If you would like further information about the choir, becoming a ‘Friend‘ or information about tickets, please check our frequently asked questions or get in touch.

Or, why not come to one of our rehearsals where you will see and hear what we do. There’ll always be someone here who can explain more. You will be made to feel most welcome.

Photo of Shoreham Methodist Church courtesy of Stuart Johnson



Q & A

We would love to hear from you. However, we will only respond to e-mails that show a name and valid contact e-mail address.  Thank you.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid is a scheme available to charities. It means Charities (such as Shoreham Oratorio) can claim extra money from HMRC. The charity can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you pay in donate through your subs. That’s as long as you’ve paid the basic rate and pay yours subs from your own funds.
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How often does the choir rehearse

Normally, we rehearse each Thursday from 7.30 p.m. until 9.30 p.m. at the Methodist Church, Brunswick Road, Shoreham-by-Sea. During the pandemic we rehearse online via Zoom. Become a member…

What happens at a rehearsal?

We meet from about 7.15 p.m. so that people get a chance to chat/give out scores etc. Singing starts at 7.30 p.m. with a warm-up.  We practice various pieces as planned by our Musical Director.  A break is taken at 8.30 p.m. so that messages can be announced and people can have a breather. Rehearsal ends at 9.30 p.m. Find out how to attend…

When does the choir perform?

The Choir traditionally performs a Christmas Concert and a Spring Concert, both at the Church of St. Mary de Haura, in Shoreham-by-Sea. Sometimes we have a summer concert in July. Occasionally we hold Workshops and invite all interested members from other local choirs to join us. See performances…

How much is the membership fee?

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Why do choir members pay a subscription fee?

Subscriptions are very important. They help pay for the hire of venues, hire of scores, payment to our rehearsal accompanist/Musical Director etc. Find out more about our membership terms…

Is there a steering group / trustees / management committee?

The choir is officially registered as a charity. There is a committee which regularly meets to plan and make descisions. Outcomes are often fed back to the choir during rehearsals and minutes are always available.

How can I help?

Members are always encouraged to become part of the committee and help in the running of the choir. There are always ways to help. For example setting up venues for rehearsals/concerts, displaying posters, selling tickets etc. There is an A.G.M. each year (usually in October) when new officers to the committee are elected, including the Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, etc. Find out more about membership…

What does ‘oratorio’ mean?

An oratorio is a large-scale, usually narrative musical work for orchestra and voices, typically on a sacred theme, performed without costume, scenery, or action. Well-known examples include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, and Haydn’s The Creation. See our repertoire…

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