Everyone knows that singing is a great way to relax, to de-stress and also to meet new people. If you’re looking to join a singing group, then Harrogate Theatre Choir is a friendly, enthusiastic, mixed-voice choir of around 50 singers.

Under the guidance of our brilliant Musical Director, Catherine Field-Leather, we are encouraged to perform to a high standard, but we also sing in a supportive, enjoyable and good-humoured environment. Our repertoire consists mainly of songs from the stage and screen, all sung in lovely rich four part harmonies. 

Does Harrogate Theatre Choir perform at concerts?

Yes, we usually have 2 or 3 local concerts in the pipeline and members are expected, as far as possible, to sing in all the performances.    

Will I have to audition?

Our aim as a choir is to achieve a blended sound but formal auditions are not carried out. However, our Musical Director will assess your musical range on a 1 to 1 basis. This is to ensure that a balance is maintained across the voice parts. Singers should be able to hold a tune and also be able to reach the majority of notes in their chosen section.

Does it matter if I can’t read music?

No, our members have a range of musical knowledge and experience. It may be an advantage if you can read music, but it is certainly not essential. 

When and where do you rehearse?

Rehearsals generally follow the pattern of school terms.  We rehearse on Thursday evenings, from 7.30 pm to 9.15 pm at The Wesley Centre, Oxford Street, Harrogate. 

We expect members to attend at least 75% of rehearsals throughout the year. Members are also expected to do some practise at home. This allows us to move forward learning new pieces at a reasonable speed. If you enjoy the social side of being in a choir, quite a few members usually head to the local pub after rehearsals.

Do you have any vacancies? 

We occasionally have vacancies but Harrogate Theatre Choir maintains a healthy waiting list most of the time. However, we welcome enquiries from potential members throughout the year.  

How do I find out more?

We occasionally run Open Rehearsals, which are free. Contact our secretary, Sarah Ward, for further details on htcsecretary17@gmail.com

What are the costs?

Membership fees are paid each term. This is to cover the cost of printed music, Musical Director’s fees, hire of hall, hire of performance venues etc.  Further details can be obtained by contacting our Secretary on htcsecretary17@gmail.com

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Harrogate Theatre Choir performing The Armed Man in 2018