Tuesday, 16th October, 2018 at 11.15 hours.

The AGM is on Thursday 25 October and will start at 7pm. We shall try to keep things speedy to allow for a good rehearsal. Any proposals for the AGM must be emailed to the Chairman five days in advance of the meeting please. All documents published in choir emails may also be found on the SCS website in 'Downloads'.

At Freshbrook Church, West Swindon, SN5 8NU from 9.30pm.. This week we start our Christmas programme and Thursday is a KEY rehearsal when we shall start work on St Nicolas. We shall be looking at Our eyes are blinded No 1, Nicolas comes to Myra No 5, Nicolas and the pickled boys No 7 and The death of Nicolas No 9.

All hire copies of Autumn music, with markings erased, must be returned this week in the folder in which it was issued please. If not attending this week please arrange for another choir member to hand in. Otherwise, please deliver by 18 October to Helen Evans, 68 Lansdown Road, Old Town, Swindon SN1 3NF. (They will fit through letter box individually - please indicate who the music is from and alert me if possible at Christmas music will be issued at rehearsal For those who are buying: Carols for Choirs: £15, St Nicolas: £18 For those who are hiring: St Nicolas: £3. All members will need to hire 'O Holy Night': 80p.

NEW MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARIANS (3.9.18) re Christmas concert
Message from Librarians - Christmas concert In addition to Britten's St Nicolas, for which the orders are now complete, we will be using Carols for Choirs 1 and 2. These scores will not be available to hire, but can be purchased for you. If you need either or both, please would you sign up on the list available at our next two rehearsals, or let me know at by 14 September at the latest. The scores will cost around £15 each.

Black folders As we will all be using black folders to hold our scores for both concerts, would those who do not have one please either contact me at to request one, or ask me on Thursday evening. The cost is £6. Thank you, Martine Return of Autumn music All hired Haydn and Goodall scores MUST be returned at the first rehearsal after the concert i.e. Thursday, 18th October, as they must be returned to the hire libraries the following day. If you will not be attending this rehearsal, please arrange for your scores to be returned by another choir member. Please remember to erase markings that you have made. Please return your music in the blue folders you were given.

If you are interested in attending this Fundraising event, being given by Hugh Warwick, please sign on the list at rehearsal.

MESSAGE FROM THE SOCIETY LIBRARIANS (3.8.18) re March 2019 concert
At our 16 March 2019 concert, we will be singing: • Brahms' German Requiem - Peters Edition, in German • Dvořák Te Deum - Lengnick/Simrock Edition We will be asking you to sign up to buy or hire these scores at the next two Thursdays. As we sang both pieces in 2008, please check whether you already have either of them. If that's the case, please tick the appropriate "already have score" box. • Brahms: approx £6 to buy, £3 to hire. • Dvořák: approx £10 to buy, £3 to hire. If you are not currently singing, please email your requirements to

Members of the Choral Society of Middle Georgia, USA will be joining us for A performance of Robin's "ATLANTIC ODYSSEY" in the STEAM Museum. We hope to be able to offer accommodation and transport (just as they did for us in November, 1995) to our visitors. If you are able to help with this, please print or download the Accommodation form, which may be found in the "Downwloads" tab. Please complete the form and hand it to Kath Danswan when we return to rehearsals or email it to me at

A reminder to all members that there is an easy way to raise lots of money for SCS 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 many 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, although you will receive an email confirming the amount of each donation made on your behalf.

Several of the scarves and handkerchiefs used at the last concert are missing. These belong to the choir, so please would everyone check carefully to see if they still have a scarf or handkerchief and, if so, please return them.

Now that we know the pieces requiring further work I really would appreciate choir members going over their parts and preparing for the remaining sessions. I expect the Semi-Chorus to be confident with notes without time-wasting NOTE BASHING in our rehearsal time. Essentially this is light musical material with an element of Theatre to it. We need to be able to project, look out and look engaged and happy!

