FAQs

FAQs:

Do I need to read music?

No! All songs are taught by ear and there’s no need to read music. As such, we don’t use scores during rehearsals (but for those who like to learn with a score at home, these are available).

Can I try you out before committing?

Yes! Your first session is a free taster and, if you want to join us, you then pay for the rest of the term pro rata.

Do I get resources to practice at home?

Once you’ve signed up for the term you get online access to song recordings and lyrics to practice at home. You can also request scores for practising at home if you like to learn this way.

What kind of songs do you sing?

We sing songs from all over the world, and with a range of repertoire – some simpler and easier to pick up, some a bit more challenging, with a mix of languages and styles. If you’re looking for a rock or pop choir, that’s not us (there are plenty of great ones in Bristol to choose from!). If you’re looking for eclectic and beautiful music with gorgeous harmonies, we’re the choir for you. Below is a sample of songs the choir sang in the first two terms of Rosie’s leadership, with recordings where available:

  • Weave a Prayer – Helen Yeomans (rehearsal recording here)
  • Tebye Poyem – Dmitri Bortniansky (rehearsal recording here)
  • Sing Out – Sarah Morgan (rehearsal recording here)
  • We Shall Be Known – Ma Muse
  • Elesa – Trad Georgian (video of performance at St George’s here)
  • Chapel of Love – Ellie Greenwich / Jeff Barry, arr Rosie Sleightholme
  • Hlonolofatsa – Suweto Gospel Choir (rehearsal video here)
  • Walk Down the Street – Trad Gospel arr Charlie Thompson/Ali Orbaum (rehearsal video here)
  • Siyahamba – Trad Zulu (rehearsal video here)

Do you perform?

Yes! We love coming together to busk, perform at community events and fundraisers, and we do at least one performance a term, as it’s great to have something to aim towards.

In the Spring and Summer terms of 2022 (the first two terms of Rosie’s leadership), the choir performed twice at St George’s Concert Hall (first at the SW Community Choirs Convention, and then at Singing City, part of the Festival of Voice). They also performed at Bristol Harbour Festival on the main stage of Queen Square in July.

You used to run in Clifton – will you run there again?

Potentially. The choir has been without a leader for a few years, so we want to build back the group in Southville (Rosie’s local area) and, if there is enough interest, we will potentially start up in North Bristol again. If you would like us to set up in North Bristol, please email us and we will add you to a list.

Is your venue wheelchair accessible?

Yes. St Paul’s Church Southville has a ramp and accessible toilets.

I haven’t sung since school, is that okay?

Absolutely. Many new members to Rosie’s choirs say that they haven’t sung since school. But singing is an innate expression of ourselves that we all have inside us and, once you get going, your voice will come out, even if it’s a bit rusty at first!

I want to sing but I’m really nervous…is this for me?

Rosie finds that many new members to her choirs have some kind of story to tell about a bad experience they had as a child, eg being told to mime in the school choir/being told they can’t sing etc, which has meant they’ve gone through life holding their voice back and believing what some silly grown up told them as a child. How awful is that?  Singing is a birthright, and every voice has the right to be heard! For those nervous about singing, People of Note is a safe space to allow your voice to grow and flourish. If you like you can sit and absorb the music and let your voice come naturally when you’re ready. Rosie has observed that once singers let go (and stop giving a sh*t about what people may think about their voice!) they find they absolutely CAN sing, and they just seem lighter and happier!

There’s something about the collective experience of individuals all singing together and enjoying themselves that results in a gorgeous sound, even when individuals may not have thought they’d be able to achieve it on their own. So, if you’re nervous, why not brave it and see what happens, you will likely surprise yourself!

How much does it cost?

We are finalising the pricing for the September term and will update this website as soon as we have.

Can I pay for individual sessions?

No, sorry. After your free taster you pay in a block for the rest of the term. This encourages commitment from you and gives Rosie financial security.

How do I pay?

Once you’ve signed up, we will send you a link to pay online. It’s very quick and easy and can be done on your phone if easier.