Here are a few of our frequently asked questions. If you have a question that isn’t listed here, please contact us!
How do I join?
Please note that due to the recent pandemic and limited space in our rehearsal venue we are unable to accept applications for new members and have closed our waiting lists. Apologies for any disappointment this may cause.
When and where do you rehearse?
We rehearse every Wednesday 7.15-9.15pm during term-time in Leeds City Centre. For more details on our rehearsals, please visit our Contact page.
What does membership get me?
At LVM, as well as having an amazing time singing with like-minded people and making friends, you’ll have:
Quality professional singing coaching from our amazing and experienced Musical Director Caitlin.
The opportunity to sing a varied repertoire of music, from classical right through to popular music!
The opportunity to perform in concerts and at competitions in Leeds and further afield.
Access to Highnotes magazine as part of our group subscription to MakingMusic.org
Regular updates from our Facebook Group and via email – we’ll pass on any musical opportunities we are informed about!
Do I have to audition?
No, we don’t audition any of our singers – just turn up and join in! If you’re not sure what part you are, our Musical Director will ask you to join a part and listen to see how you are doing. After hearing how comfortable you are with the range, she may move you – but don’t be offended if this happens! She’s just making sure you are in a place where you can shine!
Do I need experience in singing or music?
Not at all! We welcome anyone and everyone who wants to sing! Just register your interest and then turn up ready to make some noise!
What if I can’t read music?
Whilst an ability to read music will help, our Musical Director adjusts her teaching style to fit the range of abilities within the choir, and we learn using several techniques alongside reading music to improve sight-reading ability – after a few months you will have developed a new skill!
I can’t sing!
At LVM we firmly believe everyone has some innate ability to sing, and we aim to nurture that and bring your unique voice out! Who knows – maybe after a few months you’ll be braving the karaoke!
How much does it cost?
Fees for 2021/22 are £15 per month (with a £10 reduced rate, for example for students or those receiving benefits) during term-time only.
If you feel you would struggle to pay membership fees, but you still want to join, or if you are a current member and your circumstances have changed, please get in touch and have a confidential conversation with our Treasurer, Sally.
What are our term dates?
Autumn 2019: 4th September – 14th December
Spring 2020: 8th January – 8th April
Summer 2020: 29th Apr – 1st July
What do my fees pay for?
LVM is run not-for-profit and our committee members are volunteers. Your fees are put back into making the choir the best it can be. We pay for lots of things including our rehearsal venue, competition fees, insurance, sheet music, musical tuition and our website. You can help ensure the choir can continue to run by sharing our Sponsorship page, inviting as many of your friends and family to concerts as possible, and by paying fees on time!
How do I pay?
You can pay in one of two ways:
Bank Transfer (preferred):
Sort Code: 09-01-29
Account Number: 25132863
Click on the appropriate link below to be taken to the Paypal payment page. This will set up a monthly recurring payment for 3 months, you will need to re-subscribe for the next term. The below amounts are for PayPal only due to the small extra charge from them. Please only send £15 or £10 if you are paying by bank transfer.
Standard LVM Monthly Fee: £15.80
Reduced Rate: £10.60
You can also pay by cheque by making it out to Ms S V Stephens for the appropriate amount. However this should be as a last resort, as we do not often have access to a branch to pay in cheques, and therefore the cheque could clear when you are not expecting it.
How often do I need to attend rehearsals?
Regular attendance is important:
We want to make sure everyone is getting the most out of LVM that they can, and consequently we take attendance very seriously. We take attendance on a weekly basis so that:
- You get the most out of your time – missing multiple rehearsals will mean you may not learn the pieces as quickly as others, and we want to ensure everyone is confident for performances and their own personal progression
- You get the most out of your money – fees are the same price no matter how many rehearsals you miss
- The choir can progress with its repertoire – as we are still recruiting, missing members makes some pieces impossible to rehearse or perform
Our attendance policy is as follows: we allow a maximum of three absences per term, including last-minute emergencies, after which the committee will contact a member regarding their membership. This is to touch base with the member, to make sure everyone is still satisfied with and progressing well in the choir.
We want to make sure we are being as fair as possible to our members, so if you have any questions about attendance, please contact us. Similarly, if know you will be unavailable for some Wednesday evenings, or have extenuating circumstances, including shift or evening work, please let the committee know as soon as possible.
Can I get a discount if I only attend half of the month?
Technically the membership fee is a termly fee, as we expect all members to commit to one term of rehearsals and performances; however last year we found that a lot of members struggled to pay in one lump sum, or forgot, resulting in a lot of late payments. This meant it was very difficult to plan and pay for the rehearsal venue, competition entries and other costs such as insurance. This is why this year we have changed it to a monthly fee, over 9 months of the year (during term-time only).
There are benefits that will be available to you even if you miss a rehearsal, such as membership, news and updates in our members-only Facebook group, your own folder of sheet music to practice at home, and access to our group membership of Making Music where you can search resources, find information and apply for solo competitions. So there are no discounts for missed rehearsals. The payment is due at the end of the month and the payment months are: September, October and November; January, February and March; May, June and July.
If you have any questions regarding payment, please get in touch!