Very seriously, because we believe audiences deserve us to give them quality entertainment, and the better we are the more money we can raise for good causes. We aim to give our best, professionally, with harmony on and off stage, in the spirit of fellowship and fun!
No. RMVC does not hold auditions. As a new recruit (probationer) you will be given a trial in the choir section you think will best suit your voice (first tenor, second tenor, baritone, bass) and supported by a mentor in developing your singing ability.
During the trial period we and you will assess whether you are in the right section of the choir. If you are not you can move to another section. After the trial if you are right for RMVC, and the choir is right for you, we’ll look forward to awarding you RMVC’s green blazer and red tie, confirming you as a full member of the Choir.
It can happen, and the fairest thing is for us to be honest and tell you if we believe your voice is not a good fit for the Choir.
Obviously it helps if you can, but if you can’t it’s no bar to membership and we’ll give you a hand. RMVC only uses written sheet music during rehearsals. At concerts we sing from memory without our music, so singers are expected to learn both words and music.
That would be great, and we do expect Choir members to perform in most concerts over a year. However, we recognise that it may not be possible for you to sing in every concert.
RMVC normally books or performs in larger venues able to accommodate at least 40 singers and audiences over 200. Past venues include Romsey Abbey: Winchester Cathedral: The Anvil in Basingstoke: The Lights in Andover: The Lighthouse in Poole: Chandlers Ford Methodist Church, and other large churches. The Choir has also performed on stage at the Mayflower Theatre in a charity show. As well as this annually RMVC goes on tour, singing with other MVCs for 2-3 days over or around a weekend. Tours have taken us to Wales, Harrogate, Falmouth, Jersey and France. Partners are always invited.
Rehearsals happen every Monday from 7.30 – 9.30pm, apart from a short summer break. Currently RMVC meets to rehearse in the Baptist Church in Bell Street in Romsey.
RMVC members pay an annual subscription of £96, payable by 12 monthly instalments of £8.00
No, all music is provided to singers at no cost. However, since each music file costs RMVC around £350, so we do ask members to take care of the sheet music and to pay for any losses.
For concerts, and other occasions when RMVC performs, or when Choir members are representing the Choir, singers wear the choir’s distinctive green blazers, red tie and white shirt, black trousers, black socks and shoes. This is one area where do have a strict rule for members to ensure RMVC looks good on stage. In addition to formal uniforms we have branded polo shirts, sweat shirts and outdoor jackets worn at concert rehearsals.
When you become a full member you will be given a green blazer and red tie for a small non-refundable deposit. Both blazer and tie are returnable if you move on from RMVC. White shirt, black trousers and shoes we expect members to provide for themselves. RMVC also subsidises other branded elements of the uniform as noted above and these are purchased by members.
RMVC has a team of annually elected members with different roles responsible for most decision-making. The Committee is informed by Choir members views gained through section representatives and RMVC’s AGM. We do though urge everyone to do something, however small, for the Choir every year in areas such as selling tickets, erecting staging, putting up posters and giving out flyers.
After RMVC organised concerts the Choir and their partners/guests normally retire for a social ‘Afterglow’ in a local pub, often also with fellow concert performers. ‘Wherever we go together we sing together’, so the evening always ends in song (with the permission of landlords). In addition RMVC holds summer and Christmas parties.