HMS is one of the few societies to have both an orchestra and a choir. We are always pleased to welcome new members. All we ask of our members is that they should be enthusiastic and committed.
New choir members are welcome at any time (sopranos, altos, tenors and basses). No audition is required.
The orchestra welcomes high standard new players in most sections; auditions will be required for wind/brass vacancies. Other instrumentalists are welcome to inquire about extra playing and deputising opportunities.
We rehearse together from September to May on Monday evenings from 7.30pm, orchestra and chorus initially working separately but coming together to rehearse as we approach a concert. In June, we also meet for a number of summer sessions, working with invited conductors.
HMS Members pay an annual subscription which we use to cover our regular rehearsal costs (Hire of rehearsal venues, professional help). This covers all rehearsals (apart for the summer sessions) along with all the necessary music - we do not make an additional charge for music hire. We don't want anyone to feel unable to make music with us for financial reasons, and so bursaries and payment plans are available on request.