Children's Chorus FAQ

Am I eligible?
If you are in school years 4 to 8 and enjoy singing then you may be eligible to audition for the CBSO Children's Chorus.

Can I observe a rehearsal before auditioning?
If you would like to join the CBSO Children's Chorus but are unsure of what it entails, why not come along to CBSO Centre to see what it is all about. Prospective new members are invited every year to an open rehearsal, where you can try out the Chorus before auditioning. Open rehearsals for prospective applicants are held at various times throughout the year. For further information please contact James Rowland, Children’s and Youth Chorus Officer 0121 616 6508.

When are the next audition dates?
Auditions for the CBSO Children’s Chorus are held once a year; dates for Summer 2016 are 18 June and 24 July. For further information please contact James Rowland, Children’s and Youth Chorus Officer, 0121 616 6508. Alternatively you can apply now using the Children's Chorus online application form.

What happens at the audition?
To become a member of CBSO Children's Chorus you have to do a short informal audition. Each audition lasts up to 10 minutes and you will be asked to perform a prepared piece (your own choice of song) from memory along with some simple ear and range tests to assess your musicianship and responsiveness.

Where and when are rehearsals held?
Rehearsals are held every Monday evening from 5.30pm - 6.45pm during term-time. The Chorus meets once a week and learns a great amount of quality, often difficult music each season. Rehearsals are held at the CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF.

What is the commitment?
If you are offered a place in the Children's Chorus you will be expected to commit to weekly rehearsals and participate in all concerts.