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Vivace singers

What's it like to sing in a sold-out Royal Albert Hall? Or perform in the church where Mozart got married? What about being part of a choir singing a world-premiere, or alongside some of the best-known soloists in the business?

When you join Vivace, those are the sort of experiences you'll get. You'll sing all sorts of music in lots of different venues - not just as a choir in Guildford, but as a visiting choir on one of our European or English cathedral tours. Not just in churches, but in concert halls. And not just on your own, but with more than 100 other people, professional orchestras and fantastic soloists.

From Beethoven to Broadway, classical to contemporary, you'll sing new works and firm favourites, all under the friendly and experienced guidance of our Music Director, Jeremy Backhouse and our accompanist, Francis Pott.

If you’re interested in joining us, why not email Becky Kerby, our membership secretary, at, complete the Contact Form or chat with us on Facebook? We'd love to hear from you and we're always happy to answer any questions you have. 



We rehearse on Monday evenings from 7:15pm to 9:30pm at Guildford Baptist Church, GU2 4BE. You might think Mondays are a bit early in the week, but trust us, it's the best possible kick-start to your week! You can come along for a few rehearsals to try us out, and then arrange to audition (don't panic!) if you'd like to join us.


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Why do we audition? It's not to make you feel terrible, or because we expect you to sing a solo - ever! It's because it's easier for you to sing with us if you can read music and pick up your line without too much trouble. We know everyone hates auditions, so we do everything we can to make them as un-scary as we can. It's not a 'test' - it's just the easiest way for us to make sure you're singing the right part. Our auditions take less than 10 minutes and really aren't that bad - anyone in the choir will tell you that it's worth a try.


How much does it cost to join the choir?


The subscription is £200 every year - which works out at around just £5 per rehearsal. Students can join for just £10 per year. We don't charge for the term in which you join.

Please talk to us if you have any issues with your subscription. We will try to help.

Do I have to buy my own music?

Usually you have the choice to hire or buy music. We have an online ordering system, so it's easy for you to place your order and your music will be waiting at the start of the first rehearsal for each concert.

What do I have to wear for concerts?

For formal concerts:

  • Ladies: Black tops, long black skirt or trousers, black shoes.
  • Men: Dinner suit with black bow tie, black shoes.

We have a dark alternative for some concerts:

  • Ladies: Black shirts/blouses with black skirt or trousers, black shoes.
  • Men: Black shirts with black trousers and black shoes.

And for very informal concerts and tours, we have a more colourful uniform:

  • Ladies: Coloured shirts with black skirt or trousers, black shoes.
  • Men: Coloured shirts with black trousers and black shoes.

Shirts of the appropriate colour are available to purchase.