We Welcome New Members
We strive to be a welcoming, enthusiastic, inclusive and encouraging choir.
All singers are welcome – whatever your age, gender, ability, experience or confidence level.
There are vacancies in each of the Alto, Tenor and Bass voice part sections.
(Unfortunately, at the moment, we do not have any vacancies in the Soprano section. However, we do hold a short Soprano Waiting List).
There is no requirement for an audition. However, experience of sight-singing would be beneficial.
Rehearsals are on Monday evenings, 7.30pm – 9.15pm, from the beginning of September until the end of June, excluding ‘half-term’ holidays.
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 complete and submit the ‘New Member Request’ form below.
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).
Annual Choir Membership Subscription for the 2021/22 Season is £60.
Payment is due at the start of Autumn Term – to be made in full, or in two £30 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.
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.
The Membership Secretary will provide a printed Membership Pack to all ‘new starters’ wishing to become a member of the choir. The following information is provided in the Membership Pack:
“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.”