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FAQ


Subscriptions

Subscriptions: £40 per term.

Try us for free for your first 3 weeks.

Friends: all donations gratefully received!

Social life

We generally go to the pub after rehearsals!

Annual choir dinner.

Half rehearsals at the start of term followed by a glass of wine.

Workshops.

Occasional trips, cabarets, treasure hunts or quizzes.

We go to the concerts and musicals that some of our members perform in.

Can I do more than just sing?

We welcome singers who can also design posters, write programmes, distribute publicity.

Encourage your friends and relatives to:

help with front of house

be in the audience

be part of the technical crew

Joining

Please call first on 020 8998 2879 or email info@smce.org.uk to check that it’s a good time to join and that your experience means you’ll enjoy our choir.

Perform great music

We give three or four concerts each year by great composers, Mozart, Byrd, Karl Jenkins and Puccini to name but a few.

Our repertoire is amazingly wide-ranging

We sing huge choral works ... Brahms Requiem.

We sing operatic works ... Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky.

We sing beautiful, simple a cappella music ... Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor.

We don’t fit into a musical box!

Perform it well

We pride ourselves on the quality of our performances.

Audiences and musicians we work with always comment on this.

We work hard at rehearsals.

Come to one of our performances and hear for yourself.

Achieve something

Experience the satisfaction of bringing together a musical work with fellow singers and musicians, and of being able to relive the experience on CD and DVD

(thanks to our technical crew who record the live performance!)

Our soloists regularly come from one of the London colleges of music and it’s such a pleasure to hear them at the start of their careers.

Soloists are sometimes chosen from the choir too.

Our players are sometimes professionals from London orchestras but we’re delighted to work with local amateur orchestras or players as well.

Rehearsals

Most Thursday evenings at St. Matthew's Church, North Common Road, Ealing, 7.30-9.30pm.

We always make time for that all important tea-break.

We take 6 weeks off over the summer and a few weeks at Christmas and Easter too.

Experience

You can read music and sight-read a simple line.

You’ve probably sung on and off all your life.

We encourage you to practise at home with rehearsal tracks or at your piano/keyboard.

We spend a term working on each work; that’s 10 weeks or so it’s very important that you attend a high percentage of rehearsals.