The Addison Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir of between 30-40 voices
The Addison Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir of between 30-40 voices who sing a large repertoire but have become particularly known for the performance of music by a wide range of contemporary composers, many of whom have written pieces especially for the choir. Most recently the choir performed at the Americana Festival at St John’s Smith Square and ‘Parry and Beyond’ at St Paul’s Covent Garden. The choir regularly sings at St Martin’s in the Fields as part of the Brandenburg Festival, King's Place and venues across London. In July 2018 the choir went on tour to Isle of Man and performed a range of contemporary works with local choirs. Addison Chamber Choir frequently joins concerts given by the Addison Oratorio Choir, often having their own performing spot and making a pleasing contrast to the larger scale works sung by the bigger choir. A high level of commitment and rehearsal attendance and practice at home is expected.
Conductor: David Wordsworth
Ability: For more experienced singers
Duration: 1 hour, 10 weeks
Day & time: Wednesdays, 6.30-7.30pm
Membership subscription (Spring term 2021 only): £30, includes all music (temporary pricing - to be reviewed)
Venue: online via Zoom
SPRING 2021: Due to the challenging circumstances, and the fact that sessions are run online, there will be no auditions for Spring 2021 and no new intake. Please contact the Membership Coordinator to indicate interest for future terms.
Please see further information about the informal audition requirements.
A bursary to attract and retain enthusiastic singers with financial needs, who demonstrate exceptional talent and wish to join the Chamber Choir may be available on application from the Membership Coordinator (please specify Classical Choirs Bursary in the subject field). The bursary covers all fees and music for one year and is conditional on also joining the Oratorio Choir and committing to singing at all Chamber and Oratorio Choir performances during the year.
The repertoire is extremely varied including contemporary composers such as Judith Weir, John Ireland, Eric Whitacre, Howard Skempton, Gavin Bryars and more widely performed works by Mozart, Vivaldi and Bernstein.
Previous works performed include:
Barber - Agnus Dei
Richard Rodney Bennett - Farewell to Arms
Bernstein– Chichester Psalms
Britten - Five Flower Songs
Chilcott - Weather Report
Duruflé – Motets
Elgar– Torrents in Summer
Fauré - Requiem
Lauridsen - Nocturnes
Mathias - Shakespeare Songs
Palestrina - Lamentations of Jeremiah
Poulenc - Christmas Motets
Parry - Songs of Farewell
Schubert - Mass in G
Stanford - Three Motets
Vaughan Williams - Five English Folksongs
Weir– The Song Sung True
Whitacre– Sleep, Cloudburst
Gavin Bryars - A la Dolce Ombra (world premiere)
Cecilia McDowall - Shipping Forecast (London premiere)
Kenneth Hesketh - I sing of a maiden (world premiere)
David Matthews - The Lord is my Shepherd (version for choir & strings : world premiere)
Zillah Myers– Red, Red Rose (world premiere)
Edwin Roxburgh - Lament (world premiere)
Howard Skempton - The Great Breath (commissioned by the Addison Singers: world premiere)
First rehearsal: Wednesday 6 January 2021
Cost: £30.00 (temporary pricing - to be reviewed)
Place: online via Zoom
Half Term: Wednesday 17 February 2021
Last rehearsal: Wednesday 17 March 2021
Music to include:
Poulenc - Salve Regina
Rheinberger - Abendlied
Verdi - Ave Maria
Purcell/Bryars - Dido's Lament
Chamber and Oratorio Choir Spring Concert: (subject to government advice)
Saturday 20 March 2021 @ 7.30 pm, St Peter’s Church, Southfield Road
First rehearsal: TBC please keep checking the Home page and our newsletter for information about our Summer 2020 online programme
Cost: £70.00 full member or £50.00 concessions – price includes all music
Place: Sapphire Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half term: Wednesday 29 May 2020 (NO REHEARSAL)
Last rehearsal: Wednesday 1 July 2020
CANCELLED-Joint Anniversary concert with Oratorio and Jazz Choir and Ensemble : Saturday 4 July 2020, 7.30pm @ St Peter's Church, Southfield Road, London, W4 1BB
Music to include:
James Macmillan - Two Scots Traditional Songs
Pachelbel arr Chilcott - Canon
First rehearsal: Wednesday 16 September 2020
Cost: £30.00 - price includes all music (temporary pricing - to be reviewed)
Place: online via Zoom
Half Term: Wednesday 28 October 2020 (NO REHEARSAL)
Last rehearsal: Wednesday 25 November 2020
We hope to rehearse and ultimately record some short pieces that many will have sung before from European Sacred Music Casals - O vos omnes Palestrina - Exsultate Deo
For our first session on 16 September, you will have in hand your copy of European Sacred Music so please think about suitable pieces and old favourites from European Sacred Music you would like to sing again.
