FAQ

A FEW ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS

Here are a few things you may find helpful to know about the choir. If there’s anything we’ve missed then just let us know and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have…

Q: It’s my first rehearsal, what should I expect?

A: We start the singing at 7:30 but the doors are open shortly after 7:00 for people to register and come, grab some refreshments and catch up with friends before we kick off. We have another break later in the evening at around 8:15 and try to finish promptly at 9. All refreshments are free of charge, so help yourself to as much as you like.

During the rehearsal itself, we’ll go through the songs for that term, working through the different parts and tweaking things we’ve already done. You don’t need to be able to read music, and the words will all be up on the screen (that way people have their heads up and can see what’s happening rather than being buried in bits of paper!). You’ll never be asked to sing a solo unless you volunteer to try out for one – so don’t panic!

Q: Where should I sit?

A: The choir is divided into four parts – the sopranos (1 and 2), the altos and the men. If you’re a lady that likes to sing up high then grab a seat with the sopranos (on the right of the hall as you face the front). Prefer to sing lower?…take a seat with the altos (in the middle of the hall). If you’re a man, it shouldn’t be hard to work out where you’re sitting!

If you’re new to choir singing and have no idea where you’d be best-placed, then try out one camp and swap if you need to. No one will stare at you if you need to move!

Q: I’ve just paid my money at the door, what is that used for?

A: What people get for their money is an hour-and-a-half’s fun, singing and laughs and unlimited tea, coffee, bottled water and snacks for the evening! Pretty good value we reckon! Some of the money is used to cover running costs and also to help offset big expenditures (paying towards a coach or clothing, equipment, storage etc). AS! also makes donations to projects that serve to strengthen our local community and also helps to support UK Sings! AS! is a non-profit organisation, which basically means that no individual receives a salary.

Q: I’ve filled in a registration form, why do you need my details?

A: We use email as one of our main ways of keeping in touch with people in the choir, so it’s really helpful for us to have an email address for you. It may also be the case that we sometimes need to contact you at short notice about performance details, which is why it’s also helpful to have a phone number for you. If your details change at all, please can you try to keep us up to date!

Q: What happens to my data?

A: We are grateful for the support of Ashford Vineyard as our sponsor for the various resources they offer to help us get the best from AS! One of these resources is the provision of access to the ‘ChurchSuite’ database to store and access all our data in a way that is compliant with GDPR legislation. Your details will only ever be used in relation to things directly relevant to AS! If at any time you no longer want your data to be stored, then please just let us know.

Q: I saw on the website that Ashford Sings! is sponsored by Ashford Vineyard, what’s that all about?

A: Chris and Nic also run a church called Ashford Vineyard and the ‘sponsorship’ means that the church frees their time up to be able to run the choir. However, the choir is not a ‘church choir’, so you don’t have to be any part of the church to come along. Anyone is welcome in the choir irrespective of their age, background, religious beliefs etc, and our repertoire isn’t made up of religious songs.

For more information about Ashford Vineyard visit www.ashfordvineyard.org

Q: As a community choir, what other links do you have with the local community?

A: Since the choir started it has raised funds for Pilgrims Hospices.  We are proud to be linked with this wonderful organisation and have raised well in excess of £35,000.  To find out more, follow the link to their website from the ‘Charity’ page on the choir website. Many people within the choir also volunteer for projects with Ashford Vineyard too.

We are a gigging choir and love to get out and about to share the fun! Please prioritise these dates in your diary.

Q: I’ve seen people wearing clothes with the Ashford Sings! logo on them, do I need to buy one?

A: We wear clothing with our logo on for any performances we do and there will be an opportunity to buy tops at some point each term. The costs of the tops are subsidised from choir funds but typically require a contribution from members of around £10 per item (more for jumpers/hoodies/jackets). There are a range of styles available to choose from. For performances, you wear the AS! tops with smart black trousers/skirts and shoes.

Q: I’m finding it hard to remember my part and learn the words, any ideas?

A: The Ashford Sings! website has a downloads page where you’ll find mp3s of the various parts, and files with the words for all the songs. If you’re not very confident with computers or don’t have a way of listening to the mp3s, then we have lyrics sheets and a CD for you for a small donation. Just let us know if you need some help here and we’ll try and point you in the right direction.  Most weeks each part has an optional rehearsal should you wish to join in. These are also a great way of getting to know some of the others in your section.

Q: I don’t think I can come to all the rehearsals, is that a problem?

A: Not at all! If you can’t always make it along on a Sunday evening then it’s not a problem, you can always visit the website which will have any important news or information on it from the last rehearsal. You can also use the ‘downloads’ page on the website to help you catch up if you need to.

Q: I’ve got some friends I think I would like to bring along, is that ok?

A: Absolutely. We don’t have an upper limit on numbers and as far as we’re concerned, the more the merrier! We even have the policy that if you bring someone new to a rehearsal, you don’t have to pay that week…can’t say fairer than that!

Q: Anything else I should know?

A: The Ashford Sings! website is the authority for everything you need to know and we update it regularly with any news or information you may need about rehearsals, performances etc. If you can, make sure you visit this website regularly to keep up to date. We also have an active Facebook group where people keep in touch about what’s going on within the choir. You can join the group via the link button on the choir website. You can also follow us on Twitter!

The main thing you need to know is that Ashford Sings! is all about having fun, so come along ready to join a community of people who love to sing together and laugh at the same time. No one will be asking for your singing CV and, as Chris tells people, if you do sing a duff note…just look at the person next to you and frown!

Last updated May 2018

Q: I don’t think I can come to all the rehearsals, is that a problem? A: Not at all! If you can’t always make it along on a Sunday evening then it’s not a problem, you can always visit the website to see the blog, which will have any important news or information on it from the last rehearsal. You can also use the Downloads Page on the website to help you catch up if you need to.

Q: I’ve got some friends I think I would like to bring along, is that ok? A: Absolutely! We don’t have an upper limit on numbers (we’ll just keep moving venues if we outgrow where we are) and as far as we’re concerned, the more the merrier! We even have the policy that if you bring someone new to a rehearsal, you don’t have to pay that week…can’t say fairer than that! It’s also the case that if you bring along a bloke, you get two free weeks!

Q: Anything else I should know? A: The Ashford Sings! website is the authority for everything you need to know and we update it each week with any news or information you may need about rehearsals, performances etc. If you can, make sure you visit the website regularly to keep up to date. We also have a Facebook group where people keep in touch about what’s going on within the choir. You can join the group by clicking on the Facebook button at the bottom of this page. We’re also on Twitter, so do click on that link below too!

The main thing you need to know is that Ashford Sings! is all about having fun, so come along ready to join a community of people who love to sing together and laugh at the same time. No one will be asking for your singing CV and as Chris tells people, if you do sing a duff note…just look at the person next to you and frown!

Last updated January 2016