Information about our choir:
Founded: 1961
Registered Charity No:1042010
President:Neil Jenkins
Musical Director:Marc Yarrow
Accompanist:Tim Nail
Rehearsal Venue:Methodist Church, Shoreham-by-Sea
Chair:Team Oratorio

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The Choir traditionally performs a Christmas Concert and a Spring Concert, both at the Church of St. Mary de Haura, in Shoreham-by-Sea. In 2019 we plan to have a summer concert in July. Occasionally we perform other smaller concerts.
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We rehearse each Thursday from 7.30 p.m. until 9.30 p.m. at the Methodist Church, Brunswick Road, Shoreham-by-Sea.

We meet at 7.30 p.m. so that people get a chance to chat / give out scores etc. Singing starts at 7.45 p.m. with a warm-up.  We practice various pieces as planned by our Music Director.  A break is taken at 8.30 p.m. so that messages can be announced and people can have a breather.

Rehearsal ends at 9.30 p.m.

Currently members pay £40 per term. However, new members only pay half (£20) for their first term. It is possible to pay using on-line banking. The treasurer will provide details.

We ask that if you are a tax payer you complete a Gift Aid declaration form and sign it. We can then claim a further 25% from the Government, which helps keep future subs lower.

Subscriptions are very important. They help pay for the hire of venues, hire of scores, payment to our rehearsal accompanist / Musical Director etc.

Members are in the traditional four voice groups - soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Most people know which voice group they would find most natural to sing in, but help and guidance is always on hand.
 Joining the choir does not require an audition. We believe that everyone can sing and will always contribute to the best of their ability.
 We mostly sing choral music although for a summer concert we have been known to sing more contemporary music.


As long as you had attended sufficient rehearsals and knew the work well, your first choir performance would be at the end of that term.  For new singers, it is especially important to build experience as well as having a growing repertoire.

 That is not a problem.  Ideally you would have some idea of how music is structured but after a few weeks it becomes easier and there is also help available from Voice Reps / colleagues etc. As you learn new pieces the experience you have gained will be invaluable.

We use on-line Rehearsal Guides whenever we can. These are appropriate for each voice group
The Music Director builds a programme for the season, taking into account music appropriate for Spring and Christmas. However, members may always make suggestions, should they know a piece which they feel the choir could perfom well. Just speak to the Musical Director or Chairman.
 The choir is officially registered as a charity. There is a committee which regularly meets to plan and make descisions. Outcomes are often fed back to the choir during rehearsals and minutes are always available.
 There is an AGM each year (usually in October) when new members to the committee are elected. Members are always encouraged to become part of the committee and help in the running of the choir. There are always ways to help. For example setting up venues for rehearsals/concerts, displaying posters, selling tickets etc.
Friends of SOCThe Friends are a group of people who support the choir in their work. They pay a subscription of £20 p.a. for which they receive a ticket to all ticketed concerts plus other benefits.

For weekly rehearsals, the suggested dress code would be 'casual'.  For performances, men wear a black trousers, sometimes a black shirt, bow-tie and black shoes. We supply bow-ties to ensure all are the same colour.

Ladies should wear long, black dresses, skirts or trousers. At Christmas, more sparkle is encouraged.


If you know you won't be able to make a rehearsal (holiday etc.) you can indicate this in advance on the signing-in sheet.

If a unexpected problem occurs please send an email / or text to the number you have been given.


Occasionally there are social events. These might range from visits, garden parties, curry nights etc.