Southern Voices has around 35 members. Although all of us are amateurs and many have challenging day jobs, singing is very much part of our lives and most of us sing in other choirs as well. We are always keen to hear from potential new members who are strong sight-readers.
Currently (September 2021) we have a vacancy for one soprano and we are always on the lookout for competent tenors and basses. If you are interested in joining Southern Voices, please drop us a lineand our Secretary will contact you to arrange an audition, or place your name on a waiting list.
New members are selected by the musical director, after an audition at a mutually convenient time. It is helpful if you can prepare a song to your own taste, or even a well-known hymn, with which you can best demonstrate the pitch, timbre and range of your voice. You will undoubtedly also be given a sight-reading test. Auditions often take place at the end of a rehearsal, in which case the auditionee(s) will be invited to join in the rehearsal
Our concerts, typically four in each year, typically include a Christmas concert in the Chapel of St Cross and a Passiontide concert in another local church, such as St Paul's in Winchester or St John's in Alresford. We usually rehearse on Monday evenings from 7:45pm to 9:45pm in St Paul's Church (close to Winchester railway station). We also have occasional Saturday morning rehearsals, a maximum of one per concert. We do not normally rehearse during school holidays or at half term.
Each individual voice counts, so full commitment to attendance at rehearsals is of the utmost importance.
Southern Voices is self-governing and has an active committee.
Annual subscriptions are currently set at £132, which can be paid in three instalments by DIrect Debit.