Interested in becoming a Member of Cappella Newcastle?
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the choir and membership.
When do you rehearse?
We meet on Wednesdays in term time. We sing from 7pm - 9pm, with 10 min break in the middle.
Where do you rehearse?
Our current venue is St James United Reformed Church, Northumberland Road, Newcastle, NE1 8JF
Are you a church choir?
Not at all, we are not affiliated with any church and welcome members of all religions and none.
What sort of music do you sing?
We sing secular and sacred choral music from the Renaissance to the modern day. We sing accompanied and a cappella music scored for between 4 and 8 voice parts.
These are some of our favourite pieces from recent repertoire:
Victoria - O quam gloriosum
Gabriel Jackson - To the Field of Stars
Charles Parry - Songs of Farewell
Wood - Hail Gladdening Light
Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor
Poulenc - Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence
Tavener - Dum Transisset
Byrd - Mass for four parts
Zelenka - Miserere
Rachmaninov - Russian pieces
Hasse - Miserere
Tomkins - When David Heard
Sheppard - Libera nos
Buxtehude - Membra Jesu nostri; Magnificat
Tallis - Salvator mundi
Pearsall - Lay a garland
Schutz - Ich bin ein rechter Weinstock
My love lived in a northern land
Monteverdi - Vespers 1610
Lauridsen - O Magnum Mysterium
Anything by William Byrd!
How experienced a singer do I need to be?
You need to be able to follow a harmony line and sing accurately and confidently - there will be a short audition to check this and your vocal range if you decide to join.
What if I can’t read music?
We learn all our pieces from sheet music rather than by ear, so you definitely need to be familiar with musical notation. Being able to sight read well is a big advantage as we often learn multiple new pieces at once.
How do I join?
First come along to one of our rehearsals and see what you think. If you decide you would like to join the choir, you will be given a short audition by our Musical Director.
The membership fee for 2021-22 season is £132 for the year, or £11 per month by direct debit. We offer a reduced annual fee of £15 (£1.25 per month) people who receive Universal Credit or Pensions Credit and for students. The fees for 2022-23 season will be agreed by the membership at the AGM in October 2022.
Sheet music is purchased by choir members so is an additional cost. This varies but is typically £10-£20 a term. People on the reduced membership fee are not asked to pay for music.
We work towards a big concert towards the end of each term, usually held in one of the churches in Jesmond or Newcastle city centre. We sometimes sing at church services, e.g. Evensong or at carol services at Christmas.
Do I have to commit to a full year if I join?
New members are welcome to pay for a single term at first (currently £44) and try us out for a term with no commitment. Members joining mid-way through the season will pay a pro-rata fee.
What if I can’t come every week?
We rely on a good turnout and balance of voice parts, so regular attendance is really important. We wouldn’t expect members to miss more than one or two rehearsals a term.