Do parents/carers need to attend?
Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring that their child or children arrive safely to the Usher Hall and back home again afterwards. We ask that you bring your child or children into the building and sign them in with us in person, and collect them from us at the end of the rehearsal. You are welcome to stay in the building during the rehearsal, however if you choose to leave for the hour, we have a team of volunteer chaperones to look after the choir. The safety of your children is our top priority.
How much does it cost?
Choir membership costs £32 per term for the 8-week winter and spring terms and £36 for the 9-week summer term. Membership cost will cover professional fees, accompanists, piano tuning, music arranging and preparation, session management, administration, press, marketing and concert planning. And – of course – an hour of fun each week!
What if I can’t afford to pay for my child or children to join?
Please complete the form on the Join page and choose the option saying you would like a free place. Please only choose this option if your need is genuine as funded places are limited and otherwise you may be preventing others with financial constraints from accessing the choir.
Can you help with transport costs?
We have a transport budget and are happy to discuss the best way to help you attend the choir if you can’t afford to cover transport costs on a weekly basis. Please select the relevant option on the form on the Join page and we will get in touch to discuss this with you. Please only apply if your need is genuine.
Can my child or children come for a taster session?
If you’d like to bring your child or children along to try us out for a week, please complete the registration form on the Join page, and then contact us to let us know you’d like to come for a taster session. We’ll make sure our chaperone-to-singer ratio will work on the week you’d like to attend, or suggest another week when we can safely accommodate you. Parents/carers will be required to stay in the building for the whole session. We suggest that those who can afford to do so make a donation to the charity to cover attendance at the taster session – £4 is the suggested amount, however donations of any size will help us to fulfil our charitable objectives. If memberships are full for the term there may be a waiting list for permanent members, so it might not be possible for your child to attend for the rest of the term, however we will be happy to add you to the waiting list for the next available term. If there are places available for the rest of term they’ve come along to we’ll be happy to sign you up. Please note we don’t offer a membership discount for people joining after the term has begun.
Who runs the choir?
Love Music is a charity registered in Scotland founded by professional composer and educator Stephen Deazley and managed by a small dynamic team respected nationally and internationally for their work in music education as inspiring music leaders, creators and commissioners of innovative participatory music projects, and producers of international performance work.
Love Music works for and with schools and communities and deliver projects to the highest professional standard. Our mission is to inspire and empower people to be curious, creative and adventurous with music regardless of their skill base or background, raising aspirations and changing lives. We do this through a national portfolio of projects of uncompromising quality.
Please visit our charity’s website to find out more about the charity and our other projects: www.lovemusic.org.uk.
Who are the chaperones?
Our volunteer chaperones are members of the Love Music Community Choir. They have been PVG checked and trained in basic first aid and child protection. If you’d like to see who they are before you arrive, you can look at their photos here: Love Music Team.
Can I support Love Music Junior Choir in other ways?
If parents or guardians of choir members would like to help out at choir sessions, please let us know in advance. Sometimes there is music to hand out or specific seating directions to give to choir members as they arrive.
We also appreciate help with marketing for end of term events, so spreading the word around your communities and friends to help sell tickets will always be appreciated – we love to perform to a very full Usher Hall! Our next concert details can be found on the Love Music website.
If you can afford to pay more than the weekly membership cost we would be hugely grateful for any further contributions via our TotalGiving page – please click on the DONATE button at the bottom of the page. The costs of membership fees will not cover our outgoings each week, so we will greatly appreciate any additional donations you can make.
Please put us in touch with colleagues in local businesses or companies that might be interested in supporting our work.