Who are we?
We are four guys from a mens barbershop chorus called The VIPs an Ipswich based chorus of around 20 people rehearsing in Norton near Bury St Edmunds, on a Tuesday night. Between the 4 of us we cover all 4 parts, Bass, Barritone, Lead, and Tenor, so each section benefits from an experienced barbershopper
Why do we do it?
We do it for the love of barbershop style singing, 2 of us talked about it, then brought the other 2 on board, a venue was found and thus East Coast Collective was born
Where do rehearsals take place?
Rehearsals take place in the upstairs function room of The Red Lion, in Mannintree
When are rehearsals?
We have our rehearsals on Monday night, at 19:30 until 21:30 (all times are approximate)
How are rehearsal times broken down?
We start at 19:30 (ish), with warm ups and vocal exercises, some singing, then a break at 20:25 (ish) for 10 minutes, then carry on until 21:30 (ish), and we would welcome members to join us for half hour (ish) in the bar afterwards!
Is there a car park?
Unfortunately there is no car park, so its a free for all around the area
What type of songs do we sing?
Traditional barbershop choruses sing a mostly old and a few new songs, but we aim to flip that the other way round and have some fun, while perfecting our art and being jolly good at it
How much do we charge?
While we are at this very early stage, we are not charging a thing, just turn up and enjoy singing!
Will you start charging?
Well yes, at some point we will have to charge a small subs, to enable us to get registered with the governing bodies, and enable us to pay for uniforms and promotional materials
How strict are you?
You will find that we are an easy going bunch, but we do want people to learn and progress, that being said, our rehearsals are always full of jokes
Can anyone come along?
Anyone 18 years of age and over, male and female, are welcome
Do I need singing experience?
Whilst it would be beneficial to be able to sing and hold a note, we will take anyone with any experience, that has enthusiasm to learn
Do I need to be able to read music?
Not at all, although helpful, a lot of us (including me) cant read music
Do I need to bring anything with me?
While a lot of choruses recommend that you bring some water, we are not strict… we are in a pub!
Do we sing at concerts?
Not yet, we are a brand new chorus, and as yet no plans to sing at any concert. But that is something that we will do in the future (these are called “sing outs”)
Do we have to come to every rehearsal?
Of course not, we understand that life sometimes gets in the way, although it is beneficial to come to every rehearsal to learn the songs at the same pace.
We would love you too, of course we would…. but we understand!
Do we have a uniform ?
At the moment we have an East Coast Collective polo shirt (Available to order through the shop link) This will be what is called “walk out gear”and we would expect every member to purchase one of these at some point
There will be some form of uniform, used for when we go to “Sing Outs” what exactly it will be is yet to be decided
Polo shirt- Used in pubs & general wear when at events (no preferance to footwear or bottoms)
Uniform- Used when singing “on stage” at functions or convention (complete uniform to include footwear etc)
How do I get in touch?
You can find us on Facebook “East coast Collective Chorus” (Link in the menu or below)
Or use the form on the “contact us” page (or click below)
Did you know?
Our logo is the initials E C C (East Coast Collective), and as its the East coast we have the rising sun, rising over the sea, sand, and fields- hence the 3 colours of the logo with the sun, and our polo shirts are sky blue to represent the sky!