Auditions are necessary for entry to the two smaller Addison Singers groups, the Jazz Ensemble and the Chamber Choir, in order to achieve a good blend and balance of voices, and to ensure that singers have the musicianship and sight-reading skills to be able to perform the chosen repertoire to a high standard.
SPRING 2021: due to the challenging circumstances, there will be no auditions for Chamber Choir for the Autumn intake. Please contact the Membership Coordinator to indicate interest for future terms.
Auditions for the Chamber Choir are usually held at the beginning of each term. Successful applicants are asked to commit themselves for a minimum of a term to include the concert or ideally for longer and to participate in at least 75% of the rehearsals.
When to apply To apply to audition for the Chamber Choir, please fill in the online form. Auditions are held at the beginning of each term. The exact date for the start of each term will be given on our dates page.
Format of audition Your audition will be with the Music Director with an accompanist and should take no more than about 10 minutes and will include: - a few vocal exercises - some sight reading - performance of a piece you have prepared.
How to apply If you would like to have an audition, please fill in the online form or if you have any queries, contact our Membership Coordinator, or phone 07531 447960. She will be able to help with further information and arrange a time for you to attend an audition prior to rehearsals starting.
If you are interested in joining the Chamber Choir please read the information about auditions. NOTE: NO AUDITIONS to be held for the Spring 2021 intake.
NEW MEMBERS: If you have completed a successful audition, please enrol online before term starts by first registering (click on Register in the top menu bar and fill in the form with your details, choose a password). You can then login as a member (click on Members in the top menu bar) by entering your email and password.
Once logged in the Members section, you can purchase a Chamber Choir membership (click on Purchase your memberships), go through Checkout, choose a payment method and confirm. You will receive an email confirmation.
Please contact us to ask about enrolling after term has started.
EXISTING MEMBERS: To enrol you need to first access the Members section - click on Members in the top menu bar, then log in with your email address and/or reset your password. Choose your membership(s), go through Checkout, select a payment method and confirm. You will receive an email confirmation.
Any potential new member to one of the auditioned choirs will be invited to do their audition and then, if successful, will be invited to stay for that evening's rehearsal. At the end of which you will be asked to complete the enrolment online and make the appropriate payment.
You can pay by:
- bank transfer online (BACS) to CAF Bank Sort code 40-52-40, Account 00016259. Please put your last name, choir/class and term as the payee reference (eg SMITH OC VT SPR14). This is our preferred method of payment, it doesn't cost you or us anything.
- cheque, please add your bank card number on the reverse of your cheque, made payable to The Addison Group of Singers.
- credit/debit card. We are now able to offer a card payment option. A small fee is payable to cover the cost of the transaction. Please select Debit/Credit Card payment on the Checkout page and follow instructions. You will receive an email confirmation.
If a choir rehearsal has to be cancelled, for example, due to bad weather conditions, refunds will not be given, as we will try to arrange an alternative date. If a class has to be cancelled and cannot be rearranged, the fee will be refunded based on the number of cancelled sessions.
If a member does not take up a place or complete a term for any reason (other than the above) there is no entitlement to a refund. You can however opt to transfer your fee to the following term, but we do ask you to return the current term's music before this is confirmed. If you wish to transfer to another choir or class you need to consult our Membership Coordinator, and any difference in the fee or subscription must be paid or be refunded. If you require a receipt for your postal enrolment, you will need to enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope.
If you are a taxpayer, current legislation allows us to reclaim basic rate income tax on your membership subscriptions (however not on CDs, class fees or tuition elements). When enrolling online, please read the Gift Aid information and tick the box if you are happy for us to do this. Remember to notify us if you no longer pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax equal to the tax we can reclaim on your donations.
Once you have enrolled in a choir or class, you will be eligible to access the Members' area on the AS website and added to the mailing list to receive e-mail information about choir activities, social and other events. An online resource only, you can access information sheets, publicity posters, the Newsletters, photos of concerts, additional trips and social events. This helps us reduce postal costs and speeds up communication about choir events. The Membership Coordinator will send you an email with an invitation to join and give you a pre-selected password that you can change to a more memorable version once you are logged in.
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