Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is a small auditioned jazz singing group for experienced men and women singers.

The Jazz Ensemble is a small auditioned jazz singing group for experienced men and women singers. A high level of commitment with rehearsal attendance and practice at home is expected.

Conductor: Matthew Hough
Ability: For more experienced singers
Duration: 1 1/2 hours, 10 weeks
Day & time: Mondays, 6.30pm – 8:00pm
Membership subscription (term): £78 (concessions £55), includes all music
Venue: Malinova Room, 2nd Floor, The Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF

Its versatile repertoire includes more complex jazz arrangements of popular music such as Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and Abba to the classic jazz standards from Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George & Ira Gershwin, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and many others.

Please see further information about the informal auditions requirements

A bursary to attract and retain singers in financial need who demonstrate exceptional talent and wish to join the auditioned Jazz Ensemble may be available. Please contact the Membership Coordinator to apply and for more details. The bursary covers all fees and music for one year and is subject to the successful applicant committing to sing at all Addison jazz performances during the year. These may be jointly with the Jazz Choir or separately as the Jazz Ensemble.

First rehearsal: Monday 11 January 2021 (tbc)
Time: 6.30-8pm
Cost: £78.00 full member or £55.00 concessions – price includes all music
Place: Malinova Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half Term: Monday 13 February 2021 (NO REHEARSAL)
Last rehearsal: Monday 2 March 2021

Theme: tbc



First rehearsal: TBC please keep checking the Home page and our newsletter for information about our Summer 2020 online programme
Time: 6.30-8pm
Cost: £78.00 full member or £55.00 concessions – price includes all music
Place: Malinova Room, 2nd Floor, The Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W60RF
Half term: Monday 25 May 2020 - NO REHEARSALS/CLASSES
Last rehearsal: Monday 1 July 2020 (10 weeks)

CANCELLED-Joint Anniversary concert with Jazz Ensemble, Oratorio and Chamber Choirs: Saturday 4 July 2020, 7.30pm @ St Peter's Church, Acton Green, Southfield Rd, W3
Music  TBC

First rehearsal: Monday 21 September 2020 (tbc)
Time: 6.30pm-8.00pm
Cost: £78 full member or £55 concessions – price includes all music
Place: Malinova Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF

Half Term: Monday 26 October 2020 (NO REHEARSAL)
Last rehearsal: Monday 30 November 2020

Theme: tbc

CANCELLED - Concert: Saturday 5 December, 7.30pm @ St Andrew's Fulham Fields, Greyhound Rd, London W14 9SA

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.

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 join the Jazz Ensemble, please apply here. Auditions are usually held at the beginning of each term. The exact date for the start of each term will be given on our term information page.

Format of audition
Your audition will be with the Jazz Ensemble Conductor 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 apply here, or if you have any queries, contact our Membership Coordinator, by email or via the contact form 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 Jazz Ensemble, please first read the information about auditions on the adjacent tab.

If you have completed a successful audition, please enrol online by first registering here on the Addison Singers website, then purchase a Jazz Ensemble membership, click on Checkout and choose a payment method. Proceed with payment using your chosen method. You will receive a confirmation email.

After the term has started, please contact us to ask about enrolling.

Taster Session
Any potential new member to one of the auditioned choirs will be invited to do their audition and then, if successful, they 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.

Payment methods

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 classes). 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 (for 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.

Gift Aid
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 declaration 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.

Members website
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, Committee Minutes, 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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