When you arrive at the Ocean Academy Poole, approximately 25 other women will be happy to greet you at the door and welcome you in! Ask for Sue Harris, our Membership Secretary, who will take your contact details.
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.
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 members 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 presence 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.
What are Members Of the Chorus committing to?
Wessex Harmony meets every Tuesday evening for normally 50 weeks of the year with usually a two week break at Christmas. In addition to this, extra section practices may be held and you will be informed by your section leader when and where they will take place. We also have visiting vocal coaches during the year. Prior to National Convention or at a show/concert additional rehearsals may take place on a Saturday or Sunday.
We recognise that no-one can attend every single scheduled rehearsal but you are urged to attend as many as possible and let your section leader or the Chairman know if you have to miss one.
Wessex Harmony regularly performs public engagements for a variety of functions. These bookings are not accepted unless a sufficient number of the chorus is able to attend and make a balanced chorus of acceptable size. You are encouraged to attend as many as you can. We are available to be booked and sing at Weddings, Masonic Lodges, Charity events, Gala evenings and celebrations throughout the year and at Christmas.
Wessex Harmony regularly competes in the National LABBS Chorus Contest held at the Annual Convention each year in late October. All chorus members are expected to be on stage for this contest and sometimes a preliminary round is held in April. The chorus also competes in local music festivals.
Regular monthly subscriptions are paid by Standing Order – please ask for current cost.
This includes your membership of LABBS, cost of hiring the rehearsal room, purchase of music, stage costumes eat. Your first annual subsection to LABBS is payable in advance on becoming a full member. Subsequent subscriptions to LABBS are made from your chorus subscription.
The biggest additional cost will normally be attendance at the LABBS Annual Convention, which is held over a weekend (Friday to Sunday). Although the chorus usually pays for coach travel to these events, members are responsible for paying their hotel accommodation, registration fee and other outgoings.
If you are interested in joining our chorus we practise here
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.
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Ocean Academy Poole, Constitution Hill Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, BH14 0PZ