Join Us

We Welcome New Members

We strive to be a welcoming, enthusiastic, inclusive and encouraging choir.

Rehearsals are on Monday evenings, 7.30pm – 9.15pm, from the beginning of September until the end of June, excluding ‘half-term’ holidays. Please refer to the Rehearsal Schedule on the next page.

There is no requirement for an audition. However, experience of sight-singing would be beneficial.

Currently, we have vacancies in each of the Alto, Tenor and Bass voice part sections.

Unfortunately, we do not have any vacancies in the Soprano section at the moment. However, we do hold a short Soprano Waiting List.

If you have any questions, would like to join us at a rehearsal, or would like to be added to the Soprano Waiting List, please email the Membership Secretary

Rehearsal Venue

Main Assembly Hall, The Island VI Form College, Orchard Street Entrance, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1JZ.

The Island VI Form College is next to Church Litten Park, behind the Lord Louis Library (see red pin marker in bottom left hand corner of map).

There is free on-site parking, accessible via the Orchard Street Entrance (see photo below).

Membership Subscription

Annual Choir Membership Subscription for the 2022/23 Season is £70.

Payment is due at the start of Autumn Term – to be made in full, or in two £35 instalments: September and January.

It is preferred that payment is made by Bank Transfer:

Account Name: IOW Cantata Choir.  Account No: 00491710.  Sort Code: 30-95-99

Cash or Cheque (payable to: Isle of Wight Cantata Choir) are also accepted.

Music Provision

We aim to provide all members and ‘new starters’ with music.

Music is available to either Buy or Hire/Loan.

Music Handout is 15 minutes prior to the start of rehearsal.

Membership Information

A Membership Pack, containing the following documents, is provided to all ‘new starters’ wishing to become a member of the choir.

Membership Application Form       Data Consent Form

General Code of Conduct       Concert Code of Conduct

Safeguarding Policy        Equal Opportunities Policy

Gift Aid Declaration Form

The Benefits of Singing

Information Document: The Health Benefits of Singing

Member Testimonials

“I had no idea what to expect when I first joined Cantata in rehearsal, having only started singing a year or so before. The effect of immersion in all-enveloping, multi-part harmony, was initially overwhelming and deeply moving. Now, some 6-7 years later, I still experience the same feeling, when things begin to fall into place, as the choir gets to grips with a work.”

“I have sung works that are old and new, familiar and unknown – and each time, the learning process increases my understanding and allows me to grow to love music that I would probably have avoided, as well as that which I was keen to sing. And that’s just in rehearsals! In performance, with orchestra and pro-soloists, the challenge is substantial – but the rewards are out of all proportion.”

“When I joined the choir, I had not sung seriously for many years, so I was very nervous and unsure if I could reach the standard needed. The welcome was great and other members gave support and encouragement. Singing in a large choir enabled me to gain confidence in my abilities and there is something very special in performing in a big choir with professional soloists.”

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