Although the term has now started (and we had a wonderful first rehearsal in St John’s Church last night) there is still an opportunity to join in the fun!
There is a list of our rehearsal and performance dates on the Term Dates page and you are welcome to join us for any that you can make.
Rehearsals will always be in St John’s Church and the performance locations are specified.
If you haven’t done any singing for a while or, in fact, you are completely new to it, don’t be too disheartened if it takes you a while to get used to everything. Not only are you trying to discover your voice but you are doing it surrounded by other people … some of whom might be finding their voices too!
Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about this and how you need to immerse yourself in singing as much as possible; it’s a marathon, not a sprint …
You can read more here.
VOCA is back this week and rehearsals start on Thursday 8th September 2016 and run every week.
We are in our new home of St John’s Church from now on. The church can be found halfway down St John’s Street in Bury St Edmunds. Rehearsals start at 7pm and go through to 8:30pm.
There is no audition so just turn up and have a good sing!
The choir operate a simple £5 pay-as-you-sing fee. If you are therefore away for a few weeks, you haven’t got any choir subs to be paying out on …
We sing a wide range of music and welcome new singers at any time. Come and give us a go!
VOCA will be soon celebrate it’s first birthday!
We’ve already had an exciting 12 months with the choir performing at the popular Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market, a sell-out joint choir concert with Newmarket Community Choir, The Bardwell Babes and Descant Get Enough and even a brief performance in The Apex as part of the annual travel expo.
We have some wonderful performances planned for this coming term and into 2017 but we also have some very exciting news regarding a new rehearsal venue.
For the past 11 months we have been very fortunate with the support from Conservatoire East at West Suffolk College and they have always been able to find a room for our weekly rehearsals.
From a performance point-of-view, it is always useful to rehearse in slightly bigger spaces so that you can really feel that you can breathe and fill the room with sound.
From September 8th 2016, we will be having our weekly rehearsals in St. John’s Church in Bury St Edmunds; this is the Gothic church with the prominent spire that can be found half-way down St. John’s Street. Having performed in many of the buildings in Bury St Edmunds, it is safe to say that the acoustic in St John’s is a dream for a choir.
It is fantastic that this next chapter in the history of VOCA will start in such a wonderful location …
See you all there!
*VOCA will be meeting for a choir social at 7pm on Thursday 1st September in Oakes Barn, Bury St Edmunds. Choir members, plus ones and interested new choir members are more than welcome to join us!
**The first VOCA rehearsal at St John’s Church will be on Thursday 8th September at 7pm.