CBSO Chorus FAQ

Who sings in the CBSO Chorus?
The CBSO Chorus is made up of around 200 amateur singers who come from all walks of life and who have a broad range of musical experience.

Where and when are rehearsals held?
Rehearsals are held every Wednesday evening (6.45pm – 9.15pm) at CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF.

What is the commitment?
The Chorus gives up to twenty concerts per year but members do not have to sing in every performance. As a general rule of thumb, members are expected to attend a minimum of 75% of rehearsals for each project and to take part in 75% of concerts in any given season to maintain their membership.

How do I join?
Membership is by audition. Please contact Dani Hackett, Chorus Officer, 0121 616 6530 for more information or to register your interest.

What do I have to do in an audition?
Auditions last approximately 10-15 minutes and you are required to sing a prepared piece – this should be a solo song of your choice; not, for example, the alto part from a choral work. You can sing this from the copy or from memory, but, if you do need to use the music, please remember to bring another copy for the accompanist to use.

All candidates are asked to sing with the official accompanist who will be an experienced member of our team. You will also be required to do some sight-singing, a few aural tests and some vocal exercises to help establish your range. A warm-up room is provided from 10 minutes before your audition time.

Can I observe a rehearsal before auditioning?
Prospective new members are very welcome to try out a rehearsal before auditioning. Open rehearsals for prospective applicants are held at various times throughout the year and are generally arranged to precede audition dates, once these have been set. Please email chorus@cbso.co.uk 0121 616 6530 for further information.

Do I need to be able to read music?
Yes. As we have a limited amount of rehearsal time for each project, all Chorus members must be able to read music and sight-sing to a good standard.