MESSAGES UPDATED/REVIEWED -
Further updated Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 at 17.35pm. - change of rehearsal schedule. Updated - Friday, 3rd August, 2018 at 11.15 hours. Also, there are additional recent notices.

THE NEXT REHEARSAL IS ON THURSDAY 9th August, 2018
At Freshbrook Church, West Swindon, SN5 8NU from 7.30pm.to 9.30pm.. Change of rehearsal from the puublished schedule - We will tonight be working on the • Goodall: Revelation (G2), Revelation (G8) and In Paradisum (G10) • Haydn: Gloria (H2), Sanctus (H4), Benedictus (H5) and Agnus Dei (H6) Autumn music issue: remember to bring money! Hire charges Haydn £3/Goodall £3. For those buying the Goodall the cost is £10.50.

SOCIETY HOLIDAY !
The Society will not be rehearsing on Thursdays 16th and 23rd August. We resume on 30th August at 7.15pm.

EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING 30.8.18
Notice is given that an EGM will be held on 30.8.18. This is intended to review members' subscription rates. The subscription year starts on 1.9.2018. The rehearsal intended for this date will commence at 7.15pm to allow time for the EGM.

THE NEXT CONCERT IN MALMSBURY ABBEY ON 13th OCTOBER 2018
The pieces for the autumn concert on 13 October in Malmesbury Abbey are Howard Goodall's Eternal Light and Haydn's Mass in Time of War. The charity for the concert will be The Royal British Legion.

NEW MESSAGE FROM THE SOCIETY LIBRARIANS (3.8.18)
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 helenevans234@outlook.com

FUNDRAISING FOR THE SOCIETY
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 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 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.

CONCERT SCARVES AND HANDKERCHIEFS
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.

MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARIANS (24.6.18)
Summer music must be returned on the FIRST rehearsal back after the concert on 28 June. If you won't be there please give your music to someone else to return, with your markings erased. We need music returned in the blue folders in which it was issued. Please tick off, in the right hand column on the attached docket, the music that you are returning. Use the list on your folder docket as a guide to what to return - anything with a number denotes it's hired and needs to be returned. So that's the following: • All booklets • Any books that you hired. Please ensure you have rubbed out all your markings. Returning your music in your folder will help us tremendously with checking off. If your folder has fallen to bits, please return in another folder with your name on, or batch up securely with elastic bands and a label with your name. Fines will be due for any late music, to cover fines the Society is charged for overdue music but we don't want to return any music late!

IMPORTANT OBSERVATION FROM THE MUSICAL DIRECTOR (21.5.18)
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!

SUMMER CONCERT (23.6.18) MUSIC
The running order for this concert "If music be the food of love" has been published separately. Please remember to bring money to pay for the hire and/or purchase of music for the summer term. • Icicles, buy £12, hire £1.50. • English Romantic Partsongs, buy £15, hire £1.50 • Shakespeare Songs, buy £8, hire £2.50 • Songs and Sonnets, buy £10, hire £2 • Three Madrigals, buy £3, hire £1 • Booklet, hire only £1.50

AUTUMN CONCERT MUSIC ORDERS - FROM THE LIBRARIANS (11.4.18)
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 helenevans234@outlook.com

CHRISTMAS 2018 CONCERT MUSIC
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 helenevans234@outlook.com

REHEARSAL ETIQUETTE
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.

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.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
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.

FUNDRAISING FOR THE SOCIETY -
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 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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