The Philharmonia Chorus recording Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Zander, Watford Colosseum, March 2017
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.
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, music is provided free of charge, and tours are free.
You can see what singing in the Philharmonia Chorus is like in this video.
Here are the answers to a few more questions that you might have:
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.
What is involved in the audition?
You would be asked to sing a short classical 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. Map: Indian YMCA
Members are asked to attend 80% of the rehearsals for any given project.
Can I attend a rehearsal before auditioning?
Yes, please contact our Personnel Manger who will advise you about rehearsal dates.
Do I have to buy my own music?
No - all music is provided free of charge
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
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07961 313 941