Who are we

We are Koruso! (which is chorus in Esperanto). We began back in October 2008 as a musical venture to promote community cohesion in Southwark. Since then we have grown from a small choral group to a self-run community choir with a wide-ranging repertoire, performing music that bridges cultures and unites people in Southwark and beyond.

Our repertoire is wide ranging – everything from Irving Berlin and Verdi to African Spirituals and songs in French, Spanish and German.

We are an evolving choir with new people joining throughout the year. Life in the choir is varied and interesting – with people from all ages, backgrounds and abilities. So – if you decide to join, we won’t expect you to read music – we will teach you your part.

Our musical director, [Andrew Tait] , works professionally as a classical pianist, but enjoys directing and arranging choral music, and works with a number of vocal ensembles as a repetiteur. Andrew’s performing activities are diverse and extensive including working as a ‘pop’ musician and church organist – so he brings a wealth of experience with him.

How we work

Koruso! is managed by an enthusiastic [committee] of up to 13 people who help with everything from arranging concert venues to sending out press releases and selling raffle tickets. The committee is elected each year in February at the Annual General Meeting – new members are welcome to stand for election.

We are a self-funded choir and support ourselves by payment of [termly fees] and our concerts.

Andrew selects and arranges our repertoire, and conducts and accompanies our rehearsals and performances. He brings in an accompanist for our concerts so he can focus on the choir and our performance. (He is happy to receive suggestions about repertoire from Koruso! members).

What you can expect from us

  • An informal yet committed choir
  • Rehearsals (usually 12 per term)
  • Music direction and group tuition from Andrew Tait (our Musical Director)
  • Arrangements by Andrew which ensure the best sound from our abilities and experience
  • Regular communication via Encore – our email update
  • Minimum of 3 concerts each year – plus the opportunity to take part in extra events as they arise
  • Social events throughout the year
  • Travel across London and abroad

What we expect from you

  • Regular and prompt attendance
  • 100% focus during rehearsals and performances
  • Respect for our Musical Director and fellow members
  • Help with promoting our performances – advertising through your contacts / work etc and selling tickets
  • Prompt payment of fees each term