Edinburgh Choir FAQs


Joining and Membership

How Much Does Choir Membership Cost?

Choir membership costs £25 per month, payable by direct debit via GoCardless. Visit our join page (edinburghcontemporarychoir.com/join) to set up your membership now!

How Do I Join?

Choose your choir from our join page (edinburghcontemporarychoir.com/join) and complete your direct debit. Please make sure the email address you use to set up your GoCardless account is accurate – we will send your membership info to this address once we’ve confirmed your direct debit is set up, and provide you with logins to our members’ area.

Who Can Join?

Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to join our choir.

All About Choir

How Do Rehearsals and Terms Work?

We rehearse at least 40 times per year, and usually perform at least once per term. Our year is split into 4 terms of roughly 10 weeks, usually factoring in an ‘off week’ mid-term, and a week or so’s break between terms, usually coinciding with Christmas or October holidays. On occasion, terms may run over 11 or 12 weeks depending on venue availability, national holidays, etc., but the overall number of rehearsals always equates to at least 4 terms of 10 sessions.

When Do You Rehearse?

This depends on your choir! Our West End choirs meet on Wednesday evenings, and Pilrig choir meets on Thursday evenings. Check out our choirs page for more information.

Will There Be An Audition?

There are no auditions involved whatsoever, and everyone is welcome to join regardless of singing experience.

Do I Have To Perform?

There is no requirement to perform if you don’t want to (although most of our members find this the best bit about being part of a choir!). If you want to just come along and rehearse without the pressure of performing, you can do that too.

When Do We Perform?

We perform at least once per term, with performance details notified as soon as they are confirmed. Members are asked to register their interest separately for performances, and all members are able to sign up to perform for every event we do.

Will I Have To Sing By Myself?

You will never be asked to sing by yourself, to audition, or to otherwise be put on the spot. We know this can be nerve-wracking and uncomfortable, and there’s simply no need for solo singing at any stage during rehearsals or performances. All our rehearsals are run with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, so there’s no need to be nervous!

Do I Need To Read Sheet Music?

There is no need to read sheet music to join our choir. We learn from audio tracks, lead sheets and plenty of practice – a totally accessible way for anyone to learn our arrangements, whether they’ve had musical training or not!

Where Can I Access Choir Materials?

Choir materials are available on the members’ area, which is accessible from our members’ page. You will receive a link to set-up logins for our members’ page once you have completed your GoCardless instruction – please note this is a manual process, so it may take up to 24 hours to receive your confirmation. At the rehearsal, we provide copies of materials you can use in session – all we ask is these are returned to the choir leader at the end of each session to reduce paper waste and save trees.

Do I Need To Attend Every Rehearsal?

There is no need to attend every rehearsal, and you don’t need to excuse yourself if you can’t make it along. However, we obviously encourage members to come to as many rehearsals as possible – this makes us sound better, means everyone is on the same page for performances, and makes it all the more fun too.

What Songs Do We Sing?

We sing contemporary pop and rock repertoire you’ll hopefully be familiar with, with an emphasis on giving us the best repertoire for our performances.

Do different choirs rehearse the same repertoire?

All our choirs cover the same repertoire eventually, and you are free to make it to an alternative session if you miss your own in the week.

If I’m in an Early session and I’m running late, can I join in the Late session?

This isn’t a problem. If you are looking to move choir permanently, please email info@edinburghcontemporarychoir.com so we can update our records accordingly.

Can I bring a friend/relative to a rehearsal?

Not a problem – just ask your friend to sign up for a free taster session at edinburghcontemporarychoir.com/free-taster so we know they are coming!


Can I Stop My Membership and Rejoin?

You can stop your membership at any time, and there is no contract period. However, if you want to rejoin, you will be charged a £25 rejoining fee to reactive.

How Do I Cancel?

You can cancel your direct debit at any time by logging in to GoCardless. Alternatively, you can cancel your direct debit directly with your bank.


Can I Get A Refund?

We are unable to offer refunds for non-attendance, as payment covers monthly membership.

When will my payment come out?

Your first payment will come out 3-5 days after you have initially set up your direct debit. Your monthly payment will come out every month thereafter, on or around the same date.

What period does my monthly payment cover?

Your membership period covers a month from the date your direct debit was set up to the same date the following month, rather than covering for the full month.

Can I change my payment date?

Unfortunately we are unable to change the day your direct debit comes out on. However, you should receive an email from GoCardless notifying you of an upcoming payment, before this amount is debited.

Web/Technical Support

How Do I Login To The Members Area?

Login to the members’ area at edinburghcontemporarychoir.com/downloads, using the username and password you created when you signed up for your account. If you haven’t signed up for the members’ area yet, you will be sent an email with login details once your GoCardless payment has been set up and confirmed.

How Do I Play Tracks?

Click on the track title in the members area to play the track. Give this a few seconds to load depending on your connection, and then click play to stream the track.

How Do I Download Tracks?

Right-click on the track and choose “Save Link As”, “Save Target As” or similar, depending on your operating system, to download files from the members’ area.

How Do I Access The Lead Sheet?

Click on the Lead Sheet file on the members’ area for the relevant song, to open in your browser. Or, right click and choose “Save Link As”, or similar to save to your computer.

How Do I Access Term Dates?

Term dates are available on the members’ area for your choir. These may update throughout the term on occasion, but any changes to term dates will be well-publicised at rehearsals and online before they happen, and an up-to-date list will be made available on the members area.

I Have Forgotten My Password!

You can recover a lost password by going to http://edinburghcontemporarychoir.com/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword and entering your email address.

I Am Trying To Login With The Correct Password, But It Won’t Log Me In!

Make sure you are logging in via the link at http://edinburghcontemporarychoir.com/downloads. You should be asked for a username and a password – if you can’t remember your password, or you want to reset your password, you can visit http://edinburghcontemporarychoir.com/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword.

I’m nervous about coming for a taster…

This is so common you wouldn’t believe it! People always feel a little nervous before singing, and before coming down to our sessions for the first time. Please don’t be nervous – we won’t embarrass you, and everyone is so welcoming. Our choirs are always a real mix of members, and everybody chats to everyone else. We’re not cliquey – our rehearsals are all run with a friendly vibe, and everyone is welcome, whoever you are, whatever your past singing experience (if any!)

Still stuck?
You can send us an email to info@edinburghcontemporarychoir.com.

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