How do I join Note-Orious?
If you would like to join the choir, send us an email via the Contact us box on the Home Page. At times we operate a waiting list but please get in touch and we'll let you know how quickly you can join!
Do I have to be a brilliant singer?
Not at all. If you can carry a tune and enjoy singing, you will fit right in. The emphasis at Note-Orious is on enthusiasm, enjoyment and community.
Is there an audition process?
No! Get in touch and if the choir has places available (see above) then just come along to a rehearsal.
How much does it cost?
The choir is not run for profit, and charges a subscription purely to cover its running costs. Each session currently costs around £5 (with roughly 12-15 sessions each term). You can come along and try out a choir session for free, and if you then decide you would like to join you will be asked to set up a Standing Order to pay choir subscriptions Monthly.
What sort of stuff does Note-Orious sing?
A mix of pop, rock songs and musical theatre songs. We have sung songs by Rogers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Elbow, Stevie Wonder, Whetus, The Kinks, Blur, The Cure and ELO. All our songs are suggested by members of the choir.
What happens at rehearsals?
First, there's a quick vocal warm-up, then we start work on one of the songs we're learning. We normally concentrate on two songs at each rehearsal, and finish by singing through a piece that's already in our repertoire. There's a ten-minute break in the middle of the session. Before Covid-19 our rehearsals were at the East Dulwich Tavern and afterwards members of the choir congregate downstairs in the pub for a drink – we are waiting for the day when we are back to being face to face!
What do I need to bring with me?
Your music, a pencil and some water.
For Current Members
What is my subscription fee used for?
The choir's subs primarily pay for the hire of the rehearsal space, the musical director's and accompanist's fees and sheet music. The choir has a treasurer who files an annual financial report at the annual AGM if you want to see a further breakdown.
How is the choir's repertoire decided? And why wasn't my song suggestion chosen?
Every piece the choir sings has been suggested by one of our members. Once a term our Song Selection Sub Committee will sit down with all the song suggestions and begin sifting through them. When the choir was started up, its musical ethos was "a fine line between cool and cheesy", so it's essential that any suggestion fits into that, as well as being suitable for a group of mixed voices. A balance also needs to be struck between using pieces that have four-part harmony sheet music already available, and arranging our own harmonies. If you would like to suggest a song, email the committee. There is a document on the Members Only Website page that full explains the process.
How can I join the committee?
The committee is elected each year at the AGM. All positions are currently filled but you will have a chance to stand for any of the roles (Chairperson, Choir Manager, Social Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Communications Manager) at the next AGM held at the end of January.