It has been decided to postpone the performance of The Armed Man, probably until early May. In order to bolster numbers, we will invite other local choirs and singers to join with us. To make the occasion attractive to other singers, the day will be in the form of a workshop, possibly with a guest conductor, and with a concert in the evening.
In addition, the performance of the Boyle commission will be postponed until a later concert when we will be able to do it full justice. When Rory composed this piece for our Centenary concert he did so with a choir of 100 or more voices in mind and with an orchestra to match. With potentially fewer than half that number and 1sts and 2nds required in most voice parts, we would be unable to put on the performance the piece merits. Jonathan and Kevin have made Rory aware of our decision and whilst he is disappointed, he has been very understanding and supportive of it.
Taking into account results of the recent survey of members together with the fact that the rate of infection from the less-severe Omicron variant is now reducing, it is our intention to relax the rule on mask-wearing at rehearsals from 1 February. Individuals can choose whether they wear a mask or not for singing but we will ask that masks be worn on arrival/departure and when moving around the hall. We will also continue to insist on a negative lateral flow test taken within 24 hours of the rehearsal. We will continue to maintain good ventilation and monitor air quality closely, whilst allowing seating closer together, and therefore more people will be able to attend rehearsals.
At our AGM which was held via Zoom on Tuesday 7 September 2021 it was announced that there are several vacancies on the Committee. Details of the vacancies will be confirmed in due course but, in the meantime, job descriptions for each Committee post can be found here.
Rehearsals for 2021-22 Season
In-person rehearsals are now taking place at 7.45 pm each Tuesday in the Upper Hall, Holy Trinity Church, 1 North Malvern Road, Malvern WR14 4LR. Numbers are being restricted for the time being and details of how to book a place will be sent out before each rehearsal. For members not attending in person, rehearsals will be live-streamed via Zoom with log-on details again being sent out in advance. See Virtual Rehearsals below for tips on getting the most out of Zoom rehearsals.
In addition to the risk assessment below, we are making the risk assessment prepared by the venue available here for your information.
We will be rehearsing Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man and Rory Boyle's Cantemus Igitur. 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.
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.
We have completed a risk assessment covering in-person rehearsals in line with the latest guidelines and we would urge all members to read it, whether you will be attending rehearsals or not. Please click on the link below:
Covid-secure Rehearsals Risk Assessment
If you haven't yet joined any virtual rehearsals, or even if you have, and you're wondering what it's all about, you might find this explanation amusing - and recognisable!
It's finally here! The finished video is now available for you to download. Click here and follow the instructions to see what we've achieved.
The rehearsal starts at 07.45 pm but the link will be open from 7.15 pm. You will be sent a link to join the rehearsal but you may find the following points useful:
Click here to catch up with the Newsletters from our Chairman and Committee. They give details of planned events including the format for virtual rehearsals starting in September.
Friends of Malvern Festival Chorus
The new Friends of MFC scheme is now up and running so please encourage friends and family to join. All the details are on the website on the Friends of MFC webpage which can be accessed either from the Home Page or from the About Us drop-down menu.
Any new member who hasn’t yet filled in a membership form, please see Joy Black for a form and let her have a completed one ASAP. It’s important we have your contact details and it will help ensure everyone gets information sent out by email.