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CML’s home – the spectacular St Bartholomew the Great in West Smithfield, Farringdon. London’s oldest parish church!

CML is currently on the lookout for tenors and basses!

If you’re looking to join an ambitious, accomplished chamber choir which performs to a high standard in front of packed houses, then CML might be the place for you!

We rehearse every Wednesday in London’s oldest parish church, the spectacular (and adequately heated!) St Bartholomew the Great, in West Smithfield, central London. The choir attracts a wide variety of singers from different age groups, occupations and ethnicities, and prides itself on the variety of its repertoire and ability to attract large audiences.

CML is a sociable and enthusiastic chamber ensemble which seeks to achieve high standards. New members are always welcome, so If you can read music, and want to sing with a dynamic and varied group, just fill out the form below to arrange a very straightforward audition.

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The choir aims to sing around four concerts per year. Rehearsals take place on the day of the concert (generally Saturdays), and for however many Wednesday evenings are required to produce a polished performance (usually seven or eight weeks). Rehearsals run from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm, at the Church of St Bartholomew The Great in West Smithfield, EC1 (nearby tubes: Farringdon, St Paul’s). Most rehearsals are rounded off with a few drinks in a nearby pub.

Re-auditions are also held for the whole choir roughly once every four years.

Please note: members are expected to sing in all concerts, unless work or family commitments make it impossible.

If you are looking to join us, please fill in the form below.

subsAnnual subscriptions
Some of our concerts are quite expensive to stage, as often the choir collaborates with some of the leading soloists and instrumentalists in the country. In common with nearly all other choirs, our members pay subscriptions to assist towards expenses.

The current annual subscription rates are as follows:

Membership fee for the calendar year: – £60 (concessions – £40).

Concert subscriptions
All singers, including those on probation, must also pay a £40 concert subscription per programme they take part in (concessions – £30). A ‘programme’ may either be a single concert or a concert which has more than one performance.

Concessions
These include all those in full-time education or the unemployed. Special consideration will be made for others finding difficulty in paying subscriptions.

There’s a special concessionary rate for those under 25: pay just £10 to sing in any concert. No annual subscription, no per concert fee – just £10 to sing.

In order to reduce admin time, you are encouraged to pay all annual and concert subs at the beginning of the year.


Photo: Robert Workman

Auditions
Please fill in the form below or email the choir Fixer here with any queries you may have or to arrange an audition.

Following your audition, we will confirm within a day or two – usually by e-mail – if you have been accepted as a probationary member. During your probationary period you will be able to decide whether CML is the right group for you, and the choir will assess your singing standard, ability to blend with the existing voices, and whether the level of commitment you have shown is acceptable.

Probationary membership will extend for one of CML’s programmes.

Our Musical Director will write again, after your first concert, to say if he is happy for you to become a full member. And if you are content to continue singing with the choir at this point you will be required to pay the annual subscription (yearly or half-yearly rate, depending on the time of year you become a full member).

Format of the audition (10–15 mins)
Please prepare for your audition two songs of your own choice.  One of these should be an unaccompanied folksong.  If you wish to be accompanied for the other, please bring two copies of the music with you. You will also be given a sight-reading/quick learning test.

In case you have any questions before filling in the form, please email the choir Fixer here.

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