Join the Choir!

We offer a range of memberships, annual or monthly subscriptions, plus a free taster session for those who like to try before they buy, and many activities available on a pay-as-you go basis.

First Session

Everyone is welcome to try out London City Voices and see if we're a good fit for you. This first session is free and there's no commitment or pressure to join if it's not right for you. When you sign up you will receive an email with instructions to create your password and login to our Free Members area. Here you will find more information and advice about joining our choir and what to expect when you come along to experience the rehearsals for yourself.

FAQs

We have people coming to a free taster every week, so you have nothing to lose and you won't be alone. Here are some of the things people ask us about our free taster sessions. If you can't see the answers you are looking for, please just get in touch.
Do you follow school terms?

We do organise our year into terms, but they only vaguely follow school terms. For instance, we don't break for Easter. Our terms are generally about 13 weeks long and run January-April, May-August and September-December, with about a three-week break in between.

Do you have a pay-as-you-go membership?

Our £5/month Pay-As-You-Go direct debit plan allows you to come to as many rehearsals as you like at £15 per session (payable by cash or card on the door). However, if you are likely to attend more than two sessions per month, you would find our standard Monthly plan better value. The Pay-As-You-Go plan does not give you access to our online rehearsals.

Is there any obligation to join straight after my free taster?

None whatsoever. You have the choice to join any time thereafter and we will send you a thank you email with the links to sign up. But there's no pressure to join, and if we're not the right choir for you then just let us know and we'll remove you from our database.

My wife/husband/children/friends/dog say I can’t sing. Can I still join?

They’re wrong. Of course you can. Seriously, we can offer a lot of help and support to you if you have problems singing in tune/time. We’re an all-comers choir, with a wide range of abilities.

Is there an audition or probationary period?

Neither.

Will I have to sing on my own?

Never.

Can I join part-way through a term?

Yes of course. We have new people at almost every practice - even at the end of a term.

Do you run online rehearsals?

We run an online rehearsal on Zoom every Tuesday evening. This is also recorded so you can watch it later if you can't be around in person. We also try to livestream one rehearsal a week - usually Wednesday.

Can I switch my taster date/venue?

Yes of course. Simply contact us and tell us when you'd like to move it to.

Do I need to be an experienced singer?

Our members have very different abilities. Some are very experienced singers, who can read music and may even have perfect pitch. Some haven't sung since they were at school. Some are very nervous about their ability, and others very confident. We welcome everyone, and make sure everyone has a fulfilling experience.

Do I need to be able to read music?

There is no need to read music. Some of our members can; many have no idea what those dots and squiggles are all about. We do supply links to the sheet music and Richard will often give tips about how to follow it as he's teaching. Even if you can't read it properly you can at least see when notes go up and down.

Best value
Annual Membership

per year

£350
Pay by Direct Debit

Best value for committed members

Attend multiple rehearsals.

Access to members' area and online resources.

Take part in concerts & events.

Access to private Facebook group and Telegram channels

Pay by Direct Debit
Most Popular
Monthly Membership

Monthly

£35
Pay by Direct Debit

Spread the cost of membership

Attend multiple rehearsals.

Access to members' area and online resources.

Take part in concerts & events.

Access to private Facebook group and Telegram channels

Pay by Direct Debit
Online Membership
OOT
(Out of Town)

Monthly

£15
Pay by Direct Debit

Suitable for members who do not live or work in London, including international members

Attend online rehearsals.

Access to members' area and online resources.

Attend top-up in-person rehearsals at discounted rate.**

Take part in concerts & events.

Access to private Facebook group and Telegram channels

Pay by Direct Debit
**Discounted ad hoc in-person rehearsals rates for Online Plan:
up to 4 face-to-face rehearsals, pay £5 per rehearsal: for any further face-to-face rehearsals, pay £15 per rehearsal.
Most Flexible
Pay As You Go

Monthly

£5
Pay by Direct Debit

For occasional members - requires extra payment to attend each rehearsals

Attend in person rehearsals at £15 per rehearsals.

Access to members' area and online resources.

Take part in concerts & events

Access to private Facebook group and Telegram channels

Pay by Direct Debit

FAQs

Not sure which membership suits you? We've put together some questions that we've been asked about our pricing and memberships.
Can I set the date for my monthly direct debit to be taken?

You can't set an actual date, but it takes about week after you set up your Go Cardless account for your bank account to be debited. This means you should be able to set up your plan so the payment leaves your account at the most convenient time.

Can I start my annual membership at any time or does it have to be at the start of a year/term?

You can begin it at any time. The money should leave your account about a week after you set up your Go Cardless account, then it will be automatically debited again a year later.

Do you have a pay-as-you-go membership?

Our £5/month Pay-As-You-Go direct debit plan allows you to come to as many rehearsals as you like at £15 per session (payable by cash or card on the door). However, if you are likely to attend more than two sessions per month, you would find our standard Monthly plan better value. The Pay-As-You-Go plan does not give you access to our online rehearsals.

How does the direct debit work?

We use Go Cardless, the leading direct debit provider in UK. They handle all payments securely and you will receive a receipt from us via GoCardless when the mandate is set up. Your payment will be made automatically, so there's nothing for you to do, and you can cancel the direct debit any time.

Do you hand out sheet music?

Because of Covid we no longer give out actual paper music sheets. However, if you're a paid-up member you can download your music from the Members' Area of this website, and if you're coming to a taster session or you forget one week, don't worry. We have a QR code at each rehearsal which gives you access to a folder with all the music that will be covered that week. So as long as you have a smartphone or iPad you'll be able to access the music.

How long are the terms?

Our terms are usually about 13 weeks long. The spring and summer terms have a break part way through - for our skiing trip and our singing holiday in Greece - but our autumn term is a solid block. However, after our Christmas concert we usually do a couple of weeks of charity singing at mainline stations.

Do you offer refunds?

We offer a free taster session to all new members and then offer a range of memberships to suit all budgets so we don't offer refunds once the plan has been set up for you. If you are not sure if you can commit for the year, it is best to stick with monthly membership, and then you can cancel anytime.

Can I sing in the concert as a PAYG member?

If you have come to the right amount of rehearsals in a term as a pay-as-you go member (usually 6 or 7), then yes. But if you know you are going to come to more than 6 rehearsals in a term, we would advise you to join as a full member, either on a monthly or an annual plan, in order to save money.

I've attended my free taster. How do I become a member?

To become a member of London City Voices please join one of our membership plans, payable by direct debit. You can choose a monthly plan at £35 per month or an annual plan at £350 per year. The annual plan represents a £70 saving over the monthly plan. You can start these at any time. You can also cancel them at any time.

Interested in trying us out? 

The first rehearsal is free so you can see if we're the right choir for you.

Try a Free Taster