A mixed chorus comprising sopranos, altos, tenors and bass, each split into first and second sections.
When and where do you rehearse?
We rehearse on a Wednesday evening between 7.15 and 9.30pm in St Chad’s Church, Otley Road, Far Headingley, Leeds, LS16 5JT.
What do you sing?
Usually we perform five classical concerts a season between September and July with a varied programme. These divide between our own promotions and concerts within the Leeds International Concert Season (LICS). [See our history pages for an account of our recent activities.]
Venues for our own concerts vary between Ripon Cathedral and St Edmund’s Church, Roundhay. For LICS the venue is Leeds Town Hall.
What would be my commitment?
We set a minimum number of rehearsals for each concert that has to be achieved unless there are exceptional circumstances. Should you not meet that requirement whether you sing in a concert is at the discretion of our conductor and artistic adviser.
How do I become a member?
Come along to one of our rehearsals, when our chorus co-ordinator Fiona Kirkby will buddy you with an experienced member in your voice section. Alternatively, contact Fiona directly for an informal chat before coming to a rehearsal.
If you like us you will then be invited to take an audition with our conductor and artistic adviser.
That sounds very daunting…
The objective is to confirm your voice, test your vocal range and ensure that you are placed in the right section for you.
You do not have to be a skilled musician, though an ability to read music is of use.
I’ve passed my audition. What next?
You have joined a chorus whose reputation enables it to sing with the best soloists and orchestras in the UK.
Occasionally we are engaged to support major artists (e.g. Andrea Bocelli) in their concerts.
We are a very sociable group of people and you will be encouraged to engage in all our activities.
The whole chorus reauditions every three years.
What will it cost me?
Members’ subscriptions are set at each Annual General Meeting and are payable by the beginning of December.
Members aged under 26 at the start of our season (in September) are exempt from our annual subscription.