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An Operatic Evening

21st April, 7,30pm
St Mary's Church, Marlborough


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Spring term

Our spring concert, A Night at the Opera, is on Saturday, 21st April. Here are a few details and please also see the Concert details below.

1.     There is an extra rehearsal on Wednesday 18th at Christchurch.

2.     There will be a rehearsal in St Mary’s on 21st at 2.00 pm (prompt start)

3.     Helpers are needed for setting up at 1.30 on the 21st and clearing after the concert – a list is available at rehearsals to sign if you can help.

4.     You need to be at St Mary’s in the evening at 7.00 pm

5.     Dress code: MEN: black tie, DJ, white shirt. Ladies: BLACK Full length skirt or trousers, black blouse or long sleeve top (not jumpers) and Choir scarf (see Jane to borrow or buy one)

6.     Please place music in the boxes provided at the end of the concert.

7.     Home-Start is the charity we are supporting this time. http://www.homestartkennet.co.uk/

There is no summer concert and we start rehearsals again on September 17th.
The AGM is on October 1st.

The winter concert is on December 8th.

 

 

Concert details

These are general details for our concerts.

The Saturday rehearsal runs from 2pm till 4pm. PLEASE BE IN YOUR SEATS and ready to sing by 2pm.

The concert starts at 7.30 but all choristers should arrive at 7.00p.m. It is a good idea to warm up on your way.
  1. There will be boxes at the back of the church in which to place all your borrowed music after the concert. Please do not take any home with you. If for any reason you do not return your music on or before the night of the concert, it is important that you get in touch with Beverley at beverley.lyle@gmail.com  to arrange its return. Late return of hired music incurs large fines for MCS.
  2. Dress code: Men: Dinner suits, bow tie, white shirt, black shoes. Ladies: Long black skirt or trousers, black shirt/blouse (no jumpers) and MCS scarf. You can buy or borrow a scarf from Jane Scott.
  3. HELP. We usually meet around 1.00pm in the church to set up.
  4. There will be refreshments (red and white wine, soft drinks )in the interval.
  5. There will be a retiring collection for a local charity.
  6. You will be told where to sit for the concert and your name will be on the allotted seat.
 

Last concerts

Our concert in Marlborough in December had an audience of around 125. Our collection raised £382.04 for the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal for GWR.

Our concert in Marlborough in March had an audience of 120. Our collection raised £289.94 for the Richard Iain Jauncey Sunflower Tribute Fund.
This fund was set up in memory of Richard Jauncey, a young man from Ramsbury who died as a result of epilepsy just weeks after another young man from the same village died from the same cause. All the money collected by the fund will go to the charity, Epilepsy Action. Find out more at richardiain.jauncey.muchloved.com and www.epilepsy.org.uk.




 

Useful resources


Cyberbass 

www.cyberbass.com provides a really useful resource. For a large number of works you can listen (for free) to the choral parts played with your part emphasised.


Concert Music on the Naxos Music Library

If you a member of Wiltshire libraries then you have free access to the Naxos Music Library - an online resource of many, many thousand CDs! There are almost certainly recordings available of pieces in our next concert to listen to online.
 
Access is simple:  
Go to http://wiltshire.naxosmusiclibrary.com/page.library_cardno.asp
Enter your library card number without the spaces - 9 999999 001 becomes 9999999001
Once logged on you can search for whatever takes your fancy


Concert Music on Spotify

If you aren't a member of Wiltshire Library then you could try http://www.spotify.com/ which provides free streaming of all sorts of music - you have the odd short advert but probably less than on commercial radio.

Once you've signed up and installed the client you can access all sorts of content.

If you do install the client I'd suggest you look at your Windows firewall settings. Access these via 'Control Panel', 'Windows Firewall', then open the exceptions tab and unclick the selection next to Spotify. That will stop Spotify accepting incoming network connections.