Membership Secretary: Vivianne Austen
07989 093990

Secretary: Barbara Moss

01684 564366


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.

Confirmation of arrangements for Saturday 24 March. Handel’s Messiah

Great Malvern Priory is booked from 2.00 pm until 5.15 pm for young soloists and chorus rehearsals. Time is very tight to fit everything in so we would appreciate your assistance to make everything run smoothly.

  • Please arrive at 2.45pm and sit quietly in the nave. At about 2.55pm Jonathan will tell us where he would like us to sit for the rehearsal and concert.

  • The chorus rehearsal starts at 3.00pm. That rehearsal finishes at 4.15pm and more soloist rehearsals will follow. You are very welcome to come early or stay and listen to the soloists rehearsing.

  • Please arrive at 7.15pm for the concert.

  • Concert dress is what we normally wear including MFC bow-ties and scarves.

  • As the Watkins Shaw edition of Messiah does not fit in the choir folders, please only use folders if you are using a different edition.

  • John would like assistance at 1pm from the men to move plinths and chairs into position.

  • ​​​​​​​Heather is looking for one more volunteer to help sell tickets on the door.​​​​​​​

Rehearsal on 27 March

This rehearsal has been cancelled so our first rehearsal of Brahms's A German Requiem is on 17 April at the normal time in The Chase School.

Summer concert

  • The Committee is delighted to announce that Jonathan Brown has very kindly agreed to conduct the choir for the summer concert of Brahms's A German Requiem, sung in German, and Mendelssohn's Hear My Prayer.

  • Following our successful collaborations on Belshazzar's Feast and The Dream of Gerontius, MFC will be joined by The 1885 Singers for the Brahms and Mendelssohn.​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Choral Pilgrimage concert at Hereford Cathedral

The Sixteen is delighted to invite Malvern Festival Chorus to our Choral Pilgrimage 2018 concert on Wednesday 16 May at Hereford Cathedral. They are offering a 20% discount on all ticket prices to members of local choirs. To redeem this, please use the code ‘20%CHOIRDISCOUNT’ when booking. See Other Events page for more information about the concert and box office details.


Bring and Buy - 6 March
Thank you to everyone who brought items to sell and to everyone who bought items. As a result of everyone's generosity, we raised £111.25.

Music for Summer Concert
Please see notes under Notices 09 March 2018 below for details of the music and how to download your own copy of Mendelssohn's Hear My Prayer.

Messiah Scores
Bridget is looking for half-a-dozen volunteers to help clean scores after the concert. Anyone offering, please contact Bridget (details on Contacts page).

Concert Publicity
An article about our forthcoming concert has appeared in the online edition of Malvern Gazette and will hopefully be included in the print edition later in the week. A banner is also displayed on Bellevue Terrace, Malvern, with another one to be displayed at Great Malvern Priory in due course.

Young Voices Initiative
Three of our young soloists, Emily, Amy and Michael, had their masterclass on Saturday, 10 March, with our President, James Oxley. Thank you to Meg for liaising with James and the young people, to Penny for accompanying the masterclasses, and to Bridget for arranging the venue.

Concert Tickets
Ticket sales are less than brisk so, with only one more Tuesday rehearsal to go before the concert, please promote the concert and buy tickets.


Music for Summer Concert

  • We can now confirm that we will be using the Peter's Edition of Brahms' German Requiem, should members wish to acquire their own scores. Scores will be available to hire at the normal cost of £3.00 at the first rehearsal of next term.

  • We will also be singing Mendelssohn's Hear My Prayer in the summer concert. Click here to download and print your own copy of the music.

  • We are planning to hold a Gardening Bring and Buy event next term. If you are planting seeds or propagating plants, please could you prepare a few extra for Malvern Festival Chorus!

  • Kevin expressed his thanks to Jonathan Brown for stepping into the breach to conduct our performance of Messiah. He also expressed his particular gratitude to David Angus for taking rehearsals in Richard's absence and for joining the tenors for the concert.

  • Due to the high level of absences through seasonal illness, for the forthcoming performance the Committee have relaxed the rule preventing members from singing in a concert if they have missed three or more rehearsals.

  • For the same reason, choir members are invited to bring along any singing non-members to join us for the remaining rehearsals and the concert, as they did for the Carols for All concert at Christmas.

  • It was announced that Richard has tendered his resignation as Musical Director with immediate effect. The Committee will agree the process for appointing his successor.

  • It was announced that Penny Vere, our accompanist, has been awarded honorary life membership of the choir in recognition of all her hard work and unfailing support.

  • Auditions for Young Voices to sing the solos in The Messiah have taken place and several youngsters have been selected. They will participate in a masterclass with our President, James Oxley. More details to follow.

  • In Barbara's absence, Bridget will be the point of contact for all things secretarial. Her contact details are on the Contact Us page of the website.


Check the Other Events webpage for some forthcoming events that might be of interest, particularly the opportunity to sing Brahms's A German Requiem, the work we will be performing in our Summer concert, from scratch with the CBSO.


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