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The East Cornwall Bach Choir invites applications from people of any age and both sexes.  However, to become a member of the choir, the candidate must pass an audition, which requires sight singing ability and an understanding of music equivalent to at least Grade V level of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.  It is rare for young people under the age of 14 to achieve this standard, and many young people never reach the required standard of musical ability.  Therefore only a small minority of choir members are ever under the age of 18.  The two activities of the choir, namely rehearsals and concerts, are both communal activities, and therefore make situations in which any young person could experience harm or abuse very unlikely. 


Nevertheless within this context, and possible wider choir activities, the East Cornwall Bach Choir has an active safeguarding policy which can be downloaded from this link : ECBC Safeguarding Policy

How to contact named choir members responsible for safeguarding

The two choir members responsible for safeguarding are Prof. G.Peter Matthews (bass), and Dr Elizabeth Nodder (alto).  As a foster carer and NHS General Practitioner respectively, they both have Enhanced DBS clearance. If you have the slightest concern, please talk to one of them privately before or after a rehearsal, or during the rehearsal break. Alternatively, contact them by email: or If you wish to discuss the matter by phone, please supply your phone number and they will call you back.  Alternatively, they may set up a special meeting to resolve the matter.


Our Musical Director, Simon Dunbavand, also has enhanced DBS clearance.


We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.

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