But what if I’m no good at singing?
Singing is a skill that can be learned, and the most fun way of learning it is to do it in a group. We aim to help people who like music but aren’t confident about their abilities discover the pleasures of singing together in harmony.
What will I learn?
The course will develop both your vocal skills (how to use your singing voice) and musical skills (how to sing in harmony with other voices). By the end of the course, you will be able to join the Telfordaires in performing two songs in 4-part harmony at our end-of-course showcase.
Two whole songs? How will I learn the music?
Audio learning tracks and sheet music will be provided to help you learn the music. Together, these provide the smoothest and quickest learning experience, both for people who read music and for those who learn by ear. Whatever your previous experience, we’ll help you to get the most out of the learning materials right from the start.
What will happen in the sessions?
Every week will start with a warm-up of about 20 minutes to get the voices and minds ready to harmonise. This will be followed by a combination of section rehearsals (to focus on your part in the music), full-chorus rehearsals (to put the parts together to make harmony) and a variety of exercises and games designed to help develop your vocal and musical skills. The course sessions finish at 9 pm each week, after which you are invited to join us for tea/coffee, and if you wish to stay on and watch the Telfordaires rehearse for an extra 45 minutes, finishing at 10 pm.
How do I know which part to sing?
This is something else we cover in week 1. We’ll help you decide, based on a combination of your natural vocal range and your musical preferences. And nothing is set in stone – you can always change your mind at a later date.
What happens at the end of the course?
The Telfordaires will be delighted to support any course participants who would like to continue singing with us in joining the chorus. We have designed the course to make a logical stepping-stone into chorus membership. Many of our current members joined after similar courses in the past. Or if you decide you’d like to try a different style of singing next, the skills you learn with us will stand you in good stead.
Why are you offering this for free?
We are a registered charity, and one of our charitable objects is to provide education in music in general and our style of singing in particular. Offering to teach people how to do what we do is core to our mission. If you’d like to make a donation to Prostate Cancer UK to say thank you, we’ll have a collection bucket available each week – they appreciate our support.
Why is this course only for men?
A lot of close-harmony singing has traditionally been built around the voices of single-sex ensembles. The Telfordaires is a male chorus, and our music is written to fit the natural ranges of men’s voices. We will happily introduce women who are interested in this style of singing to our sister chorus, where the music will fit their voices much more comfortably!
Interested? Click here to sign up!