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Our Christmas Concert  will be on Saturday, 11th December.


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We are a friendly and welcoming choir, who rehearse on Monday evenings in Marlborough. We restart after Christmas on 17th January.

Annual membership is set in October and is currently £60. We offer free membership to under 25s.

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Rehearsals now run from 7.30pm till 9.15pm. Doors open at 7.15pm

We have now covered The Messe Solennelle by Louis Vierne.
You can find  several recordings of the piece on You Tube. This is a good one to listen to as it is easier to hear the choral parts than on some recordings:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh1-lKlGVVY 

Jo found this link to help us with learning the notes:
http://www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk/Vierne/Messe%20solennelle/messe-solennelle.html

We are also using European Sacred Music edited by John Rutter. If you have your own copy of this, please bring it with you when you come.

We have now started Christmas music using 100 Carols for Choirs.
 

Dates for your diary


Christmas concert Saturday, December 11th at St Mary's Church
We will be rehearsing every Monday until then and have an additional rehearsal on Tuesday, 7th December
After Christmas rehearsals restart on 17th January.

Running order for the concert

Vierne Messe Solenelle
Kyrie Eleison
Gloria
Sanctus
Benedictus
Agnus Dei
 
Ave Verum Corpus ESM p248
Locus Iste ESM p82
If thee love me - sheet
Heilig, Heilig - sheet
Panis Angelicus ESM p114
 
Interval
 
100 Carols for Choirs
Joy to the World p 202
A maiden most gentle p21
Three Kings from Persian lands p346
Christmas Night p310
I wonder as I wander p169
Good King Wenceslas p102
Sussex Carol p242
In the bleak midwinter p174
Jingle Bells p73
12 Days of Christmas p246
Hark the Herald p107

 
 
Our website: www.marlboroughchoralsociety.org.uk will be the most up to date link between members and I ask you to check it each week for any changes
 

Covid requirements: 

 
Inevitably we have had to change some of our practises to ensure we are keeping all our members as safe as possible. These are unusual times and we are uncertain how the Autumn Covid infections will impact our singing.
 
From September:
  • You must NOT attend rehearsals if you feel unwell
  • You MUST sign in each week. We will require you to provide contact details the first time you sign in so we have an effective process for contacting people if anyone tests positive for Covid. Please ensure that if these change at any time they are updated.
  • We would prefer you to wear a mask as you enter and exit the building (as soon as you reach your seat you may remove your mask if you would like to)
  • We will not be wearing masks for singing
  • Although we will want to be sociable, please be aware of keeping a safe distance between yourself and others at all times
  • Please enter, using the Church door (to the right of our usual side door entrance)
  • We will ask you to sanitise your hands on arrival
  • Doors (both ends of the room) and windows will be open to allow plenty of ventilation; please make sure you have extra layers in case the temperature drops
  • We will space out in the Church to allow a sensible distance between singers and will keep every other chair free
  • We will have a one-way system in place to toilets etc.
If you test positive for Covid and have attended a rehearsal during the last 10 days, you MUST inform our Secretary - Kathy Leach, or our Chair - Sally Banham, by email or telephone.  Contact details below:
 
Kathy Leach: kathy@leaches.co.uk  01793 812175 / 07813 615318
 
Sally Banham: sally.banham4@gmail.com 07778 038963
 
We will then inform all choir members who attended the rehearsal that one of our group has tested positive for Covid, and we may decide to cancel the next choir rehearsal to minimise the risk of spreading infection.  All decisions will be posted on our website.
 
As of 16th August, Government guidance does not require fully vaccinated adults to self-isolate if they have been a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case, unless they develop Covid symptoms. Getting a PCR test is recommended but not legally required.  Of course, choir members should get a PCR test if they develop Covid symptoms, limit close contact with others for 10 days, and let Kathy or Sally know if the test result is positive.
 
Whilst I recognise all these recommendations may seem overwhelming the Committee have assessed all available best practise in developing our plans. We know that many people are apprehensive about mixing in groups and hope that these plans will minimise the risks of infection for all.
 
We look forward to seeing you all soon – with my very best wishes
 
 
Gill Mortimer
Musical Director
 
Sept 2021



 

 

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 by 7.10p.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.
 

 

 

 
 

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.