Say hello! Come to the Grimshaw Room, off Shadwell Street. There’s a free car park and it’s directly behind St Chad’s Cathedral. You’ll be greeted by one of our choristers who’ll introduce you to other members including Steve, our musical director.
Our conductor brings our rowdy rabble to order! And we take our seats.
You’re welcome to just sit and listen if you like, or do feel free to get stuck in straight away. We kick off with 10 minutes of warm up exercises to get our voices eased up and then we start practising songs.
It’s thirsty work singing, so we take a tea-break and this is a great opportunity to catch up with others in the choir, as well as to meet new people! At this point, either on your first or subsequent weeks, Steve will grab you and ask if you’d like to run through a few singing exercises, so he can work out which voice part is most suited to your range. He’ll then suggest you join one of the four voice lines we have (either one of the two tenor sections or two bass groups).
Finishing up our drinks, we head back to sing. Sometimes we break into two sections to rehearse, other times we stay together to go through the four-parts at once.
After a rousing song to finish, we end for the evening, and we’ll send you off with all the music you need, and arrange to send you the voice line recording for your section so you can practice at home if it helps. We also have a simple guide to music notation too so you can get a grasp of it even if you’ve had no prior experience.
Some weeks are more focused on preparing for concerts, others we all learn new material together. But every week is good fun! We would be delighted to welcome you and show you why we all love it so much!
If you would like any further information about the practices, please do contact our chairman Meirion Bowen on 0121 3581740.