Oct 30, 2010, 1:50 AM
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Hi - I too have tried and failed to provoke a discussion on this board so I will endeavour to answer your question based on my own experience. I conduct three choirs and have accompanists for all three. I agree that the minimum should be at least £20 per hour but to be honest, most conductors don't get remunerated to that extent! Two of my accompanists get paid £20 per session (usually 2 hours) and one gets paid £1400 per annum (£700 every 6 months). I can't say whether that's the going rate or not and it really does depend on the choir's resources and the willingness of others to donate their time more cheaply for a worthwhile cause.
Re: [weething] NOrmal protocol for accompanist for choir?
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Incidentally I do charge for my own time and expertise. Whilst the money certainly comes in handy it's more important that the choir recognises your (professional) input and also helps attract the right calibre when the time comes for you to stand down. They're going to find it hard to replace you if they're not used to parting with money.
Most choirs are registered charities and charge their membership a subscription (I've personally known these to vary from £40 to £150 per annum) and together with ticket sales and fund-raising activities this should cover the costs of any professional fees paid to conductors, accompanists, orchestras and soloists depending on the size of the choir.
I hope this helps and I also hope that others will be along to add their experience to the mix.