* Come and try one of the hottest hobbies for women! Whether you sing high, low
or in-between, we’d love to meet you – all ages and voice ranges welcome.
No singing experience or music-reading ability required. *
Most years we hold free, recruitment workshops in January and September.
These evenings are specially designed to give singers a taste of what we do.
You will learn some of the basics of singing, be helped to work out which
voice part will suit you best, experience singing in four part harmony and
learn a song!
But singers are welcome to join us at any time and you can attend three
rehearsals free of charge before deciding whether to join, or not.
We rehearse on Monday evenings, 7.30 to 10pm, at:
The Church Hall
The Church of Christ the Redeemer*
CB5 8RS *See map on the Contact Us page
*Plenty of parking space*
Who can come?
If you are a female aged 16 or over you could be a potential member. (Men can visit, but not sing with us – sorry chaps, your voices just don’t blend with ours!) Members under the age of 26 pay a reduced subscription fee and there is no upper age limit.
What to wear?
Wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes as we spend most of our rehearsals on our feet.
What to bring?
It is a good idea to bring a bottle of water as singing can be thirsty work.
Where does your voice fit in?
If you have a mid-range voice and like to sing the tune, or melody, of a song – you may well be a LEAD.
If you prefer to sing low (you may have been told you can’t sing, or you might sing with the men in a traditional mixed choir) - you will be especially welcome as a BASS.
If your voice is high and light - you will probably be a TENOR.
If you have a mid-range voice and like to harmonise, or if you have sung alto – you could try singing BARITONE.
The Section Leaders and Musical Director will decide where your voice is best placed within the chorus to ensure we maintain an appropriately balanced sound.
How do we learn the songs?
Songs are taught with the help of sheet music and audio resources, i.e. CDs or mp3 files, so much of the learning can be done at home, in between rehearsals. The more time you put into practising at home, the more fun we can have in rehearsals. We also spend some time in rehearsals teaching and learning new songs, often working in sections before putting all the parts back together.
Our repertoire is quite large, and all songs are committed to memory, so it does take time for new members to learn them. But we know this - and we were all new members once!
Becoming a member
If you decide you would like to become a member of Cambridge Harmony Chorus you begin by becoming a provisional member. As soon as you start paying your subscription you will be given access to the members’ section of the website so you can start printing off sheet music and downloading the audio files – we still call them ‘teach tapes’ even though we stopped using ‘tape’ years ago!
To become a full member you will need to pass an audition within three months of joining. This is to demonstrate that you can memorise words and music, sing in tune and hold your part against other singers. Once you have passed your audition you can sing with Chorus in performances! You will be fully supported by your Section Leader during this process and you will find that everyone will be helpful and encouraging.
Contact us for more information or just turn up at the start of a rehearsal. You are welcome to watch, but we usually like to get visitors joining in as soon as possible - so be prepared to do some singing!
Our Constitution can be found here.