Our Choir

The Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir has a reputation for musical excellence and is recognised as one of Warwickshire’s finest amateur choirs. Directed by conductor Lee Dunleavy, new to the Bach Choir in 2020, we aim to perform regularly throughout the year at local venues. We have a core programme of about four concerts each year, as well as various private engagements and usually a bit of festive singing for Christmas, which all helps to raise money for the Choir and other good causes, such as those selected by our President, the Mayor. We enjoy singing a challenging and diverse repertoire and the Choir aims to give performances of a high musical standard, but we also believe that music-making should be fun and a good way to make new friends.

When and where are Rehearsals?

During the school term, rehearsals are held every Wednesday from 7.30 to 9.45pm at Lillington Primary School, Cubbington Road, CV32 7AG.  Members are expected to attend a minimum number of rehearsals, to ensure the we maintain a high standard of performance. In addition to weekly practices, we also arrange occasional Saturday workshops to give time to develop our voices and technique, which helps us to improve the sound of the choir as a whole.

Can I try it out?

If you have basic music skills already, you are welcome to come along and join us on a trial basis for a few weeks to see if you wish to join the choir full-time. We will lend you the necessary sheet music subject to a small charge for music hire.  We think you will find us friendly and welcoming.

Audition Process

In order to join the Choir, it is necessary to take an audition.  This will usually take place after two or three weeks, and will involve some voice exercises, simple sight reading, and a short demonstration of your singing and ability to keep in tune. The audition will be performed privately with the conductor and usually takes place before a normal practice night.  Singers are re-auditioned every three years to ensure that the Choir maintain its high standards.

If this sounds serious, don’t be alarmed! As well as striving for choral perfection we like to enjoy ourselves along the way!

Membership Subscription

The Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir is a registered charity, and all members are asked to make a contribution towards the activities of the Choir via a subscription. Full membership of the choir costs £150 per year, payable in September – this can be online, by cheque, or in cash. After a successful audition, new members may pay pro-rata for the remaining part of the year. If you are a full-time student aged 18—25, subscription is £20 annually, and free for under 18’s. As a new member you will pay nothing until you have passed your audition and decided to join the choir.

Music scores for each concert can either be bought through the Choir, or ordered as hire copies for a small charge through the Choir Librarian.

Choral Scholarships

RLSBC is pleased to offer Choral Scholarships of £180 per season to successfully auditioned young singers who wish to broaden their experience of choral music and public performance. Choral scholarships are open to anyone aged 16 – 25 with a keen interest in singing with the ability to read music, and a willingness to commit.

The application process consists of a short interview followed by an audition with our conductor. The audition will be performed privately and will involve some voice exercises, simple sight reading, and a short demonstration of your singing. There is no requirement to prepare a set audition piece.The scholar’s commitment is to attend a minimum of 80% of rehearsals per term and all concerts. In return, they will receive a bursary of £60 per term for three terms, payable at the end of each term; free music hire; free membership of the choir for the year and two free tickets for the RLSBC concert of your choice during the year. A limited number of scholarships, in any voice part, are awarded for one season at a time on a competitive basis and expressions of interest for 2019-20 are invited now. If you are interested in finding out more or wish to apply for a scholarship please contact the Choir’s Secretary via email at secretary@rlsbc.org