Frequently Asked Questions

More About Contemporary Choir

What makes you stand out in comparison to other music societies at Exeter?

    • We won ‘Best New Society’ in 2019 at the Guild Awards in our inaugural year.
    • We’ve won ‘Society of the Year’ two years running in 2019 and 2020 at the Guild Awards, and were shortlisted for it in 2021.
    • Being non-auditioned with no need to read music or have experience in a choir means that everyone is welcome – all we ask is that you enjoy singing or want to give it a go!
    • Every year we fundraise for a charity of our members’ choice – in 2019/20 we raised over £11k for Macmillan Cancer Support, and despite COVID-19 in 2020/21 we raised over £1.4k for Young Devon.
    • We ended 2019/20 (our last COVID-free year) with 220 members, making us the largest music society on campus.

I’ve never sung in a choir before, does this matter?

Not at all! There is no audition process and no requirement to read music – all we ask is that you enjoy singing or want to give it a go. Some of our members have sung in choirs before and others have never sung with a group until now! If you’re not sure which part you’d be best suited to then feel free to try a couple out and see what feels most comfortable.

Is there a time commitment?

No – there’s no expectation for you to attend every rehearsal nor for you to let us know if you can’t make one. We’re completely flexible for you to decide when you can make it.

How will I be able to meet or get to know new people at your events?

Our members come from a wide range of years and degrees, so simply being a member of choir introduces you to plenty of people from other courses that you may not have met otherwise.

Outside of rehearsals we run fortnightly socials which often involve breaking into smaller groups. These are a great way to meet and talk to people that you may not have been able to during rehearsal, for example, because they sing a different part than you.

We also have a buddy scheme you can sign up to which will put you into a buddy group, and there will be Buddy Socials throughout the term!

Can I get involved in running the choir?

Yes! Contemporary Choir is run by a committee, which is an elected team of student volunteers who are each at a different point in their studies and have different roles on the Committee, but all of whom are dedicated to making Contemporary Choir as enjoyable as possible for its members. Every year at the end of term 2 we hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) where an election is held for all of the positions, and any member can stand for any position for the next year.

We will also be holding an additional election in term 2 to fill our three remaining vacant positions: Communication, Social and Design Secretaries. We’d really encourage anyone to go for these, you don’t need any prior experience and it doesn’t matter if you’re a first or a final year!

Joining & Membership

How much does it cost to join?

Membership for just terms 2 and 3 this year costs £10, and is now available to buy on our Guild page. Keep reading to see what this includes!

I'm not sure I can afford that - where can I get support to enable me to participate?

We’d always encourage members who can’t afford our opportunities to reach out to us in confidence, so that we can offer guidance for getting financial support, and so that we understand whether our opportunities are financially accessible enough. 

The University offers the Success for All Fund to help students that are experiencing unexpected financial challenges affecting their ability to study. In addition, the Students’ Guild offer the Society Engagement Fund that can be spent on memberships to societies, stash and society formals or events, and supports those for whom money is a barrier to fully engaging with societies and student groups in the Guild. Finally, the Advice Service at the Students’ Guild can also offer support and guidance if you’re experiencing financial difficulties; they can be contacted at advice@exeterguild.com.

Is there a deadline to purchase membership?

No, although we’d recommend that you purchase sooner than later so that you can make the most of the opportunities that we’re offering!

Can I give choir a try before buying membership?

Yes, each year we run taster rehearsals and socials which are open to non members during Freshers’ and Refreshers’ week. Outside of this, anybody is welcome to attend a rehearsal or two to see how they like choir before buying membership.

COVID-19

How are rehearsals working right now?

We have returned to in person rehearsals since September 2021 and, government guidelines permitting, hope to continue these in term 2 . These will run weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 5:00 till 6:30pm

If you are unable to attend and would still like to participate, please let us know and we are happy to provide you with a zoom link to a livestream of rehearsals.

How would you manage if you had to stop in-person activities (e.g. due to another lockdown)?

We ran virtually throughout term 3 of 2019/20 and the whole of 2020/21, so we think we got the hang of it pretty well! In 2020/21 we ran online socials every fortnight, regular virtual choir projects, and managed to fundraise over £1.4k for Young Devon. If we were forced to stop in-person activities, we’d endeavour to quickly restart our online activities and keep everyone connected online.

Fundraising

What sort of fundraising activities have you done in the past?

At each of our concerts, we sell refreshments and raffle tickets with the proceeds going to our charity of the year. Another of our favorite fundraising events is the Santa Run, in which our members run a 5k through Exeter’s city center dressed in Santa suits. Other events we’ve done in the past include busking and bake sales.

How do you choose your charity of the year?

At the start of the year we allow our members to nominate any charity of their choosing. After this nomination period, the committee takes the list of nominations and, if necessary, narrows it down to a short list. The charities on this short list are then put to a vote by the members and the winner is our charity of the year. 

The nomination and voting period for our charity this year has passed, and our members have chosen NAPAC.

I want to know more!

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