How is the choir run?
We are a not for profit registered charity, run be a committee made up of a group of choir members. Our Musical Leaders are paid professionals and all of our profits from our performances go to (mainly) local, good causes which are suggested by choir members.
What is the learning Style?
Our Musical Director, Jeremy, provides learning material to suit a range of learning styles, including scores for those who read music and downloadable MP3 sound clips of each song part and the works, so we can practice on our own, or catch up if we miss a session.
Where do we perform?
We usually perform in a local Church in the Esher area, but have also performed at Hampton Court Palace, as part of its 500 year anniversary in 2015, at the Yehudi Menuhin Hall, at St George's in Bristol and as a flash mob in John Lewis, Kingston. We have also supported the Australian professional, all male a-capella group, the Spooky Men, during one of their UK tours.
What to expect as a choir member?
Our rehearsals are in two parts with a tea/coffee break at 9.00pm, and you have to be quick if you like ginger and dark chocolate biscuits! Expect lots of fun, warm up exercises including deep breathing, smiles and a great buzz on a Thursday evening, which provides a reviving work out for body and mind and an opportunity to socialise afterwards at a local pub.
What do we expect from you?
To be able to attend most choir sessions during the term, and if not, to do some homework before the next session to get familiar with your part, so we can keep the learning moving forward. To know your part and words in time for the next performance, because we perform from memory. This is great brain gym, by the way. To sell tickets for performances to friends and family so we have a good audience to perform to. To be supportive of your fellow singers and to remember that Earthly Voices is run by volunteers and so to volunteer to help out, when the need arises.
What does it cost, and when is term time?
£100 per term, £85 concessions (aged over 60 and on a pension). Term dates tend to run in line with state school holidays and include a half term. Full information on term dates are posted on the member's section of the website by the start of term.