How to Join

SMS is a first-rate amateur choir, so you must have an audition to join and re-audition every five years.

For your audition, you will be asked to bring a prepared piece and maybe sing a passage from the work we are currently rehearsing and a short unprepared piece.  The conductor will judge the quality of your voice and whether you are able to sight read.  (Being able to sight read is useful but not essential.)  The conductor may also ask you to sing a few scales and pick out notes from a chord.  You will be told of the outcome within a day.

To book an audition please contact the Secretary by emailing:

If you are successful in your audition you will be expected to pay your subscription, which is currently £150 per year for all members, payable in October.  If you join during the year, you will be charged pro rata. Members who find it difficult to pay their annual subscription should consult the Treasurer in confidence. Arrangements can then be made for an agreed method of payment by instalments or for a temporary reduction. Financial difficulties should not be a barrier to membership. Taxpayers are invited to complete a Gift Aid form so that the Society can reclaim the tax paid – equivalent to £37.50.

Aged between 18 and 29? Why not consider our Faithfull Bursary Scheme.

Is the thought of an audition putting you off?

If so, why not first come and rehearse with us, for a few weeks, or a whole term, as a rehearsing member?  Join us at our Tuesday evening rehearsals to sing, meet fellow choir members and build up your confidence to audition when you’re ready.  This is a great opportunity to experience singing with a large choir with no obligation!  You will not need to pay a subscription until you have passed your audition, but of course you won’t be able to sing in the concerts either, until you do. You can arrange for an audition at any time during the term.

To join as a rehearsing member, please contact the Secretary by emailing:
Here is a video on a typical voice test.