Well I can doubly assure you that I do not fit any of these "labels" and I cannot think of any member of the company who does, yes one or two can read music (I can't) but the rest of the aforegoing cliches certainly do not apply excepting the very first one which states that you must have a half decent voice, and that after all is what we are all about i.e. A SINGING COMPANY.
You will probably have to do a small informal audition to join us but this will be a very low key audition so please do not be frightened by it, we expect that if you want to join us then hopefully you must know that you can sing, you will be invited to run through the scales if you do not know what voice type you are. Fees are a combination of a membership fee and a show (or shows) fee, if all shows are performed by a member then the most that will be paid is currently set at £120 per annum. There are reductions for seniors, juniors, the unwaged, and any one who needs assistance, the aim of the company is to have voices first, fees second.
There is an open invitation to any social event that takes place for which you would only pay whatever the singing members pays, as opposed to any charge we might impose on non members, and lastly you would be made more than welcome at any rehearsal.
VP's and Friends are vital to us so as they generate a much needed source of income which we would find hard to replace so perhaps you may wish to give it some thought as have many of our singing members who are additionally VP's or Friends as well.
Membership of S.O.C. is open to all aged between 14 and 60,(there are certain conditions for those members under 16 and over 60 that are imposed upon us, these conditions will be explained to those who need to know)
If you do not want to join as a "SINGING" member then you perhaps you could join our backstage gang or maybe even become either a "VP" or a "Friend", more about these members later on but first let me tell you about becoming a singing member.
Surprisingly enough the only criteria that you have to meet is that you can sing, and that is not meant to be a flippant remark at all because some prospective members I have spoken to think that you must be able to read music, or that you "Need To Have Experience", or that you "Must Be Able To Sing Like a Pavarotti", or that "Members Of Such Companies As Ours Must Be Highbrow", etc. etc.
We rehearse every week on a Friday evening from either 7.30 or 8.00pm till 10pm additionally when we get near to a show perhaps for two or three Sunday afternoons as well. If you have a "Principal Part" then you will do your "acting" rehearsal on another evening in the week.
As mentioned at the beginning of the page you may not wish to become a singing member so perhaps a Vice Presidency or becoming a "Friend of SOC" may be for you.
I'll deal first with becoming a "VP", for a yearly subscription (currently set at £20) you become a member of SOC and as such you will receive an invitation to our AGM, where you will have a vote on any voting matter and where you can air your views and suggestions, you will receive regular newsletters from our membership secretary Audrey as well as a ticket for our main show'
Now on to "Friends of SOC", this is a relativly new postion and the title "Friends of SOC" and the entitlements of being a Friend were only created in time to recruit would be "Friends" from our 1999/2000 series of concerts where I am glad to say we managed to recruit about 40 Friends. "Friends" pay a yearly subscription (currently set at £10), for this they will receive a newsletter additionally "Friends" are also entitled to a ticket to our main show at half it's normal price.
We are always in need of help when there is a performance on the go, this could be "Front Of Housing" i.e. collecting tickets, selling programmes and/or raffle tickets, showing people to their seats, serving teas, and a thousand and one other tasks that have to take place during a performance.
Thanks for showing an interest even if it's only reading this page.
Whatever service or membership you decide to offer in whatever form, I promise you, it will be gratefully accepted.
Please contact any member or commitee member for any further information, or email me.