Frequently Asked Questions
All members are regularly updated about term dates.
2 hours from 7.30 pm -
first two sessions are free. After this we ask you to become a member of the
choir (50p per term) and to pay the subscription fees for the remaining sessions
of your first half-term (currently £4.50 per session and £2.50 for
concessions). In the event of a session being cancelled, your subscription for
the following half-term will be adjusted to account for this.
No, not at all,
although as part of a broad repertoire we do sing sacred music from a wide range
of faiths, as well as other kinds of music. We welcome members from all parts of
No, we sing
unaccompanied. Most songs are sung in 3 or 4 parts or as rounds both, which give
a really rich sound.
Where possible if
we're performing in a concert we try to carpool, and for our regular Thursday
evening meetings it may be possible that we can arrange for people with problems
travelling to share a lift.
We do expect choir
members to commit to turning up regularly - however we live also in the real
Missing an odd meeting
is not a hanging offence and most people find it fairly easy to catch up with
the songs that they've missed.
Some of our members
have heavy commitments at certain times of the year, and choose to drop out for
that time and rejoin the following half term as obviously it's hard to catch up
after a month, although others with similar commitments come when they can as
they enjoy being part of the group and catch up as they can.
Both, we do take part
in events and concerts but our main reason for getting together is not focused
on performance but a desire to sing. It's a great way to relax, meet people and
have fun. For people new to the area it's a great way to find new friends.
None, just a desire to
sing as part of a group and enjoy singing. We have some members who joined
having not sung since they were at school, right through to music teachers,
trained musicians and people who sing regularly in other choirs.
No, all of the songs
are taught by ear, although the music for many songs is available for those who
prefer it and we provide word sheets or ' communal' words on boards as
No - you don't even
have to have an audition, just turn up, or email or ring for further details
((Watch the local press and our what's coming up section or join our mailing
list. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 01366 388348 you will be made very welcome.
have public concerts in May 2009 as part of Festival Week, as well as Summer and
Winter concerts on the drawing board, as well as private bookings. (Details of
these are or will be in the ' what's coming up' section)
As a community choir
most of our events so far have been staged locally. They may take a couple or
three hours outside our normal practise sessions but they are not compulsory and
we give members plenty of notice.
We try to carpool
All events are
considered on individual merit so we may travel further afield in the future.
Watch the local press
and our what's coming up section or join our mailing list. Or email us at email@example.com
can also be found on the Downham
Market Town Council website
Watch the local press,
(usually the ' forthcoming events sections of the EDP, Lynn News, and Wisbech
Standard) our advertising posters and our what's coming up section or join our
mailing list. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone or email the
choir's booking secretary or talk to one of the choir members
01945 430440 or 07788 411856.
we ask is that you want to sing.
And so far everyone who has joined us had ended up being able to sing even if
they arrived thinking they couldn’t!
Part of it is about building up confidence – you won’t be singled out to
and whichever part you choose to sing in each number you’ll find other members
happy to help and support you.
unless you volunteer! Some songs or arrangements do require solos or duets and
then people are asked to volunteer.
There’s no pressure to step forward and do so.
far we’ve sung at various local churches and in festivals, at Mannington Hall
as part of a Fenleader project, in Lynn Festival, Downham Festival and Stoke
Ferry’s Music Festival as well as performing in seasonal concerts at Downham
Town Hall, St Edmunds Church, The Methodist Church, Stoke Ferry, Diamond House
and Bexwell Church.
I’m sure I have probably missed a few !
also been invited to sing at weddings and private parties.
Last year were deeply saddened but pleased to be invited to sing at the funeral
of one of our members.
year we are singing at a 60th Birthday party as well as Seasonal Concerts in
Christmas we sing a broad mix of songs at our concerts rather than stick with a
more traditional carol concert format as our choir is not affiliated to any one
faith, nor indeed do you have to any religious affiliation to join us.
we’ve only performed in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire but it is always possible
that that may broaden – we consider each opportunity to perform on its merits.
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