MESSAGES UPDATED/REVIEWED -
Sunday 10th December, 2017 at 13.15 hours.

THE NEXT REHEARSAL IS ON THURSDAY, 4TH JANUARY, 2018 AT 7.30pm AT FRESHBROOK CHURCH
Also, see "Dates for your Diary" in a paragraph below.

CAROL SINGING PRE CHRISTMAS - VOLUNTEERS PLEASE
There is an opportunity to sing carols at Waitrose - near Junction 16 of the M4 (Whitchelstow, spelling suspect!) - on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December from 2pm - 3pm on both days. A list will be on the noticeboard at rehearsal for members to sign up if they would like to take part.

2018 - THE YEAR TO DISCOVER YOGA AND HELP St MATHEW !!!!!
Alto Helen Clowes is running a Fun Yoga Event at Broad Hinton Village Hall (which is warm!) on Saturday, 20 January 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 to raise finds for the St Matthew Passion concert. Cost is £7. More details available from Helen Clowes or Carol Sarchet. Thank you Helen!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Thursdays, 14, 21 and 28 December, 2017 - we will not be rehearsing. We start again on 4 January, 2018. On Thursday, 22 February and WEDNESDAY, 7 March 2018 - we shall be rehearsing at Bracknell. Coach transport, leaving Swindon at 6pm, is being arranged. Please note there will be not be a rehearsal on Thursday, 8 March. The full Society Schedule for 2018 is downloadable under the "Downloads" tab.

SUBSCRIPTIONS !!!
Annual subscriptions were due on 1st September, 2017. Details are outlined in a following paragraph.

MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARIANS (5.9.17) SPRING CONCERT MUSIC
Sign up lists will be out this week to buy or hire the St Matthew Passion: New Novello Edition - edited by Neil Jenkins. Buy £10; hire £2.50. N.B. This list is in addition to the sign up list of those who will be singing in the concert.

ST MATHEW PASSION IN MARCH 2018
Would members who have a copy of the St Matthew please check which version of the score they have. We shall be giving one performance of this work on Saturday, 24 March in Marlborough College Chapel in union with Bracknell Choral Society.

ST MATHEW PASSION 24TH MARCH,2018
It would be most helpful if choir members could indicate on the list at rehearsal if you are expecting to sing or not sing in this future concert. If you are not sure at this stage please say 'yes' so we can plan rehearsals and travel. For choir members not at rehearsals at present please would you email your intention to sing/not sing chairman@swindonchoral.org.uk, thank you.

ST MATHEW PASSION - MORE ABOUT FUNDRAISING
As you know we shall be performing St Matthew Passion with Bracknell Choral Society in Marlborough College Chapel next March and are hoping to make this a particularly memorable event for both choir members and audience. As costs for this concert will be higher than usual we recently asked choir members to think about whether they have a skill/hobby they would be prepared to share with their fellow members - in turn for a donation to choir funds – to help raise money towards the concert. A couple of people have put forward suggestions of what they would like to offer and we are keen to consolidate these ideas and get them under way. Ideas already mentioned are: an introductory yoga session (which might involve signing a disclaimer beforehand!...), setting up a reading group and each section organising a raffle. If you have an idea about what you could do as a fundraising activity will you please send details to Carol Sarchet at carolsarchet@hotmail.com . • Carol will put together a list of what has been offered to present to choir members on a regular basis. • Those interested will be ask to contact you directly, by whatever route you prefer, e.g. email/completing a form at rehearsal. • You can then arrange the session/s at a time and date convenient to you and agree a suggested donation to choir funds. Carol will be available to discuss your idea and give advice if needed. This is a great opportunity for choir members to get to know each other better whilst at the same time raising much needed funds for a great concert in March.

FUNDRAISING FOR THE ST MATHEW PASSION PERFORMANCE
Following the Committee's request for help with raising funds towards the St Matthew concert, here is the easiest of ways to raise lots of money and it does not cost you anything at all! • First, you will need to join Easyfundraising at Easyfundraising.org.uk. • Follow the easy prompts to search for Swindon Choral Society as your chosen cause and fill in the usual identity requirements. • No financial information is required. • Next time you want to shop online, go to your Easyfundraising page and search for your online shop. Amazon, M&S, Booking.com, and many others. • When you shop the Easyfundraising way with one of their 3,251 shops and sites, Easyfundraising make a donation and give it to your chosen cause. • Easy, and it doesn't cost you a penny extra. • You will not be inundated by unwanted emails through this membership, but you will receive an email confirming the amount of each donation made on your behalf.

