City Chorus is a friendly, hard working choir, open to all with no audition. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings in the city and perform several times a year in beautiful venues.
Our musical director is Paul Ayres and our accompanist (piano and organ) is Philip Shannon. Our concerts feature top professional musicians.
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City Chorus – 2021 Subscriptions
1.Level of subscriptions: January 2021
Annual membership is paid on a calendar year basis with renewal for existing members falling
due at the start of the year. Please pay your subscriptions on or before Friday 29th January.
2. In the Spring 2021 term we continue to have zoom rehearsals
For this reason, we are not expecting to hold a concert this term so the cost of tickets (which would
normally be paid for with subscriptions) is only shown for information. There is no charge for concert
tickets as part of subscriptions until we resume physical rehearsals and schedule a concert.
3. Rebate for existing members
The amounts show in the above table are for those who were not members of the choir in the Spring
2020 term. For those who paid subscriptions last year (in the Spring 2020 term), we offer a rebate
against your 2021 subscriptions reflecting that these members will have paid for rehearsals in the
summer and autumn terms and for concerts throughout 2020 which did not take place.
We will contact you individually if you are affected.
We encourage all members who can afford it to pay the full subscription rates. A concessionary rate is
available for those of limited means3 who would find the full rates unaffordable. The committee is happy to consider any cases of hardship.
5. Ways in which you can pay
On-line payment – our preferred method for the payment of your subscription is on-line:
Bank name: Barclays Bank plc
Bank sort code: 20-32-06
Bank account number: 30626511
Bank account name: City Chorus
Reference: Please show your name, so we know that it is you who made the payment
Once you have set up your payment please email Angus Bantock, the Treasurer, confirming the amount
and dates of payment.
Other methods of payment:
o Cheque – if you do need to pay by cheque then please make it payable to “City Chorus” and
email the Treasurer requesting his mailing address.
o Cash – we are not able to accept cash while we are operating as a zoom choir
o PayPal – we accept PayPal payment (via the City Chorus website). Please note that an
administrative fee will be added to the subscription totals shown above as we incur
commission on sums received.
6. Spreading the payment into three instalments
Choir members who want to commit to join for the full year may spread the cost of a year’s membership
into three payments:
o Full members may split the £162 cost for the year into three payments of £54
o Concessionary members may split the £99 cost for the year into three payments of £33.
If you want to pay in this way, please do this on-line (bank details shown above) showing your name on
the on-line payment, and please schedule the payments on 19th January, 9 th February and 9 th March.
Once you have set up the three payments please email the Treasurer confirming the amounts and dates of payment.
7. Contact details
The Choir’s Treasurer is Angus Bantock. You can contact him at [email protected] or in the
break at rehearsals.
8. Requirement to purchase concert tickets
When concerts are taking place each member of the choir is required to purchase two tickets for each
concert (at £10 each4). We keep the process simple by collecting the amount for tickets at the time that
you pay your subscription, and the cost of these tickets is included in the amounts payable which we have shown overleaf.
We will hand you your tickets two or three weeks before each concert. Of course we hope that you will
buy more than two tickets for each concert, and encourage you to sell as many tickets as you can to
friends, family and colleagues.In 2021 the requirement to purchase concert tickets is affected by the fact that we were unable to stage concerts last year.
o We will not include a ticket charge while we continue to operate as a zoom choir
o When physical rehearsals and concerts resume, we will resume the charge for concert tickets, but
please note that:
The rebate offered to existing members will reflect tickets which you have paid for with regard to concerts which did not take place.
For new members (and for returners who weren’t members and didn’t pay a subscription in the Spring 2020 term), we will ask for payment for concert tickets at £20 per concert for two tickets for each of the concerts scheduled for the remainder of 2021.
9. Joiners in the Summer and Autumn terms
Annual subscriptions are paid on a calendar year basis. Members who join the City Chorus, paying for a
full year in advance benefit from a lower subscription.
To ensure that new joiners in the Summer and Autumn terms are treated fairly, joiners in the Summer
term also benefit from the lower charges if they commit to join for two
New joiners in the Autumn 2020 term can also benefit from the lower charges by receiving a rebate of £24 for full members (£12 for concessionary members) against your 2021 subscription if you rejoin for the full 2020 year.
10. Gift Aid
The choir is able to reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 of subscriptions, for those members who have signed a Gift Aid form. To ensure that our records are up to date, when you pay your subscription could you
provide to the Assistant Treasurer the following:
Confirm whether you are tax paying in the current tax year, and conform to the statement that “I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the current tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations it is my responsibility to pay any difference".
Provide your current address if you have moved house since you signed a gift aid form
1 Tickets to be paid for with subscriptions when we resume rehearsals. No charge for tickets while we are operating as a zoom choir.
2 For those who were members in the Spring 2020 term, the amount to pay is reduced by a rebate offered for rehearsals and concert
tickets paid for in 2020 which did not take place. We will contact 2020 members separately with details.
3 May include those in low paid jobs at the start of their working lives, those not in work, or those on means tested benefits.
4 At the Centenary Concert, ticket prices are £10 and £20. For this concert choir members may use their ticket allocation to exchange
for two £10 tickets or for one £20 ticket.