I have never been so proud of something I have done. A truly life-enhancing experience.
Etcetera members range from administrators to Senior Civil Servants (including a Permanent Secretary!), and from those who have never before sung in a choir or read music, through to experienced choral singers. Membership is open to anyone working in Governmental or Parliamentary bodies, and those who are former civil or public servants.
There are no auditions and everyone is welcome.
We generally only rehearse for an hour each week on a Monday lunchtime.
Given the limited time we have to prepare for our concerts, our rehearsals are intensive, but we hope always fun and rewarding. Members are also encouraged to do their own independent learning, by listening to recordings and learning files. Classes to help understand music notation and its application to singing are offered by experienced musicians within the choir. Rehearsal revision sessions for particular voices are also organised by members.
We strive to produce music to a very high standard. Indeed choir members and audiences alike are both impressed and surprised at the standard of performance and professionalism we achieve – both as a workplace choir and with such limited rehearsals.
If you are new to singing in a choir you should note that many in the choir started singing through joining Etcetera. It may well feel daunting at first, not least owing to the intensity of our rehearsals, but we believe you will find joining Etcetera one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.