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.
Typical qualities, experience and expectation of choir members:
“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.
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.
If the above sounds like the right fit, please send a CV and brief email to Tim Reader, Artistic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
“Excellent interpretation ... real verve and commitment ... riveting”
- Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars
“ It was a pleasure to sing and work alongside the excellent choir Epiphoni ... a great sense of phrasing and ensemble, fabulous intonation and a strong, clear, focused tone in all voice parts of the choir. Tim's collection of singers become something really rather special under his direction.”
- Nigel Short, Tenebrae
“It's so obvious right from the minute you start singing that you have a passion for choral singing, and excellence in choral singing. It's a very vibrant sound.”
- Paul Phoenix, PurpleVocals, The King's Singers
“The Epiphoni Consort successfully communicated a range of musical styles from Tudor to romantic to contemporary”
- Choir & Organ, October 2015
"I rate my audience experiences based on whether it makes me want to be up there making music with the performers. I give you an emphatic yes"
- Johannes Roose, Conductor, Melbourne Sinfonia
"...the choir's interpretation of Strauss's Deutsche Motette was finer than the BBC Singers’ Proms performance..."
- David Nice, The Arts Desk
"...an occasion of remarkable musical quality and communicative cogency - more please"
- Paul Dawson-Bowling, author of The Wagner Experience
"I owe you lunch"
- Rector of St Vedast-alias-Foster, following our performance