Are you tempted to start singing yourself?
Perhaps it's something you used to do or have always wanted to do?
Ruth has many years of experience as a music teacher and a passion for building confidence and enhancing vocal technique in her singers.
We are opening up a few places until early October when we start our Christmas music in earnest if you can join us and will then operate a waiting list for new members to January when we will start new repertoire. We’d still love to hear from you or see you at one of our open workshops if you’re interested in joining.
Please check our FAQs below and contact our Membership Secretary for more details
How do I join the Paddock Singers?
If you'd like to join us please get in contact with our Membership Secretary using the form below, When a potential space becomes available you will be invited to attend a rehearsal and if you like the way we work to audition.
Who can join the Paddock Singers?
Membership is open to women over the age of 16.
Do I need to know how to read music?
No, you don’t need to know how to read music to join. We are more interested in an ability to learn a tune, to want to perform and to work as a team, as well as have fun, of course! Ruth teaches the music through demonstration and repetition. She also records the individual voice parts and members are encouraged to listen to these between rehearsals.
Will I need to audition?
Yes, our Musical Director will invite you for a short audition to identify your voice part and to assess suitability to join the choir.
The Musical Director reserves the right to decline membership of the choir if they believe membership would not be in the best interests of a potential member or the existing choir members.
Is there a monthly fee?
Members of the choir pay a termly or yearly subscription that covers rehearsal venue hire, the Musical Director’s fees and a contributions towards the cost of new music.
For current subscription fees please contact our Membership Secretary using the form below.
Can I try it out before I commit myself?
Yes, we accept new members if a place becomes available at the beginning of the autumn and spring terms. If invited you are welcome to come along to a rehearsal to see what it's like.
If you'd then like to join us, we invite you to an audition with our Musical Director.
How often do you rehearse?
We meet once a week on Thursdays at 8pm throughout most of the year, with a break over Christmas and the summer holidays. Exact rehearsal dates are published on our website.
*Members are expected to attend 70% of rehearsals in order to participate in a performance.
Where do you meet?
We rehearse at St Annes Church, High Street, opposite the Pelham Arms. There is free parking in the Council car park behind the Church. Be warned there is no loo in the church!
Rehearsals are on Thursdays and run from 8:00pm - 9:30pm.
How often do you perform?
Each year we perform a Christmas and a summer concert. In addition we take part in a wide range of other public and private performances that vary from year to year.
Previous years have included; Evensong at Chichester Cathedral, performing with the Globe Theatre in London, outdoor performances as part of the Brighton Festival and joint performances of the Phoenix Cantata with other local choirs.