Membership Secretary: Joy Black
01684 892435
joy.i.black77@gmail.com

Secretary: Barbara Moss

01684 564366
moss.thomas@btopenworld.com

News

This section is specifically for choir members and is where you will find all the announcements previously made at rehearsals plus a range of useful resources to help you familiarise yourself with the works we are performing and so get the most out of rehearsals.
Click on the buttons at the bottom of the page to access rehearsal dates for the current season, practice files to help with "note-bashing", recordings of the works we are performing to hear what they should sound like, and details of what has been rehearsed at each rehearsal.
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22/08/20
Online rehearsals started from Tuesday 1 September. Details are in the June Newsletter. For those of you who may want to source your own music, we will be using the following editions:
  • The Armed Man - Boosey and Hawkes
  • Haydn's Nelson Mass - Schott

You can find links to audio rehearsal files for each work on the Practice Files webpage. You may also find YouTube videos of performances of the works useful. There are links on the Useful Recordings webpage. Click on the appropriate green button at the top and bottom of this page.


Rehearsal Schedule
Details of which movements we will be rehearsing each week will be given on the Rehearsal Schedule webpage. Click on the green button at the top and bottom of this page.


Rehearsals​​​​​​ Details
The rehearsal
starts at 7.30 pm but the link will be open from 7.15 pm. Jonathan will lead the rehearsal and we will start with some vocal warm-up exercises. We will then be divided into virtual “breakout rooms” according to voice part. We will then come together again before ending the session. To ensure we can be divided into breakout rooms as quickly and efficiently as possible, please ensure that your name as it appears on the screen is prefaced with the initial of your voice part, eg S, A, T, B.

You will be sent a link to join the rehearsal but you may find the following points useful:

  • For the best experience, use a laptop or pc which has a camera and a microphone. You can also use a tablet but the experience isn’t quite as good as it is with a laptop.
  • Locate yourself in a quiet part of the house where you are unlikely to be disturbed or distracted. If there is a strong light source it should be in front of you rather than behind you.
  • Use headphones/earphones if you have them. These enable you to hear instructions and music more clearly than if you rely on the computer’s inbuilt speakers.
  • It is possible to join the meeting via a telephone link. You will be able to hear everything but the experience will be poorer than on a computer.
  • You do not need to sign up to Zoom or create an account to join the rehearsal
  • You do not need to pay anything
  • You may be asked to download Zoom onto your computer after you click on the link. This is completely normal and will give you a better experience than using the browser version of Zoom.
  • If the download doesn’t work you can click on a link to open Zoom in your browser.
  • The rehearsal will be “muted “ automatically for everyone except Jonathan and Penny. No one will hear you sing other than yourself!
  • If you wish to communicate with anyone during the rehearsal you can use the CHAT function on the Zoom taskbar. You should use this to raise any queries about your part with Jonathan or Penny.

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, you may wish to watch one of the many tutorials for beginners available on YouTube. You can access these by typing “Zoom for beginners” into your internet browser search box.