Choir without the boring bits

 

GENERAL FAQ'S

Q: WHAT IS SOME VOICES AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

A: Some Voices is a contemporary, non-religious choir made up nearly 1000 members, split between 12 groups across London.

We run evening choirs 7-9pm across three 10 week terms (SPRING (January -> April) | SUMMER (May -> August) | WINTER (September -> December). During which you you’ll learn and rehearse up to 10 songs.

At the end of the 10 week term we produce large scale and professional standard performances for you to take part in

Waterloo Wednesday offers people the opportunity to take part in a smaller choir and perform in more relaxed and intimate gigs. We follow the same term structure as the larger choir (above) but with different music to suit the size of the choir.


Q: HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?

Head to Sing With US, scroll to 'Join our Winter Term 2018', select your preferred choir and click 'join us'. Simple as that.

Once you've paid your membership fee, you’ll receive an email with all your membership details. If you have any questions not answered in our FAQs just pop us an email at sing@somevoices.co.uk


Q: I want to come for a free taster session - what do I do?

A: Great! We'd love you to sing with us! Your first rehearsal with us is free,

Simply head to our 'Sing With Us' page, select 'Sign up for your free taster' fill out the sign-up form and you'll receive information about this term's rehearsal dates. 

Choose the date that best suits you and simply come along!


Q: WHEN CAN I ATTEND MY FREE TASTER
A: Anytime you like. Just be aware that if you come to a sessions later in the term, and love it so much you want to join (you will..promise), you will have missed a significant amount of rehearsals. We can help you with this decision, so drop us a line at sing@somevocies.co.uk or head to Sing With Us.


Q: CAN I SWITCH MY TASTER DATE/VENUE?

A: Of course. Just drop us a line at sing@somevoices.co.uk, and let us know which choir you want to switch to.

 * I attended my taster but decided to join next term

No problem. We'll keep you on the mailing list to receive information about this term's show and next term's sign-up.


Q: DO I NEED PREVIOUS SINGING EXPERIENCE?

A: Not at all! We’re a non-audition choir and everyone is welcome. Whether you've been singing for years or fancy trying something new.

We learn everything by ear and believe that this offers the most accessible and enjoyable experience for everyone, while making our rehearsals fun and informal. There's no sheet music to worry about and you'll get audio support as part of your membership pack to help you practice at home.

See for yourself -  sign up for a Free Taster Session


Q: I CAN'T PAY IN FULL - CAN I PAY IN INSTALLMENTS?

A: We can’t reserve places, but want you to be part of Some Voices so will try and help in any way we can. If you’re unable to pay the full term fee upfront please contact the team on sing@somevoices.co.uk


Q: WHAT DO MEMBERSHIP FEES CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS?

A: Membership fees ensure we can provide a professional and fun experience for all our members. This includes paying our professional Choir Leaders to deliver expert rehearsals in welcoming and accessible venues across London; writing and arranging music for the shows we work towards; recording professional backing tracks for learning resources outside of the rehearsal space; maintenance of our website; administration fees and business taxes.


Q: DO I HAVE TO STAND TO SING?

A: Not necessarily - especially if you are unable to for any length of time. I

f you have any access requirements please drop us line at sing@somevoices.co.uk and we will work with you to ensure you can just focus on the singing and having a wonderful time.


Q: I need a choir for an event - who can I contact?

A: Simply head to 'Book us' and fill out the form, or contact our events manager Andrea directly.


Q: When will you be starting a choir in my area?

A: Some Voices now has 12 choirs around London. Our full list of choirs can be found here. If you'd like to suggest a new location to us, please email us at


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MEMBER FAQ'S

Q: HOW DO I SIGN IN AT REHEARSAL?

A: Your leader will have a printed register at every rehearsal. Please ensure you have ticked off your name on the relevant form: : Members | free taster |  Visiting members from another choir.

If you forget, and you are logged as a no show for more than 2 rehearsal, we will assume you no longer want to joining and will take you off the membership list.


Q: CAN I BRING FOOD AND DRINK TO REHEARSAL?

