2017 - Term Time Only*
We always welcome new members
Come, join in, come for a taster session - no audition needed
When: Wednesday 7.00pm -9.00pm
Venue: Garforth Academy
Choir Master /Leader: - Cleve Freckleton, #istheman
Cost: £55 - breakdown below
£10 annual fee to Arts Live (up front cost)
£45 for 10 weeks (up front cost)
PAYMENT - via cash or cheque made payable to Garforth Academy only.
What you get for your money:
Professional Choir Master, Venue, Music, Song Sheets
* TERM TIME, TIME TABLE
Rehearsal days, Wednesday 7-9pm
Wednesday 24/05/2017 Session 6
Wednesday 31/05/2017 HALF TERM (no session)
Wednesday 07/06/2017 Session 7
Wednesday 14/06/2017 Session 8
Wednesday 21/06/2017 Session 9
Sunday 25/06/2017 TBC possible performance at Garforth Gala – daytime – more info to follow
Monday 26/06/2017 TBC possible performance in the evening at Rawdon and Guiseley Conservative Club as part of a charity fundraiser alongside a barbershop choir – more info to follow
Wednesday 28/06/2017 Session 10
Wednesday 05/07/2017 NO SESSION (Garforth Academy school production is taking place this week)
Wednesday 12/07/2017 Session 11
Saturday 15/07/2017 TBC possible performance on Garforth Main Street as part of Garforth Feastival food festival event – daytime – more info to follow
Wednesday 19/07/2017 Session 12
Wednesday 26/07/2017 SUMMER HOLS (no sessions until September)
Tuesday 01/08/2017 Performance – Lotherton Hall – daytime performance outside as part of Yorkshire Day. More details to follow.
Wednesday 13/09/2017 Session 1 of the Autumn Term (week 2 of the term)
About the Choir
'I want to be in the choir and pay full membership, but can't commit every week'
This will be fine as long as there is a core of members attending each week.
Even if for example all the tenor and bass singers are away one week, that will mean the nature of the rehearsal will change, however the choir leader should still be able to make a viable rehearsal in these circumstances by being flexible and working with the alto and soprano singers on their parts, or choosing pieces that focus more heavily on those ranges etc.
'Can we have a taster session for new members going forward to encourage more people?'
New members can pay the single session fee, which is currently £4.50, to attend one session to find out if it is for them. If they wish to continue, they must then pay for the remaining term’s sessions in advance before the next session. Regular members must pay for the entire terms sessions in advance – they cannot pay a single session fee per week. This is to encourage commitment and to ensure that the costs of all the sessions can be covered each term.
Dedicated taster sessions that run at different times or on different days, that can be structured differently for specific target audiences can be organised but that will depend upon the choir leader’s availability, and the availability of the spaces and equipment.
'What type of songs will we be singing?'
Brilliant question! The answer is whatever people want to sing (within reason.) This is the Garforth Community Choir, and I would hope that everyone’s suggestions can be included at some point during the sessions. The choir “leader” is there to help the choir sing the songs they would like to sing, not to dictate. She or he will of course have many suggestions and ideas, but ultimately the choir leader is working for you, not the other way around