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Where We Rehearse
We rehearse every Wednesday evening during term time. Rehearsals start at 7.50 pm with warm up starting at 8 pm. The session ends at 9.30 pm.
URC Church, 18 Oxford Rd, Marlow SL7 2NL
Become a Member
How to Join
New members are welcome to join us for Taster Sessions at the start of every term. This first session is always free so you can try us out before you join.
Members Fee Structure
Our membership fees are one of the lowest in the area at £6.50 per session payable on a term basis.
Payment can be made by bank transfer.
If you would like to know more Harmony Belles, please feel free to contact us using the Contact page.
Why Join Us?
Harmony Belles is a well-established singing group that is always open to new members.
We believe in:
We are open to all singing abilities and we have a wide-ranging age group. There are no auditions and if you can’t read music, that’s not a problem, nobody is turned away. We just ask that you share our joy of singing.
Being easy to join:
We run taster sessions at the beginning of each term so you can get an idea of who we are and how we operate. Visit our Join Us page to find out more. (link to google doc same as book ‘book a taster’)
At £6.50 per week, our membership fees are amongst the lowest in the area and unlike some choirs, we don’t charge for sheet music. Our Musical Director Anne is highly qualified and every session is all about developing singing skills and learning new ones, providing excellent value for money.
Having a varied repertoire:
Our musical genres are varied, from musical theatre to jazz to pop and to classical. We’ve been known to sing in French or Spanish and even Latin! It’s always good fun and gives the singers a chance to improve and develop their singing skills along the way. Take a look at Our Repertoire here.
Making singing fun:
Singing should be fun and we always aim to have everyone leave with a smile on their faces.
Each session starts with a ten-minute warm-up before we dip into the songs we are working on. Sometimes we sing from just lyrics and other times with song sheets. This balance of singing from music and/or words makes it easier for all the members, some of whom don’t read music but have a great ‘ear’ for it.
We rehearse alongside a mixture of live music with a skilled accompanist as well as backing tracks.
Taking on a Challenge:
We aim to perform two concerts every year raising money for locallybased charities or for charities close to the hearts of our members. Havinga concert to work towards is an important goal for our members. Oneconcert is normally held in December and the second one in the summer.Check out our Shows/Events page here.
Over the years we have supported many charities and raised over £9,000since 2012. Find out about Our Ripple Effect here.
Offering Friendship, Support and Social activities:
We know many members who have struggled with depression as well as personal problems during the course of our time together and the choir has always been a place where they can take time and forget about things for a while. Often just knowing that choir is taking place every Wednesday is a big help. Take a look at what some of our members and supporters have to say here. We aim to have two socials throughout the year. One at Christmas and one at the end of the summer term. And there’s often a group heading to the nearest pub after a Wednesday sessions too.
Involved in the Community:
We have been part of the Marlow community for over ten years and have taken part in such local events as the Marlow Carnival, singing at local care home and performing at the Marlow Christmas Light Switch On. We’ve even sung in local pubs!
Keeping you safe!
New COVID Guidelines for Choir Members - now updated to be Viral Infection Policy and Guidelines
With the changes in the government advice and the removal of free lateral flow tests for the majority of the public we are updating our covid guidelines to a viral infection guidelines. No tests will be required however:
1. On arrival at the church, please ensure that you use the hand sanitising station available in the entrance hall. We are removing the need to wear masks entering the church.
2. We will continue to open the back door of the church and position chairs apart to help with ventilation. Please be mindful of other members concerns as they may be different to your own.
3. If members have a new illness, which it may be possible to transmit to other members e.g. viral infection, covid, gastroenteritis etc, then we ask that they do not attend to reduce the risk of infection to other members in a high risk environment, namely singing.
4. Anyone who has a household contact with a high suspicion that they have covid we would also encourage not to attend choir.
5. In the event that you develop symptoms within 2 days of attending choir rehearsal, please update the choir via the whole choir Whats App group. We suggest that you do not attend choir for 7-10 days from the start of your symptoms.
It is really important that all members adhere to the requirements for attending rehearsals to ensure the safest possible environment for everyone. Thank you!
The History of the Sea Shanty
We are currently learning our very first Sea Shanty, ‘The Wellerman’ (Origin – New Zealand, circa 1860) click here to read the history
The Power of a Choir: What makes singing together so special
“Some people will always be deaf to the beauty of your song. Don’t stop singing.” Trudi Jane. There are many physiological and psychological benefits to music. Whether you play an instrument or sing, or just love listening to music, there is no doubt that music making exercises the brain as well as the body. Click to read more