How much does it cost?
Joining SSOCs costs £60 per term (or £50 if you're under 18).
Other groups don't charge as much, why are you so expensive?
We've always been open about how much it costs to join and have been transparent in acknowledging there are cheaper groups to join. There are numerous things to take into account: Venue hire for rehearsals, venue hire for concerts, equipment hire, insurances, publicity, materials, and most importantly - purchasing music! We provide a unique experience to all our members and have an ethos of inclusivity. Ultimately, coming to SSOCs once a week as a termly member costs less than a coffee and slice of cake.
I want my child to join the youth choir. Do you have DBS?
Yes! Anyone who helps out will also be DBS checked.
I've never been in an orchestra or choir before, does that matter?
Not in the slightest. Everyone is welcome to join us regardless of experience. It is to be hoped that we get a good mix of seasoned players/singers, and those totally new to making music with others.
What do I get for my termly membership?
A folder with all your music, cover on the insurance, a chance to perform at the concert, a souvenir trinket (often homemade) to keep, the thrill of making music with others.
Are there any hidden costs?
We don't hide anything. There are other things you can purchase separately: at the concerts there's the chance to purchase a souvenir programme if you wish to, you can buy raffle tickets, you can buy drinks from the bar, you can buy a t-shirt when they become available...but none of these things are compulsory membership things. The only thing we encourage strongly (and again it's not hidden) is to advertise and sell tickets for our concerts.
Do you offer payment plans?
You can split your membership payment into three payments if you're an adult and two payments if you're a youth. This helps you spread the cost a little. However, you will be expected to pay for the full term even if you leave early.