Frequently Asked Questions
Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about Barry Community Choir. If you wish to ask us any other question please call us on either 01446 748724 or 02920 531359, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can also use the contact form on our contact us page.
No – the conductor has various methods of teaching people to sing.
Our membership fluctuates from year to year but at any one time we have between 25 to 35 members on our books
Certainly not! We welcome all ages.
You probably don’t, unless you have sung in a Choir before. So just come along and see if your voice is anything like the person you are sitting next to. You can change at any time.
No. During any year we have between 6 - 8 men – but we could do with quite a few more! Most of our men actually have their partners in the Sopranos and Altos sections.
When the Choir was formed, the repertoire was mostly classical, however, during the last few years we have embraced a very eclectic variety of music – including pop, musical theatre, folk (Welsh and English), rock - whilst also still singing some of the beautiful “oldies.”
All over the place! Our concerts usually take place in Crossway Methodist Church in Barry, which is a great venue as we use the attached hall to host refreshments. We also hold our weekly rehearsals in the Hall, which has the benefit of access and facilities for disabled persons. We have performed in tiny churches, large halls and in the open air. We have performed for elderly groups, disabled groups, supported a large range of charities in their events – we’ve even sung in shops and pubs. Perhaps you know a group or society that would like us to sing for them?
Yes – on the first Wednesday of every month we have a Coffee Evening and Raffle as well as the rehearsal. Our concerts always include a Raffle and refreshments – a good time to get together with the choir, friends and family (we don’t charge admission for children under 16). We have a dinner in the summer and another just before or just after Christmas. Over the last few years we’ve held Quiz Nights, which have proved very popular –again, family and friends have joined us. We’ve had theme nights – including one where we all dressed up as our own personal hero or heroine. We’ve got a lively Facebook page which regularly has more than 500 “likes.” Of course, we are always open to suggestions – and willing to try new ideas.
The annual fees are £150 for a year’s subscription, which are due after the AGM in January. This can be paid in a lump sum, or through instalments. We treat the first month as a “taster,” and you are free to leave within the first month if you decide that it’s not for you. However, after a month we would expect you to join the Choir.