What Are Rehearsals Like

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What Are Rehearsals Like?

Helen Vereker Singers Rehearsals

Rehearsals are good fun, friendly and informal.

We are a pop choir, so we concentrate on pop music and musicals. We have quite a mixed genre, so you will probably know a lot of our material already.

We are a mixed group, of various ages and abilities.  You will be introduced to someone in who will look after you for the evening.

We start at 7:0.00pm and finish around 9.00pm.

A typical rehearsal is:

7pm -7:15      Vocal  Exercise Class

7:15 – 7:50    Warm-up song, then working on new material (1-2 songs usually)

7:50 – 8pm    A break – licenced cafe is open for tea/coffee/snacks etc

8pm-9pm       Singing session/show rehearsal (approx 10-15 songs)

Rehearsals are split.  There’s an vocal exercise class if you wish to join in.  The main session starts at 7:15 where we warm up with a song, then go over the songs we are currently working on.   There is a short break in the middle where you can have a chat and a coffee.  The rest of the evening is spent singing songs we already know or practicing for a concert. You can often request what you would like to sing (within our current working list), and we try to fit in as many as possible.

helen vereker singers - rehearsals

We have several groups within our choir.  Soprano’s, Alto, Melody…  You can read our tongue-in-cheek guide to the groups here.  You will be introduced to a group that we feel is suitable to you.   We don’t have lead or front singers.   We arrange our songs so that everyone gets to sing.  Apart from our Melody group who only sing melody, the rest of the groups take turns to sing melody, backing vocals and harmonies.  We go over each part of the particular song we are learning at present, so that each group gets a chance to go over it.  We may go over that song for several weeks before it starts to become a known song.

Homework is usually set at the end of the session; this may be to practice a particular song or have a look at the new song chosen for the follow week.  Homework can be found on our website.

There are simple dance moves in our songs (usually consisting of arm gestures and moving on the spot), which we go over during the second half of rehearsal.  Please join in if you can.

It can get warm in our practice room, so wear plenty of layers. Also, you may find it useful to bring your own drink, although there is a licensed cafe available during rehearsal.

As we use microphones during performances, so occasionally they are brought to rehearsals for you to get used to.

Find out about our free taster session to help you decide if you’d like to join.

Group Practice

Lots of Laughter
Rehearsal 13-01-2013 (51)

Concert Practice

Rehearsal 03-03-2014 (43)

Rehearsal with dancers for one of our shows

Rehearsal (22)

Dress Rehearsal


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