Your Questions Answered
Who can join?
Anybody can join. The choir is open to all adults, male and female, old and young, experienced and beginner. Many of us arrived at SoundSwell straight from singing in the shower!
When can I join?
We offer membership on a termly basis, so we welcome new singers, and returners, at the start of each new term.
The closing date for enrolments for new singers wishing to join for the Autumn Term 2019 is the end of August.
How much does it cost to join?
At present £45 per term. We ask you to pay up front for the term when you enrol.
How can I enrol?
The first step is to get in touch using the "Contact Us" page. We will reply promptly and send you all the details you need including an enrolment form.
How big is SoundSwell?
We currently have around 80 voices on roll. We have similar numbers of sopranos and altos, with a large contingent of men singing tenor and bass.
How do I know what is the right voice part for me?
It depends if you are more comfortable singing high or low.
Ladies who are comfortable singing high are the sopranos; men will be in the tenor section.
If you’re more comfortable singing low then if you are a lady you will be an alto, and a bass if you are a man.
But don’t worry, you can change voice parts if you wish.
What kind of music do you sing?
We sing all sorts – lots of toe-tapping favourites, hits from Broadway musicals and films, a bit of gospel style, some great rousing anthems, world music from across the globe – not to mention folk songs and sea shanties and traditional melodies – even arrangements of modern rock and pop songs. So, a real mixture.
Do I have to read music?
No. A CD is produced each term to help you learn the songs so you don’t need to be able to read music.Most of us came not reading music although some people are now learning how, as part of the experience.
Do I have to audition?
No, you won’t have to audition or take any kind of a test. And you won’t ever be asked to sing on your own (unless you would like to volunteer for a solo or duet some time).
How often does SoundSwell meet?
We meet 36 weeks in the year, spread over three terms – autumn, spring and summer. There are generally 12 weeks in each term with the usual half-term breaks.
Who runs SoundSwell?
For the past 13 years SoundSwell has been completely independent. It is financed solely by member subscriptions and run by a committee of volunteers drawn from the membership. Before that, for more than 10 years the choir was part of Nottingham Adult Education services.
If you have questions that are not answered here, use 'Contact Us' to find out more or phone 0115 752 7872.