Frequently Asked Questions


In August 2015, The Glasgow Phoenix Choir began its 65th exciting season. The Glasgow Phoenix Choir was founded in 1951 when members of the disbanded Glasgow Orpheus Choir decided to continue the tradition begun in 1901 when the Orpheus was founded. There are currently about 100 singing members in the choir with ages ranging from early 20s upwards.

Concerts

    1. Where can I buy tickets for concerts?
    2. What kind of music do you sing?
    3. Can I book the choir for my event?
    4. How many concerts do you perform a year?

Membership

    1. How often do you rehearse?
    2. Must I be able to read music to sing in the choir?
    3. How much does it cost to join?
    4. Do I have to buy my own music and uniform if I join?
    5. How do I get a password for the Members’ Area?

General

  1. How long has the choir been running?
  2. Does the choir receive any external funding?
  3. Where can I get copies of discontinued recordings?
  4. What do the logos mean on the entry page and sidebar?
  5. Regarding the EU Directive, what are Cookies? (and I bet they ain’t chocolate chip!)

 

1. Where can I buy tickets for concerts?

Ticket sales are normally in the hands of the particular sponsor or venue but can usually also be bought from ourselves directly by contacting our Business Manager or via the choir’s Facebook page. Tickets for many UK and Ireland concerts may also be bought online by following the link against each listing on the concerts page of this site, which will take you directly to that event’s booking page in a new window. We will endeavour to ensure that the links are correct, however, external websites are outwith our control so PLEASE CHECK THE DETAILS BEFORE PURCHASE AS MISTAKES CANNOT BE RECTIFIED AFTERWARDS. For concerts outside of the British Isles please contact the local sponsor..

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2. What kind of music do you sing?

Our repertoire is wide and varied covering West End/Broadway musicals, operatic choruses, classical pieces, Scottish songs, sacred music, “easy listening” and humour, and a typical concert will cover most or all of these genres in one night! We are also fortunate to have some fine soloists. We are not a religious/church or Cathedral choir, and neither are we a choral society or orchestral/theatrical chorus, though we have elements of all of these in our catalogue. The best way to find out is to come to a concert or look at the details on the recordings page on this site!

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3. Can I book the choir for my event?

The choir is available for hire for fundraising or performance events from large Arts and Music Festivals and Corporate functions to small church fundraising concerts. In the past the choir has performed at the BBC Proms London, Celtic Connections Music Festival Glasgow, International Choral Festival Missoula USA, concerts for the Gubbay Organisation, soundtracks for Channel 4 television, and many other events both large and small. It isn’t all serious though, and some of the choir have recently been involved in the filming of BBC Scotland’s TV comedy “Still Game“. For full details on how to hire us follow the “Contact” link in the navigation bar.

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4. How many concerts do you perform a year?

It varies from year to year, but is usually around twenty or so concerts in a season of about forty-six weeks, though we actually performed forty concerts in one memorable year! Whilst most concerts are in the British Isles there are occasional foreign tours, which in the past have included Europe, Canada and USA. Follow the “About Us ” and “Past Events” links to find out more.

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5. How often do you rehearse?

Every Monday evening during the concert season (usually August to June) from 7:30pm until 9:30pm at Adelaide’s, 209 Bath St, Glasgow, G2 4HZ. (Free street parking is available in the streets around Bath Street from 6.00 p.m.) If the season is very busy there may be an occasional Wednesday rehearsal. We do expect a serious commitment from our members but most of us have day jobs too, so an occasional absence is understood.

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6. Must I be able to read music to sing in the choir?

No, contrary to popular belief you don’t. Whilst some of our members do read music there are many who do not and who record rehearsals on dictating machines, mini-disc players, portable tape recorders etc. to help them learn their lines. We’re used to having these things shoved under our noses so don’t worry about that! In addition, some parts may be available from the choir’s website.

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7. How much does it cost to join?

It depends on the type of membership. For singers the annual subscription is currently £60, unless aged between 16 and 21 when the cost is £30 annually. Payment is by standing order. We also have a savings club, which one of our members looks after. Follow the “Contact” link in the navigation bar for more details.

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8. Do I have to buy my own music and uniform if I join?

The ladies of the choir are supplied with two black dresses and a series of coloured chiffons to alter the appearance of the dress, depending on the type of concert and venue. The gentlemen of the choir will be supplied with one white and one black concert jacket each; two black shirts and concert ties. They will, however, require to provide themselves with a white shirt, black trousers and black shoes. All members are responsible for the care of supplied costumes, which must be returned when you leave the choir.
The choir librarian will issue all members with their own sets of music from which the repertoire is drawn. As each set costs in excess of £200.00, you are asked to take proper care of it and must return it if you decide to leave the choir.

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9. How do I get a password for the Members’ Area?

This is only available to subscribed members and can be obtained from the webmaster either at rehearsal or via email.

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10. How long has the choir been running?

The Glasgow Phoenix Choir was founded in 1951 when members of the disbanded Glasgow Orpheus Choir immediately voted to continue the tradition begun in 1901 when the Orpheus was founded. You can find out more by following the “About Us” and “Past Events” links in the navigation bar.

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11. Does the choir receive any external funding?

Until 2007 the choir was almost entirely self-supporting, obtaining its income mainly from concert receipts and fees, sales of merchandise and recordings, donations from some generous individuals and the efforts of a small but dedicated group of members who with our Business Managers organised regular fundraising events. Since 2007 we have been sponsored by the Co-operative Funeralcare. This generous sponsorship has allowed us to purchase a selection of new resources and to support charity concerts in a way we would not otherwise have been able to do. We are very grateful to them for their continued support. In addition, the Choir has itself raised over £1.5M for many charities in the 62 years of its existence – which resulted in the award of the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International.

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12. Where can I get copies of discontinued recordings?

Unfortunately we can’t really answer that one. We don’t have a complete archive of all recordings, especially the early ones, though we are working on it. All we can suggest is searching in second hand and specialist music retailers or placing a request in online services such as eBay.

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