RSCM Northern Cathedral Singers (formerly RSCM Voices North) is a training choir which sings approximately 12 services per year in cathedrals, abbeys, minsters and priories across the North of England, aiming for the highest musical standards. Services normally take place on Saturdays (and occasionally on the May Day Bank Holiday Monday). In addition, there are normally two preliminary full-day sessions in January to rehearse music for the year ahead.
We have over 100 singers in the choir but they do not all sing together! Instead, a balanced choir is formed from our membership lists and members are invited to sing at various venues. The boys and girls are usually asked to sing at six events per year, whilst the lower parts are rostered to sing at between three and six events each year. Services are normally evensongs and we meet to rehearse about four hours before the start of the service. The choir’s repertoire is firmly based on the Cathedral choral tradition.
There are two groups within the choir: Boys (supported by counter-tenors, contraltos, tenors and basses) and Girls (supported by contraltos, tenors and basses).
Singers provide their own music and are responsible for learning it themselves in advance of the scheduled rehearsals.
Andrew Reid, Director of the RSCM, directs the choir.
Trebles (Boys): Minimum age is normally 9 at the time of audition. The upper limit depends on the likelihood of the boy’s treble voice lasting the season.
Sopranos (Girls): Minimum age is normally 10 at the time of audition, and the maximum age is 18.
Contraltos (Girls and Women): Minimum age is normally 15 at the time of audition.
Altos/Counter-tenors (Men): Minimum age is normally 15 at the time of audition.
Tenors and Basses (Men): Minimum age is normally 16 at the time of audition.
Admission to the choir is by audition. Re-auditions are normally held every year for boys and girls. CATB members of the choir must also be prepared for an annual audition.
All adult singers, i.e. those who are over the age of 18 years, complete a declaration form to comply with RSCM Safeguarding requirements before they are allowed to sing at RSCM Northern Cathedral Singers events.
Singer 18 years old and younger: £20
The audition consists of three elements:
The audition consists of four elements:
In all applicants we expect the ability to work together as a team and represent the highest standards of the RSCM. A good sense of humour helps too!
Results of auditions will be notified through your choir director (under 18s) or directly (over 18s) as soon as possible after the audition.
Auditions for the choir take place each year in October to December. Once all the applications have been received, we will contact you to arrange an audition at a suitable time and place, as close as practicable to your home.
New applicants should submit the form below to the choir’s administrator, Karen Banks, or you can contact her by phone at 07753826209, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.