Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings, 6.30-8.30pm, generally in the King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University. When the King’s Hall is unavailable we normally rehearse in another part of the University and this will be arranged in good time and advertised on this site and usually by email.

Please arrive in good time to begin rehearsing at 6.30pm, although it is accepted that some people may have difficulty arriving early because of work or family commitments. We have choir members of varying heights so, if possible, please choose your seat at rehearsal so as not to block the vision of those behind you. Talking during rehearsals is disruptive when other members are trying to listen to instructions. Please use the rehearsal break to catch up with friends and please switch off mobile phones before the rehearsal begins. Remember to bring your pencil and write down performance notes on the music.

Regular attendance is essential and registers are kept at each rehearsal. It is your responsibility to ensure that you tick the register every week and indicate in the appropriate column whether or not you intend to sing in the concert. You may attend rehearsals even when not singing in the concert except for the final week. If more than two rehearsals are missed you will need to get permission from Eric (by email) to participate in the concert. Attendance at the final rehearsal, usually on the afternoon of the concert, is vital; if you have a problem please discuss this with Eric as soon as possible.

When accepted into the Bach Choir it is on the understanding that you will normally intend to participate in all the main concerts. If you do not wish to sing in a particular term, please send an email to Eric copied to Bill Tarpy.

New and returning members

People returning to the choir after a period of prolonged absence may, at Eric’s discretion, be asked to re-audition.

The names of new choir members are added to the registers once auditions and documentation have been completed.


Scores for each concert are ordered by the Librarian and you may be given a form asking whether or not you require a copy of each piece of music and, if so, whether you wish to buy or hire a copy. This will usually be done well in advance of the start of rehearsals. This is normally done by e-mail so please keep an eye out for it.

It is very important that members return any hired music immediately after the concert. Members losing or failing to return any hired music scores are expected to pay for the cost incurred for replacing it.


Subscriptions are paid annually and for the 2019/20 season will be:
£100 full rate
£80 concessionary rate for those of state retirement-pension age (though such members may wish to pay the full subscription to support the choir).
£10 (students)

The treasurer will be happy to speak, in confidence, with anyone who has difficulty with the subscription fee.
Gill Clancy, our treasurer, would like as many singers as possible to pay their subscription directly via BACS. The details you will need are:

Co-operative Bank; Sort code: 08 92 99; Account No: 65049941; Account Name: Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir Society.

In the Reference please put your Surname, Initial and the word Subs. (You may need to use the “pay bills” option of your account in order to enter a Reference). If you would prefer to pay by cash or cheque then please do so from week two onwards at the rehearsal.


We normally have three or four concerts each season: in November, a Christmas concert in December, March/April and June. Most evening concerts have a dress rehearsal on the afternoon of the day.

If you have permission not to attend a pre-concert rehearsal, please let the concert manager know so that a space on the platform can be saved for you.

Concert Dress

This will be confirmed before each concert, but it is normally:

  • Women: long black dress, or black top with long black skirt or trousers, black tights, black shoes. Dress or top should preferably have long sleeves, but at least elbow-length.
  • Men: black open-necked shirt, black trousers, black socks, black shoes.
  • Black folders must be used to hold music during performances. A plain black paper cover is acceptable (no glossy paper or shiny plastic please).
  • In every case please ensure that black is not charcoal grey.
  • Please do not bring water into the concert, though this is fine at rehearsals.
  • No scent/perfume please as this can adversely affect some singers.

Ticket Sales

Tickets sales are our main source of income, and it is important that members sell as many tickets as they can. These are available from the line reps and from the Tickets page of this site (except for some performances in Sage Gateshead which may only be available through their box office).