Who are we?
Vocal Soul Community Choir are based in Darlington and formed in Septmber 2012. The choir is actively looking for new members and currently has around 40 singers on its books. The choir has performed several public concerts, including the Darlington Community Carnival in 2013 and 2014, as well as being part of a large scale music festival on the South Park band stand in July 2013, performing alongside youth big bands, brass bands and the Jazz Tones quintet. Vocal Soul have also performed alongside its sister choir Sound Waves Community Choir on several occasions, as well as sell-out performances at the King's Centre in Darlington, including a standalone concert in December 2015, raising around £500 for charity and also singing at their Christmas Carol Service, again in December 2015, in front of a congregation of 700.
What else have we been up to?
On the evening of Friday, May 6th, 2016 Vocal Soul Community Choir performed to a sell-out crowd in the Darlington Civic Theatre alongside 'The People's Tenor' Russell Watson as part of his 'Songs of the Heart' tour. We were be on stage alongside Russell and his fabulous musicians, performing six well-known pieces to over 800 people.
On May 31st we were back at the Civic to perform two songs as part of the 'Live at the Hippodrome' show which closed the theatre for its major refurbishment. Also on the bill were Christopher Biggins, Mari Wilson and a host of regional groups, from youth theatre to dance troups and Darlington Operatic Society (DOS).
On July 6th we performed alongside our sister choir Sound Waves Community Choir, again at the King's Centre, raising £550 for charity, whilst being broadcast by Auckland Hospital Radio.
Having got back to relative normality after Covid restrictions, we recently performed at the Majestic Theatre in Darlington, once again alongside our sister choir Sound Waves for our first public performance in three years. The next performance will be less of a wait however, as we are performing yet again with Sound Waves at Bishop Auckland Methodist Church on Saturday 10th December 2022, before joining the massed choir and 50 piece orchestra at the Christmas Cracker Concert in the Dolphin Centre in Darlington on Friday December 23rd to raise funds for St. Teresa's Hospice.
What do we do? Where are we based?
We rehearse each Wednesday evening from 7.30-9.30 in the Studio, in the Stanhope building at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Vane Terrace, Darlington DL3 7AU. When you get to the College go down the right hand side of the main building and we are in the separate building that is right in front of you. As well as rehearsing our current programme there is an opportunity to promote local gigs and events involving our members and a chance to socialise with friends old and new. The sessions are always fun and light-hearted and members leave with a broad smile and a feeling of self-worth.
What does it cost? Do I need to audition?
We are an all-inclusive choir and we do not audition members.
The choir has a wide range of ages, abilities and singing experience
but all levels are catered for.
The cost is £7 cash per session, or £7.25 via a contactless card or smartphone app, with no up-front membership fee; you just turn up, pay and sing. As the music used is all written especially for the choir there is no charge for expensive sheet music either.
What do we sound and look like?
Here's a video of our performance of 'The Twelve Days Of Africa' from the Christmas Cracker concert, 22nd December 2018 at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington, performed in front of over 500 people:
What do current members say about the choir?
Here are some comments made by current members of their experiences
of Vocal Soul Community Choir: