Becoming a Member of the Croydon Bach Choir
We are always delighted to receive applications for membership of the choir in time for the start of a new term, and we currently have vacancies in all voice parts. We welcome prospective new members at any level, from those who are complete beginners to seasoned singers.
Whilst previous singing experience and the ability to read music are advantageous, an accurate singing voice with a pleasant tone quality and a good musical ear are more important. We would also love to work with, and support, newcomers to music who are keen to learn to read musical notation in order to perform confidently with us.
Many of the works we sing are either in Latin or German, so a good grasp of the pronunciation of these languages - or a willingness to learn - is essential.
In order to maintain the choir's high standards, our music director may give new applicants a simple voice test.
Once accepted into the choir, members are expected to make a commitment to attend rehearsals regularly and to perform at all our main concerts.
We ask that members take individual responsibility to ensure they thoroughly learn their parts in the works we are performing - undertaking additional private study as necessary - so that they are able to take part in our concerts confidently and to make a positive contribution to the standard of the choir. We can recommend recorded resources to help with learning notes, if any members should require that.
We have no upper age limit; however, for reasons of safeguarding, we can only accept applications from singers of 19 years of age and upwards.