Join Us & Interns Scheme

The Lea Singers are always keen to hear from singers interested in auditioning.

We invite potential permanent new singers to join us for a couple of rehearsals, to give them a chance to get a feel for the Choir and decide whether we are right for them.  All singers are expected to have previous choral experience and reasonable sight-reading skills.  Auditions are taken by the choir’s conductor.  Candidates will be asked to sing a piece of music of their choice, and to complete sight reading and aural tests.

The Leas also offer internships for talented teenage singers from local schools and other singers who might otherwise be put off by needing to pay an annual subscription, which give them the opportunity to sing with us for a year free of charge.

Please contact chair@leasingers.co.uk if you are interested in joining the Choir.

More about the Lea Singers Interns Scheme

The Lea Singers Interns Scheme is in its sixth year, and has so far helped 18 talented local singers build their musical experience.

2010 – Hugo Beardsall (tenor)
2011 – Bethany McLeish (soprano), Rob Wallis (tenor), Fergus O’Neil (bass)
2012 – Hannah Bennett (soprano), Nina Vinther (soprano)
2013 – Jonathan Burrett (tenor), Tim Wallis (tenor), Julian Windram (bass)
2014 – Maisie James (soprano), Cecilia Young (soprano), Felicity Margeson (soprano), Jeremy Fisher (tenor), Mark Wilson (baritone).
2015 – Izzi Blain (soprano), Shauna Masterson (soprano), Mark Burrell (bass), Chris Burrett (bass).

Here are a few words from our interns.

Hugo Beardsall
“My first really clear musical memory was when I was seven and joined the St Albans Cathedral Choir. I think it dawned on me that I could actually sing when I was asked to sing the treble solo in Elijah in Westminster Cathedral at the age of 12. On my iPod I have everything from R’n’B to dance music, with some folk and classical thrown in for good measure. I think exam revision goes really well with heavy rock. Leas highlights? My internship has helped me become inspired by singing again.”

Rob Wallis
“The Lea Singers are some of the most musically able and welcoming people I have ever sung with. Although I have many good memories singing with them, my favourite has to be the weekend trip to Durham Cathedral. The music was incredible, particularly Finzi’s Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice, but the most memorable thing was the incredible setting of the Cathedral. The masterful playing of James Sherlock on an organ, loud enough to be heard in Harpenden, is something that will stay with me for a long time. I would recommend the internship scheme to anyone.”

Bethany McLeish
“I’ve just finished my GCSEs at Stopsley High School in Luton, and plan to continue my music studies at sixth form college.  I take part in many music groups, including the Luton Youth Jazz Orchestra and Youth Cantores. I would love to study music and keep it throughout my life, either as a profession or a hobby. Most memorable Lea Singers moment? Singing Finzi at Durham Cathedral in April. It was so magical! Best thing about being an intern in Leas? Everyone is so lovely! I’ve met loads of new people and gained a more professional experience of singing in a choir. I have learned so much.”

Fergus O’Neil
“The best thing about singing in a choir is how every little thing comes together and you’re left with a great sounding piece of music – for the most part! Some things go wrong but you can work it out, and you meet some great people. It’s surprising just what a small world the singing community is. As well as the Lea Singers, I’m currently singing in the Abbey Singers at St Albans Abbey. In my opinion the best bit about the Lea Singers is the people. Like with any choir, it doesn’t matter how good everyone is individually, if they don’t gel together then it won’t work. In the Lea Singers, everyone is friendly and I believe it is reflected in the way we sing.”

Hannah Bennett
“I have recently finished my A-Level studies at Luton Sixth Form College and will be taking a gap year before further music studies at Manchester or Leeds University. I will also be auditioning for conservatoires in the autumn.  I have sung with various groups and currently with the Luton Youth Cantores and Bedfordshire Youth Opera for the past three summers. I intend to join many more ensembles to gain valuable experience during my gap year. I am very excited to join the Lea Singers and the challenges this will bring.”

Nina Vinther
“I am 14 years old and have loved singing for as long as I can remember. When I started junior school I auditioned for the St Albans Abbey Girls’ Choir. I couldn’t even read music at that point, but luckily I was accepted and have had seven fantastic years with that Choir.  It will be really strange to leave, as it has been such a big part of my routine, but at least I won’t have to be at morning practice at 7.30am anymore! I have singing and trombone lessons at school, so music keeps me very busy. I was very excited when I found out that I have an Internship with the Lea Singers.  I was at the Leas ‘Spring Harmony’ concert in March, which I loved and thought the singing was inspirational, so I hope I can work well with everyone and contribute to this sound.”

Forthcoming events

 

Haydn’s Creation

Saturday 24 June 7pm
St John’s Church, Harpenden

More information

“I have particularly enjoyed all the young, enthusiastic and inspiring people who have worked with us over the last few years as conductors, instrumentalists and soloists.”

Nicky Teensma
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