Members

We all know that singing is good for our health and well-being. Come and join us as a member of the choir, a volunteer at our events or a patron. New voices (soprano, alto, tenor or bass) are always welcome. We have very reasonable fees and have a policy of open recruitment – no auditions – just enthusiasm and a commitment to rehearsing.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals are held every Thursday – led by our accomplished Musical Director. On this site, members who don’t sight-read music will find lots of helpful resources for learning the pieces. Your choir colleagues will be there to support you, plus specially-prepared practice music and your own willingness and enthusiasm undoubtedly will play their part.

Social Activities

Singing and socialising together has stood the test of time. Over the years we’ve held many concerts, exchange programmes and special trips, which are always an enjoyable mixture of music-making and merriment.

Subscription Fees

Subscriptions are very important. They help pay for the hire of venues, hire of scores, payment to our rehearsal accompanist / Musical Director etc.

We supply all music scores which are yours to use for the duration of the term.  They are then collected and returned to our supplier.

Currently members pay £40 per term. However, new members only pay half (£20) for their first term. It is possible to pay using on-line banking (BACS). The treasurer will provide details.

If you are a tax payer, please consider completing the Gift Aid declaration. We can then claim a further 25% from the Government, which helps keep future subs lower.


Ten Reasons to Join

  1. We are a well-established choir, founded in 1961
  2. We sing a traditional repertoire as well as contemporary pieces
  3. We warmly welcome male singers to join our tenors and basses 
  4. We welcome people with a range of experience who love to sing. Entry is open to all keen singers
  5. Our enjoyable concerts are well-attended and supported
  6. We occasionally join with other Sussex choirs and have good community links
  7. We have a talented and highly experienced team
  8. Free-parking for rehearsals and concerts is nearby
  9. We perform our concerts in beautiful and historic venues
  10. Music enhances one’s health and well-being

Membership Registration

Please use this form to enquire about joining our choir. We’ll make you very welcome



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Common Questions

How often does the choir rehearse

We rehearse each Thursday from 7.30 p.m. until 9.30 p.m. at the Methodist Church, Brunswick Road, Shoreham-by-Sea.

What happens at a rehearsal?

We meet at 7.30 p.m. so that people get a chance to chat / give out scores etc. Singing starts at 7.45 p.m. with a warm-up.  We practice various pieces as planned by our Music Director.  A break is taken at 8.30 p.m. so that messages can be given and people can have a breather.
Rehearsal ends at 9.30 p.m.

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. Recently we re-established summer concerts in July.

How much is the membership / subscription fee?

Please visit https://shorehamoratorio.uk/members/#fees for the latest prices and offers.

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.

Are there any discounts / concessions?

A concessionary 50% rate is available if members are:
* on state benefits or supplements to raise their income to the state minimum.
* only receiving a state pension.
* students in full-time education
* self-employed but have an income equivalent to state benefits or less.

The Society aims to educate the public in the arts and sciences, and in particular the art and science of music, in the presentation of concerts and other activities.

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