Existing members and singers who have passed an audition – book your place for Autumn 2024


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Finsbury A Cappella is an upper voices ensemble for sopranos and altos, conducted by Charles MacDougall.

Rehearsals are held at St John’s Highbury Vale School, Conewood Street, Islington N5 1DL on Tuesdays from 6.15pm to 7.15pm with a break for half term (see below for dates), teaming up with Finsbury Park Singers for an end-of-term performance on Friday 13th December.

The aim of the choir is to sing intermediate to advanced repertoire with focussed work on vocal technique and musical detail. Places are limited to a maximum of 30 singers.


St John’s Highbury Vale School, Conewood Street, Islington N5 1DL (nearest tube Arsenal)


Tuesdays, 6.15pm to 7.15pm, arrive at 6.05pm.

September 17, 24 
October 1, 8, 22, plus choir social on 15 October (no rehearsal on 29 October)
November 5, 12, plus 2 hour rehearsal on Saturday 23 November for 2 hours (no rehearsals on 19 or 26 November) 
December 3 (no rehearsal on 10 December)

End-of-term concert

End-of-term concert on Friday 13th December at 8pm at St Mary’s Upper Street – rehearsal at 5pm
Possible Trafalgar Square carol singing in aid for Samaritans on Sunday 15th December – to be confirmed

What’s included?

10 hours of rehearsals, sheet music/ lyrics for all songs




For people on low incomes, a limited number of bursaries are available. More details and the application form can be found here.

Questions and answers

Q: Who can join?
The choir is open to anyone but you should be aware that the repertoire will be reasonably challenging and rehearsals will be focussed on a lot of detailed work.

Q: I’m going to miss a couple of the sessions – is it still OK to come?
Yes. So long as you practice at home, that is fine.

Q: Will there be a performance?
Yes, there will be an end-of-term performance.

Q: How do I book?
Please book by selecting your voice part and following the steps through the checkout process. You will be sent all the information you need by email (please keep an eye out in your ‘junk’ and ‘spam’ folders.)


1) There are no refunds on membership fees.

2) Singers should be able to commit to attending 70% or more of rehearsals and are asked to sign the register at rehearsals each week.

3) We normally perform without music. Singers are asked to put in the appropriate amount of time outside of rehearsals to memorise words and learn your parts. There is usually a little bit of homework each week to revise a couple of songs to ensure we are making progress at each rehearsal.

4) Singers are required to ensure they read the weekly newsletter and communicate with us regarding any additional resources or learning.

5) When you sign up to join the choir, you agree to Hannah Brine using your data for the purposes of communicating with you about choir matters plus forthcoming events and news about the choir and Hannah’s activities. Your contact details will also be shared with the section leader so that they can send information about section-specific events (e.g. sectionals). If you do not wish to have your contact details shared for these purposes please email hannah@hannahbrine.co.uk.

Additional information

Voice part

Soprano, Alto