New Members - How to join us

Our members range in age from early 20s to, well, a wee bit older, and come from a variety of backgrounds and professions – accountants, military personnel, a paramedic, an ambulance driver, salesmen, project managers, IT people, a builder, a retired parachute jump instructor, a lorry driver etc. and currently the Mayor of Royal Wootten Bassett. An interesting bunch!

We are happy to welcome new members, with or without previous singing experience, and the door is always open. So, if you are interested to find out what we get up or just want to come along and find out if it is for you, read on!

Listen to Dan's experiences with Wessex...[tap picture to listen]

How do I start?

You are very welcome to come along and just sit in a rehearsal or two to get a feel for the atmosphere, what we sing, and of course the banter. There’s no obligation. Also, don't worry if you can't read music or are unsure about your singing ability; many of our current members had similar doubts until they simply gave it a go an found a way to release their ‘inner Buble/Jones/Sinatra'.

We rehearse every Tuesday evening between 7:30 - 9:30pm at Elstree Way, Abbey Meads, Swindon (map below). There are rehearsal breaks at Christmas, Easter, and Summer holidays.

How do I know if I'm a tenor, baritone, or bass?

We sing in 4 parts – Bass, Baritone, Second Tenor and First or ‘top’ Tenor. Our musical director has plenty of experience in helping new members to find which of these would best suit their natural vocal range, and it's common for new members to change from one section to another if they find it more comfortable.

Whereas there are a few choir members who have very good solo voices, the whole point of a choir like the Wessex is the collective sound we make. It’s all about teamwork, and when we are on form, it is pretty impressive and particularly rewarding to play a contributory part.

Do I need to attend all rehearsals?

We enjoy our singing and, though we do take ourselves seriously, there’s a healthy balance of fun, learning and performing. As mentioned above, choral singing is a team sport and that team is stronger when all of its members are committed and enthusiastic about choir activities. We are a friendly and supportive bunch. Most new members find what we do immediately enjoyable and rewarding. They settle in quickly and need no encouragement!

If you are interested in joining, please contact the Membership Secretary (Tel: 01367 253256 or 07956 270354)

Martin could hardly wait until Tuesday to liberate his Inner Bublé...