A Singalong Does You Good!
Extract from The Daily Mail – 20th December 2011
“Singing in a choir can boost your body and mind as well as making you feel even more festive at this time of year. Evidence is growing in studies worldwide that belting out songs with others can strengthen the immune system and reduce stress. It is also said to improve symptoms of conditions including Alzheimer’s, depression and lung problems by improving breathing. On top of all that, being in a choir brings friendship and a sense of belonging.”
Who do I contact?
Peter Beetham is the Choir Secretary. Contact him on 07808 733892 or email: email@example.com and he will arrange to meet you at the rehearsal venue, St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Avenue, Haslingden, at 19.30 on a Monday evening.
What is the choir expecting of a new member?
We are looking for men with a reasonable singing voice, and an enthusiasm and commitment to join the choir. You do not need to be able to read music; many of our members also learn by following instruction from the musical director.
What can I expect at my first rehearsal?
A warm welcome from a group of about 45 men, who all enjoy singing. We are a very friendly choir. Some members have joined us recently and others have been in the choir for many years. The Rossendale Male Voice Choir (RMVC) is divided into 4 sections: Top Tenors, Second Tenors, Baritones and Basses, with each section having a Section Leader. We will talk to you about which section you think will suit you best, but you will not be asked to sing in front of others. If you feel that you are not in the right section for your voice, you can try a different group, to see if that is a better fit.
When will I sing in a concert?
All new members learn at their own pace, and as soon as you feel ready, and can demonstrate that you know the repertoire, you will be invited to sing at the next concert.
What will it cost me to be a member?
Full members of the choir pay a subscription of £12 per month, by standing order, for which they receive the loan of the choir uniform and all music.
Is there a social aspect to this choir?
There certainly is, and you can get involved as much as you wish. This could be anything from a beer after rehearsals, to working with us to arrange social events and fundraising.
We sometimes sing in concert with the Rossendale Ladies Choir and form a mixed choir known as the Rossendale Festival Choir for which there are a limited number of separate rehearsals. We also have links with choirs in Europe and have had occasional trips to Germany and more recently to Killarney. Within Britain, we have had two recent, and successful, trips to Cornwall. Many of our wives or partners have joined us on these trips, and they are most welcome.
Will I enjoy being a member of RMVC?
You certainly will. If you enjoy singing, you will be joining one of the best choirs in the area, with a long and distinguished history. We sing a wide and interesting variety of pieces both classical and modern. The choir has performed with some of the best Brass Bands in the country, and our own members come from all walks of life. At concerts you will be giving pleasure to a great many people, often raising money for some excellent causes, in some fantastic venues and you will get the “buzz” which only comes with live music.