Welcome to Take Note!

Take Note is the school’s adult community choir. It is open to all, there are no auditions and you don’t need to have sung before. We are a friendly group of adults who love to sing. Our aim is to sing well and to have fun in the process.  We sing in a variety of styles, mainly ‘popular’ – including some folk, jazz and songs from the shows – but also some ‘classical’.

We meet on Wednesday evenings at the school during term times. 7.30 - 9.15pm. We perform at school concerts and have an annual concert of our own usually in December. We mainly sing in 3 ‘parts’ – Sopranos, Altos and Baritones. Sheet music is provided to help members learn songs but you don’t need to be able to read music to sing in the choir – our musical director teaches them to us.

Fees for the choir are paid termly calculated at £5 per rehearsal (so for example the fee for a 10 week term would be £50). But you can come and try us out for a rehearsal or two before committing. A friendly welcome awaits you.

If you are interested in coming to join us, please email music@simonballe.herts.sch.uk for more details.

Our Dates & Timings for the Spring & Summer Term 2024

Take Note Rehearsals run every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9.15pm with a small break for refreshments. Per term, there is one break-week in line with Simon Balle's half terms - see dates below.

Wednesday January 10th to Wednesday March 20th
Half term week Wednesday 21 February - no rehearsal.
Performance: Wednesday 13 March Simon Balle School 7pm-9pm

Wednesday April 17 to Wednesday 3 July
Half term week Wednesday 29 May - no rehearsal
Performance: Saturday 6 July Saffron Hall
Take Note Social Wednesday 10 July

Click below for the Member's Page

"Singing as part of the Take Note choir has so many benefits – no matter what’s going on in your life, for that spell of time, on a Wednesday night, you become totally absorbed in the rehearsal and leave feeling uplifted.  We are a hugely diverse group in terms of age and musical background, but our common ground is our desire to sing and the joy that we get from it. It quite literally feeds the soul!"
"I joined TN years ago as I enjoyed singing and, although I can't read music, I have tried to learn and listen to the experienced advice and support given each week. We've covered a wide range of music and,  with many laughs along the way, I have gained confidence by facing new challenges. I always leave rehearsals feeling very uplifted!"

"Joining any choir has the potential to provide exercise, friendship and mental
stimulation. But for me Take Note adds a great deal more. The Choirmaster,
Accompanist and Administrator are all highly professional, accessible and they
listen. Choice of music is over a wide range from classical through the great
musicals to pop. The camaraderie is excellent, and both rehearsals and concerts
always provide an abundance of laughs. There is just the right amount of challenge, we strive for high quality but not at the expense of enjoyment and affordable membership makes this choir a very healthy relaxation. I was reticent about joining a choir, but have never looked back since signing up four years ago."

To find out more, please email music@simonballe.herts.sch.uk