Soul Sanctuary is an auditioned choir.
We are looking for new singers with a strong vocal sound, who have experience of singing in a gospel/soul/R&B style.
Singing with Soul Sanctuary offers some great opportunities and experiences. You’ll be playing your part in our mission to bring gospel music to people and churches (Anglican and Catholic in particular) who don’t normally get the chance to experience it.
Paid gigs, like weddings, occasionally come along for choir members too - and we frequently put on ambitious gigs and projects, such as our 'Nine Lessons and Carols' Christmas gig at the Jazz Cafe, and recording sessions at Maida Vale Studios for BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4 (exciting or what!?).
We are a really friendly bunch of people from all walks of life, and there is a strong ‘family’ vibe among the choir members.
Membership of the choir is free. We ask everyone who joins to commit to singing for around three out of every four of our regular evening church services ideally, with a mandatory minimum commitment of at least two services out of four. (The services take place twice a month, on the second and last Sunday of each month.) We rehearse in the afternoon before each service.
You don’t need to be able to read music, although it can be helpful.
If that sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!
The Audition Process
The first stage is to send us an audio or video clip of you singing. Phone recordings are totally fine! We just want to get a sense of what you can do.
If you pass the first stage, the next step will be to come along and audition in front of a panel of three of our choir members.
We take pride in holding relaxed and non-scary auditions. Full details on what you need to prepare would be provided in advance, if you got through to this stage.