You’ve passed your audition and you’re now a member of London City Singers!
You will soon be added to our LCS Slack group, which can be accessed via the app or online here. This is our communications area, where you will find notices, rehearsal notes and everyone else in the chorus. Hopefully you were able to have a play around with the app when you were a prospective member, but if not, ask someone in a rehearsal to show you some basics. If you ‘direct message’ Slackbot a question, you will get information to help answer it.
The chorus has a set of standing rules to help everything run smoothly, these are linked on the Members page of this website and the Membership Co-ordinator (currently Emma W) will let you know the password for the page.
Once you’ve read the standing rules, please complete the online membership application form here – LCS Membership Form
You’re generally expected to attend at least three out of four rehearsals per month. If you know ahead of time that you are unable to attend a rehearsal, please contact the membership coordinator as soon as possible and at least before 5pm on the day.
If you consistently miss rehearsals our Chorus Co-ordinator (currently Mariane) will contact you to find out whether or not you wish to continue singing with us. Attendance and punctuality is extremely important for our growth and development.
On passing the audition, the monthly fees are £30 for members 26+ and £25 for members under 26 (until May before you turn 26) and also students. We will need you to set up a monthly standing order using your name as the reference. Our Finance Coordinator (currently Aurélie) will be in touch to let you know the dates to set this up.
As we are chartered through Sweet Adelines International, every member of the chorus is required to join this organisation as well in order to participate in our annual convention (each May) and to access learning materials. International fees are US$100 (roughly £80) per person annually for members 26+ or US$50 (roughly £40) for members under 26.
The Membership Co-ordinator (Emma W) will liaise with you regarding when you need to pay this amount, and it can be transferred to the chorus in instalments. This cost is required to be paid each subsequent year you stay with the chorus.
Our repertoire music is all available via DropBox – link available via the Members page of this website (password from Emma W).
You’ll be expected to learn music outside of rehearsal but section leaders are able to help if you have any difficulty. You’re expected to ensure you are at ‘gold star’ level for each song in the repertoire before you can perform. This means you will need to record yourself and confirm correctness for both lyrics, notes as well as pronunciation and interpretation. Your section leader will be able to help if you are unsure how to assess this yourself.
Retreat and convention
One of the big events in the chorus calendar is participating in an annual convention held by the Quartet of Nations Region 31 of Sweet Adelines International. The convention includes a yearly competition between quartets and choruses within the region. London City Singers always take part in the chorus competition so as a member, you’ll be expected to attend and participate. The next convention is 11th – 13th May 2018 in Newcastle.
The retreat is where we have intense coaching on the songs that we would perform at the convention. This is a weekend getaway (usually in February) where everyone can focus on learning. Our “fun team” also makes sure that it’s not all work and no play!
Our Image Coordinator (currently Mea) will be providing you in due course with costumes for performances on stage. The formal performance and other costumes will be largely provided to you for the duration of your membership, and a deposit of £40 is payable to the chorus for these, which will be given back when all items are returned.
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We always encourage members to volunteer their talent and skill in various different areas, so do speak to the Chorus Co-ordinator (Mariane) if you think you might be able to help. You’ll also have the opportunity to put yourself forward to be part of the Chorus Coordination Committee early each calendar year.