MESSAGES UPDATED/REVIEWED -
Wednesday,21st June,2017 at 17.15 hours.

THE NEXT REHEARSAL IS ON THURSDAY, 22nd June, 2017 AT 7.30pm
However, the tour party will start rehearsing at 7pm PROMPT. The main rehearsal will be a KEY run-through of the concert programme. The links to the running orders for both Concert and Tour programmes are published in the Chairman's recent email.

SATURDAY (24.6.17) CONCERT REHEARSAL
The afternoon rehearsal starts at 2pm promptly. Please be in place by 1.40pm so that positioning can be checked, information given out and we are assembled and ready to start on time. The concert is at St Mark's, Church Place SN1 5EH. Concert dress is as shown in the Society's Concert Etiquette. Please take a moment to read it through to remind yourself of the procedures and dress. We shall be wearing the choir's blue scarves / handkerchiefs. Music must be in black folders.

THE PRESIDENT'S FORMAL RETIREMENT
Eric Walker, our retiring President, is going to visit us in the 'Green room' at 7:10pm, before the concert. He has asked for 'no fuss' but we have a card and some gifts to give him and I am sure choir members would like to see him.

CAR PARKING AT ST MARK'S CHURCH
There is some parking at the church. Please leave enough time to find parking elsewhere if necessary. The nearest car park is in Bristol Street. Prices are as follows: Mon-Sun - All day : 2 Hours £1.00, 4 Hours £2.00, 24 Hours £3.50 Please remember that it is now prohibited to drive out of Church Place going east through the bus gate.

FRONT OF HOUSE TEAM REQUIRED FOR THIS JUNE CONCERT
We are in need of helpers who will be needed in St Mark's from 18:30. Please see Margaret Essex, or any committee member, if you know of anyone who could help on the day.

JUNE CONCERT TICKETS AND POSTERS
* Tickets are now on sale this week, so please round up all your friends and family and encourage them to buy tickets for a super evening of summer music. Ticket sales are currently very slow, so please persuade everyone who might be interested to buy a ticket and enjoy the concert. * Posters for the concert are available.

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.

JUNE CONCERT DRESS - MEN
• Dinner jackets • White shirts • Black bow ties • Black socks and shoes

JUNE CONCERT DRESS - WOMEN
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

CONCERT REFRESHMENTS !!
Interval refreshments - please remember to bring some small canapés for our audience to enjoy in the interval.

FOR YOUR REHEARSAL DIARY
Rehearsal on 29 June will be for those on the Tour only. There will be NO rehearsal on 6 July. Our first rehearsal to start work on the Autumn concert will be on 13 July.

"FACEBOOK" OPERATOR
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 www.swindonchoral.org.uk 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 THE LIBRARIANS (31.5.17)
* 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 helenevans234@outlook.com

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.

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). 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
The Societys bank account details are: Sort code: 30-98-41 Account number: 02232600 Account name: Swindon Choral Society

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 2017 AND 2018
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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