Being a member of Reading Phoenix Choir is hugely rewarding both musically and socially. The high singing standard plus wonderful variety of the music and the number of performances means that there is a significant amount of commitment required in attending rehearsals, concert days and generally joining in with the choir activities.
Prospective members might feel that they can never reach the standard required - but don't worry, every new member is given buddy support to help learn the repertoire, build up confidence in singing without music and to join in singing in concerts at the pace that suits them. The enthusiasm and passion from the choir – combined with the energy and talent of our Musical Director Chris Hann – makes it all worth it.
How to Join
You can contact the choir at any time to ask about membership. Maybe you have recently moved to the area and are looking for a great choir to join. Or perhaps you want a change from simply performing The Messiah and other choral standards. The best way to find out whether Reading Phoenix is for you is to come to one of our rehearsals. In addtion, every term we hold an open rehearsal where anyone who is interested in becoming a member can come along. To find out when the next open rehearsal is, have a look at our events page.
To join the choir, you will need to pass an audition (not as scary as it sounds!) and there is a subscription cost which is currently £75 per term (or £225 for the year).
Rehearsals take place at South Lake Primary School, Woodley from 7.45 to 9.55 pm 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.
If you are interested in joining, or coming along to an open rehearsal, then please contact us.
Become a Friend of Phoenix
The choir is very lucky to have many friends and supporters.
Many of you are ex-members, family of members, or have just enjoyed the sound of Phoenix over the years.
Without your support we would not be the choir we are today.
In the past we had the Patrons scheme, but with the many different ways of interacting with the choir
a more apt title is ‘Friends of Phoenix’.
What will you get for being a Friend?
Discounts on tickets for our Annual Concert at the Concert Hall, Reading.
A regular bulletin of inside information on the choir’s activities.
An invitation to our annual social in the summer for choir members and Friends.
Our unending love and gratitude for your support.
If you would like to have a chat about becoming a friend of the choir, please contact us.