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 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.
08/05/19
  • Concert Tickets: Heather will have tickets for sale for the June concert at next week's rehearsal. Please try and sell as many tickets as possible.
  • Concert Posters: Posters publicising the June concert are now available at rehearsal. It would be good if these could be displayed in as wide an area as possible to encourage potential new audience members. Please take some to help publicise the event.
  • Rehearsal Schedule - The list of pieces to be rehearsed at each rehearsal from now until the concert is given on the Rehearsal Schedule webpage. To access it, click on the green Rehearsal Schedule button at the bottom of this webpage. Please use this to consolidate what has been rehearsed and to practise what will be covered at the next rehearsal, as well as to catch up if you miss a rehearsal.
01/05/19
  • Heartstart training: There are still places available for anyone interested in learning to use a defibrillator and associated skills. Training will probably not take place before September. Please sign the list on the Notice Board table at rehearsal or let Edwina know if you would like to be included.
  • Bring & Buy: There will be a bring and buy of, primarily, plants and produce in aid of choir funds before rehearsal on Tuesday 21 May at The Chase School. The event will start at 7.00 pm.
  • ​​​​​​​End-of-season Social - Wine and Cheese Garden Party: This will take place on Saturday 27 July at 6.00 pm at Bridget Corlett’s, Deblins Green. Bridget has a marquee so the event will be weatherproof! Volunteers to help erect the marquee would be welcomed. This is an opportunity to meet other choir members in a relaxed, social situation. There will also be a raffle and sale of cakes, plants and books
  • Rehearsals after half-term: All rehearsals in June and July for both the summer concert and the NSSO concert in Birmingham Symphony Hall will be in Malvern College Chapel, College Road. Rehearsals will start at 7.30 pm as usual unless advised otherwise. Details of how to access the Chapel will be given nearer the time.
  • Centenary logo: Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas. The Committee have made their decision and a graphic will be made up from the sketch. The logo selected uses our current MFC font style with the “100” added.
27/03/19

Extraordinary General Meeting, Tuesday 26 March
In a secret ballot, members voted unanimously to appoint Jonathan Brown as Musical Director now that he has completed a one year mutual trial period.

Centenary season membership / sponsorship drive
As mentioned in Notices on 19 March, a member list has been circulated for you to tell us about any organisation/school/business where you have a contact. We’re looking for sources of potential members and / or sponsorship. For example, they may have employees or colleagues that they would sponsor as members, or they may offer to sponsor us in exchange for concert tickets and publicity. Please add any information against your name if you can help.

20/03/19
Practice files and Useful Recordings
To help with "note-bashing" and general practice between rehearsals, you can find links to online practice files and recordings of the works we will be performing by clicking on the Practice Files and Useful Recordings buttons at the bottom of this webpage. You can also find details of the items practised at each rehearsal by clicking on the Rehearsal Schedule button at the bottom of this webpage.

Centenary season membership / sponsorship drive
A member list will be circulated over the next couple of weeks for you to tell us about any organisation/school/business where you have a contact. We’re looking for sources of potential members and / or sponsorship. For example, they may have employees or colleagues that they would sponsor as members, or they may offer to sponsor us in exchange for concert tickets and publicity. We are hoping our Centenary season will provide a great opportunity for recruiting new, particularly younger, choir members so would welcome suggestions for organisations that may be interested in some form of sponsorship.

Centenary Logo
Calling all artistic choir members, families or friends. As previously mentioned, the Committee would like to have a special centenary logo to use on all publicity material during the season. It will be used in a variety of formats and sizes. Two submissions have already been received so please submit your suggested designs to our Secretary, Barbara Moss, in the next fortnight.

Heartstart Defibrillator Training
Heartstart is offering free training to interested choir members on how to use a defibrillator and help save lives. Edwina Ward, Soprano Voice Part rep, is compiling a list of members who would like to take part so please add your name to the list at the next rehearsal if you are interested.

