Are you a secret soprano? Choirs are welcoming new singers
06 September, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor
North Camden Chorus
If you’ve ever thought of joining a choir but haven’t sung before, now’s the time to investigate one of the many non-audition choirs around town.
Popular choir North Camden Chorus is keen to welcome new singers. Its new term starts next Tuesday, September 11, when it will start note-bashing on Handel’s Messiah Part One and other seasonal delights. Rehearsals are at William Ellis School, Highgate. Contact details at: www.ncchorus.org.uk
Vox Holloway, the non-audition community choir of north London, is recruiting at rehearsals over the next three Tuesdays at St Luke’s, Hillmarton Road, N7. There aren’t many places left for sopranos and altos but spaces for tenors and basses are still available. Being sung in October is a new piece related to the Village Green Preservation Society. www.voxholloway.com
Barts Choir, the big beast of London’s non-audition choirs, is recruiting over the next three Mondays at its rehearsal venue, Conway Hall, Holborn. Start time is 6.45pm – but get there earlier to register. Being sung at Cadogan Hall in December is Handel’s Israel in Egypt. Visit www.barts-choir.com
The non-audition Royal Free Music Society Choir’s next concert is a joint venture with the Zemel Choir in commemoration of the Armistice. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays, 7pm start, in the Peter Samuel Hall at the Royal Free. Go along for taster sessions for a week or so, or fill in the enquiry form on the RFMS website. Visit www.royalfreemusicsociety.org.uk
There are lots of medium-sized and smaller choirs worth investigating. These include Fleet Singers rehearsing at Gospel Oak Methodist Church, NW5, every Monday evening, start time 7.30pm (www.fleetsingers.org.uk); and the Primrose Hill Choir rehearsing at 29 Hopkinsons Place, NW1, every Monday evening, start time 7.30pm (www.primrosehillchoirs.com/primrose-hill-choir).
Also well worth considering are the two Sing for Joy Choirs, one in Kentish Town, the other in Bloomsbury. These are “singalong choirs” for people with such conditions as Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis and their carers, plus others keen on singing. Visit www.singforjoychoirs.org.uk