We’re always on the look out for new members, although we do limit our numbers to
around 20 singers. We rehearse at the Village Hall, Compton, Guildford every Thursday
evening at 7.30pm. You’re welcome to come along to any rehearsal, but please check
with us first in case we’re out doing a gig.
When we perform we don’t use music, so all the notes and words have to be memorised.
We have quite a fast pace of learning, so the ability to read music is helpful. But
it's not essential, and many of our singers learn their part by ear using the digital
files provided for every song. You’ll find once you’ve learnt a few songs, you’ll
be able to sing four or five part harmony at the drop of a hat wherever we go!
We have an audition process consisting of three parts. Firstly you sing part of a
song unaccompanied. This is to ensure that you can hold the pitch, and that you have
a reasonable sense of rhythm. Secondly you perform two songs to the rest of the group
as part of a quartet or quintet. During one song you will mainly sing the tune, the
other will be a harmony part. This tests your ability to hold the harmony as well
as to cope with sometimes complex rhythms. It also starts to prepare you for performing
as it’s probably more daunting than any public performance you’ll do with In Accord!
There is no pressure to audition quickly, but we prefer you to have passed within
3 – 6 months of coming along to the first rehearsal.
Once you’ve passed the audition you will need to learn the rest of the repertoire.
This can seem quite a daunting task, and it will require commitment on your part
to do so. However, once you’ve learned a song you can start to perform with us, sitting
out the songs you have yet to master.
In order to maintain our high standards, we ask that members attend 75% of rehearsals,
as well as to commit to gigs and coaching sessions wherever possible. We also have
an ongoing testing process to ensure that each member is singing the right notes.
We are a friendly and fun loving group with the social aspect important to our developing
as a chorus. From the outset we want to ensure that you feel you can fit in with
this aspect of our singing, as well as the musical aspect.
Members make a small monthly financial contribution which covers hall hire, costumes,
our annual coaching weekend and other sundry expenses. Other funding comes from some
of our gigs.
If you'd like to have a go, please ring or email us with your name and preferably
phone number, and we’ll give you some more information. If you’re worried about whether
you’re good enough – well, you’ll never know unless you give it a try.