“I have met with such kindness, sensitivity and friendship since joining you all that it quite overwhelms me at times. It seems that “A Splash of Red” is so much more than a group of women coming together just to sing…” A member, February 2015.
“love choir and my choir pals so much xxx” A member, May 2016.
“A day of song and happiness… energetic, fun loving, enthusiastic Splash of Red” A member, September 2016.
“I am very proud of you and thrilled to be part of such a fantastic group of singers who happen to be great gals as well. What could be better than that?” A member, October 2017
” I sang in the car all the way home 🙂 It was wonderful to see everyone.” A member, September 2021
In “A Splash of Red” we welcome anyone who enjoys singing. Our members mostly live within about a 15 mile radius of Fairford. We rehearse on Thursday evenings, 7.30pm to 8.45 pm at Fairford Primary School hall. Why not come and give us a go?
If you’d like to sing with us, please get in touch. If you would like to take part in the Festival of Brass and Voices at the Royal Albert Hall (and who wouldn’t?), you will need to join before January 2023 to give yourself time to learn the music.
Do I have to be able to read music?
No. While most of us can read music to a degree, it’s not a requirement. A lot of people pick up music-reading skills as they go along and find it helpful.
Will I be good enough, do I need previous experience, and do I have to audition?
We welcome enthusiastic singers of all abilities and recognise that many people will have been put off at some point in their lives by someone telling them they are no good. Usually people are better than they think, and of course your singing gets better the more you do it. We don’t hold auditions and you don’t have to have previous choir experience, although many of our members do.
Do you provide music?
We ask members to purchase their own music, if they wish to have copies. In this way they can choose which pieces they want and we can keep subscription costs to a minimum. Our music secretary can order music for you, often at a discounted price. Pieces cost around £2 on average. If people leave, we are happy to arrange to purchase music from them.
What does it cost?
We charge subs of £24 a term (or £60 a year in advance).
What is the time commitment?
While we understand that everyone is busy, we do expect our members to commit to performing at concerts as often as possible, to attend practices and to learn the words and music. At concerts we sing from memory. To help, we provide sound files for some songs, and mobile phones can be used to record songs at rehearsals for home practice.
What is the dress code?
For performances we wear plain black with a ‘splash of red’, such as a flower, scarf or necklace. We enjoy the chance to look a little glamorous.