KEY HOLDER FOR REHEARSALS REQUIRED
We are now in urgent need of a volunteer to open up Freshbrook at 7pm on Thursday evenings. Please consider if you are able to take on this very necessary function for us and contact any committee member if you can help.

CONCERT PROMOTION AND TICKETS SALES
The Society relies on choir members to help promote our concerts and maximise ticket sales. Posters in various sizes advertising concerts are available around 6 weeks prior to the concert date. These are brought to the rehearsal and members are asked to take some posters and place them on notice boards, in shops and cafes or wherever they are likely to attract attention in their local area. There is a distribution list on which it’s helpful to note where you place posters, so that we can then identify any gaps which need to be filled. Tickets are on sale at rehearsals from 6 weeks prior to a concert. They can be purchased before the rehearsal starts - 7.00-7.20 pm - or during the interval. Members are strongly encouraged to try and sell tickets to people they know: this is our main source of ticket income. To help do this, members may take up to ten 'Sale or Return' tickets which they are requested to return with the relevant monies no later than a week before the concert. Arrangements can also be made with Carol Sarchet for tickets to be collected on arrival on the night. Tickets are also available for purchase on our website (www.swindonchoral.org.uk) and at various locations, such as Swindon Information Centre, depending on the location of the concert. If members can think of any retailers / business practices which might be prepared to sell tickets on behalf of the choir please let us know. Concert expenditure can be high so attracting a large audience is important as well being very rewarding for us all. Please encourage family and friends to come along and put out reminders if you are on Facebook. The Society’s Facebook page will contain a post for each concert which you can repost or like. When emailing please remember to attach the electronic version of the concert flyer.

PAYMENTS TO THE SOCIETY
Please note that the SCS website has been enhanced to allow you to pay for your music and annual subscription by credit card should you wish to do so. If you go to the Members' page, you will see a credit-card icon that you can click to take you to a secure payment screen. The process works well from a mobile phone as well as from a normal computer. There is now NO charge for using this facility.

GIFT AID
Please complete this GIFT AID DECLARATION if you pay UK income tax: the Society can claim your tax back, adding a very useful supplement to our income! When completed, please hand to the Treasurer or any committee member.

SUBSCRIPTIONS - REVISED DETAILS
September is the start of the Society's new year, and subscriptions are due. Increases were approved at the recent EGM., and they are detailed below. The subscription rate is £110 (£85 if unwaged or a Senior Citizen). Many members pay by standing order - would you please amend such orders appropriately. SO form details can be obtained from the : Treasurer). Members may also pay vis bank transfer to: Account name - Swindon Choral Society, Sort code 30-98-41, Account number 02232600. You may, of course, pay by cheque (to Swindon Choral Society). Please also consider signing a Gift Aid Declaration if- you haven't yet done so you pay UK income tax

JOIN US !
If you are reading this and you are not already a member - why not join us ? Full rehearsal details can be found in the "Downloads" section. We would particularly welcome more male or female tenors - and have not yet had a female bass in the Society. Other voices are also welcome. We have approximately 130 subscribing members. Joining details are elsewhere on this site.

SOCIETY SUBSCRIPTIONS
Subscriptions are pro rata from 1st September, so why not join now and enjoy the uplifting experience of fine choral singing, expert tuition and teamwork. The Society is a door to a new social life !

DIARY DATES FOR FUTURE CONCERTS
Proposed future concerts are now listed under the "Planned Concerts" tab.. The current rehearsal schedule can be downloaded from the "Downloads" tab

THE SWINDON CHORALE
Any member of the Society is very welcome to join this happy and sociable group and at any time for any event. The only requirements are that you are willing to attend a couple of pre-event rehearsals (normally on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings)and enjoy singing in a choir of 12 to 20. In addition to weddings, we welcome members who could, at shorter notice, sing at funerals. We also give occasional small concerts for charities or fund-raising. To raise funds for the Society was why the Chorale came into being, and over the years we have probably been the most successful source of additional revenue for the Society. Speak to Dick Millard for enthusiastic advice !

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