Hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

Thanks for the response to our last post and just to clarify – we do need every hire score of Behold New Joy back! Although they are not being returned to OUP, we are obliged to account for each copy and once gathered in, Rachel has to shred the lot.

Hire scores of What Sweeter Music should already have been returned – anyone who has been naughty will have been contacted directly! – and the deadline for the return of ALL OTHER MUSIC (except The Messiah which you will need this term) is first rehearsal.

Concert Photos and the Chichester Observer!

Following my last post, Emma Mills has very kindly provided us with some lovely photos of the concert which you can peruse on our Gallery page.  If you have any more we’d love to hear from you!  Please email me at treasurer@leconfieldsingers.co.uk.

We are also looking for a new Social Network rep, as Amanda McKee is standing down from this role due to work commitments.  Over the past year or so, Amanda has done some tremendous work and has built up our Social Media audience significantly, so it would be lovely to carry on this effort.  It takes a bit of time every week but Amanda has shown that you can have a lot of fun with it….if you’re interested please let me know at the treasurer email address above.

We are also very grateful to the Chichester Observer who again covered our concert on their edition of 11th December 2019.  You can see this article and more on our Press or Facebook page.

Handel’s Messiah – are you keen to get going…?

Just to let you know that there is now a full list of audio and Youtube video help (with moving score) for ALL the choruses and ALL the voice parts for Handel’s Messiah – so if you’re chomping at the bit to get going you should now have everything you need.  Just go to the Music Programme & Practice page – you know the drill!

Pssst….!  2022 could be a very exciting year for us!

Those of you who managed to escape illness and sing in our concert will have heard Rachel announce that exciting plans are afoot….we are hoping to sing in The Royal Albert Hall for our next joint concert in May 2022!

The reason The Royal Albert Hall is our venue of choice is because we are looking at something a bit different – a programme consisting of both opera (Cavalleria Rusticana – Mascagni) in the 1st half and choral (Brahms Requiem) in the 2nd .  Many of you will recognise the beautiful Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, but the choruses are also very beautiful, and pairing it with the Requiem seems particularly appropriate as Cavalleria Rusticana ends with a death 🙂   The Royal Albert Hall lends itself to this programme as the stage can accommodate an opera with directed action for soloists, whereas the Royal Festival Hall stage is too small.

But…I hear you ask…..isn’t The Royal Albert Hall much bigger overall??  Yes indeed – there are around 4,000 seats for this kind of concert.  We wouldn’t want to put on a performance without filling at least half – 2/3 of the auditorium, and while we know that our choirs have been very good at ticket sales for the RFH in the past, we would need to engage a professional marketing company to help us achieve this, using all the modern-day tools available on the internet, social media and digital content, as well as traditional printed materials.  The nature of marketing has changed greatly in the last 10 years and this sort of marketing is very effective, but it doesn’t come cheap….and that’s where sponsorship comes in.

We are asking each one of you to think about your contacts in business, or as individuals, to consider sponsoring or contributing towards this wonderfully exciting project.  The potential cost of marketing to reach our ticket sales target is somewhere in the region of £12k, so please have a good think and if you have any ideas of who to approach for part or indeed all of this, please email me at treasurer@leconfieldsingers.co.uk.  We could easily throw VIP tickets into the mix – anything and everything is up for discussion at this stage.

Please do bear in mind that this proposal is very much in the early stages at present – without sponsorship it is unlikely to get off the ground, so we’d really appreciate your help here to make it happen!

In the meantime….