Singing for Solihull

Friends of Chandos

Would you like to support the Choir in a non-singing capacity, receive a discount on concert tickets at the same time and get invitations to join us at our social events and tours? If so, please email the Friends’ Secretary.

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Meet The Team

Leon James

Musical Director

Leon graduated from the Conservatoire and has always combined his singing engagements with his teaching career. Having performed professionally and been Head of Music in a number of schools, Leon is now in his element as choral director of the Solihull Chandos Choir and other choirs in the region.

Darren Hogg

Accompanist

Darren has been organist at various Birmingham churches, including St Augustine’s, Edgbaston and St Alban’s Church. He is one of two Organists at Lodge Hill Crematorium, and deputises at Birmingham Cathedral. Darren is Accompanist / Assistant Director of Music for Birmingham Choral Union

Gaynor Keeble Vocal Coach

After training at the Royal Academy of Music, Gaynor has performed many operatic roles for companies such as Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In the concert hall, she has worked with orchestras like the CBSO, the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic. She is also well-known as an adjudicator for many music festivals.

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Rehearsals

Tuesday evenings

7.30 - 9.30 pm

St Peter's RC School

Whitefields Road

Solihull, B91 3NZ

Join Us

We welcome new members at any time, though the best time to join is at the beginning of a new project. We usually start a new project immediately after a concert, except at Christmas when we start again at the beginning of January.

Previous experience of choral singing is helpful, but not essential and it helps if you can read music at at least a basic level. We spend plenty of time in rehearsal learning the notes, and you will have free access to practice tracks prepared by our conductor on the members’ area of the website.

If you are interested in joining this lively and friendly group of singers, just turn up on Tuesday, or email our Membership Secretary for further details.

 

We hope to see you soon!

 
 

Young Singers' Scholarship

The Solihull Chandos Choir is keen to encourage young people to get involved with choral singing, and so have established a Young Singers' Scholarship which has helped many young people to develop their singing since it started in 1997.

 

The scholarship will consist of:

 

  • A bursary of £100 towards the cost of singing lessons with an approved teacher

  • Free membership of the Choir for the Season

  • Free provision of music

 

You will need the support of whoever is responsible for your music teaching and also your parents. If you wish to be considered, we ask that you attend a few rehearsals. You will then be given an informal audition when you will be asked to sing a piece of music of your choice.

For more information, please email the Scholarship Secretary.

 

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