Auditions

About the choir

Smith Square steps informalThe 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.

Our membership is broad – many have sung in cathedrals and university colleges; 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 23-55 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 top choirs
  2. Ninja sightreading skills; 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. Good level of “personal admin” – chiefly, replying promptly to fixing emails
  6. Reliable and dependable; willing to put in the extra work when needed

Commitment

“Core” members of the group will typically sing in the majority of projects, with an “opt out” option at any time to accommodate clashes.  Some of our core list are out of town or exceptionally busy so sing less regularly (“opt in”). We have a separate list of deputies, and also a waiting list.

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 just to sing the notes right on minimal preparation, but Epiphoni aims somewhat higher.

Typical year

  • 5 or more London-based concerts
  • 2-3 choir-for-hire engagements such as weddings, or corporate events around Christmas
  • 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 membership fees (“subs”) for the choir. On rare occasions where music scores cannot be supplied by the choir, members are sometimes asked to source their own music (usually for scores that will get repeat use) but subsidy is available where necessary.

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 have recently introduced 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.

Arrange an audition

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

As of January 2017, we have no immediate vacancies but are happy to hear from all voice parts for when vacancies or ‘dep’ opportunities arise, or the next round of auditions.

 

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