To join – just come along!
We meet on Monday evenings from 6pm during school terms.
The venue is the hall behind St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington.
New singers are always welcome. The choir is open to all singers without audition.
Singers do not need to be able to read music to join the choir.
Interested singers get to try out their first night for free.
Singing dates for 2023
Term 1: 13 February – 3 April
Term 2: 24 April – 26 June (incl. King's Birthday)
Term 3: 17 July – 18 September
— Begonia House mini-concert 6 August at 11am —
— Annual Concert 17 September at 3:30pm —
Term 4: 9 October – 11 December (incl. Labour Day)
What to expect
We start with some quick stretches and vocal warmups
Split into in four parts (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) to learn/sing a song.
Teaching of songs is done by ear, Ben will sing a line and you sing it back.
Working part by part and line by line the song will come together.
There are a couple of 5min breaks throughout the night to have a breather.
There is an annual membership fee to cover costs of running the choir. You can also pay each term if you prefer. The price is the same whether you pay by year or by term. Please note the increase for 2023 as costs have risen while membership has fallen.
Please pay by the second Monday of the term and make payments online, details below.
Payment options for 2023:
$440 per year
$110 per term
New singers who join during the second half of a term pay only $55.
Our online banking details:
Account Number: (Kiwibank) 38 9017 0802983 00
Account Name: Gale Force Gospel Inc
Don't forget to add your surname and Term #
Fees are non-refundable. In cases of significant hardship, the core group may approve exceptions. Please contact us if you have any questions about fees.
In the Room or On Zoom
Read COVID guidelines below (Oct 2022) and read the weekly email.
Gale Force Gospel normally meets in the hall at the back of St Andrews on the Terrace at 6pm on Mondays during school terms starting 13 Feb.
We continue to also run a Zoom session of these rehearsals so that members who are unwell, or unable to get to choir that night, can still sit in on rehearsals remotely. A link to join via Zoom is available for members only (check the weekly email). A recording of this is available afterwards if you can't make it on the day you can catch up later.
Guidelines for GFG (Updated Oct 2022)
Gale Force Gospel Choir acknowledges that singing increases the transmission of aerosols and therefore increases the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 to others. We have developed the following guidance for the choir for operation in the current situation. If you wish you can choose additional ways to protect yourself, e.g. wearing a well-fitting mask or joining rehearsals by Zoom.
We have referred to the guidance of the government and the New Zealand Choral Federation. If the risk of COVID-19 increases and Wellington goes into Red we will again seek input from the choir and review the guidance.
Reasons for not attending: Stay home if you feel unwell, test positive for COVID-19, or have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 (make sure you join us on Zoom though!).
Record of attendance: sign in on the attendance sheet when you arrive.
Ventilation: We will be continuing to keep the space well ventialted by leaving the windows and doors open. Bring additional warm layers. Take responsibility for your own comfort.
Masks: Masks are recommended but not required. Some masks work better than others for giving extra breathing space. Ask around what types might suit.
Physical distancing: You can choose to keep distance from other singers if you want to, the hall is quite large.
Hygiene: Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser and cough/sneeze into your elbow. Bring your own water bottle.
Keep in touch — become a Friend of Gale Force
If you are interested in supporting Gale Force Gospel Choir but not as a singing member, you can join our Friends network. We will email to tell you about our annual concert and other events. We promise not to spam you.
Simply send your name and email address to us at email@example.com and ask to be added to the 'Friends of Gale Force' list.
Support the choir — donate to keep the choir going
It's been a rough ride these last two years, but we have managed to weather the storm! If you have the means to donate some extra $ to help keep the choir going, you can do so at any time. We will greatly appreciate it. Gale Force Gospel Choir Inc is a registered charity (CC55180) and any donations over $5 are tax deductible.
Donations can be made to Gale Force Gospel Inc at 38 9017 0802983 00 then send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want a donation receipt.
St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington 6011