We would be delighted if you would consider joining us! At the present time, we are particularly keen to attract new members to the Soprano and Bass sections.
We rehearse each Friday during the school term from September until May/June at Eye Primary School which is next to the church, starting promptly at 7.45 p.m. and finishing at 9.45 p.m. We organise additional ‘sectional’ rehearsals when rehearsing complex works and these tend to take place at members’ houses locally. We also have occasional ‘singing days’ on a Saturday at a local Village Hall.
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We are keen to welcome all new members whether they are experienced singers or beginners. We would particularly like to hear from sopranos, tenors and basses. Enthusiasm, a willingness to join in, and a commitment to attend rehearsals are among the most important requirements.
For all major works we hire scores from public or specialist libraries. We may ask you for a modest hire fee of around £1 per score, depending where we obtain the music. Occasionally we have to buy scores, but we will always pass on to members any discounts we receive.
Jane Bramhall, our Honorary Secretary can be contacted here by email.
or by phone on 01379 854124.
Alternatively, come along to Eye Primary School on any rehearsal evening and meet us. Before confirming membership we will ask you to undergo a short audition. It will be with our Conductor and is not intimidating. An enthusiasm to join in the choir’s activities and a commitment to attend rehearsals are vital.
The subscription fee for the 2016/2017 Season is £150 payable in two equal instalments, the first in September and the second immediately after Christmas. If you’d prefer to pay the full £150 at the start of the season, we’d be very pleased to receive it! We also raise money from the Eye Bach Choir 100 Club (our answer to the National Lottery but with a much better chance of winning!) which we hope you will join.
Most certainly. We are very keen to welcome Friends. The Friends subscription is £15 for an individual or £25 for a couple. This entitles you to an invitation to the annual Friends’ party, and your membership will be acknowledged in our concert programmes. Other benefits include the opportunity to reserve seats at our concerts.
We have several members who have been with the choir throughout its 40 years. One recently said ‘Going to join the new Eye Bach Choir at its first ever rehearsal in Merlin’s music room was incredibly exciting. We could hardly credit that scores for Jesu, Priceless Treasure were handed out, notes given and off we went all 4 parts at once!’
Another said…‘My earliest experience of the choir was coming up from London and sitting near the front to watch the orchestra, and getting visual clues from a choir member as to when the end of each piece was coming to an end so as to burst into frenzied clapping and cue the audience to do so too’ Editor’s Note: We don’t need that now!
From our youngest member… ‘I have been singing since I was a very young child and feel really lucky that there was such a good choir in the area so I could continue my singing’
Another said…‘I honestly can’t imagine singing with another choir. Its’ a long way to drive on a Friday night for rehearsals (our members come from a huge area) but the standard of singing and performance is so high and everyone is so friendly’
And…’Choral sanity! Every rehearsal is a masterclass. It’s worth travelling many miles to sing at Eye‘
Also, after a house move …’Belonging to EBC felt like a good reason to stay in my new home. Thank goodness for singing and singing mates‘
Rehearsing with the choir is fun with much laughter. Another member has remarked… ‘As a member of the choir you do have to put up with the odd bad pun. Les (our musical director) tells us that if he has another dog he will call it Potentiam so he can call Fecit Potentiam (pronounced fetch it potentiam, in Latin)!’