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Alternate Tuesday evenings, 6.00-7.30pm (See dates HERE)
The Waveney Centre, New Market, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9HE
£5 per session (Your first visit is free!)
HOW CAN I PAY?
You can pay either electronically (contactless – by debit card or smartphone or chip and pin) or by cash.
WHAT SONGS DO YOU SING?
We sing well-known, feel-good songs that have a positive message from a range of genres and styles.
I am gradually digitising our repertoire.
Click here for our full repertoire.
Click here for the practise list of songs that we will cover at our next session.
HOW FORMAL ARE THE SESSIONS?
The sessions are very informal, fun and friendly with lots of laughter (and lots of singing!)
WHAT SINGING ABILITY DO I NEED?
Beccles Community Choir is suitable for all levels of ability – from absolute beginners to more advanced “veteran’ singers. We learn songs by ear and through repetition and if you are unsure of any new song you are welcome to just listen until you are ready to join in.
DO YOU SING IN ‘PARTS’?
No. Unlike some choirs that may separate people into voice ranges (Women: Soprano, Mezzo, Alto and Men: Tenor, Baritone, Bass), we encourage people to sit wherever they would like to. We do sing and learn some harmonies but these are not obligatory and are taught to groups together rather than according to where your range is.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ALONG?
While we still have some COVID control measures in place – to avoid physical touch-points we are asking people to print and bring along their own lyrics (to access page, click here) and their own drink.
We also suggest you bring along your pen/pencil to make notes where you wish to on your music.
Where are you?
HOW DO I FIND THE WAVENEY CENTRE?
The Waveney Centre is on New Market – a road which follows a squarish route around the town centre of Beccles.
On your first visit, the Waveney Centre can be easy to miss as it is set back from the road. The entrance to the centre is an opening between Abbotts estate agents and Hughes Electrical (diagonally opposite Barclays bank).
If you use the app what3words, then just use the reference ///household.habit.vibrate
N.B: What3words divides the world into three-metre squares and gives each one a unique three-word address in order for places to be easily found!
WHERE CAN I PARK?
There is on-street parking nearby to the Waveney Centre which allows 30 minutes free parking Mon-Sat 8am-6pm. So, if you park on these roads after 5.30pm, you can stay for free until the end of the choir session.
These roads include; New Market, The Walk, Saltgate and Smallgate
Alternatively, Tesco Beccles Superstore allows 3 hours free parking and is a 5 minute walk (0.2 miles) from the Waveney Centre.
What are your rehearsals like?
HOW THE SESSION RUNS
We start with a simple vocal/physical warm-up. This is followed by working through the song list. Halfway through, we stop for a break.
ARE THERE TOILETS?
Yes! There are toilets inside the main entrance of the Waveney Centre (Directly inside the entrance – Ladies to the right and Gents to the left)
DO YOU HAVE A BREAK?
Yes! We have a break approximately half way through the session. You would be lucky to find a better view of the Waveney valley than from the gardens of the Waveney Centre so, if you come along, get some fresh air and enjoy the view.
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