Youth Award Scheme

What is the youth award scheme?

Salisbury Musical Society (SMS) wants to encourage younger singers to join the choir and have the opportunity to perform major choral works. We are therefore offering financial support for singers aged between 16 and 25 who join the choir.

If you qualify, we will loan you music copies for free, and, on completion of a concert season we will award you £200.

To qualify, you will need to pass an audition, comply with the choir’s rules on attendance at rehearsals and complete a full season of concerts. A season runs from September to June each year.

Audition

If you apply for an award, we will ask you to come for a short audition. There is no set piece; bring along favourite song or aria (with two copies of the music please, one for you and one for the accompanist). There will also be simple sight reading and aural tests. We will have an accompanist, but you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals are normally held at South Wilts Girls Grammar School in Stratford Road, Salisbury on Tuesday evenings between 19.30 and 21.30 during school term-time and singers must attend a mandatory number of rehearsals (usually about 80%) in order to take part in a performance. There is also a Friday evening (19.30 to 21.30) and Saturday afternoon (13.45 to 16.00) rehearsal before each concert, usually in Salisbury Cathedral.

Concerts

Concerts usually take place on Saturday evenings in November, March/April and June. The Choir is accompanied in two concerts by the Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra, one of Britain’s leading amateur orchestras, and by the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra in the third.

Apply for a Youth Award – download the Youth Award Scheme Application Form

If you would like to talk to us about the Award Scheme, to find out more about the choir or to apply for an Award, please contact our Secretary, Mrs Sue Blyth, by telephone on 01722 500541