Our regular rehearsals are on Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. at St. Martha’s Church Hall, Birkdale/Cooden Sea Rd, Little Common, TN39 4SL. We rehearse weekly from January to July and September to December. There is some parking in front of the church hall (entry on Cooden Sea Rd) or a public car park behind the hall (accessed from Cooden Sea Rd, next to Tesco), which is free after 6 p.m. We have a short break about half way through the rehearsal but don’t provide refreshments, as we found this took up too much time. We have a final afternoon rehearsal on the day of the concert at the concert venue.
We perform 3 concerts during the year, usually in May, October and December, featuring a wide range of choral music. The May and October concerts are generally accompanied by orchestra and the December concert (Christmas music and carols) by a brass ensemble. Our main concert venue at present is St. Augustine’s Church, Cooden Drive, Bexhill, TN39 3AZ, which has a small car park and ample on-street parking. We sometimes also perform concerts at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill.
Membership subscriptions are currently £92 per year (April to March), which can be paid as one annual subscription or in two instalments. New members joining part way through a financial year will pay pro rata.
Ladies wear a long-sleeved plain black top, and a long black skirt or smart black trousers; a coloured scarf is also worn, which can be purchased or borrowed from the Society. Gentlemen wear white shirt, black DJ and black trousers, black bow tie (usually red at Christmas). Plain black folders are used for music; members need to provide their own (inexpensive folders are available from Choraline, with whom the Society has a discount).
How to join
We are a non-audition choir, and while some ability to read music is advantageous, we welcome people with a range of musical knowledge and experience. Anyone who thinks they might like to sing with us is very welcome to come along and give it a try. You can come and sing with us for a few weeks at no charge (music will be provided) to see how you get on, and decide whether it’s for you. After a few weeks there will be a very basic, non-scary ‘Voice Placement’ with the director of music, simply to establish that you can actually sing in tune and are singing in the right voice, and to provide an opportunity for any queries or issues to be discussed, after which you may join the choir as a full member.