Verdi Requiem with National Schools Symphony Orchestra - Birmingham Symphony Hall, Sunday 21 July 2019

Extra rehearsals will be held on:
  • Thursdays 6, 13 and 20 June - time and venue to be confirmed
  • Tuesdays 25 June and 2, 9 July - time and venue to be confirmed
  • Tuesday 16 July - with piano and other chorus - Malvern College, time to be confirmed
  • Thursday 18 July - with concert conductor and orchestra - Malvern College, time to be confirmed

Concert day timetable:
  • Chorus rehearsal - 11.00 am to 1.00 pm
  • Concert start - 4.00 pm
  • Verdi Requiem start - 5.00 pm
  • Concert end - 6.30 pm

A contribution of £20.00 per singer is requested towards the cost of the extra rehearsals. This is for the equivalent of one extra term of singing plus the concert day. The Committee hopes members feel it is reasonable to make this request. Contributions are payable to our Treasurer, Mike Tweedie.
13/03/19

Centenary Season - 2019/20
Plans are well under way for our centenary season which starts in September. Here is a taster of ideas and events:

  • Centenary Logo - Calling all artistic choir members, families or friends. The Committee would like to have a special centenary logo to use on all publicity material during the season. It will be used in a variety of formats and sizes. Please submit your suggested designs to our Secretary, Barbara Moss, in the next fortnight
  • Open rehearsal, Tuesday 03 September 2019 - the centenary season will start with a rehearsal which is open to anyone who might be interested in joining us. Please encourage family and friends to come along and give us a try.
  • Come and Sing, Saturday 07 September 2019 - following our very successful event in 2017, we will be holding a Come and Sing Faure's Requiem and Vivaldi's Gloria. More details to follow.
  • Carols for All - our annual charity event will take place as usual in Great Malvern Priory on 28 December 2019.
  • Worcester Cathedral - our spring concert will be a performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion in Worcester Cathedral on Saturday 14 March 2020. An event not to be missed!
  • Gala Concert​​​​​​​ - our centenary season will culminate in a Gala Concert in Malvern Theatres on Saturday 27 June 2020.
07/03/19
Concert dress
A reminder for new members that concert dress will be:
  • men - black dinner jackets and trousers, white shirts and green bow ties, available from Bridget Corlett
  • ladies - black trousers or long skirts, black shirt-style long-sleeve blouses and green scarves, available from Bridget Corlett

02/03/19

Rehearsal Start Time

A number of members have put forward the suggestion that we start Tuesday rehearsals at 7.30 pm. The extra time would be particularly helpful in the run-up to the March concert, so Jonathan and Penny have agreed that we should do this. We hope this won’t put any pressure on those who kindly arrive early to help put out the chairs, as they have normally finished before 7.30 pm but anyone extra who is willing to lend a hand will be welcomed!

We realise there are a few people who genuinely can’t make it for the earlier time and are understanding of their situation. Hopefully friends will make sure there’s a seat for them to slot into on arrival.

Music for Summer Term

For those of you interested in sourcing your own scores for our next concert, the editions we will be using are listed below. Scores will be available to hire as usual at the first rehearsal of the Summer Term on 19 March 2019 at a cost of £3.00.

  • Durufle Requiem - Durand edition
  • Cantique de Jean Racine - Oxford University Press edition
  • Brahms Geistliches Lied - click here to download and print off the score

For those who want to source their own score of Verdi’s Requiem for the Birmingham Symphony Hall and/or Southwark Cathedral concerts, we will be using the Ricordi edition.

10/01/19

Carols for All and carol singing at Morrisons

  • The total raised for St Richard's Hospice was £1,265.58
  • Penny Vere was thanked for organising and conducting the concert
  • Penny thanked everyone who took part and who helped with the organisation


Sponsorship for 2019-2020 Centenary Season

  • In order to fund special concerts we shall need to look for sponsorship
  • The Committee would like to hear from any member who could take on the task of finding sponsors. This could be someone with local contacts


Verdi Requiem concert in Birmingham Symphony Hall Sunday 21 July

  • The Committee has proposed that we provide a coach for participants and their audience
  • Please let Barbara Moss know if you would like to take up this offer of transport - numbers please
  • Also, any member who hasn't yet put their name down but would like to take part in the concert should let Barbara know

Verdi Requiem with the 1885 Singers in Southwark Cathedral, Saturday 9 November
  • We have been invited to join Alison Hunka and the 1885 Singers for this concert
  • This is a second fantastic opportunity to sing this great work
  • Barbara will collect names from next week

Heartstart training offer
  • We have been offered the opportunity for a group to take part in resuscitation training
  • Heartstart are the local organisation installing defibrillators with funds raised by local organisations
  • Please let Kevin know if you would like to take part in the training
14/11/18
New MFC Twitter handle: @ChorusMalvern
  • Please follow us on this new handle and retweet our posts to spread the word about the concert. Our Twitter feed can be accessed from the Twitter icon in the top right-hand corner of each page of the website.
18/10/18

Concert Programmes Advertising
If anyone knows a business or organisation that would be interested in advertising in our concert programmes, please speak to Kevin Ilsley, Chairman.