RSCM Voices West

RSCM Voices West (VW) is an adult training choir, which sings approximately five services per year in cathedrals and major churches across the West of England and South Wales. 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. The choir is currently directed by George Castle.

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.

Voices West currently has spaces in all voice parts but is particularly keen to hear from prospective sopranos and basses.

Dates for 2023/24:

Saturday 2 December – Christchurch Priory
Saturday 13 January – Bristol Cathedral
Saturday 17 February – Wells Cathedral
Saturday 27 April – Brecon Cathedral
Saturday 15 June – Hereford Cathedral

FAQs

Q.  Who can apply?

A. Membership of VW 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 singing 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 Safeguarding requirements.

Q.  How much does it cost?

A. Standard membership – £105 (payable either in full at the start of the academic year or in three payments of £35 spread through 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 administrator (voiceswest@rscm.com) or phone the RSCM office (01722 424848).