Vocal Reviews

If you enjoy singing with Manchester Bach Choir and are interested in joining us, you will have a vocal review after you have sung with the choir for a few weeks. This is to make sure your singing ability can presently keep pace with the demands of performing a termly concert of works from the choir repertoire.

What is a vocal review?

New members will sing a short, unaccompanied piece of music to our musical director, Jim Cooke. He will listen to the tone of your voice to see whether it will blend in with the rest of the choir — important in a fairly small chamber choir. He will then ask you to sing up and down a scale so that he can hear your range. Finally, you will be given a short piece of sight-reading to sing. The vocal review will happen in private, not in front of other choir members.

What should you sing?

Some people have a favourite piece of music. Some just sing a song they know well. A simple hymn or folk song is fine. You will sing without accompaniment and might not complete the whole piece. Often, only a verse or two is needed.

What happens after a vocal review?

The musical director will pass on his decision to the chairperson who will usually inform you of the outcome by email. If the musical director thinks you are not ready to join us yet, he will provide some suggestions how to improve.

If you join Manchester Bach Choir, the musical director will tell you which section you will join and your seating position in the section. You will be placed where your individual voice is best-suited for you to manage the part you sing, and to produce the best overall balance of voices in the choir.

If you have any questions about vocal reviews, please speak to Julie Jones, chairperson, or send an email.