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NEW MEMBERS WELCOME

Kings Lynn Festival Chorus is choir that is open to anyone able to sing and who has a basic knowledge of music. Membership is by audition.

     

REHEARSALS

We rehearse through most of the year, with breaks over Christmas and August. Weekly rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7:15pm until 9:45pm In September 2017 we  moved our rehearsal venue to Churchill Park School, Winston Churchhill Drive, King's Lynn

 

From time to time rehearsals are held on Thursday evening, usually immediately before a concert weekend. A rehearsal schedule is produced and distributed via email at the beginning of each term. It is important for the benefit of the whole choir that members attend regularly and a weekly register is kept. Everyone is expected to come to at least 75% of the rehearsals for any concert and anyone who does not attend sufficient rehearsals will only be able to perform in the concert with the permission of the Music Director.

If you are unable to attend a rehearsal it is important to let the Secretary know in advance if possible. Everyone singing in a concert performance must attend the concert-day rehearsal.

Things to bring to rehearsals: Your music, a soft pencil (B – or softer) for marking up the music, a bottle of water and a mug if you would like a tea or coffee at break time.

 

A short video of Tom's Rehearsals

 

 
     
   
       
   
 

HOW YOU CAN JOIN US

Anyone thinking of joining the choir is very welcome to attend rehearsals either to sing or just to sit and listen. If you wish to join you would be expected to attend 3 or 4 rehearsals before taking a short audition. The audition involves simple voice tests and short performance of a song of your choice. If you want to try us out, please contact the Secretary prior to your visit or telephone 07748 947 653

   
 
       
       
       
 

MUSIC

The Librarian will provide all the music that is needed. It is usually available to hire or can sometimes be bought at a discount. Prior to audition, prospective members will be lent the music free of charge for the evening. The choir also makes frequent use of various standard books:
European Sacred Music edited by John Rutter (Oxford)
English Church Motets vol 1 edited by Robert King (Oxford)
Noël edited by David Hill (Novello)
'100 Carols for Christmas' edited by Willcocks and Rutter (Oxford)
'Christmas Motets' edited by John Rutter (Oxford)

People are encouraged to own copies of these books.

   
             
             
             
 

AUDITIONS

After three or four weeks of attending the chorus a short 10 minute audition will be arranged prior to a Monday evening rehearsal. This is a simple and friendly interview with the Music Director and Accompanist involving the repetition of a few simple scales and arpeggios and the singing of a short song (of your own choice) which has been prepared in advance. Auditions are always carried out in a warm and supportive manner and an answer of success or otherwise will be given immediately. If you are not thought to be ready to join the choir suggestions may be made about how you could prepare yourself to join at a later date e.g. by taking singing lessons.

 
             
             
 

SUBSCRIPTIONS

The annual choir subscription for 2017/2018 is £156 payable in October after the AGM. By arrangement with the treasurer payment of subs may be made in three equal instalments.

Reduced Fees Policy - Full annual fee is payable unless a member is under 21years of age and in full time education when a 50% reduction is available.

In addition, you will have to pay for the hire of the music scores currently in use. Music costs are paid separately to the Librarian.