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Open rehearsals

 

The Choir rehearses regularly on Tuesday evenings, with the usual breaks for Christmas and Easter and generally August. There are sometimes additional rehearsals and we may take breaks for half-term if many people are away. We are currently rehearsing in St Philip’s Church, Earl’s Court Road, Kensington, although we are planning to re-locate to a more central venue in the autumn.

 

We designate some rehearsals as ‘open rehearsals’ so that new members can come along and sample a representative section of our repertoire. Our next open rehearsal is on Tuesday 14 June. If, however, this date is not convenient, you can arrange to come on a subsequent Tuesday. (Please note there is no rehearsal on 31 May, due to the Jubilee week.)

Auditions

 

For your audition you need to bring along a piece of your choice. Doesn’t have to be classical, can be anything so choose something which shows off your voice and your performance skills well. Unless you are singing by heart, it is useful if you can bring two copies – one for yourself and one for the accompanist. Or alternatively let us know in advance what you want to sing and we can see if we have a copy.

There will be some vocal exercises, scales etc which are designed to establish your range. Then there are the sight-reading tests which are graded in difficulty.

It is well understood that people seeking to start singing again after a break will need time to refresh both their vocal technique and their sight-reading skills. (And this is especially true at the moment as so many people were unable to sing during covid.) Guy will always take this into account and if you need time to get back into practice he may suggest that you sing for a probationary period and then re-audition in a few months.

Auditions typically take place before or after a rehearsal. If, however, this is inconvenient (or the Choir needs extra rehearsal time on a particular Tuesday) then you can always arrange to sing to Guy at a mutually convenient time (usually at his house in Belsize Park).

Upcoming performances

More details can be found on the Concerts page, but as a quick guide, we have a summer picnic concert by the river in Twickenham on 16 July, a trip to Tuscany for three concerts from 31 July to 7 August, the Fauré Requiem and other pieces with the Belmont Ensemble conducted by Peter G Dyson at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 9 September, 5 performances of the live music to film version of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince at the Royal Albert Hall 7-9 October, and our 50th anniversary concert of Handel’s Dixit Dominus and the Bach Magnificat at Cadogan Hall on 24 October. Quite a variety of music on offer!

More about us

 

We are currently celebrating our 50th anniversary. You can read all about what we’ve done over the past 50 years here:

 

 

For more information or to arrange to visit us, please contact our membership secretary Helen Gironi on membership@englishchamberchoir.co.uk or the artistic director Guy Protheroe on artisticdirector@englishchamberchoir.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

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