Membership of Callington Singers – General

This page contains useful information that will help you to enjoy singing with choir.

Anyone who pays their subscription and attends rehearsals is a member of The Callington Singers. We aim to put on performances of a high standard whilst welcoming singers of all abilities. For this reason, there are no auditions.

SUBSCRIPTIONS:

The choir rehearses for three terms each year, these correspond roughly with the academic terms of Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity. There are breaks during Easter, August and Christmas (after lots of Carol Singing, of course).

The subscription for each term is £30. You can pay monthly by direct debit. If you prefer to pay each term by cheque, these should be made payable to ‘The Callington Singers’. You can also pay by cash.  Children and students are not required to pay a subscription.

The Callington Singers is a registered charity, therefore, if you are a UK Tax Payer, we can claim back Gift Aid on your subscription. To do this you will need to fill in a short form. This small measure brings in several hundred pounds to the choir funds each year, so please do so if you can.

The Committee members who deal with all subscriptions and related paperwork (such as Gift Aid forms and standing orders) are Mandy Raphael and Phil Lamb (Treasurer). If you are not sure who these people are, please see the Committee page in the ‘About Us’ section of this website. If you need to contact either of them outside of choir rehearsal, please use the contact form on this site.

The subscription covers the costs of honourarium for Graham Williams and Gabrielle Lewis and also fees associated with hiring Simon Brett for concerts. They also pay for all music and sundry expenses such as printing, venue hire etc.

REHEARSALS:

Our high standards depend, in the main, on regular attendance at rehearsals. Although the choir is large, anyone missing rehearsal will probably slow the progress of the whole choir in the following week, so please be willing to make this weekly commitment as part of your membership.

Rehearsals are held at Callington Primary School on a Thursday evening from 7:15pm until about 9pm with a break in the middle. We ask people to arrive at 7:15pm so that they can pick up music, buy a raffle ticket if they want and register with the secretary. We then begin to sing at 7:30pm, but that 15 minutes is very important, so do try to turn up at 7:15pm.

It is respectfully requested that choir members keep chatting to a minimum during rehearsal, as it can seriously cut in to singing time and makes it difficult for others to concentrate. Do feel free to socialise with other singers during the break, before we start singing, or afterwards in the pub.

Your attendance at rehearsal is registered by the Secretary – Dee Easton. If you are not sure who this is, you can find a picture of her on the Choir Committee page under ‘About Us’. Dee should be informed well in advance of any planned absences, e.g. annual holidays. If you find you cannot attend a rehearsal on the day, please try to let Dee know by 6pm. You can do this using the contact form on this website, or by email: callingtonsingers@gmail.com. It is particularly important to let us know if you can’t come, because the Musical Director may need to change the rehearsal programme of a particular voice is poorly represented.

MUSIC:

You can find a list of the items which we sing regularly under ‘Repertoire’ in the ‘Music’ section of the website. If you wish to suggest a piece of music that you would like the choir to sing, you are very welcome to do so by talking to the Musical Director; he will then decide whether it is practicable and will let you know accordingly.

The music that we buy and hire is expensive and the control of music for such a large group is not an easy task. Hired music which is lost or overdue incurs a fine from the hirer and can involve a 30 mile round trip to return it. Equally music which we purchase has to be replaced if lost. You may be required to purchase from us some of the smaller pieces but this is limited to an annual commitment of about £10. Please assist our librarian by caring for your music and folders and by returning them on time.

We are increasingly making use of the free sheet music which can be downloaded from websites such as the Choral Public Domain Library. On occasion you may be contacted by email with a file attached and asked to print one off for yourself if you are in a position to do so. This really helps to lower the printing costs of the choir. If you are not able to print off something, then don’t worry, as a copy will be provided for you.

The Committee members in charge of music are Claire Brown (Librarian) – responsible for all hard copy hired and bought music and for maintaining choir music stock and Ren Jackaman  – responsible for sourcing free music online and for providing music packs for overseas and UK trips. If you are not sure who these people are, please see the Committee page in the ‘About Us’ section of this website. If you need to contact either of them outside of choir rehearsal, please use the contact from on this site.

If you find that you need some music because you do not have a copy of something that we are currently singing, you will need to let Claire and Ren know about it as soon as you can so that they can organise bringing you a copy for the next rehearsal.

CONCERTS:

It is most important that anyone taking part in a concert or service is present at the preceding rehearsal. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please inform the Musical Director and ensure that your place is reserved at the event by members of your section. If you are not singing, please return the relevant music before the concert.

Concert Dress is detailed under a page titled ‘Uniform’ in this section of the site. Any enquiries about uniform should be directed to Ren Jackaman.

DIARY DATES:

Important dates and events will appear in the Events section of this site, so do check it regularly.

From time to time the members section of the website may include details of singing workshops held elsewhere locally and nationally, for example, the Really Big Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall. These will not be in relation to any planned attendance by the choir as a whole, but merely for potential interest to singers generally.

THE ANNUAL PROGRAMME:

Each year varies, but can include singing services for Cathedrals, providing the chorus for a proms concert or orchestral event, or as part of a festival. A regular highlight is the annual trip abroad. The social contacts made are very much enjoyed as well as the opportunity to present music in some very beautiful and historic locations. You can see the photograph albums from most of the trips of the last decade in our Gallery section.

More information about the cost of trips and what is involved can be found on the ‘Overseas Trip’ section of this section of the website.

 

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