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. Have a quick look at this flip-book to see some background, and this short video.
The course leader is Julie Bale, a highly experienced professional singer and singing teacher. Tuition is condensed into a fairly intensive, one-year course of three terms, one evening per week, offering an excellent grounding in choral singing, voice production, sight singing and musicianship. Along the way participants master a number of works that relate to the repertoire of the main choir, the accent being on constructive encouragement and the building of 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. In the third term, the course joins the first half of the main choir rehearsals each week, the second half being spent with Julie going over the work again.
At the end of the third term, course participants are encouraged to audition for the main choir - 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 this coming term will commence on Monday 3rd September 2018 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 try? If you're interested please contact our membership secretary, Jill Mans, on 0208 248 7625 or email her for further details.