JOIN ULCC

Applications for the 2020-21 Academic Year have now closed

Am I eligible to join ULCC?

The majority of our members are currently studying within University of London affiliated colleges and institutions.

 

However, we welcome and offer membership to all students and alumni (including foreign exchange) of any higher educational institution based in London. 

 

You do not have to be studying Music, but you will need to be able to read sheet music.

 

Previous choral experience is encouraged (but not required!)

We are especially eager to hear from applicants who sing Tenor.

How does the recruitment process work?

We ask prospective candidates to fill out an application, in which we ask that you supply the following information:

  • Your full name

  • The course and university/higher education institution you attend

  • A brief summary of your previous choral experience, this can include previous choirs you've sung with, musical grades achieved, notable performances etc.

  • What vocal section you are in (S/A/T/B).

We also ask that you kindly provide us with a short reference from a singing teacher, choir master or someone who has been instrumental in your previous singing experience and development. If you are unable to provide a reference, don't worry! You have the option on the application form to provide an email address of a referee, that the ULCC can contact on your behalf to request a short reference.

Providing a reference is not mandatory in the application process, however we strongly encourage you to include one as it helps the Committee make an informed decision about whether we are able to welcome you into the ULCC family!

How does the audition work?

After you have submitted an application form, you will receive an invitation to attend an audition.

 

We are very aware of the current COVID-19 situation and the impact that this has had on students. We understand that students may not wish to attend an in-person audition or may not be available due to other commitments. This year, we are providing prospective candidates with two audition options:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When do we rehearse and perform?

Rehearsals will begin in October 2020. The ULCC rehearses on a Tuesday evening.

In light of the current COVID situation, ULCC anticipates that rehearsals during the first academic term (October - December 2020) will take place online. This will be in the form of weekly rehearsals with our conductor Quintin, as well as smaller sectional rehearsals.

 

We are currently monitoring government guidelines, and should it become safe and suitable for the choir to rehearse in person as an ensemble, we would very much like this to happen and the Committee will explore ways of making this a reality as soon as this is deemed COVID Secure.

We usually perform between 5-8 concerts a year, as well as Choral Evensong, informal carol singing and some specialist private work for prospective clients. 

The high standard and success of our choir rests on the commitment of its members. Therefore attendance at these rehearsals and concerts is compulsory.

 

We accept that sometimes difficulties or clashes arise, and if this is the case, we ask that you let us know in advance so that we may plan ahead.

Our less formal events and tours are most often held on a voluntary basis.

Our ULCC family!

The ULCC is not just a choir! We are also a group of friends and we organise regular social evenings and dinners to compliment our singing repertoire. Friendship and teamwork are core values of the ULCC.

What do we sing?

Our repertoire include works selected from a huge variety of sacred and secular traditions. To provide a list of all our recent repertoire would be a thoroughly exhaustive task, but we’ve done it anyway. You can find it here. You can also listen to some of our recent recordings on our Listen page.

How much does ULCC membership cost?


If you are successful at the audition stage, we ask that you pay for ULCC membership:​

 

  • For Full Members of Student Central, ULCC membership costs £50 per year.

  • For Associate and Alumni Members of Student Central, ULCC membership costs £75 per year.

This money goes towards the costs of running rehearsals, providing sheet music for the choir's library, and providing small perks throughout the year such as free food and drinks! Recently, we have also been able to provide travel and accommodation during tours for free.


For information about Student Central membership, please visit their website.

Questions about recruitment?

You can email our secretary, Naima at secretary.ulcc@gmail.com or contact us via our social media platforms:

Option 1: Online Audition

This will take place on Zoom on the evening of Wednesday 30th September. 

What will happen in the audition?

  • We ask you to perform a solo piece that you have prepared for beforehand (either accompanied or with a backing track)

  • A brief sight reading test 

  • A range test with descending/ascending scales/arpeggios

  • An informal chat where we can learn more about you

The audition is very friendly and informal and we want to assure you there is nothing to be nervous about!

Option 2: In-Person Audition

This will take place in at St Cuthberts Church, Earls Court on Sunday 27th and Tuesday 29th of September. The church is a 2 minute walk from Earls Court London Underground station (Warwick Road exit).

What will happen in the audition:

  • We ask you to perform a solo piece that you have prepared for beforehand (an accompanist will be provided)

  • A brief sight reading test 

  • A range test with descending/ascending scales/arpeggios

  • An informal chat where we can learn more about you

COVID SECURE: We want to assure candidates that all necessary precautions will be taken during the audition will be taken to ensure your safety. This will include adequate social distancing, provision of hand sanitiser, regular cleaning and disinfecting of audition materials and music stands etc.

Before attending the in-person audition, we will send candidates a copy of our COVID Risk Assessment, to assure you that all risks have been mitigated.

We continue to monitor Government guidelines and the scientific evidence ​that relates to singing.

We aim to provide flexibility to candidates during these difficult times and you can change your audition option if need be, that is no problem at all!

Please do get in touch with us if you have any questions about the recruitment and audition process.

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Last Updated 27/8/2020