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CML IS CURRENTLY LOOKING TO RECRUIT ALTOS!

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If you’d like 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!

At the moment, CML is only looking to recruit altos – but if you’re a soprano, tenor or bass please feel free to apply. If you pass the audition you’ll be placed on our waiting list.

We rehearse every Wednesday at the elegant, Christopher Wren-designed church of St James Garlickhythe, near Cannon Street. 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. Once you have passed the audition you’ll take part in two probationary concerts where you can decide whether CML is the right choir for you, and the choir can gauge your suitability to become a full member.

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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 9.30/10 pm, at St James Garlickhythe, London EC4V 2AF (nearby tubes: Cannon Street, Mansion House). 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, and take part in all rehearsals if possible. Attendance at the final two rehearsals before a concert is compulsory.

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).

After a singer has successfully completed their two probationary concerts, the yearly membership will be payable, backdated and proportionate to the first probationary concert they sang with the choir.

Concert subscriptions
All singers, including those on probation, must also pay a £50 concert subscription per programme they take part in (concessions – £40). 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.

Auditions
Please fill in the form below or email the choir Fixer, Sebastian Borger, 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 two of CML’s programmes.

Our Musical Director will write again, after your second 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 (backdated and proportionate to when you first sang with the choir).

Please note: permanent acceptance into the choir does not guarantee that you will be invited to sing in every concert.

Format of the audition (10–15 mins)
For the audition, please prepare:
– one song of your own choice. If you wish to be accompanied, please bring two copies of the music with you.
– an unaccompanied folk song which will be sent in advance
– your voice part of And The Glory of the Lord from Handel’s Messiah. Again, the music will be sent to you in advance.
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, Sebastian Borger, here.

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