Thank you for your interest in joining us
Current vacancies – none at the moment but we are happy to audition people for our waiting list.
Please get in touch as you would be welcome to have an initial conversation with us, attend a rehearsal, audition and join our short waiting list. In the meantime, we hope to meet you at one of our concerts.
Music for Everyone, of which we are part, offers a range of other choral opportunities – Daytime and Lunchtime Voices, Nottingham Festival Chorus, choral workshops and courses, and a highly regarded August Summer School. Click here for details of these groups and events.
Singers we’re looking for
If you have a pleasing voice that blends with our sound, if you’re reliable, can attend nearly every term-time Wednesday rehearsal and sing in six to seven concerts each season, you’re just the person we’re looking for. Here’s what our seasons look like:
- Four or five Nottingham Chamber Singers’ concerts – autumn, Christmas, spring, summer. On concert weekends we also rehearse on the Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.
- Music for Everyone’s Christmas is Coming family concert (daytime Sunday) – performing on our own and with others.
- Nottingham Festival Chorus course and Nottingham Albert Hall concert (last weekend of January and first Saturday of February) as semi-chorus, supportive choir and sometimes on our own.
- Other Music for Everyone choral course and workshops welcome our participation but are optional. All except the Summer School are included in NCS subs/membership.
You might be glad to know that we rarely ‘note bash’ in rehearsals, so reasonable sight reading ability and willingness to learn at home go down well. Sometimes we sing two or three to a part, so being comfortable to sing out and hold a line is welcome.
We also love people who muck in, offer their skills and get on well with others. We don’t have a committee, we do it together.
When and where we rehearse and perform
Rehearsals: every Wednesday evening (7.30pm – 9.45pm) in school term-time at St Luke’s Church, Leahurst Rd, West Bridgford, NG2 6GL
Concerts: held in different venues, mainly Nottingham or greater Nottingham, usually Saturday evenings, occasionally a Sunday afternoon.
Subs and other costs
NCS for 2023/24 = £186. We accept lump sums or standing orders for £15.50 per month (Less than two takeaway coffees per week!)
Included in that are rehearsals, concerts, tuition during rehearsals, membership of NCS AND Music for Everyone, and MfE day or weekend choral courses and performances (except the Summer School).
When possible, we share lifts to save costs and the planet.
We ask for a small contribution to our vital tea and biscuit supplies. Sometimes there are minimal library hire charges and a few other low-cost items.
BUT we don’t want the cost of membership to keep good singers from joining us, so please have a word with Angela or Rachel who can give you information about our subsidised places scheme.
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How do I join?
Drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a date to come and sing along in a rehearsal. If you feel we could be the choir for you, let us know and we will arrange an audition date.
Auditions are nice and relaxed, at 7.00pm before a rehearsal, and with Angela or Rachel and an accompanist. We aren’t looking for exceptional voices, rather for voices that blend with our NCS sound. You’ll sing something of your own choice – it doesn’t have to be complicated and can be from a choral work rather than a solo piece – plus a few other short exercises and a short piece of sight reading which will be given to you to look at for a few minutes before the audition.
I’m a detail person, tell me more!
Gladly! Our in-house detail people have written EVERYTHING down. Request our Comprehensive Info Sheet when you get in touch.
Alternatively, quiz a current singer over a cuppa when you visit.
We didn’t want this site to be an information overload, so if you have any questions either email us or have a chat with us when you come to a rehearsal.