We’re a Harrogate-based community choir meeting on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for rehearsals at 7:30pm for two hours until 9:30pm. Currently our rehearsals are held at Woodlands Methodist Church on Wetherby Road in Harrogate (more details here). Members can attend either or both rehearsals at no extra cost. We usually sing in four or six part harmony but the ability to read music isn’t needed and we don’t hold auditions. Quite a number of our singers do not read music and if you want an audition you can do that in the shower!
Rehearsals follow the school terms. Our music director, Liz Linfoot, is a music teacher who has lead a number of choirs (more details here). Her approach is fresh and rehearsals are always fun. Certainly rehearsals seem to whizz by and we always have time set by to sing songs rather than just learning.
We embrace numerous music genres (see some examples on our Repertoire page). This means listening to members about what they want to sing. Clearly, as with any choir, there will be occasions when not all the songs we sing are popular with all members. We’re certain that all members will find many songs that bring out emotion and joy and that is the essential of what we do, having fun!
We sing at various events and are aiming to perform at local venues such as The Royal Hall and International Centre in Harrogate and Leeds Town Hall. In our first term (Autumn 2019) we sang at various venues including RHS Harlow Carr (we’ll be back in 2021) and at Ripon Cathedral as part of their Christmas Spectacular in December. In February last year we took part in the UK Choir Festival in Manchester. Future plans include our own concerts and trips abroad.
The choir is structured as a company limited by guarantee and that guarantee is limited to £1 per member which is taken from the first years subscription. On leaving the choir the guarantee is repaid to the departing member. The consequence of this is that nobody owns the choir because all the members own the choir. We cannot be bought or sold and the choir will last for as long as there are members to run it. That means we rely entirely on volunteers to attend to the day to day operations of the choir. We believe that this is truly a community choir.
For our subscriptions we offer alternative methods of payment. The annual subscription is £270 per person which can be paid either by three termly payments of £90 or annually in advance with a £20 discount being a single payment of £250.
If you’d like to give us a try then please get in touch with us though our Contact us page.