Here at YVS, we are overwhelmed by the interest we’ve had in Vocal Edge Choir! We thought it would be a good idea to publish the answers to the most popular questions from this week. Please let us know if you have any more questions – we’d love to answer them for you!
1) I’ve never been in a choir before, does that matter?
Nope! As we said before – this isn’t about what you have done previously, but more what your potential is!
2) My son is 12 years old, can he join Vocal Edge Choir?
Sorry, we are only open to adults over the age of 18 for now. We may rethink this in the future, but not yet.
3) I can’t read music or sight sing, will that stop me from joining?
No – this is not a problem. Whilst we will be using some sheet music, this will not be a major focus for the choir. We will help you with developing your musical ear during rehearsals as well as learning from sheet music so you get the best of both worlds.
4) What kind of music will you be singing?
All sorts! At the moment, we have a mixture of musical theatre, pop and soul. There will be more songs added as we get further in our planning stages, and we are hoping to have something that everyone will enjoy.
5) Will I have a say in the songs that we sing?
We hope to cover everyone’s tastes with the songs we are picking for the first term. Later on, we hope to include the members in choosing some songs, and we’ll go with the majority vote for songs to do in the next term.
6) I don’t know what part I would sing, will you be able to help me figure that out?
Yes, we’ll help you to find out where you are comfortable singing. You can switch between parts for a couple of weeks as well, before we start to finalise some songs.
7) Do I have to audition to join Vocal Edge Choir? I’m not a very good singer!
Nope! We’re open to anyone over the age of 18 that loves to sing. You don’t have to be the next Mariah Carey, all we ask is that you have a willingness to learn and respect those around you.
8) How long will sessions be?
The Wednesday rehearsals will be approximately 2 hours long, with a short break in the middle. When we get closer to showtime, we will be holding extra rehearsals for both the choir and the soloists, times dependant on what needs to be done. Specific choir workshops will also be approximately 1-2 hours long depending on what is being taught at them.
9) Do I have to attend every session?
It is in your best interest to attend as many sessions as possible. Of course, things will come up that prevent this from time to time, but we will be learning songs every week so you do need to come to as many as possible!
10) How much will a session be?
This is dependant upon the venue, but we are hoping for it to be between £4 and £5.50 per week. Once we have a permanent venue, we will be able to set the price.
11) How frequently will we be able to perform?
At the moment we are planning two main performances a year, one in the summer and one at Christmas. We may also take a Vocal Edge Performance Choir to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and we are hoping for some busking/charity spots as well. If there is an opportunity, we will do our best to offer it to you!
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