Photo: During the interval at our Christmas Concert
If you enjoy singing, and if you’ve always thought it would be fun to sing in a choir – or if you've previously sung in a choir - why don’t you join us?
Harleston Choral Society was founded in 2000. We meet on Monday evenings from 7.30 pm till 9.30 pm in St John’s Church, Harleston, and there is a short break for refreshments at approximately 8.30 pm when members can chat to each other, and to Chris Bracewell, our Musical Director (see the section on ‘Musical Director’ to find out more about Chris).
We’re a friendly community choir and we welcome everyone, and although it’s an advantage to be able to read music, it’s not essential. There are no auditions, music is provided free and - if available - we provide practice CDs for each voice part: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. The CDs are free to new members and thereafter there is a small charge. Current fees are £35.00 per term (there are some concessions) and new members have three weeks in which to decide whether they want to continue singing with us before fees are due. If you have difficulty in getting to the choir practices, we are often able to arrange a lift with one of the choir members from your area.
Choir practices can often involve hard work, but the emphasis is on relaxation and enjoyment. Regular attendance is important, and it is usually advisable to practise at home in between rehearsals.
We begin our weekly practices with some breathing and singing exercises and follow these with detailed rehearsal of the chosen works. The prescribed music is mainly classical and usually typical of the traditional choral repertoire. Much of the early part of each practice is taken up with ‘note bashing’ to help us learn the notes. Later on, as we get nearer to the concert date, there is more emphasis on interpretation of the music and improving the sound of the choir.
We perform two concerts a year: a Christmas Concert, which normally includes a substantial choral work and sometimes includes Christmas Carols, some with audience participation; and a Summer Concert in June, when we perform a longer choral work with professional soloists and orchestra - you can see the works which we’ve performed in recent years in the ‘Recent Concerts’ section.