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Newsletter from our chairman, Su:

April 2017

Dear members,  

            I hope you are enjoying the term and looking forward to being part of the Thornbury Arts Festival for our concert in May. Please tell your friends that tickets can be purchased at our Monday rehearsals or by going on to the Festival’s website.  

           On Monday 8th May, Richard will be leading our annual ramble and meal afterwards; for the benefit of our new members I should stress that this is always a gentle walk but if you’d rather meet up for the meal only, you can do so! It’s a good opportunity to meet and chat with a few more members. Friends and family are welcome to join us.

            And that will mark the end of our singing year (apart from our two June rehearsals – more of that later) and we should look forward to the new season. Margaret has been our Secretary for four years and I have been Chairman for 3; neither of us feel it appropriate to have these positions filled by the same person for years and years on end and we will be suggesting at the AGM on 4th September that there should be a Vice Chairman elected to fill our current Committee vacancy, who can shadow the current Chair with a view to taking over in 2018.  As with all positions on the committee, there are notes of job description and we work as a team and help each other. I should stress that Margaret and I are not going to walk out at the same time, but provision does need to be made this year as to how best to plan the next few years. Please speak to either of us, or any other member of the Committee, if you think you may be able to give some time to manage the choir’s business.  

             The extra June rehearsals are to be held on Monday 5th and 12th. This is to make a start on the Haydn Nelson Mass ready for the autumn term.  Scores will be available to borrow at the two rehearsals, as usual, and I will be taking names of those who would like to purchase their own scores. We will be collecting in the borrowed scores on 12 June and they will be distributed properly in September.  

              I wish you all a happy Easter but beg you to keep practising during our two weeks of no rehearsal (April 10th and 17th). Last night’s second half made me realise I need to look at the twiddly bits of Zadok again despite having sung it in concert previously!


Handel for Haiti II

Following the recent hurricane in Haiti, Jos and Kate organised another Handel for Haiti Come & Sing Handel’s Messiah fundraising event similar to the one in 2010 after the earthquake. This was held at St Mary’s Church, Thornbury on Saturday 12 November. This raised over £1,200 for the Haiti Hurricane Appeal!  Well done to all who took part.

Berlioz Requiem

SCCG will be putting on a workshop next year of this work and a performance in 2018 as part of the Cheltenham Festival, both with Adrian Partington in Gloucester Cathedral.  See the SCCG website for more details: http://www.sccg.info/.  Jos is organising a play-through with scores available on Monday 5 December at 7.30pm at Thornbury URC for those not necessarily familiar with the work.  Wine and nibbles will be provided during an interval.

Occasional repertoire

From time to time, we are rehearsing some additional songs that we can sing on suitable occasions.  These have been suggested:

Available on IMSLP:

Bruckner - Locus Iste

Fauré - Cantique de Jean Racine

Morley - Now Is the Month of Maying

Mozart - Ave Verum (vocal score)

Sullivan - The Long Day Closes (in Ab)

Available on CPDL:

Elgar - As Torrents in Summer            download mp3 files here: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass

Ford - Since First I Saw Your Face

Stanford - The Blue Bird

Franck - Panis Angelicus (chorus)