Monday 5:30-6:30pm - Burton Green Village Choir (Burton Green Village Hall) Tuesday 6:30-8pm - Bad Vibrations(Kenilworth - every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday of the month) Tuesday 8pm-9:45 - Coventry City Songster Brigade (The Salvation Army, Coventry City Corps) Wednesday 7:30-10pm - Sing it Loud(Arnold Lodge School)
While some of the above choirs are open for 'drop in', it's much better to communicate before arrival!
Burton Green Choir
Where: Burton Green Village Hall, Hodgetts Ln, Burton Green CV8 1PH
When: Monday Evenings during school term times, 5:30-6:30pm
Cost: £55 per school term
Size: 19 singers. No pianist, as I teach using the pre-recorded guide tracks from my laptop, as well as doing the occasional note-bashing myself.
Example programme: The last planned concert in 2021 (17th December @ 7:30 in the Village Hall) is a hybrid Christmas and not Christmas concert:
1. Fields of gold
2. Turn the world around
3. Eatnamen Vuelie
1. Do you hear what I hear?
2. Gloria (Vivaldi)
3. O holy night
4. Good King Wenc.
Singalong with audience:
1. The first nowell
2. Winter wonderland
They are a lovely group of singers and you would all fit in very well! The atmosphere is relatively relaxed and the concerts are lovely village-events...usually stocked with a fantastic buffet!
The next concert is on June 18th in the Burton Green Village Hall. Please email for more details.
...was started by a team of Kenilworth-ianswho decided that they were fed up of being told they couldn't sing...because they loved it so much! Bad Vibrations is there to be a regular singing group aimed at getting better at singing. The group have a few informal performances to select friends and family each year. It's always a good evening of fun!
Coventry City Songster Brigade
Membership of this choir is open to anyone who regularly attends The Salvation Army Church in Coventry. The Songsters sing songs of Praise and Worship, which includes contemporary and more traditional arrangements.
Sing it Loud
Where: Arnold Lodge School, Kenilworth Rd, Leamington Spa CV32 5TW
When: Wednesday Evenings 7:30-10pm in two 14 rehearsal-long seasons per year, culminating in a big concert in either The Royal Spa Centre, St. Mary's Church Warwick, or Holy Trinity Leamington, usually accompanied by live musicians. This is great if you like a big choir!
Cost: Currently £150 per season (twice a year) - which includes the loan of all sheet music and guide tracks. Not every member does both seasons per year. The committee manage the fees, but I think there is an 'early bird' reduction of £10 if fees are paid early, and there is also a £50 reduction for concessions.
It's a little more difficult to 'pro-rata', as there are 12 2.5hr rehearsals, and 2 5hr weekend rehearsals, so the total rehearsal time is 40 hours which works out at £3.5 per hour of choir. The economy of scale make this the best value choir I lead (especially considering the amount of money spent on the final concert, bespoke arrangements, and guide tracks).
Our pianist Erica Avery is fantastic - and does lots of arranging for the choir.
It's also worth noting that the first of the two weekend rehearsals features external vocal coaches coming to work in sections to really help master the new repertoire...and also give everyone a break from me!
Concerts: Season Finale concerts are twice per year. One in December (alternating Christmas performances) and the other in May.
Size: 70-90 singers
The next concert is on Saturday 7th May at the Holy Trinity church in Leamington: www.singitloud.co.uk
Season 16 Repertoire:
A Thousand Years
Another Day of Sun
Bye Bye Love
Crossing the Bar
Don't Stop Me Now
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Make Our Garden Grow
Stand By Me
The Pushbike Song
What About Us
As you can see, there is lots of material which is arranged bespoke for Sing it Loud - and is one of the things which makes it a special group. There is also a wide variety of music. Other concerts have included 'The Ketchup Song' followed immediately by Bach and then Eric Whitacre.
It's worth noting that this group perform everything 'off book', so if that isn't your cup of tea, then it's probably not a great idea for you to join...although there is safety in numbers!
The group is also quite lively - check out the 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' video below and you will get an idea!
You'll get a flavour of the group on the website: www.singitloud.co.uk