On this page you can answer some of the queries you may have about the choir.

1.Copyright Policy

It is choir policy to comply with UK copyright laws under all circumstances.  In order to satisfy legal obligations:

  • The Choir does not make or use copies of any music or musical arrangements (for any purpose including concerts and rehearsals) unless such music is in the public domain and no longer the subject of copyright ownership.
  • All copyrighted music or musical arrangements used are obtained by purchase, hiring or other legitimate means. Where it is necessary the permission of the arranger must be sought to perform a musical arrangement.
  • The Choir checks that venues for its concerts are appropriately licensed with the Performing Rights Society or its equivalent, and, after each performance, will pass a detailed report of pieces performed to the relevant licensee (unless the venue or performance is exempt and such exemption to be verified by the Executive Committee of the Choir).

Adherence to the above is expected of all members of the choir.

2. How to Learn Your Music

This is a guide to how you can learn your music, based on chorister’s experience and expert views.

Learning the Music

Learning the music is the first step, this is important as your brain processes the music differently to the lyrics. Combining the words with music too early may make it difficult to learn the notes later.

CD’s with the music for each section are usually made available. Listen to a track or tracks, with the score several times without any attempt to sing with them; then try singing with the track without the words. Get the notes right first – then once you have the notes right, add the words.

A considerable amount of time at rehearsal can be consumed just by learning the notes, however, by continual listening to the notes, learning them in advance and identifying them with the score, you can prepare yourself to sing your part competently from the very start; rehearsal time can then be better utilised for working on dynamics and presentation.

Learning the Lyrics

Starting from the beginning, memorise the first line. Cover it up and say it out loud. When you are done, check to see if you got it right. If you did, add the next line. If not, try again. Over time, you will be able to keep adding lines until you know the whole song.

Play the song with the music while you sing along. See if you have the words memorised correctly. Try recording it and listening – watch for breaks or pauses where you might need to spend more time.

Write down the lyrics on a notebook. Do this after listening to it a couple of times,and you should be able to memorise it better.

Alternatively, just listen to the song repeatedly. Go over the lyrics in your head as you listen.

Finally, try it without the music.

Whenever you have free time, look over the lyrics. Practice, practice, practice.

Remember that practice does not make perfect. It’s perfect practice that makes perfect. If you practice it again and again with the wrong words, it’s hard to break yourself from that habit you’ve formed.