Join Finsbury Park Singers
Think you would like to sing in our friendly community choir? You would be more than welcome to come and join us. There are no auditions and you don’t need to have any previous experience to join in – you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can start making a brilliant sound.
Everyone is welcome; our youngest member is in their early 20s and our most senior members are in their 70s, so we have a really great mix of experience and energy. Please contact us for more information.
Like most choirs, we are always very excited to hear from men/lower voices who would like to join the choir.
We rehearse at Elizabeth House Community Centre (2 Hurlock Street, London N5 1ED) on Tuesdays during term time from 7.30pm to 9pm.
Finsbury Park and Arsenal are the closest tube stations – both are walkable. We are also walking distance from Drayton Park train station. Busses 4, 19, 106 and 236 stop nearby. For those travelling by car there may be street parking nearby but we can’t guarantee this.
The termly cost in Spring 2022 is £105. Fees help to pay for the cost of music scores, venue hire, concerts, pianist when required, MP3s etc.
Membership is paid at the start of each term. Payment cannot be made weekly as valuable rehearsal time will be taken up taking payments and giving change. It also encourages higher attendance, effective rehearsals and better ensemble.
Please note – there are no refunds on membership fees. Please ensure you can commit to the majority of the weekly rehearsals before signing up. New members are able to attend a free taster session before they join.
Occasionally you may be asked to pay a deposit for certain pieces of sheet music, which is returned at the end of term.
We have a bursary scheme for people on a low income who are unable to afford choir fees. Finsbury Park Singers Choir Bursary is for adults aged 18+ who would like to attend the choir but due to their financial situation are currently unable to do so. We are particularly interested in giving the bursary to people who think that singing would have a positive impact on their physical or mental health. Please contact us to apply.
I aim to offer a really rich variety of music, from folk songs to classical, to pop, to jazz and everything else. As a conductor I am reactive to the size, abilities and tastes of the group — each choir should have its own personality which is a combination of yours and mine.
We usually perform without music, meaning you will need to put in a little bit of time (an hour a week, spread over 7 days, is less than 10mins a day) to memorise words etc. There is usually a little bit of homework to revise a couple of songs to ensure we are making progress at each rehearsal. MP3s are supplied to help with learning.
Everyone aged 18+ is welcome. There are no auditions and you don’t need to have any previous singing experience. You’ll find that you pick things up as you go along and develop skills naturally. If you’re not used to singing regularly you’ll see an improvement in your voice after your first month or so. We always spend 15 minutes at the start having a good vocal warm up which may also include things like a bit of sight-reading practice, some rhythm games, vocal techniques and ear training. If you are an experienced singer – great – I’ll be sure to throw some more challenging things your way and be really encouraging you to sing with good technique!
Your music (given to you at the start of term), a pencil, an eraser – and, if you’d like, a bottle of water. Dogs and babies should be left at home!