Recording Mahler's Second Symphony for Telarc, 2012
We are always happy to hear from new singers and welcome new members in all voice parts. We like to think that our exciting programme of engagements, the emphasis that we place on training and development, and the warm and friendly atmosphere makes us the obvious choice for anyone with ambition to sing in one of the UK's leading symphony choruses.
So if you have a passion for singing and would like to sing in first-class concerts with the finest orchestras and conductors in the major concert halls, we would like to hear from you.
Entry to the Chorus is by audition with the Chorus Master. The reputation of the Chorus is founded on the warmth and fullness of its tone, its meticulous preparation in rehearsal, and its sensitive response in performance. We therefore look for clear, well-produced voices with firm tone and good general musicianship. If, prior to auditioning, you would like to come to a rehearsal, you would be very welcome - in fact, we would very much like you to do that.
We are famous for the Philharmonia Chorus 'sound'. In our Chorus Master, Stefan Bevier, we are fortunate to work with one of Europe's leading vocal and choral trainers. Our rehearsals are fun but demanding. Stefan works with us to mould each performance to the specific demands and style of the piece. Group and individual teaching is on offer.
Most of our performances take place in London, but we also undertake other engagements elsewhere in the UK, and there is usually at least one overseas tour every year. Over the years the Chorus has also built up a fine reputation for its many recordings.
As you would imagine, we take our singing seriously, but joining the Chorus is also a great way to meet like-minded people from all walks of life, to socialise and form long-lasting friendships. There is no financial commitment as there is no membership fee, and music is provided free of charge from our extensive library.
Here are the answers to a few more questions that you might have.
* What is involved in the audition?
You would be asked to sing a short piece of your own choice (there will be an accompanist there), and do a brief sight-reading exercise.
* When do you rehearse and where?
Usually on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6.30-9pm at the Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ. Nearest tubes are Warren Street and Great Portland Street. Members are asked to attend 80% of the rehearsals for any given project.
* Is there a subscription?
No. But we have a Members’ Support Scheme through which you can give regularly to help with the high cost of running the Chorus.
* Do I have to buy my own music?
Music is provided free of charge.
* What will I have to wear for concerts?
Generally a black top and long black skirt/trousers or dress for women and either black shirt and trousers, or occasionally DJs, for men.
* Do I have to sing in every concert?
No, but we generally we encourage members to sing in every concert if they can, and of course we hope that you would want to. That said, commitment can be tailored to personal circumstances, and we do have members who choose to sing in just a few projects each year. Occasionally there is an element of selection depending on the work, venue and conductor’s requirements.
Interested? Here's what to do next
The first step is to contact Personnel Manager Rosslyn Panatti, (telephone 07961 313 941). She will arrange for you to attend one of our rehearsals so that you can see what joining the Philharmonia Chorus could mean for you.
The Chorus has two further categories of membership, for students and professional singers. For details of the Philharmonia Chorus Student Scheme, click here, and for details of the Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singer Scheme, click here.