MESSAGES UPDATED/REVIEWED -
Monday, 14th August, 2017 at 10.50 hours.

THE NEXT SOCIETY REHEARSAL IS ON THURSDAY, 31st 2017 at 7.30pm at Freshbrook Church.
We are having a summer break until the above date and time. The rehearsal details will be published when available.

THE SUMMER BREAK
We have no rehearsals for the next two weeks (17th and 24th August), resuming on 31 August. Let's hope the weather improves!

MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARIANS (9.8.17) RE CHRISTMAS MUSIC
Would those who haven't signed up for Christmas music please do so this Thursday. We will be singing: • A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas by Craig Courtney, pub by Hinshaw Music - hire £1; purchase £5.50 • Various pieces from: Carols for Choirs 1 (green book) pub by Oxford University Press - purchase only £15 Noel! Carols and Anthems for advent, Christmas & Epiphany for mixed voice choirs, pub by Novello - purchase only £12. If you are not singing this session or won't be attending this week, please email your requirements to Helen at helenevans234@outlook.com

LAST WEEK - PRODUCE AND BOOK AND CD STALLS
A big thank you to all who supported the stalls so well, especially to Liz O'Callaghan for her wonderful supply of delicious cakes. Thanks to Carol Sarchet and Gill Llewellyn for running the stalls.

ST MATHEW PASSION IN MARCH 2018
Would members who have a copy of the St Matthew please check which version of the score they have. We shall be giving one performance of this work on Saturday, 24 March in Marlborough College Chapel in conjunction with Bracknell Choral Society.

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.

"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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