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FAQs

Do you only perform Gilbert and Sullivan?
Do you do private functions?
When and where do you rehearse?
When and where do you perform and how do I get there?
How long is the rehearsal period?
Do I need to sing?
Do I need to be able to read music?
How old do I need to be to get involved?
How much does it cost to join?
What are honorary members?
I want to get involved, but don't want to go on stage, what opportunities are there for this?

What are patrons?
Any more questions?

 

Do you only perform Gilbert and Sullivan?
Although our main Spring production is always Gilbert and Sullivan, over the years we have performed numerous concerts/shows incorporating Old Tyme Music Hall, Songs from the Shows and a variety of choral concerts. In addition, we have recently attended the Buxton International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, where we have performed a number of lesser known curtain raisers and one act pplays/musicals by Victorian writers/composers, sometimes, but not always associated with either Gilbert or Sullivan. We are always interested in new challenges, and would love to hear from anyone with ideas/shows that we could get our teeth into!

Do you do private functions?
We are available to perform Gilbert and Sullivan, Old Tyme Musical and songs from popular musicals at most events, private or public, and are happy to try and tailor our program and number of performers to suit a variety of needs. For further information, or to book us please email our secretary, Marjorie.

When and where do you rehearse?
Our main rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings, 8-10pm, at St. Johns Church Hall, Brookscroft Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4LH.

The church is on the corner with Chingford Road, and is on the 34, 97, 215, 257 and N38 bus routes; follow this link to see journey options via public transport - Travel Options

Car parking is also available in a small church car park, and on the surrounding streets. Principal rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings, at the same time and place. On occasions, chorus may also be asked to attend one or two Wednesday rehearsals in the run up to show week, and one or two additional Saturday rehearsals may be called for the main May production. These, along with any rehearsals during show week itself, will usually be at the performance venue.

When and where do you perform?
Our main show is usually in the second or third week of May (depending on where the bank holidays fall), and we currently perform at the Deaton Theatre, Forest School, Oakhurst Gardens, Snaresbrook, London, E17 3PY. We also do a second concert or show towards the end of November or beginning of December, usually on a Friday and Saturday evening, at St. Johns Church Hall, Brookscroft Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4LH. There are also opportunities to participate in the Buxton International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival fringe, along with numerous concerts at various local venues throughout the year.

How long is the rehearsal period?
The rehearsal period for productions varies depending on the concert/show, but for the main May show, music rehearsals usually start immediately after the November/December concert, with staging rehearsals beginning around mid-January.

Do I need to sing?
All our productions tend to involve singing, so to become a performing member, we do ask that you pass a simple singing audition. However, you do not need a brilliant voice, or any experience, just enthusiasm and an ability to sing in tune.

Do I need to be able to read music?
Our members have a wide range of singing and musical experience and training. We do not require an ability to read music, just enthusiasm, attendance at rehearsals, and an ability to take direction and sing in tune. If you give us this, we can teach you to sing Gilbert and Sullivan!

How old do I need to be to get involved?
Due to the legal requirements of working with children under 16 in amateur theatre, we sadly cannot accept anyone under this age into the group, as we do not have the appropriate facilities to accomodate them. However, anyone from the age of 16 to 116 is welcome to come along and get involved.

How much does it cost to join?
Current performing membership fees are £240 per annum, which works out at just £20 per month, with a reduced rate for students, and those in full time education. We are also prepared to discuss membership costs on an individual basis, so please don't let the cost put you off. These fees are designed to cover the general running expenses of the society, including the hire of rehearsal venues, and accompanists. Show costs are generally recovered from ticket sales, and various fund-raising activities throughout the year.

What are honorary members?
Honorary members pay a reduced fee, and are entitled to participate in all our concerts and social activities, but are not involved in the main May show. This was designed primarily for those who wish to be/remain involved, but for various reasons could not take part in the major fully-staged, orchestrally-backed production.

I want to get involved, but don't want to be on stage, what opportunities are there for this?
As with any theatrical group, we are always interested in hearing from people who might be interested in helping out with front of house or backstage work, and also really appreciate assistance with advertising, be it handing out posters/flyers or even helping with the design of posters. so please contact us if you want to know more.

What are patrons?
Patrons are individuals who pay a small annual fee to help support our activities, and in return recieve priority booking on all our shows, plus an opportunity to attend all our social events, along with regular newsletters and updates on our activities.

Any more questions?
If you still have questions, or want to know more about anything talked about on this website, or if you are interested in getting involved in any way, please contact us.