Reminder – Workshop on Saturday 24th!

Top of the list this week is a reminder that we have an important Christmas Workshop on Saturday 24th November at the URC – 9.30am to 2.30pm (doors open at 9am).  Please bring refreshments for lunch etc. – you know the drill! We are hoping for a really good turnout – all our workshops are really important as this is really where Graham puts in all that extra detail that make us sound so wonderful on the day.  Please do whatever you can to make sure you can attend, even if only for part of the session  – it’s better to attend some of it than none at all. Music for next week… Please keep practising A Winter’s Night – we will go back over Still Still Still and finish it next week.  Lots of help is available on this webpage for practising your voice parts. PDFs for the Carols for Choirs carols will be emailed shortly…! Rachel, our librarian, has been very busy recently getting absolutely official photocopies of our Carols from the Carols for Choirs 1 book.  For copyright reasons we can’t just put these photocopies (PDF files) on the website as we can’t guarantee everyone who accesses our members area has purchased the book, so we will  instead be shortly emailing the PDF files to all members that we know have purchased it and/or have a licenced copy. Although many of you have made your own copies over the years, we strongly advise that you use these copies from now on.  For those of us challenged in the eyesight department, they have been blown up to...

Announcing the Semi-Chorus members from our choir and confirmation of rehearsals!

The response to the Semi-Chorus for The Dream of Gerontius has been amazing – thanks to everyone who has put their name forward.  As previously explained, the Semi-Chorus is made up of all 3 choirs and some external singers – totalling around 45-50.  The members of the Semi-Chorus chosen from The Leconfield Singers are: Sopranos Anne Stevenson Pamela Bruce Altos Katy Warner Jeannie Whitman-Easdaile Stephanie Pountney Tenors Terry Hill Basses Jonathan Golden Archie Kostenko As Graham mentioned, this has not been an easy task as there are so many good singers and it is important that we achieve a good balance between all the various choruses, so if you’d like to discuss it further please do talk to him about it. Semi Chorus Rehearsals: These are now confirmed as follows and have been added to our Diary Dates.  Please can everyone in the Semi-Chorus make sure they attend these and let Graham know if you can’t make any of the dates.  In particular please note that the date of the last Semi-Chorus has been changed: Sunday 24th February: 10.00am – 12.30pm (Berkhamsted/Chorleywood) Sunday 3rd March: 2.00pm – 4.30pm (Berkhamsted/Chorleywood) Sunday 17th March: 2.00pm – 4.30pm (URC, Petworth) Sunday 7th April: 10.00am – 12.30pm (Berkhamsted/Chorleywood) That’s it for now – see you...

Great tidings….we can now help you practise for Midnight!

Brian Knowles has very kindly supplied us with some audio tracks that you can play online and practise your various voice parts for Midnight (in the Now Rejoice! Songbook). There is a track for each voice plus a track of all SATB voice parts together, so that you can practise your part without it being emphasised once you feel a bit more confident! Remember also that we have provided similar practise tracks for There is No Rose, and tracks are also available for other pieces in our programme.  To hear any of these, just go to our Music Programme & Practise page, expand the title of the music score/book and you’ll see all the tracks for the different voices there for you to play. TIP –  If you have Bluetooth audio in your car and a smartphone, before you set off you can log in to our website on your phone, get to the webpage as described above, select the track and play it on your car audio system, so that you can familiarise yourselves with the tune whilst driving! Keep spreading the word… Tickets are selling well but as ever we need to keep up the momentum, so please keep spreading the word. As Archie explained at our AGM, in order to continue to put on these wonderful concerts with such talented musicians, yet at the same time keep our subs static, we have introduced a higher ticket price band this year.  This does seem to be proving to be very popular as it most of you are appreciating knowing where your family & friends will be sitting,...

Online Box Office now open, final checklist for music, and a welcome back to David Burrows!

