Singers Groups, Forums and Communities
The Singers and Vocalists Communities section includes links to singing forums, message boards, newsgroups and singer communities dedicated to discussing all things singing-related, regardless of style, standard or genre. We welcome submissions for inclusion from any new or existing forum/messageboard who would like to be listed here.
The Singing Groups section contains information on how & where to look for singing clubs and groups in your area.
Online Singer Communities
Gayaki – Indian Vocal Music
Discussion of Indian Vocal Music.
Choralnet – Choralist
Forums for choralists and lovers of choral music including email lists, rehearsal tips, resources and repertoire ideas in english, German, Spanish & French.
home of the Folk DJ List where artists & dj’s can meet with articles, news, discussion and information
Classical Singer Magazine
has an online forum & messageboard for classical singers
Vocal Music Discussion List is an unmoderated forum for discussion of issues related to vocal pedagogy, performance, musical styles, research, music composition within the areas of classical music and musical theatre. Cabaret Chat Board.
How to Find Singing and Vocal Groups
There are many clubs and groups of singers who love singing and working with like-minded people. These are formed by singers who wish to socialise, learn and work with other singers and there are often opportunities to perform.
If you are searching for a group in your area the best place to start is the Local Library or your Town Council’s Leisure & Recreation or Education Department who can provide you with local non-profit and community groups or current workshops and educational programmes available.
They should also provide you with the areas Arts Council who will know of the latest funded programmes.
Most Colleges and Schools have part-time, evening and weekend classes which are worth investigating.
Local Newspapers usually advertise community groups and organisations meetings in their ‘Whats On’ or ‘Diary’ section and more established groups are often listed on the internet.
Why not start your own vocal group?
Why not start your own vocal group? Consider what you would like from the group, the style of music, where you would rehearse, will you need costumes, equipment i.e., Piano, the cost, would you perform in public, how much, if anything would you charge, how you will advertise and what would attract others to join you.
Schools, Community Halls & Churches have spare rooms/halls often with a Piano or Organ available for hire at reasonable rates, and you may have to pay for an accompanist. If you are fortunate enough to have a large room and play an instrument, then meetings could be shared between members’ homes. However, when advertising for members it’s wise to be cautious and arrange initial contacts in a public place.
Once you’ve worked out the average expenses, then you can approximate how much to charge your members. This can be in the form of an annual, monthly or weekly fee. Of course, the best type of group is one where a bunch of friends can just get together & see where it takes them!
Whatever type of group you decide to create, approach your local newspaper and ask if they could do a small feature to attract members or place a small ad in the leisure section providing your contact details.
It doesn’t cost much if you start off small and build the group slowly. To keep the costs low, make your own posters or flyers, place them on public noticeboards at your Library, Council etc,. and have FUN!
Sing a Cappella! Exists to support contemporary a cappella groups in the UK through its website. It also organises workshops.
Cambridge Suzuki Young Musicians
Suzuki Piano Method and Kodaly Singing group based in Cambridge UK. Organises private tuition / teaching, group lessons and various workshops.
Sing Live UK
With locations throughout the UK, Sing Live provides everyone with the opportunity to sing with a choir and participate in events in world class venues.
Thrift Music Theatre Company
A small collective of professional Theatre practitioners who are passionate about sharing their skills and time with young people to make new & innovative theatre. The company was created by West End singer/director Tim Godwin & Royal National Theatre composer Grant Olding to explore the effect that music and song can have in Theatre, and to seek to challenge audiences and performers to redefine their preconceptions of what ‘Music Theatre’ is and can be. There are a number of ways in which young people might encounter Thrift: at School or college; during one of the company’s outreach workshops;or at one of their residential courses run during the school holidays at various centres around the country. Please visit our site and find out more about our work and ways in which you can get involved in 2006.
Lace City Singers Nottingham Ladies Barbershop Group
Barbershop Harmony Society US barbershop singing organisation
All For One Choir based in Hull, Bridlington and Beverley in Yorkshire. They are an all-inclusive modern choir and official charity supporters of heart Research UK
Association of British Choir Directors
The Addison Group of Singers
British Choirs on the Net
Danesborough Chorus Home Page
Finchley Childrens Music Group
Gerontius – UK Choral Resource
Legato – Lesbians and Gays Singing Together – Choirs of Europe
New London Children’s Choir – North London
The Pink Singers – London’s lesbian and gay community chorus.
The Three Valleys Male Choir
Links to classical listservers, repertoire, sites, reviews & info.
Jazz Singers Network
provides information for singers plus Frank Sinatra exercises, message board and links to music and singing resources.
Formed to promote the neglected art form of song by providing master classes, workshops, monthly Liederabende and an annual Lieder Festival.
Woodley Light Operatic Society
is an amateur musical society in Reading, Berkshire performing two musical shows each year from Cole Porter to Gilbert and Sullivan.