The London Forest Choir Code of Conduct 

 

The London Forest Choir aims to provide an accessible, safe and welcoming atmosphere.

We expect our members to behave respectfully to each other. Unacceptable behaviour can include inappropriate physical contact, offensive verbal comments, and disrupting rehearsals, concerts or other events. Anyone asked to stop any unacceptable behaviour is expected to do so immediately.

If anyone engages in unacceptable behaviour, the London Forest Choir's Musical Director or Management Committee (the Committee) may warn that person, require them to leave the room or expel them from the choir (subject to the Dispute Procedures outlined below).

We expect our members to:

  • Be patient and courteous at all times.
  • Be inclusive. We welcome and support people of all backgrounds and identities.
  • Be considerate. We all depend on each other to produce the best music we can as a choir.
  • Be respectful.
  • Be kind to others.
  • Not insult or put down others.
This policy extends to all social media platforms used by the Choir and its members.

 

CONTRIBUTION AT REHEARSALS

London Forest Choir is a group and each individual member's contribution is a valuable part of the whole sound of the choir. We should keep in mind the delicate balance between giving a strong musical lead and blending with other singers.

Members should be focused and respond to the direction provided by the Musical Director and accompanist in rehearsals, concerts and other choir events.

Members are expected to help, not criticise, less experienced singers in the choir.

 

RESPECT AND BEHAVIOUR

Each member has a duty of care to themselves and their peers. They are expected to behave in a mature, respectful, safe, fair and considered manner at all times.

Members will follow the directions and respect the decisions of the Musical Director and Committee.

 

RAISING CONCERNS

Member concerns should in the first case be dealt with in person, or directed to part reps or a member of the Committee, who will aim to handle them promptly, confidentially and informally. Concerns which have not been settled in this way will be formally considered by the Committee.

 

BREACH OF CODE OF CONDUCT

Any choir member found to be in breach of the Code of Conduct during a choir rehearsal or performance may be cautioned, or summarily suspended from the activity, by the Music Director and/or the Committee, where they consider this to be for the well-being of the Choir. In either case the incident or behaviour will then be considered in confidence by the committee according to the Dispute Procedures outlined below.

 

DISPUTE PROCEDURES

Following review of any breach of the Choir's Code of Conduct, the Committee may discuss with the member any inappropriate conduct and support them in making changes. Following two verbal warnings, if the choir member has made no appropriate change, the Committee can ask the member to leave the choir.