When and where do you meet?
We meet on Thursday evenings between 7:00pm and 9:30pm in term time at the Ascension Church Balham Hill,¬†Malwood Road, Balham, LONDON, SW12 8EN. Take a look at the map on our Contact page to locate where that is. It’s about 200 yards from Clapham South Northern Line underground station.
Nearest train and bus stops?
Buses: The stop is at the end of Malwood Road with Balham Hill (called “Balham Hill Cathles Road” on tfl map). Buses are – 155, Tooting to Elephant & Castle; 249, Anerley to Clapham Common Old Town; 355, Mitcham to Brixton.
Trains: Northern Line – South Clapham (about 200 yards along Balham Hill); Rail – Balham (about a mile away – hop on any of buses 155, 249 or 355 on Balham High Road outside the station in the direction of Clapham Common and get off at the Balham Hill Cathles Road stop).
What sort of songs do you sing?
We cover various types of song: folk, ballads, gospel, carols, pop etc. You can always suggest a song that you particularly like for consideration by our Choir Leader, Louise.
Who leads your sessions?
We are lead by a professional musician who researches and prepares the songs and arranges them for us. Our Choir Leader then teaches them to us, part by part by ear (so no need to read music). The Choir Leader also conducts us during the concerts we do.
Do I have to pass an audition to join?
There are no auditions to join our choir. We welcome everyone no matter what their singing voice is like.
Are you a female or male choir?
All are welcome, lads and lasses. Like a lot of mixed choirs we need more men. So come on chaps, what’s keeping you?
Is it free to join?
We are a not for profit organisation and the members run the choir. However, we do need to charge a per term membership fee to cover costs such as the hire of the church hall in which we meet. Any profits are left in our bank account to cover future costs and shortfalls. Your first session is free (“taster session”) to allow you to see if our choir is for you. If you then decide to join, the fee for the rest of that term is payable.
I have no idea whether I am a Soprano, Alto, Tenor or what; does this matter?
Not a problem. You can try out the various parts to see what suits your voice. Indeed some choir members move from one section to another depending on the song being sung.
I have mobility problems; is the rehearsal space on the ground floor and what about parking?
The church hall is indeed on the ground floor and the approach from the car park or street is on the flat. There is a small car park in the church grounds and there is free on street parking outside and nearby.
What about the social element?
You’ll find that we are a very friendly bunch and you will soon make friends. There is always a chance to catch up during our tea/coffee breaks and quite often we’ll pop into the pub for a drink and a chat afterwards. We also perform end of term concerts for family and friends, often in a cafe style setting which naturally lends itself to socialising before and after the concert.
Can I get actively involved?
As the members run the choir, there is always the opportunity to join the steering committee or provide your time and experience or skill to support the various activities necessary to keep the choir running. Of course, there is absolutely no obligation on you to do this.
Why not email us on info@claphamchorus.org.uk with your query and we’ll do our best to answer it for you.