Would you like to join Junction 14 Ladies A Cappella? We’re always on the lookout for singers to join us on the risers. You don’t need any musical training or to be able to read music. What we do ask of you is dedication and commitment.
We meet once a week, with occasional weekend rehearsals, and we need everyone to attend as many rehearsals as possible. We’re sure that once you join, you’ll be hooked and motivation won’t be a problem but, if you have other regular commitments on Thursday evenings or weekends, you may need to think carefully about joining us.
If you’d like to join us, please come along to a few rehearsals to watch and listen to what we do. We don’t have auditions but we may ask you to take a voice test. That’s not as scary as it might sound — all we’ll ask you to do is huddle in a corner with our Musical Director and our four Section Leaders. You might be asked to sing Happy Birthday and then sing a scale going up as high as you can and down as low as you can. That’s it.
We sing in four voice parts with their origins in ‘barbershop’ arrangements — although we do sing a lot of ‘non-barbershop’ a cappella arrangements. Our Music Team will advise which one is appropriate for you.
Lead: Lead is usually the melody and is typically sung in the range between G below middle C, and E above middle C.
Tenor: Tenor is a harmony part sung consistently above the Lead. Although Tenor is the highest voice in barbershop harmony, it should not be confused with soprano of conventional singing groups. A Tenor should have a light, sweet, pure tone that will compliment but not overpower the lead voice. The typical range is middle C to top G/A.
Baritone: Baritone covers approximately the same range as Lead. The Baritone harmony notes cross the Lead notes; sometimes sung below and sometimes above. Baritones must constantly adjust their balance to accommodate their position in the chord.
Bass: Bass singers should have a rich, mellow voice and be able to sing the E flat below middle C easily. Basses should not be confused with the alto of conventional choral groups. Many altos can sing the Bass part, but others are much better suited to Lead or Baritone, depending on range and vocal quality.
We can’t always recruit for every part because we need to make sure the balance of parts across the whole chorus is correct. If your voice is suited to a part that we are not currently recruiting, we can put you on a waiting list, and we will contact you when a spot becomes available.
We are currently recruiting all parts, particularly Tenors, Baris and Basses!
If you think you could sing one of these parts, please get in touch and come along – we’d love to have you on the risers with us!
You can just come along to our Thursday evening rehearsals.
If you would prefer to find out a little more before coming along, complete the form below and someone will get back to you. If you’d like us to call you, please give us your phone number and let us know the best time to call.