MESSAGES UPDATED/REVIEWED
Wednesday, 15th May,2019 at 22.30 hours. Please trawl through the site - additional news is included about all sorts of things which might be "out of logical order"!

REHEARSAL ON 16th May, 2019 IS AT FRESHBROOK CHURCH.
Start at 7.30pm. In rehearsal this week we shall continue the Run through, concentrating on those movements that need extra work. Please be prepared for the rehearsal to end at 21:40.

ATLANTIC ODYSSEY TICKETS
For this special concert to celebrate 90 years of SCS please make every effort to keep selling tickets. It would be splendid to have a good audience to fill the Great Hall at STEAM with our exciting, international performance of Atlantic Odyssey. Tickets will also be on sale for those who would like to buy MORE. The arrangement is that two tickets will be given to each choir member on a Sale or Return basis. Please return counterfoils for sold tickets with the ticket money to Carol Sarchet using the same envelope.

AO CONCERT DRESS
Concert dress will be as set out in the Concert Etiquette document which may be accessed by looking on the website in the Downloads section. Please take a moment to read through the Concert Etiquette document before the concert. LADIES: - Plain black blouses (no lace) with long sleeves and, if desired, jackets with long sleeves - Black formal trousers (no jeans, leggings or jeggings) or long black skirts, both down to the ankles - Black tights/socks and shoes - Discreet jewellery. GENTLEMEN : - Black trousers - Black shirts, preferably with breast pocket - No tie - Black socks and shoes In addition a silk scarf (women) or handkerchief (men) will be worn.

A REMINDER....
A reminder that there will NO REHEARSAL on 30 May. Rehearsals will recommence on 6 June.

CONCERT DAY ARRANGEMENTS
Rehearsal will start at 1:45pm in the Great Hall at the STEAM Museum, (www.steam-museum.org.uk.) Please arrive, park and be seated in good time so that we can make a prompt start. Rehearsal will end at 5pm with reassembly at 7pm. Folders will NOT be used for this concert. CAR PARKING - Parking is at the Swindon Designer Outlet North Car Park which is five minutes' walk from the Museum. If you are using a Sat Nav, please enter 'Kemble Drive' or the postcode 'SN2 2EY' for the North car park.

RECORDING OF ATLANTIC ODYSSEY ON THIS WEBSITE
To access the full recording of the original performance, please go to the new page on this SCS website. The tracks may be played on the website or may be downloaded and saved on to your computer/mp3 player by right-clicking on each individual track and selecting 'Save audio as...'.

DRIVERS/TRANSPORT FOR OUR AMERICAN GUESTS
We are still looking for people to help transport our American guests to some of the activities and events. We need to keep the same drivers throughout where possible to keep it simple. The times people are required are as follows: 1) Thursday to collect from Jury's Inn at 6.20pm and return after the rehearsal. 2) Friday to collect from Jury's Inn and drop at Upham Rd at 7.30pm for the Reception and return afterwards, we expect this to finish no later than 10pm. (Drivers are invited to the Reception) 3) Saturday to collect from Jury's Inn and take to Steam at 1pm, returning to the hotel after the concert. Please can you let Liz O'Callaghan know if you can help at rehearsal this week. Thank you.

ENRICH YOUR GARDEN !!!! GENUINE HORSE MANURE
A big thank you to Mark Thomas for his superb sales of manure, profits from which have now reached £80. If you would still like to order bags of manure at £2.50 a bag or 3 for £6. please speak to Mark or email the Chairman.

REMEMBER - 23RD MAY REHEARSAL AT 7PM
Rehearsal on 23 May Please note that this rehearsal will start at 7pm.. As we shall have about 130+ singers, please come in good time and be prepared to welcome our visitors from the US choir and also the Janice Thompson Singers.

VOLUNTEERS FOR ATLANTIC ODYSSEY NEEDED !!
This is a special concert in a large and unique venue with guest singers taking part and local dignitaries attending. To make it a success we need volunteers to help. We already have several choir members who have kindly offered to host our American visitors. We need volunteer drivers to chauffeur the American guests who are staying in Jurys Inn. If you can help with this please see Kath Danswan or Elizabeth O'Callaghan, or email me using the Chairman link. EVEN MORE VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED - SEE BELOW !

MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARIANS (16.1.19)
Atlantic Odyssey scores. We will soon be including Atlantic Odyssey (AO) in our rehearsals. This week please could ALL singers sign the list to indicate whether they have a score or will need one. Scores are £12 to buy (not available for hire). Please remember to check your music library at home before Thursday! In the February rehearsals which include AO (7 and 14 Feb), AO will be rehearsed after the break, so if you are NOT singing AO you will not need to order a score. If you are not currently singing or won't be at rehearsal this week and need to order a copy of AO please email Helen Evans at helenevans234@outlook.com Autumn 2019 music This week is the FINAL opportunity for signing up for Autumn music. Mozart Requiem, New Novello edition and Vivaldi Gloria Ricordi edition. Quite a few people who have been at rehearsals have not yet signed. Please sign the list even if you are not intending to sing. Because of expense, we cannot hire lots of spare copies 'just in case'.

NEW STOCK OF AO POSTERS
We now have more of the smaller A5 and A6 posters as well as A4 size. Please take and distribute far and wide.

AN UP-TO-DATE REHEARSAL AND CONCERT SCHEDULE 2019
An up to date Rehearsal and Concert Schedule for 2019 may be found in "Downloads".

CAR PARKING FOR THE CONCERT DAY
Parking. Please park in the North car park of the Outlet Centre, bring your ticket with you to STEAM and exchange it for an exit ticket at Reception. If you go home between the rehearsal and the concert you will need to repeat this process when you return at 19:00. Please see the map for parking IN DOWNLOADS. Please note that the pedestrian tunnel into the town centre will close at 21:00 and cannot be used after the end of the concert. Parking is at the Swindon Designer Outlet North Car Park which is five minutes' walk from the Museum. If you are using a Sat Nav, please enter 'Kemble Drive' or the postcode 'SN2 2EY' for the North car park.

MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR AO CONCERT PLANNING
Hugh de Saram and David Lomax have kindly offered to coordinate at STEAM to ensure the three sections of staging are managed as they arrive and the staging is installed and dismantled. There will be about 140 singers to stage. As a start it would be very helpful for our planning to have volunteers for the two teams needed to collect two sets of staging, transport to STEAM and construct staging, then dismantle, reload and return the staging after the concert. (A third section of staging is coming from elsewhere) Please sign up on the list put out at rehearsal if you think you can assist with this: * Driving a van and/or loading and unloading staging (two teams are required for this) * Putting up/taking down staging There will be other help needed in due course!

STAGE CREWS AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED
We need two stage crews for the concert, two van drivers and loading/unloading volunteers. So far we have one van driver - thanks Jo! Please would you sign up on the list at rehearsal if you can assist, or email the Chairman.

CHRISTMAS PLANNING MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARIANS (24.4.19)
We will be putting out sign up lists for the Christmas programme at rehearsal. Please sign up to hire £1 or buy £5.50 'The Musicological Journey through the 12 Days of Christmas'. Thank you.

MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARIANS (2.5.19) CHRISTMAS MUSIC
If you haven't already done so please sign up for Christmas music at rehearsal THIS WEEK. The Musicological Journey through the 12 Days of Christmas: Hire £1.50 or Buy £5.50. We need to reserve our hire order after this week's rehearsal. If you do not sign up and subsequently wish to hire, we cannot guarantee a spare hire copy will be available as it is too costly to order spare copies. If you are not at rehearsal this week, please email Helen Evans on helenevans234@outlook.com with your requirements.

PRODUCE AND BOOK/CD STALL - 16th MAY
Please bring produce items (ready priced) for sale and any books, CDs or music. Also - bring your pocket money !!!

BADGES FOR CONCERT SINGERS
Badges are being printed for all singers. To make things speedier for everyone on 23 May please collect your badge at rehearsal this week.

90TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE MUGS
If you are not singing this term but would like one of the fabulous commemorative mugs, a snip at £6.50, can you please let Kath Danswan know by emailing her on kath.danswan@tiscali.co.uk and she will reserve one for you.

ATLANTIC ODYSSEY SCORES
For those members who will be using their copies from 2013 there is a (lengthy!) list of corrections which may be found in "downloads". For those who will be acquiring the new, updated, copies there is a further updated list of corrections which may be found in "downloads".

MORE ON THE ATLANTIC ODYSSEY SCORES (from the librarians on 5.2.19)
Message from Librarians - Atlantic Odyssey scores Several members have not signed up to say if they need a copy of the AO score or if they already have their own. If you need to purchase a copy of Atlantic Odyssey (£12) please email Elinor James at eja13@icloud.com by Wednesday of this week for distribution at rehearsal. Thank you. For those members who will be using their copies from 2013 there is a list of corrections which may be found here. For those who will be acquiring new, updated, copies there is a (very short) list of corrections which may be found here.

BIRDWATCH MORNING - SATURDAY, 18TH MAY
The Birdwatch is open to all and will start at 7:30am, meeting at The Gateway Café (Relish), Cotswold Water Park. The cost will be £10. If you are interested in adding your name to the list please see Ray Cook at rehearsal or email me using the link below. You may wish to increase your fundraising by inviting friends to sponsor you to spot as many breeds of birds as possible. A Sponsorship Form may be found IN "DOWNLOADS". Following the Birdwatch Ray and Liz Cook have issued an invitation to the birdwatchers for tea, coffee and croissants at their house nearby. Further information may be found in "DOWNLOADS".

WROUGHTON CHORAL SOCIETY NEEDS MEN
Wroughton Choral Society is in need of Tenors and Basses for its concert of light music on Saturday, 22 June. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at St Joseph's Catholic Church, Wroughton. If you are interested in taking part, please see Kath Danswan.

PROPOSED SINGING TOUR IN EARLY OCTOBER 2019
As part of our 90th Anniversary year a short tour to Venice in early October 2019 (11th - 14th) is being proposed. Planning is in the early stages and, to assess viability, Kath will ask for an idea of possible numbers tomorrow. If you are not currently singing and would like to show an interest in the tour please email chairman@swindonchoral.org.uk with your name and voice part, thank you.

FINANCIAL GIFTS TO THE SOCIETY
Naturally the Society welcomes ad hoc (and any other) gifts to its funds. Should you wish to do so it is now possible to donate online via this site. Go to the Donate page on the website and you will find "Gift" as a payment category.

MAY 2019 : GEORGIA COMES TO SWINDON!
About 30 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. Please complete the form and hand it to Kath Danswan when we return to rehearsals or email it to chairman@swindonchoral.org.uk.

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.
   PLEASE NOTE: You can also give directly via the Donate page on this website.

CONCERT SCARVES AND HANDKERCHIEFS
Please check if you still have a Society scarve or handkerchief. These belong to the choir, so please return them. We need them for future concerts.

IMPORTANT OBSERVATION FROM THE MUSICAL DIRECTOR (21.5.18)
I really would appreciate choir members going over their parts and preparing for the sessions. I expect the Semi-Chorus to be confident with notes without time-wasting NOTE BASHING in our rehearsal time. We need to be able to project, look out and look engaged and happy!

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.

CONCERT ETIQUETTE
SWINDON CHORAL SOCIETY - CONCERT ETIQUETTE - 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.

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.

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.. 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.

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
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 !

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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