HOW TO JOIN
"Personally, I get voice training, an opportunity to sing regularly and what often feels like a body workout….as well as a real sense of achievement"
- choir member
At heart, we are a choir that wants to be the best we can be and we are committed to every singer's development.
We look for singers who show the promise and potential that we can train, who sing easily in tune, preferably have choir experience and who are open and willing to be directed.
All singers are actively committed to improving their own singing and vocal ability as well as the sound of the choir.
We will give you lots of fantastic training in vocal, breathing and performance techniques and in return, we expect you to work on your singing between our rehearsals.
We learn by ear and music and we have practice tracks to help you. You don't need to read music, but a good ear is required! If we see your potential, then we can train you! So we are investing in you, as well as you investing in us.
Please make sure before applying that you are willing to be available for all gigs.
Please get in touch for a private audition
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“I think that the relationship and atmosphere that Sandra creates in ‘The Lost Sound’ is excellent and that the quality you have achieved is amazing. These sessions are the highlight of my week” - choir member
Sandra, I’m beginning to get a strong sense of what you put into the choir. I’m impressed, grateful and at some stage, when I understand more, happy to be of service. New Bass singer
CAUTION.......Singers at work!
We do work hard and we learn fast! That is why you need to have some choir/harmony singing experience We believe the hard work is worth it, simply because of the response we get at concerts. It's our buzz!
It's not all hard slog - we are a friendly and kind bunch of people who support each others progress and have fun together. We love listening to and encouraging the improvement in our fellow singers as they learn new skills and step up to a new level.
We often get singers arriving early, just to listen in to the ensemble practices. We also relish the challenges that new songs bring us and demand of us, even though it may seem daunting at first!!
Our concerts include full choir, all male and all female ensembles, mixed small ensembles, duos, trios and solo opportunities. We train you in vocal and breathing techniques, choir skills and performance. We also have an ethos of music education, at all times aiming to develop our skills and our learning
It's important that you are aware of how much this choir demands of you before joining, so we aim to make that very clear.
Singing with us takes a lot of your free time!!
Please make sure you are ready to learn, practice at home and be available for rehearsals and performances BEFORE auditioning. Our gigging seasons are Nov- Dec and from May to end of August. Attendance for rehearsal is hugely important for us to polish the songs and work on techniques
The choir in full flow at St Ives September festival in 2019. 3 gigs in one day including supporting Show Of Hands in the Finale concert
All singers work within these guidelines:
We rehearse every Tuesday evening, in Buckfastleigh, Devon (7.30-9.45pm), and extra rehearsals will be commonplace leading up to performances.
We require excellent attendance for rehearsals (a maximum of 3 absences per term) and that you will continue to learn and practice the pieces at home.
All singers pay subscriptions to take part in rehearsal sessions and to be part of the chorus. The ‘subs’ are payable in monthly instalments, of £33, which will work out at around £8.50 per session.
We are interested in singers who work easily as part of a team and who are happy to fit the vision we have for the chorus and its sound.
The ability to easily sing in tune is essential.
The choir is for adult members only, i.e. over 18 years-old.
We highly recommend that you see us perform before auditioning. We are currently on tour - do come and see us.
See concerts page for details.
If applying to the choir - please detail your choir and any other musical experience in your email.
Please do check that you are available for both rehearsals and gigs during our concert seasons. Let us know of any difficulties with dates before hand.
We look for singers who have choir/harmony singing experience, sing in tune easily and have a good ear for harmony. All singers need to be available to perform and regularly attend rehearsals. You don't need to read music, but you do need to be able to learn quickly.
Please tell us your experience on registering your interest in auditioning.
The ability to learn quickly and accurately and to be able to take direction, is really important. We work hard and aim to have a very high standard of singing. We will help you develop your voice, interpretations skills, small group work and performance in return!
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE WORKSHOP/AUDITION?
Our process aims to be informal and friendly and a way for us to see how you work. You won't be required to sing solo in front of the group, we promise! We will take you through a simple warm-up, run through some other vocal exercises and learn a harmony song together and hopefully have some fun.
We will then call back singers for a later date, who we feel best fit with our choir's sound, for an individual session with Sandra. For this you will need to sing an a cappella song and Sandra will run through some scales to test your range. Think of it more as a mini singing lesson, as Sandra will give you different vocal exercises to try to find other possibilities in your voice!
We really want you to do your best - you don't have to be perfect but being prepared is always a good idea! We can see your potential and whether we can bring it out, even if you make a mistake!
Please email Sandra: firstname.lastname@example.org
Performing in Exeter 2021
If you haven't sung for a while, get singing before the workshop/ audition, so you are limbered up and feeling less rusty.
Chose & prepare a song and really give yourself time to practise it and be on top of the words and tune. It's great to have it memorised but if not, aim to just use the music sheet as a prompt rather than a crutch
Choose a song that shows your voice off and is in the right key for you to shine.
Choose a song that works unaccompanied. A folk one is good!
Know what your song is about and who wrote it, not just who sang it!
Sing it in the mirror - with your eyes open. Your performance of it will improve and you will be less nervous. Good luck!