Join us

Whilst the choir is often full, we welcome interest from potential members.

If you’re looking to join an accomplished chamber choir in Hampshire or West Sussex that performs in beautiful venues across the UK and Europe, then the Renaissance Choir could be for you!

The Renaissance Choir is a friendly and enthusiastic chamber choir that seeks to achieve high standards. New members are always welcome, so if you can read music, hold your own musical line, and would be prepared to sing the occasional solo or sing in a semi-chorus, please do get in touch to find out more. And if you are aged from 18 to 25, please consider applying for a Choral Bursary.

We aim to perform up to six concerts a year as a choir. We rehearse on Fridays for around seven or eight weeks before the performance. Rehearsals run from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Emsworth Community Association, PO10 7DF, a two-minute walk from Emsworth train station and on the 700 bus route. We often round off rehearsals with a drink at a nearby pub.

We encourage singers to attend as many rehearsals as possible and to be prepared to put in additional time at home for note learning. We also supply midi files, which are audio recordings that help members to learn the current repertoire.

Annual subscription
The subscription for 2021-22 is £132 and is due in September. If necessary this can be paid in three termly instalments. A temporarily reduced fee can be requested in case of financial hardship – requests are treated in the strictest confidence. The subscription is reduced for new members who join later in the choir year.

Entry to the choir is on completion of an audition process. When you come along for the first time we’ll ask you to sing some simple scale-type exercises with the musical director and chair before the rest of the choir arrives. Assuming all is well, you’ll join us for the rehearsal, which will give you a good opportunity to get a feel for the choir and see if we might be right for you. If you decide you’re interested in becoming a member, we’ll then ask you to take part in a slightly more formal audition consisting of a warm-up, some short exercises to check tone and clarity, and a performance of an unaccompanied piece of music of your choice. Our sound is similar to a cathedral choir, so we’ll be looking to see if your voice can blend.

If you are interested in joining the choir, please do get in touch with a few details about your singing experience to date. We look forward to hearing from you!