Training Choir - 'Singing for Starters'
Harrow Choral Society's Training Choir Singing for Starters was established in 1996 as the brainchild of our Director of Music Simon Williams, who won a special Innovation award from BT to fund its start up. The aim is to enable people who have not sung before, or who are returning to singing after a break, to experience the enjoyment of making music with a group of like-minded enthusiasts in preparation for graduating to the main choir, should they wish to do so.
Hilary Musgrave leads the group. She is a very experienced and well respected professional singer and music teacher with a unique talent for engaging the inexperienced and uncertain in music. The tuition is condensed into a fairly intensive, one-year course offering an excellent grounding in choral singing, voice production, sight singing and music theory. Along the way participants master a number of works that relate to the repertoire of the main choir, the accent being on constructive encouragement to build confidence.
The main choir rehearses on the same night in an adjoining room and the conductor, Simon Williams, joins the sessions on occasion, as do some more experienced choir members. The Training Choir also perform to the main choir three times each year, generally to considerable acclaim and to both sides' great enjoyment.
At the end of the course participants are encouraged to audition for the main choir. This is a non-traumatic, straightforward voice review in a relaxed atmosphere.
The course is held at St Alban's Church Hall, Norwood Drive, North Harrow HA2 7PF and will commence this year on Monday 5th September with a free 45 minute 'Taster' session commencing at 7.45pm. Thereafter the Monday evening sessions will be from 7.45pm to 9.15pm and divided into three terms at a cost of £80 per term (or £225 for the full course if paid for at the outset). There is also a nominal music hire fee.
Why not give it a whirl? If you're interested please contact Hilary on 020 8423 5114 or email her for further details.