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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Benedict Collins Rice
  • Course Code W22VSSB02B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This lunchtime choir is entirely non-auditioning, and it welcomes new members! The choir is led by conductor Benedict Collins-Rice, and is ideal for singers who wish to train their musicianship and vocal skills while gaining experience singing in a mixed choir. Sessions will commence with a mixture of vocal warm-ups to further train the vocal apparatus, and will include simple musicianship exercises to improve sight-singing, and, for the main part of the sessions, the choir will be working on the repertoire of the spring term concert. This term’s public concert will take place at the Emma Cons Hall, Morley College, on Friday 17 March at 7.30pm (with a rehearsal from 5pm). The concert is titled Sounds of Spring, and it will be a joint concert of the classical repertoire choirs of Morley College, accompanied by a small orchestra. The Meridian choir will perform a set of pieces on its own, and it will join the Choral Society and Chamber Choir in a performance of ‘Komm, holder Lenz!’ and ‘Ewiger, machtiger, gutiger Gott!’ from Haydn’s The Seasons. For the excerpts from the Seasons, the choir will be using the Barenreiter edition, and members are expected to purchase their own copy directly from available sellers. Follow the link below to purchase a copy:

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop skills in choral singing, such as following and implementing the conductor's instructions
  • Broaden your knowledge of the choral repertoire, and awareness of different styles and performance practice
  • Demonstrate greater confidence in reading/following music and text, and improve sight-singing
  • Sing choral repertoire with more confidence
  • Understand pronunciation rules in some common languages of the choral genre, such as German and Latin where applicable
  • Be part of a group which is bound by the joy of singing classical choral repertoire


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    The sessions will commence with a range of physical and vocal warm-ups. For the main part of most sessions, the choir will be rehearsing the works it will be present in a live public end-of-term performance at the end of the term. In some sessions, the tutor will introduce exercises that aim at improving sight-singing and musicianship skills.

    Entry requirements

    You will need to be able to pitch notes. Although sight-reading is not necessary, you will be encouraged to follow the music and the text.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    To be part of the Meridian Choir this term, you are committed to regular attendance in rehearsals and performances, as well as to purchase your own copy of the repertoire. Participation in the end-of-term concert is not compulsory, but you are strongly encouraged to take part for maximum benefit from this course.

    What you need

    Your music scores, which you will need to purchase or hire yourself this term (see above).

    What you can do next

    In addition to its range of choirs, Morley College offers many singing and musicianship courses. Please check our website for more information.