms for 2016 / 2017:

Tuesday 10th January 2017 – Tuesday 4th April 2017

Extra Rehearsal: Saturday 18th March 2017

St Michael’s Church, Leigh Road, Leigh on Sea

10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Tuesday 25th April 2017 – Tuesday 18th July 2017

A rehearsal is also held on the afternoon of the concert at the concert venue. Timings are confirmed the week before the concert.

Subscription:

Currently subscription is £105 per year. This can be paid in one of three ways:

  • 1 payment of £105
  • 2 payments – £55 in September and £50 in January
  • 10 monthly payments of £10.00 payable by Standing Order, plus £5 cash

As the Choir is a registered charity, if you are a UK tax-payer it will help the choir funds if you ‘Gift Aid’ this subscription. You do not have to pay any more tax yourself in order to do this.

Please see the Treasurer for further details.

New Members:

We are always pleased to welcome new members. If you know of anyone who is interested in singing and would like to try it out, please invite them to a few rehearsals to see how they get on.

Please note that due to child protection rules, young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult family member.

The Musical Director, Colin Edwards, does not usually carry out a formal audition for those who want to join, but may wish to check their voice to ensure they are placed within the correct section of the choir.

Uniform:

Concert dress is the same for the Autumn, Christmas and Spring Concerts – as follows:

Ladies:

Black blouses (long sleeved); long black skirts (ankle length) or smart black trousers; black tights & black shoes; discreet jewellery; small black handbag. May sometimes be required to wear a white blouse (long sleeved).

Gentlemen:

Black suit; white shirt; black bow tie; black shoes & black socks.

If we sing at other events/venues the uniform may be changed and you will be informed of this at rehearsal.

Attendance:

Blenheim School requires us to keep a register of attendance.

If you are unable to attend any rehearsals, please try to let someone know (preferably the person responsible for recording attendance).

Music Hire:

The Librarian hires the music for each concert. The full cost of the hire is paid by members. If you wish, you can use your own scores, provided they are compatible editions. At Christmas we always use Carols for Choirs Books 1, 2 & 3. Choir members are encouraged  purchase their own copies.

The music we sing is chosen by the committee and the Musical Director. If you would like to suggest music to perform, please put your suggestions in writing to the committee.