New Members Welcome!
Do you enjoy singing? Can you count to eight? Why not give us a go? Whether or not you can read music, new members are always made very welcome and encouraged. No previous choir singing experience is necessary and there's safety and support in our numbers! With the wonders of modern technology, practice discs with emphasised parts are made available to help members learn by ear and become familiar with their individual part, be it soprano, alto, tenor or bass (SATB). Sectional rehearsals are also organised regularly but on an informal basis, usually at a member's house.
We are an adult choir, but some youngsters may join us if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Individuals will vary, but a certain degree of confidence and maturity will be required. Therefore we suggest, perhaps, age 14 to be an acceptable lower limit. Currently, our youngest member is 15 years old (taking part alongside his mum), and some of our older members are well into their 80s. A good few of our members are in the 25-50 age bracket. Take heart! Age is no barrier! :-)
Further information about our music, approach to learning, and how a typical rehearsal unfolds can be found in our information flyer.
Where and When?
The choir usually meets during term time every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm-9.30pm at Beith Community Centre, Kings Road, Beith, North Ayrshire, Scotland.
Please Note: During Coronavirus restrictions, our rehearsals are held exclusively online, via Zoom. It is also unlikely that we will be able to perform our annual concert this year, but we continue to hope for something, perhaps small, and outdoors.
Term dates for the 2020-2021 session are:
2 September - 15 December 2020
17 February - 16 June 2021 (please see our concerts page for more information on our later than usual start and finish dates)
Do come along and try us out!
Currently our rehearsals are online (Zoom) and free.
We do recommend that new members try to join us within the first 6 weeks of our term so as to reduce the amount to catching up - although this will also depend on your own experience and confidence reading music. At this point new works are still being introduced and sectional rehearsals will also be well underway to assist.
Until we are safely able to rehearse in the community, our fees are suspended. All our online rehearsals are free to join.
If, after a few sessions, you decide you would like to join us, there is a weekly fee of £5, which covers two salaries (MD & accompanist) score, venue, instrument and musician hire for our practice sessions and performances.
Each season comprises 12 rehearsals for the November concert and 18 rehearsals for the May concert.
Payment can be made weekly, monthly, per term or for the whole year, whichever is most suitable for you. Please speak to Kate Bailey, Treasurer, to determine your preferred payment plan.
If you are a student or unemployed, the choir funds may be able to subsidise your participation. This is treated with the strictest confidence.
From September 2017, our concert attire will be a long-sleeved black blouse with black trousers/skirt and shoes/boots for ladies and black shirt, trousers and shoes for gentlemen.