Joining Stokes Singers
We welcome new members with a wide variety of experience. There are no auditions and your first 2 rehearsals are free of charge while you get to know us. The only requirement is that you are able to sing in tune. Have a look below at the questions that we’re often asked.
Do I need to read music?
No, not all our members can read music and we learn our songs either by ear or from music scores. Experienced choir members are always willing to help you and Sian and Phil, our Musical Directors, will make sure you have opportunities to ask questions and go over the tricky bits! Many of us record our parts on our phones during rehearsal so we can listen again and practice.
Do I have to audition?
No, there are no auditions but Sian or Phil, our Musical Directors, will do a quick voice assessment with you to make sure that you can sing in tune and that you start off in the section of the choir that suits your voice. This assessment is done one to one, away from the rehearsal room and only takes a couple of minutes
I’m not sure if I’m good enough!
If you don’t try, you’ll never know! Maybe you’ve sung in a school or church choir as a child. If you could sing in tune then, it’s very likely that you still can. If you’ve never been part of a choir, come along for a couple of rehearsals to get the feel of Stokes Singers. You can just listen if you don’t want to sing straight away. Our Musical Directors Sian and Phil can advise you on how to improve your singing and you’ll find that we’re very friendly.
How much does it cost to join Stokes Singers?
There’s no joining fee for Stokes Singers. We pay a weekly subscription of £2.75 per week and this is payable in advance at the start of term in January, March/April and September. Our Treasurer, Kurnia, can make other arrangements for payment if you need them.
What kind of music do you sing?
We sing a very wide range of music from swing to gospel, pop and show songs, folk tunes and the occasional big choral piece. Most arrangements are in 3 or 4 part harmony with some unison singing. Our Musical Director Phil often teaches his own arrangements by ear and his co MD, Sian, usually works from musical scores.
Where and when do you rehearse?
We meet every Thursday during term time at Coniston Community Centre, Coniston Road, Patchway BS34 5LP. There is ample free parking and the building is accessible with a lift or stairs to our rehearsal room on the first floor. Members arrive from 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start and we finish promptly at 9.30pm. There is a door entry system so it’s a good idea to let us know by email or phone (01454 614 148) that you’re coming so we can welcome you to the building and show you around.
Do I need to bring anything with me to rehearsal?
Most of us like to bring a drink and there is always water available from the kitchen in our rehearsal room. You’ll be lent any music that you need initially. Members keep their music in a folder which they take home to practise. You may find it useful to record your part on a mobile phone and it’s good to have a pencil to make notes on your score.
If you’ve got a friend or a family member over 18 why not bring them along too?
If you have any other questions please ring Liz on 01454 614148 or email us using the form on the Contact Us page