As promised our general online Box Office was opened on the morning of 1st November after a promising first 2 weeks.  If you’d like to give details to family/friends on the concerts to buy tickets please direct them to the Next Concert webpage.  You can now buy tickets by clicking on the Ticketsource icon whenever you see it on this website. However please spare a thought for our librarian Rachel last Wednesday, running around giving everyone copies of music during the rehearsal – for heaven sake chaps….come on you can do this!! 🙂 So everyone should now have the following scores and if anything is missing please let Rachel know BEFORE we start singing(!): A Winter’s Night (Cecilia McDowall) Nowell! Nowell! songbook (Chris Williams) Now Rejoice! Songbook (Brian Knowles) There is no Rose (Ben Wili) Carols for Choirs 1 (Green Book) The Promise (Brian Knowles) – PDF to be downloaded from our Website page Music Programme & Practise and printed by your good selves – only limited stock is now available at choir pre-printed for a £1 fee) Please visit our Music Programme & Practise page for full details and pictures of the books and scores. If you can’t remember how to log in there is a quick contact form on the login page to help you and we tend to respond very quickly! David Burrows to conduct us on Wednesday! Graham is singing in a concert on Wednesday so he has asked David, whom many of you will remember from previous rehearsals and our Mozart Requiem performance, to come and conduct us in his place. Please give him...

Last Weds for Choir-exclusive Box Office!

Just to let you know this will be the last Wednesday where the Box Office for tickets for our Christmas Concert is open exclusively to choir members, as we are opening to the general public on Thursday 1st November. If you will not be at choir on Wednesday, then: CLICK ON THIS LINK TO ORDER YOUR TICKETS On processing your order, an Invoice will be sent to you to confirm the booking, which you will need to pay by Bank Transfer Any enquiries received before 7.30 pm on Wednesday 31/10 will be processed before 9.00 am Thursday 01/11 We will open our online Box Office to the general public at 10.00 am on Thursday 1st November. Music Practise for next week A big WELL DONE to everyone for doing so well with A Babe is Born last Wednesday!  This is a really difficult carol but we seem to be mastering it and Graham was really pleased with us…lovely ending especially!! Next week, apart from revisiting There is no Rose and/or Cecilia McDowall’s A Winter’s Night we may be starting any of: The Promise (Brian Knowles – PDF available for printing) Midnight (Brian Knowles – Now Rejoice! songbook) Three Kings Came Riding (Chris Williams – Nowell! Nowell! songbook) Please make sure you have all the music scores you need.  If you still don’t have all your music please refer to our Music Programme & Practise page. Audio clips to learn your voice parts for ‘There is no Rose‘ are available online FREE for everyone – visit our Music Programme & Practise page – just expand the song title and you...

Going away at Half Term? Don’t worry – you can still buy tickets!

It may be Half Term, but we will not allow anything to get in the way of our choir members wanting to secure the best tickets for their friends and families 🙂 If you are going to be away at any of the rehearsals over the next 2 weeks whilst we are selling tickets solely to choir members (i.e. 24th October and 31st October), do not despair!  Archie has devised a way whereby you can request them via a Google Form and he and/or Bridget will do their very best to allocate them to you so that you can collect them on your return! If this affects you, then: CLICK ON THIS LINK TO ORDER YOUR TICKETS On processing your request, an Invoice will be sent to you to confirm the booking, which you will need to pay by Bank Transfer In order to make sure the process is as fair as possible and keeps to the ‘First Come First Served’ principle, all such requests will be processed after the Wednesday night choir rehearsal of that week i.e. Any enquiries received before 7.30 pm on Wednesday 24/10 will be processed before 9.00 am on Thursday 25/10 Any enquiries received before 7.30 pm on Wednesday 31/10 will be processed before 9.00 am Thursday 01/11 We will open our online Box Office to the general public at 10.00 am on Thursday 01/11 RFH – Dream of Gerontius.  Should we do a recording? The Concert Managment Team are currently pondering over the decision as to whether or not we should do a recording of the concert for purchase by choir members.  Such...