Valentine Singers rehearse from 7.30 to 9.45 on Friday evenings
during term time at Seven Kings High School. 494 Ley Street, Ilford IG2 7BT. See map All prospective members
are invited to attend at least one rehearsal before being given
a short, informal audition.
Don't be put off by this!
The idea is to ensure that all singers are ready to take part in
this sort of choral work and to offer advice re training or experience
that would be helpful, where appropriate. It also gives the musical
director the opportunity to get to know individual singers and their
particular strengths. If you think you would like to join please
Am I good enough?
Auditions are used to ascertain whether voices will fit in (blend,
tuning etc.) and whether singers are able to master the musical
material that they have been learning in choir rehearsals.
Music-reading and sight-singing are not essential but members are
encouraged to develop these skills.
Why not come along and give it a try?
If you are still not sure come along to one of our regular Open Rehearsals to join in and
see what it is like.
Valentine Singers frequently hold Open Rehearsals,
usually at the start of each term.
Singers and listeners are welcome to come along
and sample a Friday evening with Christine, Tim and the choir.
People attend for a wide variety of reasons -
to find out what happens at a rehearsal
because they are interested in joining a choir
to see if they would like to join Valentine
Singers - or to attend concerts given by the choir
just to sing for fun for an evening - maybe
whilst they are unable to make a regular commitment to the choir
out of curiosity!
Any singers who are interested in joining the
choir are then encouraged to attend the following rehearsal and,
if appropriate, to attend further sessions and to undergo an informal,
friendly audition, so that Christine can get to
know them and their voice better. Most singers then go on
to be 'probationary' members for a term or so and, later, full
members. Any singer who comes to audition but isn't yet
ready for this sort of choral work will be given ideas and advice
about possible training and other assistance.
Please contact us to
let us know you are coming.
New members are "probationary" for their first term; there
will then be an opportunity to discuss progress and to check whether
singers have been placed within the most appropriate voice part
etc. Very occasionally, singers may not be fitting in, or not coping,
and they may be invited to reapply after further training.