The Johannesburg Bach Choir

Come and sing with the Bach Choir!

The Johannesburg Bach Choir is an amateur organisation which was founded in 1964 to perform the lesser-known works of Johann Sebastian Bach and of other composers. With over 50 years behind us, the repertoire which the Choir has worked through is quite vast. We always welcome new members. We usually perform three concerts a year from Baroque to contemporary classical, accompanied by an organist or instrumentalists. Please have a look at our Past Performances to see the rich variety of the music we have performed.

This is what you need to bring to the choir:

We have an excellent musical director and an exciting programme lined up. You will get to learn, enjoy and appreciate the music. You will actively participate in the classical canon and have the pleasure and thrill of appreciative audiences . You will have fun and make new like-minded friends.

If you are interested in joining the Choir, please contact our helpful Membership Secretary, Craig Turner - see Contacts. He will ask you to come along to our next rehearsal. Usually a prospective member will attend two or three rehearsals. If he/she is still interested in joining the Choir, an audition will be arranged. The audition will take place with only the Musical Director, Accompanist (if required), appropriate Section Leader and Membership Secretary as audience. Prospective members are asked to prepare a short piece to sing (almost anything will do!); at the audition they will also be asked to do a few tests (scales and such like).

Our rehearsals normally take place at

St Columba's Presbyterian Church
45 Lurgan Rd
Parkview


on Monday evenings from 19:15 to 21:15. When we get closer to an impending concert, extra rehearsals are usually scheduled, both at St Columba's as well as at the concert venue.


Membership of the Choir costs R135 per month. This money is used to defray the expenses of hiring the practice venue and of our professional Musical Director and Accompanist.



A note on musical notation

There are two (or probably more) systems of musical notation in common use in South Africa by choirs. One is the tonic sol-fa system; here the pitches of notes are shown by their names on the scale (eg d=doh, r=re etc) and bars and their subdivisions are indicated by vertical lines, colons and so on.

The other system of musical notation is staff notation where notes are shown as blobs on sets of lines (staves) and their pitch is indicated by their position on the staff - higher notes are "higher up", ie closer to the top of the page.

Here is an example of each:

Tonic Sol-Fa Staff

Tonic Sol-fa Notation

Staff Notation

At the Johannesburg Bach Choir we make exclusive use of staff notation. If you are unable to read music, please do not be put off. New members will receive introductory music reading training from January 2016 onwards.




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