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When and where do we rehearse?
We rehearse every Tuesday evening during term time from 8.00 to 9.45pm at St Peterís Church, Black Lion Lane, London, W6 (Stamford Brook or Ravenscourt Park tube). Click here for directions.

What financial obligations are expected from members?
Membership of Petros Singers is on a yearly basis (September to June). The membership subscription for 2017/18 is £190 payable in September, or two instalments of £100 (payable in September and February).

If you join after September, you will be expected to pay a proportion of the membership fee (to be agreed). The full membership fee is payable the following September.

Financial circumstances should never be a barrier to joining Petros Singers, so anyone unable to afford the standard membership fee may apply for a concessionary rate by speaking to the Chair.

Bursary scheme
We would love to hear from young singers interested in joining us. Any new member aged 27 or under is invited to join the choir free of charge as part of our bursary scheme, subject to audition. For more details please contact

Are there any other costs?
In a bid to keep costs down, we endeavour to hire most of the music we sing and, whenever possible, give members the choice of free hire or purchase of new scores. On occasions, we ask members to purchase a piece of music when this is the only option available. Please talk to the Librarian or the Membership Secretary if you have any concern about this.

What kind of commitment is expected from choir members?
We rehearse on a termly basis, with a concert taking place at the end of the term. Singers are expected to attend all rehearsals. Obviously on occasion a rehearsal may have to be missed due to unforeseen circumstances; however, if you miss more than three rehearsals in any term you will not be able to take part in the concert.

A rehearsal schedule is made available at the start of term and members are expected to be familiarise themselves with pieces as appropriate before rehearsals.

It is essential that choir members inform both the Musical Director and the Membership Secretary in advance (by email or text) if they are going to miss a rehearsal. Members are also requested to sign the attendance sheet at rehearsals.

If singing workshops or special events such as an evensong are organised, you will also be expected to attend and given notice of dates well in advance.

The choir diary is updated regularly and can be accessed by members on the website. Please check with the Membership Secretary how to access the Membersí section of the website.

All of our concerts are managed by choir members and, being a relatively small group, we encourage all members to get involved in some way, be it putting up posters, co-ordinating ticket sales or serving refreshments at the concert.

What are the concert arrangements?
Concerts are held at the end of each term in church venues in West London (Hammersmith, Chiswick and Ealing) and central London.

We often arrange either an evensong or a fourth concert each year, maybe as part of a festival or in a different location outside London. We also organise the occasional, optional overseas concert tour.

London concerts are mainly held on a Saturday evening and itís essential that you attend the dress rehearsal in the afternoon, otherwise you will not be able to take part in the concert. A concert may very occasionally be held on a Sunday, or a Friday or other weekday evening in which case there is no afternoon rehearsal.

Concert dress
For the majority of our concerts, men wear black tie and women long black skirt or smart trousers and a long-sleeved black top. Members are also required to buy a black concert folder which costs £5.

What if I canít sing in a particular concert?
Our Musical Director takes great care in selecting music in advance to suit the balance of voices in the choir. Itís therefore essential that you advise him well in advance, and preferably before the beginning of term, if you know you cannot sing at the next concert. If you have newly joined Petros Singers and are unable to sing in the next concert, we are unfortunately unable to refund your membership fee.

Are there any solo opportunities?
Petros Singers perform with some of Londonís finest professional singers, and members find it inspiring to share a platform with them. However, for members with appropriate voices, there are regular solo opportunities.

What other events are arranged by the choir?
We run open singing workshops and occasionally organise an evensong, or take part in festivals such as the Brandenburg Choral Festival.

On the social side, we organise occasional overseas trips, and have been to Paris, Venice, Moscow and Rome (for further details of this trip >). We are planning Barcelona as our next destination.

Closer to home, we retire to the pub post-rehearsal, and throw parties at the end of the summer and Christmas terms.

Finally, the choir is run by a committee and we very much welcome new members getting involved.

 

 

   
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