IMVC always welcomes new members and no previous connection with Imperial College is necessary!
We have a large, interesting repertoire of pieces in a variety of styles so a degree of vocal and musical ability, together with reasonable sightreading is expected (see below) but we are an accommodating bunch and we are happy to have you join in a typical rehearsal (see join us/ rehearsals tab above) before deciding if you would like to take it further. Then our Musical Director will arrange a short voice test. If you decide to join then a sense of commitment to the choir is also expected. Try us out - you won't be disappointed!
Most of our repertoire is in 4-part TTBB harmony and most singers will have a useful range of 1½ to 2 octaves:
- Tenor 1 - Male Altos or Countertenors can comfortably sing the Tenor 1 line. High tenors need to be able to easily reach at least top A
- Tenor 2
- Bass 1 or Baritone
- Bass 2 - Low basses at least bottom E
Attendance at a high proportion of our rehearsals is essential to maintain our standard. As the choir is drawn from a wide area of Southern England we no longer have regular evening rehearsals. Instead we meet for 4-hour sessions, mostly on Sunday afternoon/evening, at a number of venues around the fringes of London, usually with good access to the M25. These average out at one per month but may be more frequent before concerts. In addition we have a social / musical weekend away, usually in January.
The choir is made up of enthusiastic amateurs who deliver a full and rich sound. We comprise, amongst others, a few actors and other thespians and a few trained voices. Coaching in voice production is a feature of our rehearsals.
There is a great sense of camaraderie in the choir, with many close friendships. New members are always warmly welcomed and are invited to attend some rehearsals to experience the joy of singing in a good quality choir. We also like to enjoy ourselves in the bar nearby! On joining, new members will be invited to access our Yahoo Group Site* on which we publish details of rehearsals, events and music.
Our choir has an enviable reputation to maintain, and we continually strive for excellence. Once admitted, members are expected to maintain a regular attendance at rehearsals and performances.
The annual subscription is currently under review (as it has been held at £100 for many years), payable on 1st February.
WHO TO CONTACT
To arrange to attend a rehearsal or concert, or for more information, please contact our Membership Secretary.
(* our use of technology as a timely and effective way to manage choir communication is also under review due to the increasing unreliabilty of Yahoo Groups)