When are rehearsals?
Rehearsals take place weekly on Tuesday evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms between 8pm and 10pm, with a short break for refreshments. We rehearse in the Methodist Church, Haslingfield and our concerts are held in All Saints’ Church, Haslingfield. We understand that it may difficult for choir members to attend all rehearsals, but it is helpful if you can let our secretary, Kate, know beforehand if you will be absent. If you need to miss more than two rehearsals, we request that you to talk to Paul.
When are the concerts?
We perform concerts at the end of each term in All Saints’ Church, Haslingfield. The Autumn term concert usually takes place on first Saturday in December and the Spring term concert takes place on the Saturday 2 or 3 weeks before Easter. It is especially important that you attend the last two rehearsals that take place in All Saints’ Church. This is the only opportunity to practice in the concert venue and with the orchestra and soloists (at the Saturday afternoon rehearsal).
What do we wear for concerts?
At concerts, men wear dinner jackets, white shirt and black bow tie. Ladies wear long black skirts or evening trousers, white top and black jacket or cardigan.
What can help us rehearse?
One of our choir members has developed very helpful learning tool that can be found at www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk. We also recommend CDs and YouTube videos for familiarising yourself with the music.
Can I try out rehearsals?
You are welcome to attend a rehearsal to see if you would like to join us. There is no audition, but Paul may wish to hear you sing to see where your voice fits within the choir. We are happy for members to attend rehearsals even if they are not able to sing in the concert at the end of the term. If transport to Haslingfield is a problem, we can often organise lifts with other choir members.
How much does it cost?
Choir members have the option to support the running of the choir on a termly basis via a voluntary contribution. The suggested amount may vary, but is in the region of £50 per term. Flexible payment options and student rates are also available. As we are a registered charity, we greatly benefit if members are able to Gift Aid their donation.
How can I get involved and support the choir as a choir member?
A small committee runs Haslingfield Choir, but many members are involved in all aspects of the life of the choir, including helping with refreshments, distributing flyers, putting up the staging and hosting parties. Any help is greatly appreciated. It is lovely to see a full church on concert evenings, but to achieve this we rely on our choir members to spread the word and to sell tickets to family, friends and neighbours!
"You can't describe the feeling of pleasure when a work you have been fighting to learn for a term comes together with an orchestra and audience and just 'clicks' . You need to experience it."