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: 1.5 hour, 10 weeks
Day & time: Monday 8.00-9.30pm
Membership subscription: £92, to include all music
Venue: Malinowa Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF

The Jazz Ensemble’s versatile repertoire includes more complex jazz arrangements of popular music such as Andra Day's Rise Up, Lennon & McCartney, Lou Reed, Paul Simon; to the classic jazz standards from George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Howard Arlen and many others..

Please see further information about the informal auditions requirements.

Auditions for Jazz Ensemble take place at the beginning of each term. Please contact the Membership Coordinator (addisonadmin@gmail.com asap to indicate interest.

First rehearsal: Monday 6 January 2025
Time: 8.00-9.30pm
Cost: £92 (includes all music)
Place: Malinowa Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half Term: Monday 17 February 2025 (NO REHEARSAL)
Last rehearsal: Monday 17 March 2025

Music (subject to availability): tbc

Joint Jazz Choir and Jazz Ensemble concert: Saturday 22 March 2025, 7.30pm (venue tbc)

First rehearsal: Monday 15 April 2024
Time: 8-9.30pm
Cost: £92
Place: Malinowa Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half term: Monday 27 May 2024  (NO REHEARSAL)
Last rehearsal: Monday 24 June 2024 (10 weeks)

Music (subject to availability):

Embraceable you, arranged by Teena Chinn (a capella)

I say a little prayer, arranged by Michael Weir

Old devil moon, arranged by Mac Huff

One for my baby (and one more for the road), arranged by Paris Rutherford

Steam heat, arranged by Mac Huff

That old black magic, arranged by Mac Huff

Joint concert Jazz and Classical Choirs: Saturday 29 June 2024 @ St Peter's Church, Southfield Road, London, W4 1BB

First rehearsal: Monday 16 September 2024
Time: 8-9.30pm
Cost: £92, to include all music
Place: Malinowa Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half Term: Monday 28 October 2024 (NO rehearsal)
Last rehearsal: Monday 25 November 2024

Music: tbc
Jazz Choir and Ensemble Concert: Saturday 30 November 2024, 7.30pm @ St Andrew's Church, Greyhound Rd, Fulham, 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 ansaphone 07928 617 238. 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.

SUMMER 2022: auditions for Jazz Ensemble will take place during the first Summer rehearsal. Please contact the Membership Coordinator (addisonadmin@gmail.com) to indicate interest.

NEW MEMBERS: If you have completed a successful audition, please enrol online 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 Jazz Ensemble 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.

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.

Multichoir discount (not applicable to classes)
If you wish to join more than one choir, the following discounts will be applied directly in your shopping basket:
Join any 2 choirs = £130 (£65/choir)
Join any 3 choirs = £180 (£60/choir)
Join any 4 choirs = £220 (£55/choir)


We do not offer concessionary rates currently but if you are on a low income and would like to request a discount, please apply to the Chair of The Addison Group of Singers directly (chairaddison@gmail.com) or via the membership Coordinator (addisonadmin@gmail.com). All requests are confidential.

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. Please include a SAE if you wish us to send you a receipt.
  • 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.

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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