Why Join UK Soul Choirs?

With a UK Soul Choirs membership, you'll get to sing fantastic pop and soul songs each week, make new friends, and have amazing performing experiences.

Sing Great Songs

We sing great soul inspired songs from classic soul to pop and everything we sing is arranged specially and uniquely for our choirs. Everything we sing makes us feel great and whilst we are made up of all members of the whole community with mixed singing experience, the passion from our members shines out, inspiring anyone who listens!

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Build Lasting Friendships

Choir is as much about the community as it is about singing! We enjoy a varied and active social life around our choir rehearsals and performances from after- rehearsal drinks to dinners, parties and quizzes! We have members from all backgrounds with a wide range of ages from 20's to 70's so its a great place to meet and make local friends.

Perform At Amazing Events

We pride ourself on arranging brilliant performances for our members each term. This varies from local community events and charity fundraisers to star studded events singing alongside big names in the music industry. Some highlights have been opening the stage at On Blackheath Festival, performing at Camp Bestival's Easter party at Dreamland, Margate, singing with Lemar and Jocelyn Brown and not forgetting raising tens of thousands of pounds for many worthy charities and causes both locally and nationally.

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Meet our Choir Leaders

Abi Gilchrist

Founder of UK Soul Choirs, soprano Abi is a highly respected professional vocalist, choir leader and voice coach working extensively around the country and Internationally performing and working with individuals and choir groups of all genres.

Ross Power

Ross our in house Baritone is an award-winning Composer and Musical Director and splits his time between writing scores for movies & TV shows and arranging/directing for choirs.

Eleanor Stevenson

Alto Eleanor is an outstanding vocalist and pianist and has a busy career performing and teaching around Kent. She leads our Medway branches.

Meet our support team

Amy Stanley

Amy is the UK Soul Choirs admin fairy and a founding soprano of Rochester soul choir. She is the first port of call for all enquiries and information for members and enquiries.

Michael Kohn

Michael is a tenor, choir lover, digital entrepreneur and founder of ChoirFarm through which he provides Soul Choirs with digital support and member-focused growth strategy.

Your Questions answered

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 happens if I can't make a rehearsal?

There are several options for members if you can't make your usual rehearsal. First off you can just go along to a different rehearsal that week and join there instead - they will be learning the same song at a similar pace. If you can't make any in person rehearsal you have the option of logging in to our private facebook group to watch a video of the Monday evening rehearsal that week (or watch it live) so you can catch up anytime on any weeks you miss. As a member you will also have full learning resources with recordings of everything we are learning in choir so you can certainly keep up to date by doing some practise from these at home.

Will there be a chance to get to know people and make friends?

Absolutely! UK Soul Choirs is as much about friendship as it is about singing and great friendships have been made at all our branches. We have a private members facebook group for London and for Kent so members can chat and get to know each other between rehearsals via that. We encourage people to get to know one another in person too and often go for a post rehearsal drink locally. Everyone is very friendly so even if you come to choir by yourself you wont be left alone. We also have social secretaries in each of our 3 choir areas who organise at least one termly social event which everyone is invited to attend. This can be anything from a dinner or a party through to a coach trip or a theatre show. Our social secretaries are great at finding fun things that appeal to all our members and we have had many brilliant events!

What performances do you do?

Each of our 3 terms work towards at least one end of term performance in each of our 3 main areas (SE London, Kent (Whitstable and Canterbury) and Medway (Maidstone and Rochester). This usually includes a ticketed evening concert raising funds for charity, when friends and family can come and enjoy the work you have put in all term. These concerts are not obligatory but we do encourage members to take part - even in their first term - as they really build confidence and are brilliant fun! We also regularly do local public events too such as community fairs and events etc or even busking for charity! We have been involved in many high end performances such as the main stage at On Blackheath Festival and Dreamland Margate and also performed alongside major artist such as Jocelyn Brown and Lemar. As well as the main choir, we sometimes audition for our smaller chamber choir to perform at concerts and we also have a professional arm of the choir for more experienced members where we perform at weddings and corporate / private events.

What is included in the HOME SING membership?

Our Home Sing membership offers connectivity to the rest of our choir using our exclusive facebook group UK Soul CHoirs - Home Sing page. We will livestream one of our live monday rehearsals every week and you will also be able to catch up at any point using the media tab on the facebook group. You will have the same access to the learning resources as in-person members and every term you will have the opportunity to join the concert as a one-off.

Do you charge extra for learning resources?

Unlike some other choirs, we believe that your membership should include at least the core tools to learn the repertoire and so all learning resources are included in your membership and fully accessible through your member's log in!

What happens if I can't attend a session?

We offer a drop-in style in-person membership - if you can't make your usual home choir then you can drop in to any other session that week so you don't have to miss out. If you are away for the whole week then our monday night rehearsals will be livestreamed and archived on our exclusive facebook group UK Soul CHoirs - HOME SING so you don't fall behind.

Do you accept cash?

All payments will be now be handled through the website using secure card payments. We no longer accept cash.

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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