Frequently asked questions
Do I need to have Welsh links?
No. (Living in New South Wales means you are more Welsh than you realise!) Just come prepared to learn to sing some songs in Welsh (… and Latin, German, French, Maori, etc….)
Must I be male?
No. Ours is a mixed choir with sopranos, altos, tenors and basses.
When do you rehearse?
We rehearse on Wednesday evenings, 7pm, most weeks from the end of January to December. (Our first practice in 2018 is January 31, which is also our AGM).
Where do you rehearse?
At Concord Baptist Church, in North Strathfield. It’s tucked away in a laneway between Carrington Street and Princess Avenue. On street parking is available in both streets.
Do I need to read music?
No, although obviously it’s an advantage to read. It is more important to enjoy singing in harmonies.
Is the choir auditioned?
Yes, but you are welcome to sing at rehearsals for as long as you like before going through the audition process, which is a two-stage process: the first stage is so the Music Director can hear your voice; the second stage is to sing something in Welsh so the MD knows you can handle the repertoire in concert.
How committed must I be?
Most of our members are swept along on a wave of enthusiasm. We know that work, health and family events take precedence, but we ask that members come to rehearsals as often as possible in order to be able to perform to a high standard.
What kind of music does the choir sing?
Everything from Bach to Bacharach: oratorio, opera, sacred music, folk songs, songs from musicals, pop songs and modern choral pieces. Roughly a quarter of our repertoire is sung in Welsh, and ranges from great Welsh hymns and folk songs, to contemporary songs.
How often does the choir perform?
Usually once or twice a month from March to December. See our 2018 calendar for more information.
Where are the concerts held?
We sing around the wider Sydney area, usually at churches, clubs and schools. We have sung at all of Sydney’s most prestigious venues, and we occasionally venture further afield with tours interstate or abroad.
Is joining the choir expensive?
Our membership fees are much lower than most other choirs, and we provide worthwhile subsidies for all of our tours. We are an incorporated, non-profit association with an elected committee.
What are the benefits of joining?
- Make new friends
- Hone new skills
- Experience the excitement of performing live
- Help raise money for charities
- Brighten people’s lives
- Travel with the choir
- Singing is good for you, and singing in a group is great!
How do I find out if it is for me?
Come along on a Wednesday evening and sit in on a practice. You’ll be warmly welcomed and you’ll get to meet and listen to our choristers. If you enjoy it, join in the singing and see how you fare.
Who can I contact?
You can contact us by filling in the form below or phoning 02 9630 2561