New members wishing to join the choir will be asked to take a short voice test. This will be short and straightforward, and definitely nothing to get panicky about! We are not looking for fantastic sight-reading ability – there are, after all, plenty of weeks in which to learn the music for each concert.
What we are looking for is:
- An ability to sing in tune.
- Reasonable vocal quality that will blend with other voices in the choir.
- Reasonable power in the voice to make a significant contribution to the overall sound.
In advance of the day of your audition, please prepare a short and simple song of your choice to sing. A sheet containing a selection of well-known songs (e.g. The Miller of Dee or Scarborough Fair) is available if you prefer to choose one of those. In the audition, you will sing your prepared song and a number of exercises, in front of only the conductor and accompanist. If all goes well, John will decide which voice part (Soprano 1, Soprano 2 etc.) would suit you best, and you will be offered a permanent place in the choir soon afterwards.