Joining Us
We welcome new members!

If you are interested in joining, come along to a couple of Monday evening rehearsals (see Where we rehearse) and find out if you might enjoy singing with us. There is no audition and although not a prerequisite, the ability to read music would be helpful.

If you’d like more information first, just get in touch by phone or email with any of the committee (See Contact Us). Terry Cartwright, the OLCS Secretary, can be contacted on tel: 01959 577749.

What does it cost?

The Society’s subscription year is September to August and the annual membership subscription is £100 (which works out at around £2.50 per rehearsal!). For those joining after Christmas in any year the subscription is £65 for the remainder of the subscription year. As a registered charity subscriptions qualify for tax relief under Gift Aid, and we hope that all members who pay income tax will allow us to recover tax on payments made to the Society. The subscription income helps pay for our Director of Music and the use of the church for rehearsals and performances. Income from ticket sales helps towards the cost of soloists, accompanists, orchestra and the performance and copyright fees. Other costs include printing, website, publicity etc.

Social Events

We are a friendly lot! We enjoy a variety of social events including a renowned summer social – usually a meal or garden party. Other events are organised from time to time and these could include participation in a concert or workshop elsewhere, a fund-raising event or an organised trip to a concert. Members of the choir took part in the world premiere of Karl Jenkin's Gloria at the Albert Hall in July 2010.

Choir Protocols

Occasionally a choir member knows that they are unable to sing in a concert but as a member of the choir would value the singing experience at rehearsals. It is also possible, on occasion, that a choir member would like to participate in a concert but has found it a problem to attend some of the rehearsals. There are no hard and fast rules regarding this as the ability of the singer or other exceptional circumstances may need to be taken into account.  However, to minimise any problems that could arise and to ensure that we can produce our best sound on the day, we ask that choir members...

  • Let their voice rep know if they are unable to make a rehearsal
  • Let their voice rep know as soon as they know that they are unable to sing in a concert (this might be at the start of a term)
  • Make every effort to attend rehearsals in the three weeks leading up to a concert
  • Where they are unable to sing in a concert, attend rehearsals as desired but sit independently in the three weeks leading up to the concert


Singing is ‘good for you!’  As singers, we all know that singing is an ‘uplifting’ experience. However, the summer edition of Choraline (2016) listed some of these benefits.  Singing is good for you because of ….…

Cortisol: One study revealed that after just 40 minutes of group singing, cortisol - the stress hormone - had fallen much more quickly than it would with the normal passage of time. Our cortisol levels normally taper off at the end of the day but by singing, the process can be speeded up.

Endorphins: The act of singing causes the body to release endorphins associated with the sensation of pleasure. Singing makes us take deep breaths, which in turn increases blood flow around the body and helps increase the endorphins' effect. We get a similar endorphin rush when we laugh or eat chocolate!

Dopamine: Singing triggers the release of dopamine. Apparently we release more dopamine when we hear music that we enjoy and Dopamine production is linked to that shiver-down-the-spine feeling we can experience at times as we sing. Be careful though! It is also known to be linked to less tangible stimulants such as falling in love!!

Oxytocin: Singers in choirs have been found to produce the hormone oxytocin, sometimes called the ‘love hormone’. We release it when we hug and it enhances feelings of trust and bonding. This could account for choristers experiencing feelings of friendship and togetherness when singing as part of a group.

Aerobic Exercise: Singing is an aerobic activity, and when we sing we draw more oxygen into the bloodstream, improving circulation.

Immune System: Research with a Frankfurt choir showed that they produced antibodies in the blood which enhanced their immune system.

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