Hopefully you'll find answers to some of your questions here but if not, please don’t hesitate to give us a shout, we’d love to help.
|Q:||Who is BCGC for?|
|A:||BCGC is a community gospel choir that’s open to everyone aged 16 and over who would like to have a go at singing gospel. Our group is roughly 80-strong but we always have room for more! |
|Q:||Do I have to have sung before?|
No – just come and have a go!
|Q:||What if I’ve been told I can’t sing?|
It’s probably not true – so just come and have a go!
|Q:||Do I have to audition to get in?|
You don't have to audition to sing in the main choir. There are auditions from time to time for those who would like to sing solos with the choir but these are optional!
|Q:||Can I ‘try before I buy’?|
You’re welcome to come and have a go at a rehearsal before signing up.
|Q:||Do I have to be able to read music notation?|
No – we learn all parts by ‘hearing and singing back’. We learn the words and the notes off-by-heart together during rehearsals, but lyric sheets are also available for practising at home. We also provide sound-files for you to practice singing along with your part.
|Q:||Is it a religious choir? |
No. BCGC is a community choir that sings gospel music. Some of our concerts take place in churches but many do not. Any requests for the choir to sing in church services are offered to the choir and singers may volunteer if they wish.
|Q:||Does the choir do gigs?|
Oh yes! The choir is what we call a ‘gigging choir’ in that we do gigs at any and all times of the year rather than just at the end of term. We have sung in the Voices Festival at Stourhead, visited care homes, celebrated Christmas at Gloucester Cathedral and rocked Frome Festival. We are often invited to sing at weddings and we even landed a support slot for London Community Gospel Choir at The Forum, Bath, and sang with Bazil Meade, LCGC’s director. As you can see – we’re open to offers!
|Q:||Will I need to do any homework?|
Possibly – BCGC perform all their music from memory as they need their bodies free for swaying and clapping; so no lyric sheets ever go on stage at a gig. As we perform frequently, we can have up to 2 hours of music on the go at any one time. There are some simple standard songs that you can learn from recordings once you’ve joined, as well as learning the new material at choir rehearsals. The benefit is that once you know a song, you’re likely to be performing it for a good long while!
|Q:||Do I get to wear a robe?|
Unfortunately not! The choir have their own concert dress that they wear at most performances. It includes a smart blouse or shirt in the choir’s signature red, which can be purchased when you join the choir. Some gigs may require a different dress code. We’ll advise you about this when appropriate.
|Q:||Does your rehearsal venue have disability access?|
Yes. The Forum has level access through the reception area, lift access to the first floor and a disabled toilet. Unfortunately, as we often perform in churches we cannot guarantee that all concert venues will have full access but we will try our best to accommodate access needs as far as possible. Please let us know about your access requirements when you join the choir.
|Q:||I see that you offer a concession on the term fees. How do I know whether I qualify?|
You can get a concession if you are registered as Unemployed, entitled to Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance, receiving a DSS state retirement pension or in full-time education. If you’re unsure, please chat with our administrator.
|Q:||What else does the choir do?|
|A:||We're a very friendly choir - we share lifts to concerts, go out for drinks after rehearsals, go to gigs together and sometimes take the odd day-trip. We believe that its not all about the music – its about the people too.|
A Privacy Statement explains what information we hold about you, why we hold it, how we protect it for you, and how you can have your information removed from our files if you so wish.
A new law – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)—comes into effect in May 2018 and affects the way we keep information about choir members. We’ve created this document to help you understand how we handle your data.
What information do we hold about you and why?
The information we hold about you could include information you give us when you fill in forms, subscribe to our service or respond to email newsletters.
This information is important to us, because it enables us to send you news of BCGC.
We may do this by post. We may also contact you by email, text and social media, where you have given permission.
We also draw on the information given to us by members to help us keep our records up-to-date.
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What are our responsibilities and your rights?
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Where we contact you by post, email, SMS or other electronic means, we do this with your consent.
If you do not wish to stay in touch, please contact BCGC administration on 07527706094 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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This policy is available in print format and on our website.
Our next gig is on Saturday 6 October!
See details below !
Note our new rehearsal venue from September 2018. (see below)
Term Dates 2018-19
Friends Meeting House.
Bath BA1 1NG
£50 (Concessions £42)
Saturday 6 October 7.30pm
St. Mary's Parish Church.
Saturday 15 December.7.30
The Roper Theatre.
The West Wing.
Upper Oldfield Park.
Bath. BA2 3LA
See 'gig schedule' for more details !
We're always happy to have new members. If you're interested in adding a musical flavour to your leisure time, get in touch with us or come and have a go in the first two weeks of each new term.
Tuesday 11 September-
Tuesday 18 December
Half Term holiday
Tuesday 30 October
Tuesday 8 January -
Tuesday 2 April
Half Term holiday
Tuesday 19 February