Current vacancies

As of January 2018, we  are actively seeking:

  • A regular 1st or 2nd alto (applications for the deputy list welcome)
  • A regular 1st or 2nd tenor (as above re deputies)
  • Bass deputies

About the choir

Smith Square steps informal 1800The Epiphoni Consort is a project-based chamber choir, based in London, for singers of a professional training but who, in the majority of cases, pursue other careers.

Many have sung in cathedrals and university college chapels; some pursue ongoing vocal study; many sing on London’s church deputy circuit or as occasional oratorio soloists; and many are good old fashioned dedicated amateurs.

The age-range of the present group is 25-55 with the core age group in the late-twenties/early thirties bracket. All age groups are eligible and welcome to apply.

It’s a friendly, sociable choir with equal dedication to post-sing pub and other social events as to music-making.

Singer profile

Typical qualities, experience and expectation of choir members:

  1. Formal musical training and solid vocal technique
    Members have typically studied singing at university, else sung extensively in collegiate or cathedral environments, or other accomplished choirs — many members are former NYCGB.
  2. Ninja sightreading skills and ability to hold a line 1-to-a-part
  3. Keen involvement in social aspect of the choir
  4. Willingness to contribute to the administration of the group
    There is no committee and only one part-time paid member of staff; it is otherwise entirely run by volunteers from within the group, with a significant workload to make it all happen
  5. Excellent “personal admin” – chiefly, replying promptly to fixing emails
  6. Reliable and conscientious: honouring commitments to projects and making time to to do private preparation

Commitment

Some members of the group will  sing in the majority of projects, with a flexible “opt out” option to accommodate clashes. The majority sing in around 50% of projects (“opt in”). We have a separate list of deputies, and also a waiting list for sopranos.

On average projects are 2-3 rehearsals only. As the schedule is lean, 100% rehearsal attendance is expected.

Singers are expected to prepare music between rehearsals to ensure familiarity and to guarantee the sort of accomplished performances for which the choir has built its reputation. We’ve all sung in choirs where the goal is to sing as many right notes as possible on minimal preparation; with Epiphoni we aim somewhat higher.

Typical year

  • Around six London-based concerts
  • 2-3 choir-for-hire engagements such as weddings, or corporate events around Christmas — all members are expected to sign up to these (see below)
  • 1-2 evensongs in and around London (Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, St Albans to date)
  • 1 away weekend
  • 1 or more non-music socials in London area

Costs

At present there are no subs/membership fees for the choir. Instead, members are asked to sing in at least one of the fundraisers (weddings, carol concerts, corporate bookings) each year. Those who cannot do this generally offer a donation.

On rare occasions where music scores cannot be supplied by the choir, members are asked to source their own music (usually for scores that will get repeat use) but subsidy is available for people with financial difficulties.

There are 1-2 out-of-town engagements per year — within or around the M25 we ask members to absorb their own travel costs if possible; beyond, travel is normally covered.

We occasionally experiment with an optional donation per project, as a contribution for rehearsal venue costs. These contributions have enabled us to secure a more regular home in zone 1 (near Euston) instead of moving round London finding the cheapest option. Other rehearsal locations include Pimlico, the City (various), and Vauxhall.

Arrange an audition

If the above sounds like the right fit, please send a CV and brief email to Tim Reader, Artistic Director, at auditions@epiphoni.org.uk and we’ll let you know the current vacancies situation and when auditions are taking place.