FAQs

Who runs Quarternotes?
We do!  Quarternotes is a community choir, run by its members.  We have a Choir Organising Group (COG) and there is a representative for each section (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) who meet occasionally to make decisions so that the rest of us can spend as much time as possible singing!

What sort of music does Quarternotes sing?
Most of our songs are in 3 or 4 part harmony but range from simple rounds through folk, world music and occasionally even pop!

What is a Natural Voice Choir?
Anita our Musical director is a member of the Natural Voice Network, the NVN website explains that a Natural Voice choir is “about welcoming all voices into a group without audition and working from there to make a group sound. It’s about making learning by ear accessible to the whole group so that nobody needs to be able to read music.”

Do I have to audition?
No, just turn up and join in!

Do I have to be able to read music?
No, all songs are taught by ear with as few pieces of paper as possible.

How much does it cost?
Fees are £8 per session including refrefreshments, £4 concessions (excluding pensioners) or £80 for all 12 sessions.

What do I need to bring with me?
Nothing.  Some people bring a small notebook while others bring a dictaphone but most just bring themselves!

What is a typical rehearsal like?
All our rehearsals begin with a warm-up, we sing a variety of songs during each rehearsal; usually some shorter, easier songs before perhaps learning part of something more complicated.  We have a break half way through rehearsals (refreshments provided) and we are a friendly bunch who often have to be reminded to come back after the break to sing rather than chat!

When and where are rehearsals held?
Rehearsals are currently held in the Collier Room on the first floor of the Central Methodist Hall on Oldham Street on Wednesday evenings from 17.15-19.15, please check our calendar to ensure that we have a session scheduled before you make a special trip.

What resources will I have access to?
Depending on what we are singing, resources may be made available in the form of sheets of lyrics for songs with lots of words, or audio recordings that you can listen to between rehearsals.

How many members are in the choir?
Numbers will vary each week but as a guide approximately 40 people turned up to our first couple of rehearsals.

What sorts of performances can I be part of?
Quarternotes is the organising choir of Sing for Water North which involves an outdoor performance each year, usually in Albert Square.  We usually take part in the National Streetchoirs Festival in the summer and also travel down to London in mid-September to take part in Sing for Water London.  These are just the things that we historically do on an annual basis, we are a performance choir and there may well be other performance opportunities throughout the year.

What should I wear?
There are no rules about what you should wear to rehearsals but we recommend something comfortable.  However, if we are performing, you may hear someone say that we are wearing “water colours”.  In this case we will be wearing dark trousers/skirt with a top in the corresponding colour for your part:

Sopranos – Sky Blue
Altos – Violet/Purple
Tenors – Turquoise
Basses – Deep Blue

This is only a guide, if you haven’t got clothing in the necessary shade, anywhere on the blue spectrum will do!

How do I sign up?
Just turn up, you can find out when our next rehearsal is by looking at our calendar.  You can attend your first session free of charge as a no-obligation taster session.

If you have any other questions, please contact us