New Singer Information

Welcome to Bristol A Cappella!

Here’s some important information for potential new members. If you’ve got any questions after reading this summary, please speak to one of the people on the welcome desk or a Section Leader.

This page is the same as the physical copy shown to potential new singers when they visit us.

The chorus

We sing rock, pop and show songs in vocal harmony without instruments, and we’re always looking to improve our performances and have a good time along the way.

First rehearsal

In your first week, one of the team will ask the Musical Director or SL to check your vocal range to suggest which voice part best suits your voice. This isn’t a final assignment, but is usually a good indicator of where you’ll end up in the chorus.

If you’d like to come back for another session, our Membership Secretary will take contact details from you including an email address so we can send you a copyright agreement. Once you’ve agreed to this, we can give you access to our web site’s singer pages to download sheet music and teach tracks to help you to learn songs.

You don’t have to read music to sing with us, but we do give you a copy of the songs we’re singing during the rehearsal until you can access the web site.

Free rehearsals

Every potential singer can come along to two free rehearsals to decide whether the chorus is right for them. Come along to the pub at the end of the evening to have a chat with the other singers!

Paying for membership

After two free sessions, if you’d like to join the chorus we’ll email you a Direct Debit form to set up monthly payments; the current fees are on our “Visit or join us” page of the web site, available in the “Get involved” menu at the top of the site.

Once you start coming regularly, get hold of a folder to keep your music in and bring it, along with a pencil and a bottle of water, to all our rehearsal nights.

Voice checks

We’re looking for singers who enjoy making good music, whether they’re just starting out and have plenty of potential, or have been singing for decades. There’s a full outline of the induction process linked to from the “Singers only” page on the web site which you should have a look at; your SL can also talk you through the process.

Once you’ve been passed on all four stages, you’ll become a full singing member of the Bristol A Cappella chorus and we’ll sort out uniform for you – check the “Wardrobe” section of our web site for more information.

Learning songs

We learn around six to eight new songs each year. Although we work on the musicality of songs in rehearsal, you’re expected to learn the notes in your own time and put in some practice at home during the week.


Every year we try to take part in a major competition and put on several large shows, plus we take on a number of gig bookings from busking to private engagements. Chorus members are expected to take part in as many of these as they can.

We also schedule three or more weekend coaching sessions spaced throughout the year where outside specialists help improve our techniques and performance.


Special requirements

If you have any special requirements or medical conditions that you think we should be aware of, please contact the Welfare Coordinator or Membership Secretary. We’ll make sure that this information is treated confidentially and only inform your Section Leader if you are happy for us do this and only if it’s necessary.

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