Now that we’ve settled into our new life in London it’s time to resume my choral activities. London is rich with choirs of all shapes and sizes, and there are a few quite close to home. But, if you’ve got all the choirs of London laid out before you, why not try to step up your game and join something altogether bigger and more professional than before.
Tonight I have an audition with the BBC Symphony Chorus. The Chorus has a great reputation and is very active, certainly much more prolific than anything I’ve been involved with before. They rehearse at least twice a week and perform at least once per month. I don’t know the exact size but judging from the photo on their website they are at least a hundred-strong, so would also be the largest choir I’ve ever sung with.
If successful at audition membership will be a big commitment, with all the rehearsals, concerts and tours. I wonder how the existing members (all amateur) manage this with their work commitments, but they clearly do manage it so it must be possible. If I do join then exciting times will be ahead, as the Chorus performs regularly at the BBC Proms, including the Last Night of the Proms: one of the best known classical concerts in Europe, if not the World.
I’ll let you know how it goes. Right — off to practice my audition piece.