The ENO Community Choir is an open and friendly choir for everyone in the community - from seasoned singers to those who just enjoy singing with others.
All are welcome to the community choir and no previous experience is required – just enthusiasm and a willingness to develop your voice through weekly rehearsals.
Each term the choir works on a chorus taken from a production on stage at ENO plus a variety of other music, with opportunities to sing with professional opera singers and attend dress rehearsals at the London Coliseum.
Rehearsals take place at Lilian Baylis House in West Hampstead and are led by choir leader, Sam Coates, with support from ENO music staff.
The choir learns songs off by heart, with audio recordings available online to support learning. Both sheet music and word sheets will be provided for those who read music and those who prefer to learn by ear. You do not need to be able to read music to sing with the choir.
This term, members of the ENO Community Choir are taking part in the Akhnaten Community Project. Weekly choir rehearsals will resume in the summer term.
The summer term will run for 10 weeks from mid-April to late-June 2016 on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9pm. Exact rehearsal dates and booking information will be released in early February 2016.
If you are unable to take part in the summer term but would like to be kept informed about the choir and other opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the mailing list.
The ENO Community Choir is supported by Shaftesbury PLC.
What is the ENO Community Choir?
The ENO Community Choir was formed in January 2011 and offers anyone living in the community who enjoys singing, the chance to sing regularly with like-minded people in a fun and friendly environment.
The choir meets once a week during term time. Singers can sign up on a term-by-term basis. Typically, the choir has between 100-130 members each term, with most people renewing their membership, building up their repertoire and coming back for more! Each term focuses on chorus music from productions in the current season at ENO, as well as other classical, jazz and pop music, where time allows. The term culminates in a concert for friends and family, showcasing the repertoire learnt. In addition to this, the choir are invited to give public performances. Past concert venues have included the Natural History Museum, the London Coliseum foyer, Covent Garden piazza, St Martin’s Courtyard and Westminster Cathedral.
Who can join the choir?
We welcome keen singers in the community of any age and ability. No previous experience is required, all we ask is a commitment to take part and attend weekly rehearsals.
Are there auditions?
No, the choir is open to all with no audition process.
Am I able to come along before joining?
If you are interested in joining, the end of term concert for friends and family is a good opportunity to see the choir in action and meet current members. Please contact Baylis@eno.org to find out when the next concert is taking place.
We offer a limited number of places at the first few rehearsals of each term for those who would like to try out the choir before fully committing. If you would like to book a place for a trial rehearsal, please email your request to Baylis@eno.org with the term you are enquiring about with ‘ENO Community Choir trial rehearsal’ in the subject line and a member of the ENO Baylis learning & participation team will be in touch to confirm.
Where and when does the choir meet?
The choir meets on Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm, during term time. Term dates are posted on the ENO Community Choir webpage when confirmed. Choir rehearsals take place in central London, typically at Lilian Baylis House, 165 Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, NW6 3AX but some rehearsals may be held at The Steiner Theatre, Rudolf Steiner House, NW1 6X. If there are any changes to rehearsal venue, they will be posted on the ENO Community Choir page.
How long do the terms run for?
Each term is typically nine weeks with a performance in the tenth week.
Do I need to attend every week?
We ask members to commit to attending the weekly rehearsals. With regular attendance, we are able to support the choir to achieve a great sound. However we understand that you may occasionally need to miss a rehearsal due to other commitments. Generally we expect members to attend at least six of the eight sessions each term.
How much does it cost?
Taking part in the ENO Community Choir costs £40, payable in advance. The membership fee helps towards the administration and practical costs of running the choir. We are grateful to Shaftesbury PLC for their generous support which helps to keep costs down for participants.
We also offer choir members the opportunity to apply for free tickets to ENO dress rehearsals when there is availability. Details will be communicated to choir members after joining.
Do you offer concessions?
A concessionary rate of £30 is available for those who qualify. Please call the ENO Baylis team on 020 7632 8484 for a friendly, confidential conversation.
How do I join?
Booking opens a few weeks before the start of each term. You can book a place and pay your membership fee either online via the ENO Community Choir webpage, by phoning our Box Office on 020 7845 9300, or booking in person at the London Coliseum Box Office.
Following payment, you will receive an email confirmation from the ENO Baylis learning & participation team, with further information on the term ahead.
Join the Community Choir mailing list if you are unable to take part this term but would like to be kept informed about the choir by emailing email@example.com with 'ENO Community Choir mailing list' in the subject line
Will I have to sing on my own?
There may be opportunities to sing solos or in smaller groups. No-one is obliged to sing on their own if they don’t want to.
Do I need to be able to read music?
No, you don’t need to be able to read music to join the choir. The choir master works through the music with everyone at the same pace. Practice tracks are also available to members of the choir to aid learning outside of choir sessions.
What else can I get involved with?
Priority is given to choir members to take part in intensive one-day workshops at the end of most terms to further develop their chorus skills and sing alongside professional singers. These workshops allow singers to develop their performance skills and a deeper understanding of the production they have been working on throughout the term. Working with a choral director, movement director, and repetiteur, participants sing the chorus repertoire learnt during the term and work on several scenes from main stage productions.
Booking for these workshops is communicated to members during term time, with spaces offered on a first come first serve basis.
I have a question that’s not covered here.
Please call ENO Baylis, ENO’s learning & participation team, on 020 7632 8484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The ENO Community Choir is kindly supported by Shaftesbury PLC.