Membership

Interested in joining the choir?

Exeter Philharmonic Choir offers a warm welcome to prospective new members over the age of 18. Auditions are held throughout the year. If you would like to sing with us, please contact our Membership Secretary, Pam Poad, on 01392 278168 or membership@exeterphilharmonic.org.uk. She will arrange for you to come to one or two rehearsals to find out how we work. If you then decide you would like to join the choir, she will arrange an audition.

Auditions
All choir members take an audition with our Director of Music, both when applying for membership and then after every four or five years.

The audition lasts approximately 15 minutes. First you perform a short item of your own choice that you enjoy singing. Then there are technical exercises to establish your vocal range and finally there is a test of sight-reading when you are asked to sing a piece unknown to you. Our Membership Secretary will contact you shortly after your audition to let you know the result and give you feedback.

Rehearsals
Regular rehearsals take place at the Salvation Army Temple in Friars Walk, Exeter, on Monday evenings from 7.00 to 9.00 pm. The rehearsal immediately before each concert is held at the venue itself, usually during the afternoon before the concert. A full schedule of rehearsals is published on the Members’ page of the choir website.

In addition, ‘Singing Mornings’ are held at a central Exeter location from 10.15 am to 1.00 pm on a Saturday approximately two weeks before each performance. These are essential preparation for each concert and all members are expected to attend. Singing Mornings also give members the opportunity for social interaction and fundraising for the choir with the sale of books, CDs, cakes etc.

Members are expected to take part in all concerts and to attend at least 80% of rehearsals each session. This rule is to ensure that the choir’s high musical standards are maintained.
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