RSCM Voices South

RSCM Voices South (VS) is an adult training choir, which sings approximately five services per year in cathedrals and major churches across the South of England. Most events take place on Saturdays (or occasional Bank Holidays and full weekends) and singers come from across the region to rehearse before the service at the end of the day.

Learning new repertoire and developing vocal and musical skills is at the heart of the choir’s work, so the music list for the year includes a wide range of styles and periods which present different challenges and teaching points. The choir is currently directed by Hilary Punnett.

Voices South currently has space in all voice parts but is particularly keen to hear from prospective sopranos and tenors. 

Dates for 2023/24:

Saturday 4 November – Collegiate Church of St Mary’s, Warwick
Saturday 2 March – Croydon Minster
Monday 6 May – Portsmouth Cathedral
Saturday 22 June – Norwich Cathedral
Monday 26 August – Canterbury Cathedral

FAQs

Q.  Who can apply?

A. Membership of VS is open to adult members of RSCM-affiliated churches and choirs, or Individual/Student members of the RSCM. Admission to the choir is by audition and singers who are working at about RSCM Silver Award level are likely to be at about the right standard to apply. All members must comply with RSCM good-conduct requirements.

Q.  How much does it cost?

A. Standard membership - £105 (either payable in full at the start of the academic year or as three payments of £35 spread across the year)

Singers are responsible for providing their own music. Bursary funding is occasionally available; please contact the choir administrator for further details.

Q.  What happens at the audition?

A. As well as preparing a piece to sing (The RSCM Silver Award syllabus contains examples of possible repertoire), you will be asked to demonstrate some vocal exercises to test range and tone quality, and given some sight-singing to test your ability to tackle new music. Some auditions may be conducted online.

Q.  How do I apply to join?

A. New applicants should contact the choir administrators, James and Holly Kennard (voicessouth@rscm.com) or phone the RSCM office (01722 424848).