MESSAGES UPDATED/REVIEWED -
Tuesday, 20th February, 2018 at 11.25 hours.

THE NEXT REHEARSAL IS ON THURSDAY, 22nd FEBRUARY, 2018 AT 7.00pm AT BRACKNELL
Rehearsal this week will be held at Bracknell and will start at 7pm. For those travelling by coach: • the coach will leave from the car park at Shaw Ridge promptly at 5:45pm. • a map for Shaw Ridge may be found here. • please be parked and ready to board the coach no later than 5:30pm. • payment of £5 will be taken on the coach. Also, see "Dates for your Diary" in a paragraph below. To help with learning at home, a practice recording CD of St Matthew Passion is available(try Googling it) from "Saffron Choral Prompt" The Jenkins version, which we are using, is on their list.

IF YOU ARE DRIVING TO BRACKNELL
• a map for Bracknell's rehearsal venue, Newbold College, may be found in "DOWNLOADS".

ADMIN FOR BRACKNELL
Please will ALL SINGERS bring and wear a label showing their name, section and choir (i.e. Choir 1 or Choir 2). Elinor, our librarian, will be travelling on the coach and will bring the loaned scores. For those arriving at Shaw Ridge, please collect your score from Elinor as you board. In view of the large number of singers Bracknell will NOT provide refreshments in the break, so please remember to bring a drink with you. The rehearsal will cover items 1 to 44 on the rehearsal schedule.

AUDITIONS FOR SOLO PARTS IN ST MATHEW PASSION
Auditions for solo parts. These will be held before the rehearsal and in the break. We still need: • 1st/2nd Maid, No. 45 Soprano / First Alto • 1st/2nd Priest, Bass No. 50 • Peter, Bass Nos. 22, 45 & 46 • High Priest, Bass Nos 39 & 42 • Pilate's wife, Soprano No. 54 Please will people only audition if they have prepared the music. Ripieno Singers Any Sopranos or Altos who have volunteered to sing the Ripieno part and whose voice has not been heard individually by Robin should ask to be auditioned please.

AUDITIONS FOR SOLO PARTS IN ST MATHEW PASSION ON 8.2.18
These will be held before the rehearsal and in the break. • 1st and 2nd Maid, No. 45 Soprano / First Alto • 1st and 2nd Priest, two Basses No. 50 • Peter, Bass Nos. 22, 45 & 46 • High Priest, Bass Nos 39 & 42 • Judas, Baritone or Tenor Nos 17, 32 & 49 • Pilate's wife, Soprano No. 54 Please only audition if you have prepared the music.

REHEARSAL ETIQUETTE
As I am sure all have become aware, we are tackling a lengthy and challenging work. It is expected that members come to rehearsal prepared and ready to sing, so please remember to: • Be seated in good time, • Have a pencil! • 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. We shall shortly be holding joint rehearsals with Bracknell CS and with a choir of over 200 it would be helpful if members of both choirs adopt the above rehearsal etiquette for this demanding and hopefully greatly rewarding venture.

CAR PARKING
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.

PARKING AT SHAWRIDGE SCHOOL WHEN BRACKNELL CS VISIT US
Not sure on this one, but I'm presuming we will rehearse at Shaw Ridge School on the days Bracknell CS join us to rehearse. A map is on "DOWNLOADS".

MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARIANS (14.2.18)
We need to know how many people already own the old Novello edition of Haydn's Paukenmesse (Mass in Time of War). It's the one with the green cover, NOT the New Novello edition with the red cover. We will ask for a show of hands at rehearsal ON 15.2.18.

NEW MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARIANS (7.2.18)
Please can EVERYONE make sure they have signed up for Summer music this Thursday before they leave (or indicate on the sign up sheet that you will not be singing). This is important as otherwise we cannot guarantee music for you; since the hire costs are high we only want to order what we know we need. If you will not be at rehearsal this week, please email helenevans234@outlook.com with your requirements. See below for summer programme list. We are having problems sourcing sufficient Diemer Three Madrigals scores for hire. We are asking for around 50 or so choir members to help out by buying this piece please! It only costs £2.50 - hire will be £1 anyway. So please sign up to buy this piece if you possibly can (or amend your order to buy if possible, if you signed up to hire last week).

MUSIC DETAILS FOR THE SUMMER CONCERT
Summer Music (NB hire charges may change slightly depending on numbers): • Rutter: When Icicles Hang pub OUP - buy £12, hire £1.50 • English Romantic Partsongs pub. OUP - buy £15, hire £1 • Mathias: Shakespeare Songs pub. OUP - buy £8, hire £2.50 • Shearing: Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare pub. Hindon - buy £10, hire £2 • Diemer: Three Madrigals pub. Boosey and Hawkes - please buy at £2.50 if possible, or hire £1. • Booklet of selected pieces - needed by all singers. Small charge to cover production costs.

BUSES/COACHES FOR THE REHEARSALS AT BRACKNELL
Thank you to those who registered their interest in using the buses that have been booked for rehearsals in Bracknell on 22 Feb and 7 March (Wednesday). The lists have been updated. Please would ALL members complete the list to show whether they are using the buses or making their own way to Bracknell. This information is needed for Bracknell to ensure suitable parking is available on those evenings.

PERSONAL TRAVEL TO THE BRACKNELL REHEARSALS ON 22.2.18 AND 7.3.18
For those making their own way on 22 February and 7 March BCS rehearse at Newbold College Church, St Marks Road, Binfield, RG42 4AN. A map will be available on our website shortly.

PRODUCE STALL ON 15.3.18
We shall be holding a Produce Stall at rehearsal on 15 March. All donations welcome.

MESSAGE (25.1.18) RE THE WORKSHOP (17.2.18)
Come & Sing Workshop Message from Kath Danswan. We have several bookings from non members who need to hire copies on the day. To save us the cost of having to hire some more copies would members who are not attending please be willing to lend their copies? Elinor James will be taking charge of such copies and making sure that members get them back safely. I will put a list on the Librarians' table on Thursday for you to sign if you are willing to help out by lending your copy. Cakes We are going to serve coffee and cakes between 3.30 and 4pm and are looking for members to help provide them. If you are not coming to the workshop but would like to donate a cake, these can be brought to the rehearsal on 15 February. Otherwise please bring them on the day. Again please sign the list provided.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
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.

COME AND SING WORKSHOP, SATURDAY, 17TH FEBRUARY, AT CHRIST CHURCH
This is a full day's workshop on St Mathew's Passion. Bookings are coming in for the workshop day although more singers in all parts are needed to make the day a success. Robin and Greg Hallam will be conducting on the day. There will be a short performance of the choruses we have worked on as a finale and it is hoped that Greg will contribute a solo aria. FULL information about the St Matthew Passion Come & Sing workshop, including booking information, is on the website under the Tab "Downloads". Please promote this event which promises to be an interesting day a very useful workshop and confidence builder. Kath Danswan and Mark Thomas are the administrators.

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

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.

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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