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Calling all Tenors

Are you an amateur Tenor singer looking to expand your choral activities? Are you a lapsed Tenor looking to re-discover a much-loved hobby? Then Worcester Festival Choral Society wants to hear from you in January 2020!

We are currently looking for additional Tenor voices to swell our highly-regarded, 140-strong SATB chorus. As our Chorus is usually full, with a waiting list, it's a rare opportunity to join one of the region's most prestigious large classical choirs! 

Established almost 160 years ago, WFCS was often conducted by Sir Edward Elgar in its early days. Today, under the baton of the inspirational Samuel Hudson,  our Choral Society is going from strength to strength. Performing with a professional orchestra and world-class soloists, we regularly attract audiences of more than 500 music lovers to each of our concerts in the magnificent setting of Worcester Cathedral. And we have a lot of fun along the way! Some of our singers also have the chance to form part of the renowned Three Choirs Festival Chorus each year.

So, if you sing Tenor and think you would enjoy learning and performing the ‘classical choral greats’ with us, do check out the FAQs below and get in touch today (details below). We'd love you to come and try us out this January, with no obligation! (But sorry, no current vacancies for soprano, alto or bass voice parts!)

INTERESTED? Email our membership secretary Sally Rees or call her on 01684 564721, then come along to rehearsal at Worcester Cathedral on Monday 13th January or Monday 20th January, from 7.30-9.30pm. (Please access the Cathedral nave via the rear, cloisters entrance, off College Green). 

FAQs

What experience do I need?

You don’t necessarily need previous choral experience, just to hold a good tune! Some ability to read music is also an advantage. We’re a very friendly lot with members of all ages and always enjoy singing and learning together. The main thing is a love of music!

When do we rehearse?

Our rehearsals are held in the Worcester Cathedral nave on Monday evenings during term-times (7.30-9.30pm). 

What do we perform?

Every season we stage three major concerts at Worcester Cathedral, performing some of the world’s best-loved choral works, such as Handel’s Messiah, Haydn's Creation and Mozart’s Requiem – as well as more modern classics. Our next concert on Saturday 21st March is sea-themed, including Vaughan Williams’ epic A Sea Symphony.

What else can I expect?

Singing with WFCS is an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience, as well as a social opportunity. Beyond our own concerts, additional activities include performing in the Cathedral's 'Tidings of Joy' Christmas concert, holding a popular annual ‘Come & Sing’ workshop day, a quiz night and other activities. In addition members have the chance to apply for the renowned Three Choirs Festival Chorus each year.

Is there a cost?

There is no weekly cost, just an annual membership fee that usually aplies in September. If you enjoy attending a couple of our January rehearsals and then decide to join, only the membership fee for this term will apply (£62.50)

Do I need to bring my own music?

No, we will provide you with a loaned vocal score. Simply bring a pencil!

Is there an audition?

If you decide you'd like to join, then a short (and friendly) audition will be arranged for you later in the spring term, with our conductor Samuel Hudson. But don't be put off! The aim is simply to establish your choral potential, including voice range and quality. 

Any other questions?

You may find our Members Page and additional Member FAQs of further interest.

Are there any vacancies in other voice parts?

No - in fact we currently have waiting lists for the other voice parts (Soprano, Alto and Bass). So if you are a Tenor, it's a great chance to snap up the opportunity!

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