The Addison Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir of between 20-30 voices
The Addison Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir of between 20-30 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 with the Gavin Bryars Ensemble at the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music and gave another concert with the ensemble at King's Place in 2017. The choir frequently join 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 15 mins, 10 weeks
Day & time: Wednesdays, 6.30pm-7.45pm
Membership subscription (per term): £70 (concessions £50), includes all music
Venue: Sapphire Room, 2nd Floor, The Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
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.
In recent years the Chamber Choir have given an increasing number of concerts by themselves, most notably at the Shipley Festival (Sussex), the Ramsey Festival (Cambridgeshire) and concerts at the Brandenburg Spring Choral Festival in 2011, 2012 and will be singing there in 2013. In February 2011, the Chamber Choir played an important part in the 'Celebrating Percy Grainger Festival' at King's Place, for which they were joined by acclaimed soloists Yvonne Kenny and Stephen Varcoe and they sang at two concerts as part of the John Ireland in Chelsea Festival' in June 2012. Since 2014, the Chamber Choir has taken part in the Brandenburg Choral Festival. In July 2018, they gave a concert tour in the Isle of Man.
Previous works performed include:
Barber - Agnus Dei
Richard Rodney Bennett - Farewell to Arms
Britten - Five Flower Songs
Chilcott - Weather Report
Duruflé - Motets
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 and part-songs by Finzi, Ireland, Copland etc....
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)
Moment of Vision (world premiere)
Edwin Roxburgh - Lament (world premiere)
Howard Skempton - The Great Breath (commissioned by the Addison Singers: world premiere)
First rehearsal: Wednesday 16 January 2019
Cost: £70.00 full member or £50.00 concession - price includes music
Place: Sapphire Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half Term: Wednesday 20 February 2019
Last rehearsal: Wednesday 27 March 2019
Brandenburg Festival Concert: TBC
Joint concert with Oratorio Choir: Saturday 30 March 2019, 7.30pm
First rehearsal: Wednesday 1 May 2019
Cost: £70.00 full member or £50.00 concessions – price includes all music
Place: Malinova Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half term: Wednesday 29 May (NO REHEARSALS)
Last rehearsal: Wednesday 10 July 2019
Joint concert with Chamber Choir: Saturday 13 July 2019, 7.30pm
First rehearsal: Wednesday 12 September 2018
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 24 October 2018
Last rehearsal: Wednesday 21 November 2018
-Sunday 14 October, 8pm @ St John's Smith Square
Bernstein - Chichester Psalms
Whitacre - Cloudburst
-Sunday 28 October, time TBC @ St Paul's, Covent Garden (Brandenburg Autumn Choral Festival)
Parry - My Soul there is a Country
Stanford - The Bluebird/Heraclitus
Elgar - Torrents in Summer
Vaughan Williams - English Folksongs
Ireland - The Hills
Judith Weir - The Song Sung True
Edward Gregson - Barbara Allen
Zillah Myers - Red, Red Rose
-Friday 16 November, 7.30pm @ St Martin In the Fields, Trafalgar Square, with the Brandenburg Sinfonia and soloists (Brandenburg Autumn Choral Festival)
Antonio Vivaldi - Gloria
-Thursday December 6th - Carol Concert in aid of Action on Hearing Loss
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.
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.
If you have completed a successful audition, please enrol online by first registering here on the Addison Singers website, then purchase a Chamber Choir membership, click on Checkout and choose a payment method. You will receive a confirmation email.
Please contact us to ask about enrolling after term has started.
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.
Concessions apply to people who are registered unemployed or disabled, and those receiving Income Support, Working Family Tax Credit, Invalidity Benefit, Severe Disability Allowance, Jobseekers Allowance or similar benefits; also people over 60 and students in full-time education. Full-time students under 25 may also claim a further £24 discount (except for the Learn to Read Music Class). Proof is required to claim a concessionary rate.
More than one choir: if you wish to join more than one choir, you are entitled to a discount of £25 (£17 concessions). For a third choir, deduct a further £10 (£5 concessions).
Early Bird Prize Draw
A Prize Draw takes place each term at the first rehearsal from the online enrolments completed and paid for prior to the first rehearsal. The winner receives the equivalent of half their term fees.
Introduce a Friend
Current choir members will also receive a £20 reduction in their fee (the following term) if they introduce a new member who enrols in a choir!
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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