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RSNO Chorus is Recruiting

The Chorus of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is looking for new singers to join its ranks. As one of the UK’s most successful choruses, directed by Gregory Batsleer, one of the UK's most dynamic and in-demand choral conductors and chorus masters, this is an exciting time to join.

Why should I join?

The RSNO Chorus offers an opportunity for choral singers in Scotland to:

  • Experience a broad range of Choral work from new commissions to popular film scores
  • Rehearse and perform with one of Europe's leading symphony orchestras, alongside world-renowned conductors and soloists
  • Train with an experienced vocal coach
  • Perform to audiences across Scotland
  • Join a friendly, hard working group of people who come from all walks of life and who share the same passion: to sing.
  • Enjoy discounts and ticket offers to see the Orchestra perform

Who can join?

If you’re over the age of 18, love to sing and can read music, we’d love to hear you!

When are rehearsals?

The RSNO Chorus normally rehearses once a week, and meets more often on a concert week. The rehearsals take place on a Wednesday evening 7.15pm–9.45pm at The RSNO Centre, Glasgow, opposite Buchanan Street Bus Station and just a short walk from Queen Street Station.

How do I join?

Entry to the RSNO Chorus is by audition. At the audition you will:

Sing a classical solo piece you will have prepared in advance, preferably ABRSM Grade 6 and above (someone will be there to accompany you on the piano if you want).
Sing a short choral extract, prepared for 5 minutes before hand which will be given to you on arrival.
Do some musicianship tests and a few other vocal exercises to check your range.

There is also the opportunity to come to an open rehearsal prior to the audition.

The next open rehearsal date is:

Due to unforeseen circumstances the open rehearsal on Wednesday 20 November has been postponed.

The next open rehearsal will be on Wednesday 15 January  from 7.15pm – 9.45pm, singing Brahms Requiem.

Please email chorus@rsno.org.uk to let us know if you're planning to come along.

The next available audition dates for new members are:

Wednesday 8 January 2020, 5pm – 7pm

Additional dates still to be confirmed

Please email chorus@rsno.org.uk with the subject line 'Audition' if you would like to add your name to the list.

How much does it cost?

The cost of membership for new members is £40 per annum for the first year. After the first year, membership costs £80 per annum.
If you are a mature student in full time education or in receipt of job seekers allowance, membership is £40.
Membership is free for young people aged 17–25 (inclusive).

If you are unable to afford membership fees, there are bursaries are available. Please contact chorus@rsno.org.uk for more details.

Want to know more?

Read our Frequently Asked Questions 

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Contact Christine Walker on 0141 225 3553 or email chorus@rsno.org.uk if you’re interested in joining or if you have any other questions. We’d love to hear from you.

"It was an enlightened move to have the RSNO Chorus director, Gregory Batsleer, step out from behind the scenes to conduct the forces he has so transformed over the last four years. Indeed it was the chorus that provided the emotional heart to Handel's oratorio."

★★★★ The Scotsman on Handel's Messiah

"The RSNO Chorus were in fabulous form, especially in the semi-a-capella sections. Their application to the music, coupled with director Gregory Batsleer's interpretation, yielded a magnificent delivery."

The Dundee Courier on Belshazzar's Feast

"Søndergård demanded an unprecedented roundness of tone from the RSNO Chorus, made possible by toning down the band without losing its incisive presence. Baritone Anthony Clark Evans responded too in clear, penetrating tones. A class act all round."

★★★★★ The Scotsman on Belshazzar's Feast

Not quite ready for the RSNO Chorus?

Are you passionate about classical music but have never sung it before? Then the RSNO Chorus Academy could be perfect for you. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings at the RSNO Centre under the direction of Frikki Walker. No audition is required and the group focuses on choral and singing technique and musicianship.

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