Frequently asked questions

Do I need to have previous singing experience?

We accept all singing abilities, be it beginner or advanced.

Do I need to be able to read music?

You do not need to be able to read music. During rehearsals we can help build up your sight reading skills so you can become more confident whilst practicing in your own time with the supplied sheet music.

What age can I join?

You must be at least 16 years old to join Collective. We don’t have a strict upper age limit, we advertising our age range as 16–30+. If you’re over 30 but feel you don’t quite fit into adult community choirs, which generally attract a much older member base, then you might find Collective a better fit.

What do I need to bring?

It’s always a good idea to bring water and a pencil to rehearsals, there are places to refill water bottles at the rehearsal venue.

How long will each rehearsal be?

Each rehearsal will be 3 ½ hours, at Sage Gateshead. If there are any changes we will let you know.

What happens if I miss a rehearsal?

We encourage all choir members to attend weekly rehearsals and to contact us if you are unable to make it. If you miss more than 3 rehearsals in a term your participation in performances may be reviewed.

How much will the rehearsals cost?

We’re working with our partners to firm up the cost for membership but we’re looking at keeping Collective affordable for everyone at around £5 a week. If you have any questions regarding cost or payment you can contact us and we’ll do everything we can to help.

Where does the money go?

Collective is a charity, every penny we gather from members is put back into the choir. Collective is ran by a team of volunteers who give up their own time to help make Collective a success for everyone. If you want to contribute to the choir you can make a donation or get involved.