We are always happy to welcome new members, regardless of their current experience level.
Many don't take the first step of joining a choir because they assume that an ability to read music or previous experience are prerequisites. Our approach is designed explicitly for those with no prior musical training or experience. Sheet music is provided, but the key learning support is practice music on CD or computer file to work with whilst learning each piece.
To find out for yourself, come along to one of our Wednesday rehearsal evenings at Ewell United Reformed Church Hall (London Road Ewell KT17 2BE) at 7.45 for 8.00pm. If you call our secretary, Tony Rowe, beforehand on 01737 360925 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org he will make sure that you are expected and that a set of music is available for you.
Rehearsals are friendly and mutually supportive occasions. Whilst we take pride in our performances, we join the choir also for its social and community side. We have an active social calendar with something to suit all members and their partners. The aim is to develop close friendships to bond the choir together. Activities include bowls, golf, monthly rambles, Chairman's Garden Party and an annual dinner/dance. Some members meet at a local pub after rehearsals where they can often be heard bursting into song.
The Surrey Hills Ramble November 2019: This intrepid group were led by Paul Noakes to see the expansive views in the Surrey Hills. The keen eyed will notice Rod braved the wintry elements in his walking shorts, but the rest of us were well wrapped up. It was a fine walk ending in the William IV for a refreshing and a hearty meal.
The New Boy By Carole Dunn
He came because he saw the poster 'Come and sing with us'.
His wife was most insistent, she really made a fuss.
The voice trial means his dulcet tones will sing with all the basses,
He'll have to try so hard to put the names to all those faces.
Then tricky questions, what to drink? How simple that should be.
He's smelling all the coffee but is sadly drinking tea.
Reading music? Sing in parts? It really should be easy.
But keeping track of notes and staves can only make him queasy.
Keeping time with Ian's arm is child’s play when at rest
But singing, standing, steps and clapping make it feel a test.
To sing in English isn’t hard, some songs are like a ditty,
Add Welsh and Xhosa to the mix, it really won’t be pretty.
A folder full of music plus a choir welcome pack,
It only takes a cabbage and it looks like Crackerjack!
He thinks he has enjoyed the night, two hours gone in a trice,
Already he's forgotten songs, he only sang them twice.
The highlight of the evening is a late pass to the pub.
More songs, a drink and now he feels a member of the club.
He only came to sing some songs, but soon and ever after
It's rambles, shooting, golf and bowls, he’s captured by the laughter.
'Whether you sing in the bath, with your children or on the football terraces, singing is fun. Thousands of us are joining choirs to give us more opportunities to get that sense of enjoyment.
'But singing in a choir is more than just a bit of fun. It's been scientifically proven that it is good for your health: from getting more oxygen into the blood, to increasing the flow of feel-good hormones and improving mental health.
'There are lots of other benefits when it comes to joining a choir: there is the social side, the chance to make new friends and meet others who have an interest in music.
'It can also be a real bonding experience. A recent study found that after just one singing class, people felt closer to each other than those taking part in other classes'.