Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to audition?
No there are no auditions. You can just come along and join in. We sing together as a group so, don't worry, you won't be asked to sing by yourself.
Do I need to be able to read music?
No, we teach all of the songs by ear, so you don't have to be able to read sheet music.
Do I need to be a good singer?
We want to help women develop confidence in themselves and their voices and to enjoy the experience of singing together. We teach techniques and exercises that will help you to build on and strengthen your voice, so don't worry about what stage your voice is at currently. All our classes contain ladies at different levels of experience, including complete beginners.
Which Session should I join?
We have different classes on offer, so have something to suit you whatever your level of experience.
Our regular Sessions run on a Saturday morning (10.30am - 12.10pm) and a Tuesday evening (7.00 - 8.30pm). The Tuesday class is particularly suited for people with less experience.
Book your place at our next Session.
I don't have much experience and am worried about whether I'll be able to keep up with the class?
Our classes are aimed at all levels of singers, including beginners and those with less experience, and run at a pace to suit the needs of the group. They are interactive and you can ask questions as we go along and ask us to go over sections again at any point. We also have a members area for each class, where we upload tracks of the songs that we are singing, so you will have the opportunity to get to know the songs better and practise in between classes.
Where are the Sessions and Workshops held?
We run our Sessions and Workshops in the Unitarian Church building at 72 Berkeley Street, Glasgow G3 7DS. Due to COVID safety measures we have in place, we are currently entering the building via the stairs to the right of the front door. You then come in through the fire exit and straight through the small room into our main space. The doors will be open when you arrive.
How do I get there?
The Unitarian Church is located near Charing Cross, just along the road from the Mitchell Library. It's not far from Charing Cross train station and some of the main bus routes in the City Centre. There is also free parking available on Berkeley Street, and the surrounding streets, in the evenings and on a Saturday morning.
What if I can't attend the Sessions in person?
Our Tuesday evening Singing Sessions are continuing online only at the moment. (We plan to restart these face-to-face at a later date.) As well as holding our Saturday Singing Sessions face-to-face we are also running them online, via Zoom, at the same time, so don't worry if you are not ready or not able to come along in person in Glasgow, you will still be able to join us!
When you sign up for one of our online Sessions we will send you information about downloading and setting up Zoom. It is not difficult to use, so don't panic if you are not that familiar with using online technology! We will do our best to assist if you do happen to have any problems.
Are the classes accessible?
Yes, the Unitarian Church building is accessible for wheelchair and mobility scooter users via the door in Newton Terrace Lane. Please contact us for further details and to let us know you are coming along. Email us at: email@example.com or phone/text us on 07714 459 243.
We also provide large print copies of all of our materials, should you require these. We are able to accommodate assistance dogs at the classes, if you could please contact us in advance. If you have any other requirements, please let us know.
Do I need to let you know I am coming along?
We ask that you pay in advance for the Sessions and Workshops via the payment links on our website. This books your place and lets us know that you are coming along. If there is a problem and you need to pay cash on the day, please let us know that you are coming along, as this helps us in planning the class. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reserve a place for you.
For our online Sessions, you need to book and pay for your place in advance so that we can send you the login details and other information that you need to take part in the Session. Our Sessions are secure and we only send this information out to people who have booked onto a specific Session.
What is the difference between a Session and a Workshop?
At our Sessions, we cover some vocal technique and then focus on learning and singing songs together. In our Workshops, we focus on a specific topic in more depth using exercises and songs to explore and learn.
What should I wear?
Avoid wearing tight clothing that restricts your breathing or uncomfortable footwear. Wear something you feel comfortable in, that allows you to move freely.
If possible, please try to avoid wearing strongly scented perfumes, deodorants etc., as these can cause breathing difficulties for some people.
Is there anything I need to bring to a class?
It is important to keep your throat hydrated when you are singing, so make sure to bring some water with you to a class (or have a glass of water handy if you are joining us online).
When you attend a class we will provide you with copies of the lyrics for the songs we are singing. To save paper, please bring these with you to future classes.
Can I come along and observe a class?
We ask that everyone who attends our classes, participates. You will get much more out of a class by taking part and being observed can be off-putting for other participants, who are also learning. Our classes are very relaxed and you will quickly get the hang of things!
What if I don't feel ready to join a class
If you are not ready or able to join our classes we also have our Beginning To Sing self-learn module available for you to go through in your own time at your own pace. Find out more and purchase the Beginning To Sing Course
We also have a selection of free resources available in The Voice Box to help you get started, including singing tips and exercises. Sign up at our Ladies Room to get access to these.
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Get Started With Our Online "Beginning To Sing" Course
If you are not ready, or able, to join one of our classes we also have our Beginning To Sing course available for you to buy. This course is an introductory self-learning module to get you started, that you can do in your own time, at your own pace.
Free singing resources for you!
Sign-up at our Ladies Room to access our Voice Box full of free resources to help you start working on your singing voice. There are singing and breathing exercises for you to practise and useful tips to inspire you! Our free Singing Workbook for April is now available for you to download.
Next Singing Sessions
We have a variety of weekly Singing Sessions available to suit you, whatever your level of experience. Our next Sessions are on:
Tuesday 17th May 2022 (7.00 - 8.30pm) (Our new Beginners class is starting this week. You need to book your place now to take part in this class term, so follow the link below to avoid missing out!)
Saturday 21st May 2022 (10.30am - 12.30pm)
Find out more and book your place at our Singing Sessions
We are now holding some of our classes face-to-face, however, we are also continuing to run our classes online in conjunction with these, so don't worry if you are not ready or not able to come along in person in Glasgow, you can still join us!
We run Singing Workshops every couple of months. Details of our next Workshop will appear on our Upcoming Workshops page.