Contacting Southern Voices

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Joining Southern Voices

Southern Voices has around 40 members. Although all of us are amateurs and many have challenging day jobs, singing is very much part of our lives and most of us sing in other choirs as well. We are always keen to hear from potential new members who are strong sight-readers.

Currently (September 2017) we have a vacancy for one soprano and we are always on the lookout for competent tenors and basses. If you are interested in joining Southern Voices, please drop us a line and our Secretary will contact you to arrange an audition, or place your name on a waiting list.

New members are selected by the musical director, Katherine Dienes-Williams, after an audition at a mutually convenient time. It is helpful if you can prepare a song to your own taste, or even a well-known hymn, with which you can best demonstrate the pitch, timbre and range of your voice. You will undoubtedly also be given a sight-reading test.

Our concerts each year, usually five or six in number, typically include a Christmas concert in the Chapel of St Cross and a Passiontide concert in the Cathedral. The current rehearsal schedule can be viewed here. We usually meet on Monday evenings from 7.45pm-9.45pm in St Faith’s Parish Hall, Winchester (close to St Cross Church). We also have occasional Saturday morning rehearsals, a maximum of one per concert. We do not normally rehearse during school holidays or at half term.

Each individual voice counts, so full commitment to attendance at rehearsals is of the utmost importance.

Southern Voices is self-governing and has an active committee.

Annual subscriptions are currently set at £90, payable in three instalments.