We have a great choral tradition in Britain and today people are re-discovering community singing. Think about the kind of music you would like to be involved in and try to find a choir that has a repertoire that appeals to you.
Types of choirs
Some types of choirs include:
Classical concert choirs and choral societies
These are often large choirs which put on several concerts through the year, sometimes with an orchestra, and they may perform concert works like Mozart’s Requiem or Handel’s Messiah.
If you like religious music, singing in church might appeal to you. Many church choirs do traditional sacred music — listen to Choral Evensong on Radio 3 for examples of beautiful traditional church singing. If you prefer more of a swing, other churches prefer a Gospel style of music!
Community choirs and other singing groups
There is now a wider range of choirs than ever before – gospel, rock, church, barbershop, beatbox – so you don’t have to go to church if you don’t want to! You can find choirs who do popular chart hits arranged for choir, songs from the shows, or traditional folk music. There are Welsh-language choirs, Gaelic singing groups… something for everyone!
There are choirs to suit all levels of ability — some are for singers with a lot of experience, others welcome singers of all levels, including beginners. If you’re a bit nervous, don’t worry if you make mistakes because you learn as a group to get the right notes when you rehearse.
Not all choirs ask you to audition, so if the thought terrfies you, don’t worry. You should be able to find a chorus that does not audition. If they do ask you to audition, what usually happens is that you take a piece which you know to sing to the choir director. It is nothing like the X-Factor!
There’s something to suit everybody, but you have to get out there and find what’s right for you. Contact the choir director to find out what standard they are looking for. Even if you don’t join up, they may be able to put you in touch with another local choir.