FINAL AUTUMN MUSIC SIGN UP THIS WEEK: The list will be out for a FINAL time this Thursday. We cannot guarantee your hire music if you have not signed up. 26 people have either not signed up for music or indicated that they are not singing. • This will include the few who already have the two pieces - if so, please could you indicate that against your name. • If you are not singing this Autumn please indicate on list. • If you think you have signed up, please double check. • If you haven't signed up - please do so. As each set of music costs £6 to hire, we need to be as precise as possible in the number of books we hire. The music is: • Goodall - Eternal Light - A Requiem pub. Faber. Buy £10.50; hire £3. • Haydn - Mass in Time of War - pub. by Novello - we will be using the OLD EDITION (green cover) You can also email your requirements to

Message from the Librarians (Bless them !) Please sign up this week for Christmas music, or let us know if you don't need music for any reason (not singing/have it already). We need to hear from everyone please! We shall be singing Britten's Saint Nicolas (Boosey & Hawkes) - buy (approx £18) or hire (price TBA). If you are not at rehearsals currently, please email your requirements or let us know you won't need music for the Xmas programme to

It is expected that members come to rehearsal prepared (having done their homework to schedule) and ready to sing, so please remember to: • Be seated in good time, • Have a pencil! - a rubber could be useful ! • Listen to Robin or Andrew. • Return promptly after the break, • Most importantly, not to talk throughout the rehearsal. Of course many singers observe the above at our rehearsals and I hope none of our members would wish to detract from progress by causing avoidable delays through lack of attention.

SWINDON CHORAL SOCIETY - CONCERT ETIQUETTE January 2017 Concerts are our opportunities to perform to a paying audience, frequently with professional orchestras and soloists. Therefore it is important to have guidelines on etiquette so that all choir members know how to present themselves well at a public performance. The choir is part of the performing team, but it is quite correct to applaud soloists or orchestra (see below). A huge amount of effort goes into the preparation of every concert. The arrival and entry of the choir on stage marks the start of the concert as far as the audience is concerned and our engagement with them. A choir member acts as ‘Concert Manager’ for each concert, and will give all advice and directions. a) Do be clear on the seating plan that has been drawn up and agreed at the final rehearsal. The staging and seats will be set up according to the plan. b) Please ensure that all electronic devices are switched off. It may be safer not to bring mobile phones into the venue at all! c) Assemble 30 minutes before the concert starts. Form up into seating position order a few minutes before filing on to the stage. d) File on to the stage and sit down when instructed (usually by the Concert Manager). Look interested, engaged and smile! e) On an agreed signal stand on entry of the Conductor and soloists. Do not applaud. Wait for signals from the conductor to be seated. f) Please turn music pages quietly. If you follow a soloist, we suggest not turning your music page exactly at the page-turn, as a hundred people doing this simultaneously can be at ‘mf’ level! Do either turn to your entry bar or ‘stagger’ page turns, sometimes ahead or behind the soloist. g) During the concert the Conductor will give us as many signals as possible but also has to attend to the players, so be attentive! h) Please do not talk between concert items. Sing with conviction and feeling and remain engaged with the audience. i) Water should be taken on stage only if needed. It should be carried and drunk discreetly during a soloist or orchestral passage. j) At the time of applause stand or sit as directed by the Conductor. Do not applaud whilst standing up. Applaud soloists only whilst seated. k) Remain seated until after the final applause has finished and then only leave the stage when directed (usually by the Concert Manager). We normally walk off steadily and purposefully in reverse order. Normal concert dress Women : • Plain black blouses (no lace) with long sleeves and, if desired, jackets with long sleeves • Black formal trousers (no jeans) or long black skirts, both down to the ankles • Black tights/socks and shoes • Discreet jewellery Men : • EITHER Dinner jackets, white shirts and black bow ties • OR Black shirts, black trousers • FOR BOTH THE ABOVE Black socks and shoes From time to time we add on a coloured item (e.g. scarf or rose) which will be made available for you.

As we now fill the car park at rehearsals, please take care to park sensibly without blocking other cars or access, especially if parking outside the Freshbrook car park.

The full Society Schedule for 2018 is downloadable under the "Downloads" tab.

THE 2018 AGM
The AGM will be held on 25 October, starting at 7pm. We have busy and exciting concerts ahead with 2019 being our 90th anniversary year and would welcome new committee members to help make our events successful. If you are interested in joining and would like to ask any questions please have a chat with any committee member. Nomination forms are available from the committee.

Following the Committee's request for help with raising funds, 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.

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.. The subscription rate is £120.00. 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 via 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 pay UK income tax). This enables the Society to recover tax already paid by you. Any problems about paying or tax - please liaise with the Hon. Treasurer.

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.

At a recent EGM annual subscriptions were raised to £120.00 wef. from 1.9.18.. Please ensure your bank arrangements cover this new rate. A reduced rate of £90.00 is available via the Treasurer for those who have been surprised by the sudden increase. 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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