We are recruiting new members
Most of us will
be aware of the success of the military wives choir and the work based choirs under the
encouragement of Gareth Malone, and one can speculate on the reasons for their success.
Here we had a group of ladies, seemingly connected only by the circumstance of
their partners’ career choice. When first approached, few of them had ever
thought about joining a choir and some didn’t even think they could sing at all
– but sing they could and who would have thought they would top the Christmas
charts in December 2011?
The village of
Baslow is fortunate to have an excellent choir and is now seeking to recruit new
members. The choir holds three concerts per year and perform a very wide range
of music – from Handel’s Messiah to Songs from the Shows to Folk Music!
Rehearsals take place from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on a Wednesday evening.
What puts people off joining a choir?
heard all the excuses so let me try to explode a few myths:
read music” – well you are not alone – although it may help a little, it
is by no means essential. Several people in the choir couldn’t read music
when they first joined but this is something that can be picked up along
couldn’t bear to attend an audition” – We don’t expect our new members
to undergo the ordeal of an audition but you are expected to be able to sing in
tune - this is very important so you can blend in with the other voices in the
afraid that my voice is not good enough” – well you won’t know if you
don’t try and most people are capable of making a good sound. There are four
sections in the choir – soprano, alto, tenor and bass. If you can’t reach the
high notes (soprano for the ladies; tenor for the gents) then alto and bass
might suit you better.
want to join a Church Choir” – Baslow Choir is not a Church Choir. It
is true that most of our concerts take place in churches but that is only
because they tend to be large enough to accommodate a reasonably sized audience
and can usually offer much better acoustics which enhances the sound of choral
music, especially when accompanied by an orchestra.
have time” One of the problems of today is that we all lead busy lives and
the thought of taking on another commitment is somewhat daunting. Please bear in
mind that singing with a choir is actually a very relaxing experience which
helps us to forget our problems for a while. Our choir asks for regular
attendance on a Wednesday evening for a couple of hours so forget the TV for a
while - record your favourite programme and watch it later.
What do I get out of it?
Learning to sing in a choir in a choir can be quite a challenge
initially but it is a challenge that is well worth the effort.
The joy of learning to harmonise with other like-minded
individuals has to be experienced to be appreciated but it
really is a very rewarding and pleasurable experience.
Social benefits: As with any club or society, membership
will not only enhance your circle of friends but also your
social life. Some of us like to go to the local pub after
rehearsals and enjoy the social side of the choir. In the
closed season during the summer holidays, some of us continue to
meet up on a Wednesday evening (with partners if preferred) and
we go for a walk followed by a pub meal
is a wealth of choral music to discover and being part of a
choir is one way of being introduced to new music under the
tuition of an expert choral director.
Health Benefits: It is an established fact that singing
is an ideal way to relax and relieve stress. It gives you an
opportunity to get away from the pressures of daily life for a
couple of hours.
So why not give
it a go – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We are
starting rehearsals for our Christmas concerts on 3rd September so please come along to Baslow
Village Hall on that, or any other Wednesday evening – you are sure to enjoy it!
If you want any
more encouragement or information, please contact
our Membership Secretary, Gill Duckworth by email:
. Also, there are three websites which will give you more
advice and information:
Go on – give
it a try!