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Becoming a choir member

‘The only thing better than singing – is more singing’ ~ Ella Fitzgerald

We are always on the look out for new members, so would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining us.

Rehearsals take place at South Lake Primary School, Woodley from 7.45 to 9.55pm every Monday during term time. The choir also rehearse at the same time on Thursday evenings before a concert.

The concert season is from September to July each year, and the choir typically performs at least one concert per month. There is always a rehearsal prior to the concert to warm up and have a run through of the pieces.

Each term, we hold an open rehearsal where anyone who is interested in becoming a member can come along and find out what we’re like before decided whether to join us. To find out when the next open rehearsal is, have a look at our events page.

In order to join the choir, you would need to pass an audition (not as scary as it sounds!) and there is a subscription cost which is currently £70 per term (or £210 for the year).

Being in Reading Phoenix Choir is hugely rewarding for members both musically and socially. There is a significant level of personal commitment required but the enthusiasm and passion from the choir – combined with the energy and talent of Musical Director Chris Hann – makes it worth it.

If you’re interested in joining, or coming along to an open rehearsal, then please do contact our membership secretary. We look forward to meeting you.

What our members say

‘I love singing in RPC because the choir sings amazing music to a professional standard. Having sung with many other choirs, RPC is definitely the most friendly choir I’ve ever sung with.’

‘I like the mix of ages and personalities within the choir and we get to experience a wide variety of music – and there is nothing quite like the high of a concert.’

‘I often leave rehearsals with more energy than when I arrived – they are hard work but there is always plenty of laughter.’

‘Having just sent the last of my children off to university and decided that instead of sitting in the audience at concerts it was my turn to get back on the stage, my next decision was which choir? My priorities were quality and variety. The Phoenix choir appeared to me to fill these qualities. One rehearsal and I was hooked, the ‘buzz’ of group singing, loads of new tunes going round in my head. I very quickly realised another of the Phoenix’s qualities – friendliness.’

‘I’ve made some of my best friends in choir and feel that it is a very strong community. I love the drive to improve continuously and love that everyone in choir plays their part to ensure we sound as good as we can.’

‘The experience I have of the choir enhances my life in an emotional, mental and spiritual way – it’s also great fun!’