A: Yes, but please be mindful not to bring anything that could be disruptive to the people around you. Please do not bring alcohol into our rehearsal venues, there will be plenty of time for a drink after rehearsal! The no-alcohol policy has been agreed with all rehearsal venues and ignoring this request could result in the cancellation of your membership.


Q: CAN I SWITCH CHOIRS

A: Yes of course! If you'd like to change choirs permanently, just drop us an email at sing@somevoices.co.uk to let us know and we'll update the register ready for your next rehearsal. If you need to attend another choir because you can't make your regular day / venue, there's no need to email. Just head to the alternative rehearsal and add your name to the register.


Q: CAN I ATTEND A DIFFERENT REHEARSAL EVERY NOW AND THEN?

A: Anyone can switch choirs during term. The only restriction is for Waterloo Wednesday. If they move to or from WW then they need to made aware that it's a different setlist and the songs they've learnt so far won't be the same. They also need to be reminded of the different shows.


Q: CAN I ATTEND MORE THAN ONE REHEARSAL IN A WEEK?

A: Yes, if you've missed a rehearsal and want to catch up, or if you generally feel like you need a bit more practice then you're more than welcome to attend an additional rehearsal. Please do make sure you add your name to the other rehearsal's register.


Q: WHAT IF I CAN'T ATTEND MY REHEARSAL?

A: No problem!

Let us know which rehearsals you'll be missing on the google form [HERE]. If you're able to attend another rehearsal in its place, just head there and add your name to the relevant part of the register. If not, you can still practice at home with your membership pack.

 

If you miss two weeks of rehearsals without filling out the form or attending an alternative rehearsal we'll send you an email to check that you're still around. If after 3 missed rehearsals we still haven't heard from you we'll assume you no longer want to attend and will open up your spot to those on the waiting list - but don't worry. If you've just been away and forgotten to let us know, drop us an email at sing@somevoices.co.uk and we'll get you back on that register.

NB: Refunds are not issued for missed rehearsals.


Q: I'm a new member - where do I get my vocal parts?

A: If you've paid for your membership you'll have been sent a link to your online membership pack. In the week leading up to term, we will send you another email containing  links t your Dropbox parts.


Q: WHEN ARE INTENSIVE/DRESS REHEARSALS? WHEN DO WEEKLY REHEARSALS END? WHAT ARE THE TERM DATES?

A: Just head to your  MEMBERS PAGE for all your membership information. Please note that the Main Choir and Waterloo Wednesday have different term and performance dates.


Q: I CAN'T LOG ON TO THE MEMBERS PAGE - HELP!

A: When you signed up to the new term you would have received an email from us with a password for the private Members Page. If you can't find this email don't worry - just drop us a line to

If you know the password, and trying to log in on your mobile phone - don't forget to press 'return' after you have entered the password and before you press 'done'.


 

Q: How can I get involved with Other Opportunities - how does sign up work?

A: Rather excitingly. we’re getting asked to take part in a whole range of gigs (BBC, Timeout50, Festival of Voice, The Big Feasitval)
There’s a range of ability that exists within the Some Voices main choirs, Semi Chorus and Company choir so we need to consider many factors when planning each event as best as possible; for us, you and our clients. Although there are occasional exceptions to ‘the rule’, here’s a low down of how it works and when you can get involved.

BIG GIGS 
Open to all members.  No audition required. 

MEDIUM SIZED GIGS
For auditioned singers from Semi Chorus. (NB: Most of the time gigs will be allocated on a first come first serve basis but on occasion, rehearsal time, client needs and event set up means we call on singers based on recent and relevant experience with us and the client)

SMALL GIGS
Mainly for professional (our Company Choir) and very strong singers with lots of experience.


Q: I CAN’T COME TO CHOIR ANYMORE - CAN I GET A REFUND?

A: We are sorry to see you go!

As stated in the MEMBERSHIP POLICY you have the right to cancel this agreement at any time, however, the minimum commitment period is one term. Refunds won’t be given for the remainder of the current term if you decide to leave before the end.

You can interrupt your membership for any period of time under exceptional reasons, to be agreed with Some Voices management.