Your audition

We are moving away from Zoom and returning to in-person auditions, which are held most Friday nights before our regular rehearsals. Your audition can be arranged for a date which suits you.

If you’re available to rehearse on Friday evenings, are aged 18+ and have a strong and pleasant voice with a range of about two octaves, we’d love to hear from you.

To request an audition fill out the New Members enquiry form.  We recommend that you come along to one or two guest rehearsals first. Alternatively, email newmembers@cefc.org.uk if you would like further information

If you have a disability, please let us know whether we need to make any adjustment to facilitate your audition and/or participation in the choir. You can either add your requirements when you complete the New Members enquiry form or contact us directly at newmembers@cefc.org.uk.

Who can audition?

Anyone aged 18+ can audition. We want to grow in strength through diversity and inclusivity and we welcome everyone who passes the audition. Here are some tips about what we’re looking for.

Your voice

You should have a strong voice that is pleasant in tone, is in tune and has a range of about two octaves (as a rough guide, sopranos and tenors = low B to high B and altos and basses = low F to high F).

Your experience

We don’t expect you to be able to sight read but you should be able to read music competently so that you can learn your part of a four-part choral piece.

If you’ve been a member of a choir previously, it may help you to know what to expect when joining the choir, but it’s not required to successfully pass the audition. 

The audition

The audition will take about 15 minutes and will be with our Music Director, David Temple and a member of the recruitment team. We will provide a pianist to accompany you.

You will be asked to sing two prepared piece from our selection.

Firstly, you’ll be asked to sing one or two verses of the melody line of a piece you’ve prepared in advance. You can download and choose from the following pieces:

You will also need to prepare and perform your vocal line for Cum Sancto Spiritu from Vivaldi's Gloria, up to Figure 58.

David will also check your vocal range and listening skills by asking you to sing a few scales and repeat some short musical phrases.

In a short informal chat, David will ask you about your vocal experience and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the choir.

Audition results

We will let you know immediately following your audition whether you have been successful. If you are successful, you will be formally welcomed into the choir, receive choir communications and be invited to sign up for the next full choir engagement.

Depending on your voice, you will be assigned as a member of our full, medium or small choir, which will affect which engagements you are invited to participate in if smaller groups are required.

Unfortunately, if you are not successful, we do not allow repeat auditions.

Before your audition

Prepare the melody part

Choose one piece from the selection below.
Once in Royal David’s City (hymn)
Jerusalem (hymn)
The Ash Grove (folk song)

Prepare your voice part
Cum Sancto Spiritu (Vivaldi Gloria)

Practice your pieces until you are able to sing them confidently and without stopping.

Warm up your voice

This is your chance to showcase yourself so you should warm up your voice as well as you can immediately prior to the audition. Breathing exercises and rising and falling vocal exercises will help. 

Ok, I want to audition! What next?

Just fill out the New Members enquiry form or email newmembers@cefc.org.uk to arrange your audition.


 

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