Whether you are an experienced singer or not, a capable musician or not, we would love to meet you. Our contact page gives you details of where we are and how to contact us. Come and see us on Tuesday night. You can sit and listen or join in and take part in the evening – whatever you feel most comfortable doing. Getting involved in a cappella singing is a decision we have never known anyone to regret.
1. EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST
You’ll find us rehearsing on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm to 10pm at Ocean Academy Poole, Constitution Hill Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, BH14 0PZ.
Bring enthusiasm, bottle of water, a pen and comfortable shoes.
2. YOUR FIRST VISIT
When you arrive at the Ocean Academy Poole, approximately 20 other women will be happy to greet you at the door and welcome you in! Our Music Librarian will give you a folder of music so that you can follow the songs as we sing them. You will be invited to join the physical and vocal warm-ups so that you can become accustomed to the way we work and start building some relationships within the chorus
3. CONTINUE ATTENDING REHEARSALS
On a subsequent visit, our Musical Director, Cathy Ball, will establish your vocal range via a means of a “voice test”. This will determine which voice section you will belong to: Tenor, Lead, Baritone or Bass. This “voice test” usually entails singing a simple song to determine the appropriate voice part. This is dependent on voice range, voice quality and experience. Some harmony parts are more difficult to sing than others.
You will then be given a CD and some sheet music to start the journey towards your audition. We sing the audition song during every rehearsal.
Our Section Leaders can organise practice auditions with others so you know what to expect for the real thing when you’re ready. Our Section Leaders have a wealth of knowledge and you can contact them if you have any musical queries along the way.
4. YOUR AUDITION
There are two parts to the audition:
- When you are confident you know the audition song, which usually takes about 6 weeks, you will need to sing your part in a quartet with three experienced member of the chorus. Your section leader will also be there. This will be carried out in private and not in front of the chorus. The audition is really not as scary as it sounds. Your section leader will sing the song with you to start you off and will back off to listen how you sing your part. Go for it when you’re ready! If you pass, the chorus will assign you a “buddy” within your section to ensure that you have sufficient support to help you on becoming a Wessex Harmony member.
- We sing our songs without music and stage presentation is important to keep the audience entertained. The Presentation team will assess you on your moves before your first sing out. This will be carried out within the chorus and both help and advise will be given.
If you are interested in joining our chorus please also see what it means to become a member of Wessex Harmony