Wednesday,18th October, 2017 at 18.10 hours. REMEMBER THE AGM ON THURSDAY AT 7PM.

THE NEXT SOCIETY REHEARSAL IS ON THURSDAY, 19th October, 2017 at 7.00pm at Freshbrook Church.
NOTE THE REVISED TIME TO ACCOMMODATE THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AT 7PM.. KEY REHEARSAL !! we shall be working on the repertoire which we did not cover last week, as well as tackling Musicological Journey again. Details of the programme and the rehearsal schedule can be downloaded from the "DOWNLOADS" tab on the home page. Please arrive early to VOTE !!!!

Please return hire copies of Autumn music, with markings erased, this week (or next week at the latest). Christmas music will be issued as follows: • A Musicological Journey through the 12 Days of Christmas - buy £5.50; hire £1. • Carols for Choirs 1 - buy £15 • Noel - buy £12.50 • Everyone will be issued with a copy of a carol composed by our Andrew. There will be no charge but all copies will need to be returned after the concert.

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

The AGM is planned for Thursday, 19th October, 2017 starting at 7pm.. Rehearsal will follow the meeting. We have two (or more) vacancies coming up on the committee. Please would members consider joining. We are a positive and relaxed team with meetings held approximately every two months. It is a good way of enjoying the choir and inputting your ideas and energies to make our future concerts interesting and successful. Nomination forms are available on the website or from me at rehearsal and completed forms should be sent to the chairman in advance of the AGM. The minutes of last year's AGM and this year's Agenda can be found under the "downloads" tab on the home page.

Would those who haven't signed up for Christmas music please do so this Thursday. We will be singing: • A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas by Craig Courtney, pub by Hinshaw Music - hire £1; purchase £5.50 • Various pieces from: Carols for Choirs 1 (green book) pub by Oxford University Press - purchase only £15 Noel! Carols and Anthems for advent, Christmas & Epiphany for mixed voice choirs, pub by Novello - purchase only £12. If you are not singing this session or won't be attending this week, please email your requirements to Helen at

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.

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.

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, thank you.

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 • 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,, 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.

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.

Following the departure of Mary Travers we are in need of a volunteer to take responsibility for keeping our Facebook page up to date. This is a straightforward responsibility. Our page needs to be looked at and updated from time to time, often in the run up to and after a concert. Facebook is a vital and important tool for the choir keeping us accessible to members and to interested outsiders on the internet. Please email me (click here) or speak to any member of the committee if you think you can help us.

* Message from Librarians Autumn music: the sign up lists will be available this Thursday for the final time. A lot of people haven't yet signed up, so please do so this week. Please also sign if you won't be singing the Autumn session. If you are not currently attending rehearsals but will need Autumn music, please email your music requirements to

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 ( 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 !

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

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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