Ready for your Free Taster?

Autumn 2021

Use the "Next Rehearsals" Tab to find a Free Taster session that suits you in the coming weeks. If you'd like to join the full choir, you can easily upgrade your membership from here.

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Before your Free Taster

Thank you for signing up for your UK Soul Choirs Free Taster account.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our big happy choir family. We have all singing levels and experience in our choirs so you have nothing to worry about if you have never sung before at all.

All you need to do before your Free Taster is to check the location address below for the session you want to try, and find the next rehearsal - everything will be explained once you arrive and as we learn by ear you don’t need any music.

At the Free Taster

When you arrive make sure you sign the FREE TASTER REGISTER so we can check your contact details and we know you came. Then do go and introduce yourself to the leader who will show you where to sit and put you with an experienced member to help you navigate your first rehearsal.

You may wish to use lyrics for whichever song we are learning so you can easily find these on your phone using google for the first session. Generally we try not to learn using lyrics as it goes in much quicker that way, but of course you can to start off with.

After Your Free Taster

Following your free taster you will receive an email with details of how to join and our various membership plans all accessed via the website. Once you have paid a membership you will have full access to all learning resources and our calendar of events etc. If you didn’t enjoy your taster or don't wish to join us for other reasons we would be grateful if you would fill in the feedback form (link) so we can keep learning and improving.

MAIDSTONE
Allington Baptist Church

Allington Baptist Church

76A London Road,

Maidstone ME16 0DT

Public Transport - 8mins walk from Maidstone Barracks Station or local buses

Parking - Room for 10-12 cars in church car park (accessible from Leafy Lane) or in carpark opposite on Leafy Lane

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GREENWICH
James Woolfe School

James Woolfe School (Royal Hill Campus!)

Royal Hill,

London SE10 8RZ

Public Transport - 5 mins walk from Cutty Sark DLR or Greenwich train station or local buses

Parking - no parking onsite but free street parking on surrounding roads.

Step Free Access


ONLINE
Online

Facebook Private Group - request to join once you have chosen your membership planor signed up for a free taster. You must have a (free) account with facebook to access.

UK Soul Choirs - Home Sing

ROCHESTER
Rochester Baptist Church

Rochester Baptist Church (Moat House Hall to the right of the church)

8 Crow Lane,

Rochester ME1 1RF

Parking - No parking onsite, free street parking on surrounding roads

Public Transport - 6mins walk from Rochester Station or local buses into central Rochester

Step Free Access

CANTERBURY
St Anselms School

St Anselms School,

Old Dover Road,

CT1 3EN

Parking - Onsite parking in front of main school reception

Public Transport - Local buses from Central Canterbury

Step Free Access

On arrival, enter the main reception and turn left. You will then see a door immediately on the right leading outside across to where we rehearse, just walk across to the playground to the other hall from here.


WHITSTABLE
St Johns Methodist Church

St Johns Methodist Church

Argyle Road,

Whitstable CT5 1JS

Parking - No onsite parking, (please do not park in the church carpark as strictly reserved for Church Officials) but there is free parking on surrounding roads (single yellows are fine after 6:30pm) or alternatively use the town car parks (paid)

Public Transport - 8mins walk from Whitstable Station or local buses

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HITHER GREEN
Trinity Secondary School

Trinity Secondary School,

Taunton Road,

London SE12 8PD

Parking - No parking onsite but free street parking on surrounding roads

Public Transport - 10 mins walk from Hither Green station

Step Free Access

Frequently asked Questions

These are some of the frequently asked questions for people signing up to our free taster sessions.

How does my first session work?

Arrive 5-10mins before the session start and introduce yourself to the leader who will probably be near the piano at the front. They will help find you a seat by asking you a few questions about your voice and introduce you to some people in your part.

How do I get a login to the members section?

Once you have paid and registered as a member, you will be sent an email to confirm and you will be redirected to the members page. You will have access to the choir resources from there.

Do I need to practice anything before I come?

No, we introduce all the material in the session and if you are on a Free Taster in the middle of a term then whilst there may be some songs others have learnt, there will always be new material for you to try in the session. If you don't manage to join at the beginning of a term then catchup is made easier for you as when you sing through songs, others who have already learnt them, will have more confidence around you.

How will I know which voice part I am?

In most cases the leader will get a good idea of your natural voice part by listening to your talking voice but if you haven’t sung much before or it’s been a while then you will find your range has decreased usually putting you in the altos rather than sopranos as a female voice. If you have a male voice, you will be sat with the tenors but don’t worry if you don’t have a high male voice, most of our parts sit in a baritone range between bass and tenor, always with options on the high notes! As an alto and your voice strengthens you may find you will move into the sopranos which might be better suited to your voice.

What do I wear to sing?

We don't have any uniform at UK Soul Choirs so you are welcome to dress however you like for rehearsals. We recommend something loose and comfortable so you feel relaxed when you sing. For performances we ask everyone to dress in black and purple (without patterns) as these are our choir colours, but this can be as smart casual or as glam as you like. We also always encourage a bit of sparkle!

Will I have to sing on my own?

No, the joy of choir is the chorusing of voices, many sound much better than one in our opinion. Occasionally we do have small solo opportunities within arrangements to mix up the textures and anyone can audition for these by sending us a recording using their phone once we’ve been learning it for a few weeks. We’ve had so many members who vowed never to sing a solo who now put themselves forwards all the time, we also have members who have been with us for years who still have no interest in doing solos, it’s entirely up to you!

Do I need experience?

Absolutely not! Whilst we welcome experienced singers who become an integral part of choir makeup, we also thrive on nurturing untapped ability which we believe 99.99% of people have. The voice is a muscle that needs training and your ear is a sensor that needs training. If you’re keen then anyone can do it! Check out our testimonials from current members!

How long will it take to develop confidence and a stronger voice?

This will vary between people but as the voice is made up of a series muscles, the more frequently you work on it by listening and practicing, the easier it will become. Be patient, most people start feeling more vocal confidence after the first or second term. Remember, our membership includes dropping in at any rehearsal each week, and since we practice the same material across our sessions, you can dive in for as much choir as you want!

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