Membership fees are set at a level that allow HCS to stage a high quality of concerts and rehearse to a standard that supports this. We pay for professional orchestras and soloists, and this distinguishes us from many other choral societies. Fees also contribute towards the cost of rehearsals, such as venue hire, accompanist and MD fees, an annual workshop and music hire.
We balance the need to make HCS accessible as a community choir with the need to fund our activities on a sustainable basis. We consider the level of HCS fees each year and give notice of any change to members.
Want to try us out?
Have your first two weeks free on us – come along and see what you think. After that, if you’d like to join us, we ask you for a payment in the 3rd week. However, your first term’s taster fee is only £20.
Join for a Season
The minimum membership fee for the 2021/22 season is £225 (£60 for under-30’s). Our season runs from September through to June and typically includes four concerts.
The membership fees are quoted as minimum figures and are intended to be inclusive. Many members choose to donate an additional sum to support the running of their choir… but, while this is very welcome, it is NOT obligatory. Cases of hardship will be given sympathetic consideration.
Join for a Single Concert and Rehearsals
We welcome back singers who left HCS in the past 5 years and who would like to join us to sing a particular choral piece. The minimum fee (per term) for this is £90.00 and £20 for under-30’s (2021/22 season).
Should you then decide to sign up for the rest of the season, our Treasurer will discuss the balance of fee payable.
How and When to Pay
We take payment by bank transfer, cheque or cash. Payment for the full season is due by the end of September. Members may pay in instalments (per term), and termly payments must be received by the 3rd week in each term.
We are able to claim Gift Aid on membership fees and members will be able to complete their details when they sign up for the taster fee in their first term.