Information about our choir:
Founded: 1961
Registered Charity No:1042010
President:Neil Jenkins
Musical Director:Marc Yarrow
Chairman:Angie Letteboer
Pianist: Tim Nail
Rehearsal Venue:Methodist Church, Shoreham-by-Sea
Concert Venues:St. Mary de Haura,/ Methodist Church, Shoreham-by-Sea


Our Next Concert:


Rutter:

GLORIA

(Plus Anthems and Carols)

Saturday 16th December

at St. Mary de Haura, Shoreham-by-Sea

at 7.30 p.m.


COMING SOON


All day


Singing Workshop


Sat. 23rd Sept.

Faure Requiem

Download Workshop Registration


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which you can either print and post or scanned and saved (after your details are added) and then sent to the email address shown.

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Shoreham Oratorio Choir


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 Frequently Asked Questions: 

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The Choir traditionally performs a Christmas Concert and an Easter Concert, both at the Church of St. Mary de Haura, in Shoreham-by-Sea. In 2016 we plan to have a summer concert (June) which we hope will become the pattern for the future. 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 envelope and sign it. We can then claim a further 25% form the Government, which helps keep future subs lower.


Subscriptions are very important. They help pay for the hire of venues, payment to our rehearsal accompanist / conductor and if required (when we have several instrumentalists) to ofset loses from concerts.

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 guidence is always on hand. Each section has its own Voice Rep who will make you feel welcome and give advice when necessary.
 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.

 

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 repetoire.

 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 Rehearsal Guides whenever we can.  As these are different for each voice group, they are downloaded and emailed to individuals.
 
The Music Director builds a programme for the season, taking into account music appropriate for the festivals of Easter 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 Conductor or Chairman.
 The choir is officially registered as a charity. There is a committee made up of Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Music Secretary, Membership Secretary, Concert Manager and Orchestral Secretary.  These are officially 'Trustees' of the charity. They meet a couple of times a term to discuss issues.  Outcomes are often fed back to the choir during rehearsals and minutes are always available.
 There is an AGM each year (usually in November) when new members to the committee (Trustees) 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 ofpeople who support the choir in their work. They pay a subscription of £20 pa 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 should wear a dark suit, white shirt, bow-tie and black shoes. At Christmas bow-ties are red, which we supply, otherwise black.

Ladies should wear black, which is often accompanied by a silk scarf (supplied).  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.

We are linked to a German Choir - The Madrigalchor, from Elmshorn, near Hamburg. Every two years we have an exchange visit, when either we travel to them or they travel to us. In October 2015, we are hosting the exchange and consequently there are several social events planned.