JOINING EALING CHORAL SOCIETY: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many people sing in the choir?
We currently have approximately 80 members, comprising 30 sopranos, 30 altos, and 20 tenors and basses.
What is the age range?
We are very fortunate in having a wide age range in membership. We accept members from 16 years of age and some of our members are over 80. Many of our members joined at a young age and some have given over 40 years' service to the choir.
When and where are the rehearsals?
We rehearse on Monday evenings from 7.35 pm to 9.45 pm at Ealing Green Church Hall, Ealing Green. This is a modern well-appointed hall, within walking distance of both Ealing Broadway and South Ealing Stations and is on the 65 bus route. In concert week, we may have an extra rehearsal during the week. On the day of a concert we rehearse in the afternoon with the orchestra and soloists.
Where can I park my car for rehearsals?
You can park free from 7.30pm in Grange Road and from 6.30pm in areas of Bond Street. There is also an NCP car park in the Ealing Broadway centre. See map below.
Are there any vacancies?
We are always keen to welcome new members in all voice parts.
Are most members music teachers or professional musicians?
Not at all, our members come from all walks of life. Our uniting interest is an enjoyment of singing and the reward of being part of a great team.
How good a singer do I need to be?
You do need to be able to sing in tune and read a musical score. It is an advantage if you have sight-reading abilities. The main requirement is your commitment to learn and perform the works to a high standard and your commitment to belonging to the choir and performing in our concerts.
How many concerts are there a year?
We hold three concerts a year (typically in November, March and June) as well as a Carol Concert in December. We also take part in local community events.
How many rehearsals do I need to attend for each concert?
Members are expected to make every effort to attend rehearsals. If a member misses more than two rehearsals for a particular concert, he/she may be advised, at the discretion of the Director of Music, not to sing in the performance. We consider this important to achieve the high standards our audiences expect from us.
How can I practice at home?
MIDI practice files (with voice parts emphasised) and recordings of works we are performing are made available wherever possible in the Members' arae of the website.
Do I need to live in Ealing?
No, so long as you can get here to rehearse! We have members from all parts of West London (Ealing, Acton, Hanwell, Greenford, Chiswick, Brentford, Kew, Southall) as well as others from further afield.
Do I need to audition?
Yes, we are an auditioned choir. We encourage new members to sit in on a few rehearsals and then have an audition if they would like to join. Members are auditioned by the Director of Music when they first join and then every 4 years. The audition consists of aural tests, a short sight-reading piece and a piece of your own choice. See Audition Information for further details.
How often do I need to re-audition?
Re-auditions are every 4 years once you join.
What type of music does the choir sing?
We sing both sacred and secular choral music, as well as contemporary and commissioned works. See our Concert History for full details.
Where does the choir perform?
St Barnabas Church in Pitshanger Lane, Ealing is our most usual venue. We also give concerts each year in other concert halls and churches around London, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Cadogan Hall.
Who are the music staff?
Who runs the choir?
The choir is run by a committee of elected members in consultation with the Director of Music.
How good are the orchestras and soloists?
We always use professional musicians and soloists for each concert.
What is the subscription?
Subscription for the 2017/2018 season is £180 (£135 concessionary). For members under 30 years of age, the subscription is £78. We can also provide free membership for young people aged 16 to 23, through our bursary fund
We are currently offering a 50% reduced subscription to new tenors and basses for the first 2 years of membership.
Do I need to buy the scores for the works performed at each concert?
No, we loan members the scores. There is sometimes a small hire charge for this, but not always.
Are there activities other than concerts?
Yes, there is a lively social events programme for all choir members, their family and friends, including a quiz night. There is also the opportunity to socialise after each rehearsal.
Can I join as a non-singing member?
Yes, you can become an Associate.
How do I join?
Click here for details.