Singing in the choir

Thanet Festival Choir welcomes people of all levels of experience to come and enjoy singing.

Perhaps you have sung in a choir at school, or at some other stage in life, (perhaps in Church) and are looking to get back in to it. Maybe you have never sung in a choir before but always wanted to “give it a go”. Whatever your history, you will be welcomed here.

We rehearse each week during term time on a Wednesday evening, at Holy Trinity Church, Cliftonville CT9 3TN, from 7.40-9.40pm, and perform at least four concerts each year. We don’t tend to sing anything from memory,  but if you aren’t confident about reading music then voice-part recordings are usually available so that you can rehearse and learn at home. How you learn is entirely up to you.  Our members are all friendly and supportive and will do all that they can to help.

There is no formal audition for the choir, although the Music Director (Clifford) will need to hear you sing a few notes, just to make sure you are singing in the correct section. This also gives him the opportunity to meet and chat to new members, and vice versa. Prospective new members are invited to attend two rehearsals before being ‘heard’ by Clifford – you can either ‘sit in’ or sing, so that you get a feeling for what we do and whether or not TFC is the choir for you before making any commitment.

Music is usually hired, although if you wish to purchase your own copy that too can be arranged.   It is imperative that you bring a soft pencil every week as you will be expected to mark relevant instructions in your score at rehearsals.

When it comes to performances, ladies wear a long-sleeved black blouse or top with a full length black skirt or smart black trousers (or a long-sleeved long black dress) and black shoes, and gentlemen wear a dinner suit (DJ), white shirt, black bow tie and black shoes. Aside from the concert ‘glad rags’, you will need to purchase a choir branded folder which the choir will supply (currently £5.50).

The Annual Subscription is currently £84 (2016/2017) and is due in September; some members pay in two instalments, payable in September and January.  There is no reduction in the Subscription for members who are unable to take part in a session, but membership is free to students in full-time education and in cases of exceptional hardship a reduced subscription may be negotiated through the Treasurer.

The choir is renowned for its warm welcome and the social scene includes quiz nights and the occasional  trips to perform abroad. We look forward to seeing you soon.

If you would like to come along and ‘have a go’ with no obligation then please do contact us.