As Ella Fitzgerald said ‘The only thing better than singing – is more singing’
We are always on the look-out for new members, so would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining us. At the moment we have vacancies for 2 tenors and 2 basses but we are always interested in hearing from singers with choral experience.
We have an unusual rehearsal format. Rehearsals take place at approximately monthly intervals on a Friday evening plus Saturday (morning & afternoon) in Market Harborough. This rehearsal format allows those who can’t commit to a regular weekly schedule to become members and permits a concentrated but sociable rehearsal.
The choir typically performs at four or five concerts per year plus either a Cathedral visit (to sing the services) or an overseas tour annually.
In order to join the choir, you would need to pass an audition (not as scary as it sounds!) and there is an annual subscription which is currently £144.
To join the choir we would expect you to have some choral experience, be able to sing in tune, have a voice that blends, have at least a rudimentary ability to read music and want to be part of the ‘team’. You are certainly not expected to have perfect pitch (but we would be delighted if you did!).
The audition is not onerous. You would join us for a rehearsal and our MD, Charlie would want to spend ten minutes or so listening to you individually. Usually the audition takes place at the lunch break at a Saturday rehearsal. Charlie will ask you to sing some scales and then perform a piece of music. You are welcome to bring something of your choice to perform but we are equally happy if you prefer to sing some music that we have been rehearsing that morning.
Being in the Harborough Singers is hugely rewarding for members both musically and socially. There is a significant level of personal commitment required but the enthusiasm and passion from the choir – combined with the energy and talent of our new Musical Director Charlie Penn – makes it worth it.
If you’re interested in joining, contact us using the website link and we will respond to discuss the current vacancies and if feasible invite you to come to a rehearsal to assess whether you enjoy the experience. We look forward to meeting you.
What our members say
‘I love singing in the choir because we sing amazing music to such a high standard. Having sung with many other choirs, this is definitely the most friendly choir I’ve ever sung with.’
‘I like the mix of ages and personalities within the choir and we get to experience a wide variety of music – and there is nothing quite like the high of a concert.’
‘I often leave rehearsals with more energy than when I arrived – they are hard work but there is always plenty of laughter.’
‘When choosing a choir my priorities were quality, variety and friendship. The Harborough Singers appeared to me to offer these qualities. One rehearsal and I was hooked, the ‘buzz’ of group singing and new tunes going round in my head.’
‘I’ve made some of my best friends in choir; it is a very strong community. I love the drive to improve continuously and love that everyone in choir plays their part to ensure we sound as good as we can.’
‘I commute to London and used to sing with one of the top choirs there but this rehearsal format really works for me and I feel part of the community’
‘The experience I have of the choir enhances my life in an emotional, mental and spiritual way – it’s also great fun!’
‘How else would I get the chance to sing in St Paul’s Cathedral in London and La Seu Cathedral in Palma Mallorca?’
So - are we the choir for you..? If you like the sound of us, ring Tim on 07976 757352 or complete the form above and let's get in touch...