When and Where?

Congleton Pop Choir meets on Wednesday evenings 7.30-9pm at Ruby’s Fund on Roe Street in Congleton.

We rehearse for 40 weeks throughout the year with breaks at Easter, Summer and Christmas. We encourage new members to join as close to the beginning of a term as they can.

Term dates are as follows:

Last term of 2018: 5th Sept- 12th Dec 2018

1st term of 2019: 9th Jan- 3rd Apr 2019

2nd term of 2019: 24th Apr- 17th Jul 2019

3rd term of 2019: 11th Sept- 11th Dec 2019

 

How much does it cost?

We offer a variety of ways to pay your choir fees-

3 payments per year for each term- Choir Fees for our full terms are worked out at £8 per session and are paid in full at the beginning of the term by Cheque or Cash or Card payment. Since each of our terms vary in length each payment will be different- so for 2018- Term 3 is £120. For 2019- Term 1 is £104, Term 2 is £104 and Term 3 is £112. If you join part way through the term we would work out how many weeks remain in the term and adjust the fees to reflect that. If you pay a £20 deposit before the term begins you receive 10% off the term’s fees making it £108 instead of £120.

Pay as you go- If you would like to pay weekly your first session is £8 and every following session is £12 per week. Fees are higher when paying this way so we encourage you to sign up to paying termly to benefit from the discount.

Please keep an eye on our facebook page www.facebook.com/northwichpopchoir as we often run promotions where you can get small discounts on your fees or enter competitions for a free place.

If you take part in any public performances you will also need to purchase one of our T-shirts at £12. We also have hoodies available for £28/ £25 and hats for £10.

How much does it cost?

We offer a variety of ways to pay your choir fees-

3 payments per year for each term- Choir Fees for our full terms are worked out at £8 per session and are paid in full at the beginning of the term by Cheque or Cash or PayPal payment. Since each of our terms vary in length each payment will be different- so for 2018- Term 3 is £120. For 2019- Term 1 is £104, Term 2 is £104 and Term 3 is £112. If you join part way through the term we would work out how many weeks remain in the term and adjust the fees to reflect that. If you pay a £20 deposit before the beginning of the term you’ll receive 10% off your fees.

Pay as you go- If you would like to pay weekly your first session is £8 and every following session is £12 per week. Fees are higher when paying this way so we encourage you to sign up to either direct debit or paying termly to benefit from the discount.

Please keep an eye on our facebook page www.facebook.com/congletonpopchoir as we often run promotions where you can get small discounts on your fees or enter competitions for a free place.

If you take part in any public performances you will also need to purchase one of our T-shirts at £12. We also have hoodies available for £28/ £25 and hats for £10.

What do we do

We sing a variety of music covering current chart music, classic pop and rock songs, soul and Motown as well as musical theatre and anything else we like the sound of! We describe ourselves as a POP choir mainly because we sing whatever’s popular! Members of the choir will often make suggestions of songs they’d like to try and we do our best to pick at least one song each term which has been suggested by the group.

When we learn a new song we hand out sheet music as it’s very useful for those who do read music. For those who don’t read music we still like to offer the sheet music so you start to become familiar with music written down (although it’s perfectly ok to simply read the words to begin with!) All songs are learnt in a ‘call and response’ way- so the choir leader will sing your part to you and you sing it back until we’re happy you know it!

All choir members are given access to downloadable rehearsal tracks so you can practice your parts at home and go over anything you miss if you’re unable to make it one week.

The emphasis is on having fun so we don’t take it too seriously but we do still manage to create a fantastic sound together which is very rewarding!

We welcome singers aged 16 and over.

Performances

We love giving the choir something to work towards and try to plan a performance at the end of each term. Performances can range from theatre stages to street busking and charity fundraising.

None of our performances are compulsory so if the idea of performing in front of a crowd doesn’t appeal to you that’s not a problem- you’re still very welcome to simply enjoy the process of learning the songs and singing in the rehearsals.

The choir is also available for outside performances and particularly on the run up to Christmas we often get invited to sing in a variety of venues. We’ve also had choirs involved in competitions and local school fates as well as being available for weddings. Whenever we are invited to perform we will first check whether we have enough choir members available to do it and will often put on extra rehearsals at the weekend to prepare.

Katie

Katie is full of energy and enthusiasm and brings a huge smile to faces of her choir members. She’s a qualified Level 1 IVA singing teacher and teaches private lessons at Heather Baker Singing Studios in Northwich. She started off as a member of our Northwich Pop Choir and soon became their accompanist for many of their performances before assisting at both Northwich and Congleton and finally taking on the position as choir leader in Congleton in 2018. Katie is also a Rhythmtime teacher for pre-school aged children and runs choirs for adults with Learning Difficulties for us as well as running a school choir. Our members love her humour and spirit!

Heather Baker

Heather is an internationally acclaimed vocal teacher who has dedicated her professional life to understanding the voice and helping singers get the most from theirs. She set up Heather Baker Singing Studios in 2001 which is now the largest dedicated vocal studios in the North West. Heather is also one of the founding directors of the Institute for Vocal Advancement– one of the world’s leading voice teacher training organisations.

She has led Northwich Pop Choir since it began in 2010 and has worked with several other groups and choirs in the UK, USA. Malta and Israel. She has a passion for performance and loves to see her singers enjoying the music as much as she does. She has a gift for creating a lively fun environment which singers thrive off and audiences love- her enthusiasm for music is infectious.

Callum Speed

Callum recently graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London with a BMus First Class Honours where he was supported by the St Margarets Lee Scholarship and won the Goldsmiths Concerto Competition. Callum made his professional operatic debut in Helios Collective’s Dido & Belinda. He has completed Young Artist programmes with English National Opera and Opera North and has performed as a soloist for many choral societies and orchestras around the UK.

Callum is incredicbly excited to be a part of the Cheshire Pop Choirs team and is keen to explore a wider variety of vocal styles and to encourage our male membership to grow!

How to join?

If you’d like to join the choir next term please visit the shop page of the website and select the deposit option for Congleton Pop Choir. Paying this will automatically enroll you on the next term with a 10% discount on the term’s fees. Alternatively you can select to pay for a 1 week trial session which is £8. If you had any questions you can contact us via the website or through our Facebook page.

Once you’ve paid a deposit or for a trial session we’ll send you an e-mail with some more details ready for your first evening at choir.

Once the term begins we’ll give you access to the group dropbox where you can download the rehearsal tracks for any songs we do. We’ll also add you to our Facebook community group where you can chat to other choir members!