I have no experience. Will I fit in?
Yes. We believe everyone can sing even if they think they can’t. We sing to enjoy the experience and know that though it may be difficult at times, it is fun learning.
How will I know where to sit?
No one has a special seat and you can try different sections to find out if you are more comfortable singing the higher or lower parts. Also Bridget will give you guidance.
Do you sing seated or standing?
We stand for a brief warm up, sit for most of the teaching and stand when we want to really sing out. If people need to sit for the whole time, that’s fine too.
Where can I park?
Parking at Storeys Field, Eddington. We shall have use of the University of Cambridge Primary School car park which is adjacent to the community centre and those requiring disabled spaces can park outside the community centre. Parking is also available at the Madingley Road Park and Ride. There is a footpath from there to the site, 5 minutes walk.
Do I have to go to every class?
We prefer members to attend as often as possible because we work towards a performance.
Do I have to be able to read music?
No. Some choir members are proficient, some can read a little and some can’t at all. (It is surprising what you can pick up if you come regularly.) The ability to read music is clearly not essential, but it is necessary to be able to find one's way around a sheet of music, if only for the text and the general shape. It may be useful to know that each note has a name using the letters of the alphabet A-G and where these appear on the stave. Google 'Reading Music' to give you the information.
Who chooses what we sing?
Members are asked for suggestions and these are given to our Musical Director who decides, whilst bearing in mind that we like to maintain our very varied repertoire.
What is the age range in the choir?
Members' ages have ranged from their 20s to their 70s.
Are there any concession rates?
No, but there is an Earlybird rate which gives one session free if fees are paid before the end of the previous term.
Should I bring anything with me when I come?
ENTHUSIASM, a bottle of water, a pencil and your music sheets if you have them.
Do you have a 'uniform?'
No, except that we dress smartly for a performance. We now wear black trousers/skirt with a top in shades of blue or green.
Our music is held in black folders. No stilettos (to protect the Hall floor).
Is it a good idea to have one-to-one lessons?
It is not necessary. Some members have found it helpful and our Musical Director Bridget Hardy can be approached via her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there any help with practice at home?
* Our Musical Director, Bridget can supply members with a sheet of warm up exercises.
* Bridget is happy to recommend certain pieces which she thinks are suitable models. (Anyone can put material on YouTube and therefore not all are useful models.)
* Members may bring in their own small recorders to record a session solely for their own use and provided other members don't object.
* Bridget will supply electronic files for some pieces of music.
* Neither Bridget nor Colin have the time to record any of the tracks from any of our pieces of music.
* Members are responsible for 'catching up' any sessions they have missed.