About Otley A Cappella

Otley A Cappella is a 3 to 5 part harmony choir for anyone who loves good music and a good sing. We sing arrangements of songs we love in harmony – creating interesting and soulful versions of popular songs. Don’t be put off if you can’t read music or don’t know your bass clef from you treble, your soprano from your tenor! Otley A Cappella welcomes everyone!

In a typical session we will

1 – warm up our voices
2 – practise a song we have all ready learned
3 – learn a new arrangement

Most of the session is accompanied by piano – once we’re confident with the arrangement we will practise singing a cappella, working on dynamics as we go.

We perform at open mics, residential homes for the elderly, charity events and gigs we organise ourselves or in conjunction with other bands such as The Fortnights and Otley Ukulele Orchestra.

We are informal and welcome people to try different parts to see what suits them the best. We meet every Thursday at the Woolpack Studios, Bondgate, Otley LS21 3AB from 7:30pm-9pm and it costs £6 per session.

Email jen@bighooha.co.uk for more details 🙂

8 Responses to “About Otley A Cappella”

  1. Helyn Aris October 12, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Hey Jen

    Just wanted to say how fab the choir is shaping up – what a lovely group of people doing our sing thing to wonderful arrangements by your goodself- this is Otleys best kept secret but probably not for long!
    Also really impressed with your upload examples – esp the bass harmony!!
    Helyn x
    Looking forward to Something next week!!

    • otleyukuleleorchestra October 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

      hey helyn,

      thank you so much for your positivity! i am loving our thursday evenings and have so many ideas for what we could do as a choir. isn’t it great how we are hearing the results of our hard work already?

      looking forward to next week already



  2. Jo October 19, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Hi Jen and everyone, loved last nights practice. Just thinking about Christmas songs, just a few suggestions, Baby its cold outside, Mary’s boy child and fairy tale in new york… do not know if they would work but slightly alternative….

    Catch you later

    Jo xx

    • otleyukuleleorchestra October 19, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

      thank you jo! i loved last night too!! great christmas song suggestions – will have a think for next week too!

      take care and see you soon


  3. Kate November 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    Hi, Can anyone just go along? I’ve never had any lessons and can’t read music but I do enjoy singing.

    • otleyukuleleorchestra November 6, 2014 at 9:46 am #

      Hello Kate

      Thank you for your message!

      You would be more than welcome to come along to choir this evening (or any Thursday!!) at 7:30pm.

      I do hand out written music but many people in the choir cannot read music confidently so use it more as a guide.

      We are preparing for our carol concerts coming up so we are looking at more traditional songs.

      It’s a really friendly group and you’d be most welcome. We often go for a drink after too.

      If you have any other queries then please do get in touch

      Kind regards


  4. Simone O'Connor March 15, 2017 at 11:34 pm #

    Hi Jen,
    I have an appt tomorrow which I have to attend. Not sure if I’ll be able to make the rehearsal but will try. I may be late though. Really enjoying listening to ‘Caramel’ which is new to me – haven’t been able to get it out of my head!
    Best Simone.

    • OtleyUkuleleOrchestra March 16, 2017 at 9:40 am #

      Hi Simone thanks for letting me know! Don’t worry about turning up late… you’d be welcome to come along if you can. Glad you like Caramel too… such a powerful song! See you soon. Jen 😊

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