Consider joining our chorus?
Opera South East would be delighted to welcome new chorus members! We have a range of roles on offer so do get in touch.
Membership Fees for new chorus members: You can join free for your first six months, though you will have to pay a small (£20) performance fee for each opera you choose to perform in, and pay a refundable deposit on costume hire (£50). This trial membership is intended to cover the first operatic production for new members. After that it's £85p.a. to become a voting OSE Member (1 October to 30 September the next year). Being a Member means you don't have to pay the above fees.
Under 18's do not need to become Members but may participate for free. Adult fees can be paid in instalments.
Example Rehearsal Schedule for a full opera production
Example taken from La Traviata rehearsal timings
Rehearsals are generally held at the Taplin Centre
Sun 06-Jan-19 - Chorus-only music rehearsal - 2pm-3:45pm
Sun 13-Jan-19 - Chorus-only music rehearsal - 2pm-3:45pm
Sun 20-Jan-19 - Chorus-only music rehearsal - 2pm-3:45pm
Sun 21-Jan-19 - Chorus-only music rehearsal - 2pm-3:45pm
Sun 27-Jan-19 - Chorus-only music rehearsal - 2pm-3:45pm
Sun 03-Feb-19 - Production rehearsal - 1pm-5pm
Sun 10-Feb-19 - Production rehearsal - 1pm-5pm
Sun 11-Feb-19 - Production rehearsal - 1pm-5pm
Sun 24-Feb-19 - Production rehearsal - 1pm-5pm
Sun 03-Mar-19 - Production rehearsal - 1pm-5pm
Sun 10-Mar-19 - Production rehearsal - 1pm-5pm
Weekday evening TBC - Chorus-only music rehearsals will be added
Further Principal daytime /evening rehearsals TBC over next 3 weeks
Sun 17-Mar-19 - Production rehearsal - 1pm-5pm
Sun 24-Mar-19 - Production rehearsal - 1pm-5pm
Sun 31-Mar-19 - Orchestral rehearsal - morning
Sun 31-Mar-19 - Production rehearsal - 1pm-5pm
Sun 7-Apr-19 - Hell Sunday - 2pm-10pm
Mon 8-Apr-19 - Sitzprobe rehearsal - 7.15pm-10.15pm
Tue 9-Apr-19 - Technical rehearsal - 6pm-10:00pm
Wed 10-Apr-19 - Dress rehearsal 1 - 6pm-10:00pm
Thu 11-Apr-19 - Dress rehearsal 2 - 6pm-10:00pm
Fri 12-Apr-19 - Production night 1 - 6pm-10:30pm (7.30pm curtain-up)
Sat 13-Apr-19 - Production night 2 - 6pm-10:30pm (7.30pm curtain-up)
Regular Rehearsal Venue
John Taplin Centre, Healey House, 3 Upper Maze Hill,
St Leonards-on-sea TN38 0LQ
OSE objectives and the role of chorus members
The top objective for chorus members is to attend rehearsals so we can get everyone up to standard. Rehearsals are generally on Sunday afternoons (or occasionally evenings). However the key final rehearsals from ‘Hell Sunday’ (Sun 15-Apr-18 1pm-10pm:) and then every night of show week (16-21 April from 6pm earliest). It’s hard work but great fun.
Opera South East aims to:
We encourage members to participate in company business activities and currently have various sub-committees covering all aspects of business. We also like to have a good time at various social events.
We welcome you!