Essentially the Southrepps Chorale is a non-auditioned choir, meaning that when we first started anyone was welcome to join. Only now do we ask, because of our popularity and large size, that prospective members meet first with the Musical Director so that he can hear their voice and make sure they are placed in the correct voice group in the choir. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about joining.
Previous singing experience and music reading are not required. The most important attributes are a pleasant singing voice, some inbuilt awareness of rhythm (for example you might enjoy dancing), and the desire to learn to develop new skills.
We rehearse and perform under the direction of our Musical Director, Stephen Richards B.Mus. LGSM. After a career in music publishing, Stephen is active in music making in Norfolk as a conductor of choirs and music theatre, as a performer and teacher of clarinet and saxophone. The Chorale is fortunate to have an excellent Accompanist in Cathy Al-Bay B.A (Hons). We own a Kawai ES7 digital piano purchased with the assistance of Southrepps Village Hall.
Each autumn we hold a half-day workshop on a Sunday afternoon, where we invite an external clinician to lead us in some aspect of vocal training or singing or performing. We can devote extra time to rehearsing any particularly demanding music on our programme, and the workshop concludes with a communal supper. Our most recent workshop featured the talented and vivacious Lauren Dove who led us in an exciting session of gospel singing.
Southrepps is fortunate to host its own music festival each summer and the Chorale is honoured to take part each year, where we are joined by professional soloists. In 2012 we sang Gilbert & Sullivan; 2013 was music from Broadway and the West End; 2014 was madrigals and the jazz cantata Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo. In August 2015 we coupled Faure’s Requiem with our first commission as we gave the world premiere of The Nightingale by Norfolk-based composer Geoff Cummings-Knight. Our Summer 2016 programme saluted William Shakespeare in the 400th anniversary of his demise, including Songs and Sonnets by George Shearing, West Side Story by Bernstein and Double Trouble by John Williams (from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkeban). 2017 features the stirring and enormously popular extended work by Karl Jenkins The Armed Man coupled with a beautiful cycle of spirituals Feel The Spirit by John Rutter.
We maintain a close relationship with the beautiful church of St. James Southrepps and perform as a church choir in some key village events such as Remembrance Sunday and an annual Carol Service.