Further your passion for performing while making some great friends
Think becoming a professional singer, dancer or actor is a pipe dream in Singapore? Then you might not have heard that NUSChoir took home the top prize at the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and was named “Choir of the World.” Or that many of our local theatre companies have been staging their original productions for audiences overseas.
For those of us no longer in school, we don’t have CCAs that will give us a chance to perform or compete even as we learn. But all is not lost! Many community interest groups and professional companies around Singapore invite members of the public who love to sing, dance or act to join them, even with little or no experience. More than your typical classes or workshops, these seven groups will take you out of the studio and onto the big stage, so you can experience the rush of performing before an audience.
Photo: Vox Camerata
1. Vox Camerata
Choral music should be accessible to everyone. That’s why Vox Camerata prides itself on being a non-auditioned community vocal ensemble that takes in anyone and everyone of all ages with a love for singing, even if you have no musical knowledge or experience. This inclusivity extends to the audience too, as the choir regularly invites less privileged communities to attend their annual Musica Intimae concert through beneficiary tickets. Since its founding in 2004, Vox Camerata has also been taking part in annual Christmas carolling and many local arts festivals on some of Singapore’s biggest stages – including the Singapore Choral Festival this Sunday (5 August) at the Victoria Concert Hall. You can expect to make some wonderful friends too, because the choir places a strong emphasis on bonding not just during, but also outside of rehearsals.
Rehearsals are every Saturday, 1pm to 5:30pm, just a 10 minutes’ walk from Paya Lebar MRT. You can register your interest on their website or by dropping them a message on their Facebook page.