Meeting Voices Community Choir

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  • "If you can talk you can sing!"

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be in the choir?

You can, anyone can... (though under 16s need to be accompanied)

Do you hold auditions?

Never!

Do I need any experience of singing?

No experience is necessary- just enthusiasm!!

Do you have to read music?

No - all the songs are taught by ear, all you have to do is listen!

I prefer to sing from music- can I?

Songs are taught by ear, which gets easier with practice.

I'm not sure I can hold a part in harmony

The songs are sung in parts (sometimes as rounds). Each part is taught separately and you choose a part and sit between others singing the same.  Pete will go over your part as many times as are necessary for everyone to pick it up.

If a song is in another language how will I manage?

Many of the songs are in languages that are phonetic i.e. the words sound as you would expect from the written form. For other songs we have a phonetic version to help us sing the words correctly. It is surprising how quickly everyone picks it up.

Does the choir perform to the public?

The choir occasionally performs at public events (we aim for one performance each term if possible) but this is purely on an individual voluntary basis. The main purpose of the choir is to sing for our own pleasure, to entertain our friends and families and to raise money for good causes.

Does the choir sing unaccompanied?

We do not have musical accompaniment although Pete will start us off on the right note!

When does the choir meet?

We meet on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.15pm in Chard Town Hall. This is upstairs (lift available) in the Guildhall, Fore Street, Chard, Somerset TA20 1PP.

How much does it cost?

The cost is £60 for a 12-week term. (Concessions £48/students £30). 

Who can get a concession on the cost?

People with low income (self defined); under 18s and those in full time education.

Is there parking near the venue?

There is free parking in the nearby Boden Street car park. There is some disabled parking to the front of the Town Hall.

Who runs the choir?

The choir is led by Pete Linnett.   A small committee of members is responsible for general organisational issues.

How big is the choir?

There are between 45 and 50 members.  The number is capped at 50 and a waiting list is in operation if more people than this wish to belong.  Numbers fluctuate from term to term.

Will my family be able to hear me sing?

We aim to have one performance a term.