Singing

Fancy becoming a member of Gay Abandon?  Here’s all the information you need to know!

Cost

£22 per month, with concessions available

We aim to welcome everybody who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans* and can hold a tune.

Rehearsing

We rehearse on Tuesday evenings during term-times from 7:45pm to 9:45pm in the hall at the Swarthmore Centre.

Singing

We usually sing in four parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass), mainly accompanied by Jenny on the piano, and sometimes a cappella. Some members move between parts for different pieces of music. Our musical director or other members can help you out determining which voice part suits you best.

Some choir members can read music, but you don’t need to be able to read music to sing with us.

Performing

We plan at least one major performance every year, and shorter appearances at other events.

Socialising

We’re quite a friendly bunch!

Every year we go to the Yorkshire Dales for our fabulous Weekend Away – we spend half of the time getting ready for performances, and half of the time having a laugh!

We also try and do a few social activities throughout the year, such as going to the theatre together.  Plus, there’s a number of members who regularly go for a pint after rehearsals.

When to join

Most newcomers will find it easier if they join us when we start work on a new set of music (usually each September). People may join at other times, but the learning curve can be quite steep, especially in the run-up to a concert!

Commitment

To enjoy all aspects of being in Gay Abandon, some commitment is required – although this can be varied to suit different people’s needs.  Click here for details.

Money

The choir hires rehearsal space, buys sheet music, commissions bespoke musical arrangements and pays the musical director and accompanist.  It all costs money!  For details of what it might cost you to be a member of Gay Abandon, click here.

Newcomers have about three weeks to decide whether they want to join the choir before we expect them to start making a financial contribution.

Support

There is a wide range of musical ability and experience in Gay Abandon.  We try to help people who want to improve their skills.

Accessibility

We aim to make our rehearsals and performances as accessible as possible.

Our rehearsal space in the basement of the Swarthmore Centre can be accessed via a lift down from the ground floor, or there is level access from the (staff) parking area at the back of the building. Despite the threatening notices, ‘Blue Badge’ holders may park here!

Our major concerts are BSL interpreted and take place in wheelchair accessible venues wherever possible. We also try to ensure level access to the stage, changing rooms and toilets when we can; failing that we aim to reduce the number of steps and offer help to those people who need it.

Interested?

Contact our newbies person at newmembers@gayabandon.org.uk.

West Yorkshire's lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* choir