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amateur choirs in Lewes or nearby

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On 6 Jan 2013 at 11:00pm babysitter wrote:
What amateur choirs are operating in Lewes, Brighton or similar? When do they rehearse and does one need to audition?
Many thanks!
Would be singer
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On 6 Jan 2013 at 11:34pm Southover Queen wrote:
Hello Babysitter! Lewes has more choirs than you can shake a stick at! It depends a bit on what kind of music you want to sing and whether you've had much experience.
Off the top of my head there's the:

1. Community Choir
2. The Paddock Singers
3. The East Sussex Bach Choir
4. The Pro Musica chamber choir
5. The Esterhazy Singers
There's also Voiceworks, run by dynamic operatic tenor and teacher Paul Kelly and his wife Carol. They're an interesting mix of choir, music and singing lessons, so if you want to learn about singing techniques and how to read music, they'd be a great choice.

I've probably missed some off but those are the ones I know about. The community choir does pretty much everything and doesn't audition. The Paddock Singers I think are just women, the East Sussex Bach choir specialises in baroque music (so lots of Bach and Handel) and does audition although they welcome newcomers with some choral experience who'd like to try out first. The Esterhazy Singers are a small and very expert chamber group with very high standards who tackle pretty much anything from the "serious" repertoire. I haven't heard the Pro Musica in action, but I'd be willing to bet that they're good too!

The ESBC rehearses on a Saturday afternoon, but I don't know about the others. Come and join the singers of Lewes: it's very good for the soul.

Outside of Lewes, there's the BREMF choir (Brighton Early Music Festival) and the Brighton Festival Chorus. BREMF specialises in early music, and the BFC is a symphony chorus so larger and tackling a core repertoire of Beethoven onwards, probably.

For further information, rather than trying to put individual links, I think you'll find each of the organisations easily enough if you google their names.
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On 7 Jan 2013 at 7:12am Cob wrote:
Lewes Vox
7.30pm, Thursdays, upstairs at the Elephant and Castle. All learnt by ear, great mix of music and loads of fun! There's a free trial on the 17th.
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On 7 Jan 2013 at 10:48am Rock Choir wrote:
There is also Rock Choir which will be opening in Lewes on 17th January. No auditiona and no requirement to read music!
Check out www,rockchoir.com to book a free taster session or call 01252 714276

Check it out here »
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On 7 Jan 2013 at 10:49am Rock Choir wrote:
There is also Rock Choir which will be opening in Lewes on 17th January. No audition and no requirement to read music!
Check out www,rockchoir.com to book a free taster session or call 01252 714276
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On 7 Jan 2013 at 11:01am Interested wrote:
£25 a month to sing in a choir ? No thanks rock choir!
Absolute extortionate charges for people looking for a hobby
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On 7 Jan 2013 at 12:50pm Jane S wrote:
Angels with Attitude don't require auditioning; female only, said to be good fun. Google them.
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On 7 Jan 2013 at 12:57pm Rock Choir wrote:
Thank you for posting 'Interested'. We take great care to make sure that when a possible misunderstanding about what Rock Choir is does surface, we like to take the opportunity to correct it. Rock Choir is the UK's original contemporary choir and pioneered the no auditionand no need to read music approach.
There are 17,000 very happy members that get to perform at the 02 in the summer and some members have just performed at the Albert hall for Prince William. In the past two years, Rock Choir raised nearly 1million pounds for charities both local and nationally.
Members have the option to attend any of 6 sessions weekly with me and so therefore the £25 a month could cover up to 6 choir sessions a week. We are an Award winning choir from the PRS and BASCA. Yes Rock Choir does require a modest fee similar to many evening classes or after hours clubs but please rest assured that 100 people earn all or part of their living from Rock Choir. All rehearsals are insured, all choir leaders are Music Graduates, have First Aid training and receive ENT training. All children are protected by an inhouse Child Protection policy, I am CRB checked and all the music that we use is in copyright and is therefore paid for by Rock Choir. There's a lot of work done behind the scenes so that the members get to do the fun bit.
I look forward to getting the choir involved in concerts and fundraising at the centre of the Lewes community and simply having fun meeting new people. If you are open to altering your opinion and becoming a little more comfortable with our fee then you are welcome to contact us on 01252 714276 or the girls in the office (who are all Rock Choir members themselves) on office@rockchoir.com.
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On 8 Jan 2013 at 10:21am babysitter wrote:
Does anyone have the contact details for Angels with Attitude?
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On 8 Jan 2013 at 12:37pm Jane S wrote:
Hi babysitter - I'm told that the phone number is 476716, or you can just turn up at Southover Grange on Thur evenings, 7-9 pm. My contact says that almost all the singers originally turned up saying embarrassedly ‚??Um, I don‚??t know if I can sing and I‚??m not sure about joining a choir‚??, so if that's you, there you go.
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On 8 Jan 2013 at 12:39pm Jane S wrote:
Hi babysitter - I'm told that the phone number is 476716, or you can just turn up at Southover Grange on Thur evenings, 7-9 pm. My contact says that almost all the singers originally turned up saying embarrassedly ‚??Um, I don‚??t know if I can sing and I‚??m not sure about joining a choir‚??, so if that's you, there you go.
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On 8 Jan 2013 at 5:08pm babysitter wrote:
Thanks all! Weirdly all Lewes choirs seem to meet on a Thursday, which isn't a great day for me...
Will try and find one anyway
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On 10 Jan 2013 at 7:04pm Jude wrote:
babysitter - I have exactly same problem. Given there are so many choirs, which of them DON'T meet on a Thursday ?
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On 4 Nov 2015 at 8:43am Jill wrote:
Am looking for a choir in Lewes that does 'world' music - i.e. African, Israeli etc. etc. Does anyone know of anything - when/where/how much and whether you have to audition? Please let me know if you do. Thanks, Jill


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