Interested? Here are some further details about membership
We've compiled some information below which we hope will answer most FAQs.
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All new singers are asked to take part in a simple audition and existing members are re-auditioned at set intervals.
These auditions help us make sure the standard of the choir is maintained and decide what section of the choir you will sing in. We look for a pleasant singing voice and basic musicality. Some understanding of musical notation is also required.
Auditions are taken by the Musical Director, Jonathan Willcocks, and normally consist of singing a few scales and a short piece such as a verse of a hymn or a song that you enjoy singing. You will also be asked to sight read your line in a straightforward piece of music with accompaniment. The whole process takes about five minutes.
We want you to pass your audition and will be doing all we can to put you at your ease.
We rehearse in Guildford town centre on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, generally during term-time. There may be extra rehearsals in the week before and on the day of a concert. Click here to view rehearsal schedule.
Regular attendance at rehearsals is key to maintaining our high standards. It also enriches your enjoyment of the music and builds your confidence. If you do have to miss two or more rehearsals, we would ask you to discuss this with the Membership Secretary.
We are expected to dedicate some time outside of rehearsals to familiarise ourselves with the score. There are helpful aids and rehearsal plans available through the Members' Area of the website.
Our annual subscription fee is currently £185; working out at less than £5 per rehearsal, and all paid up members (provided they have attended sufficient rehearsals) are invited and encouraged to sing in all of our concerts.
Students can join for £60 per year and people under 30 years of age for £90. There is a £10 discount off these fees if you pay promptly. Reduced fees may apply if you join mid-season (dependent on the applicable subscription rate and at what point you join during the season).
We would not wish to exclude singers that were unable to meet the costs of joining us for personal reasons, and a trust fund managed by the Friends of GCS is there to offer discretionary and confidential help in these situations.
Additional small costs to be aware of may be the cost of travel to other concert venues, score hire/purchase and a music folder.
Scores are available for hire at reasonable cost or you can buy your own copy through the choir librarian.
At most concerts, men wear black dinner jackets with black bow ties, and women wear black long-sleeved tops with either black long skirts or trousers. All singers carry a red folder (£6 to buy) for their music.