Chairman’s Newsletter 21.5.19
Dear fellow choir members,
As I am sure most of you will know by now, Benedict has sadly told us that he will be leaving us after the end of this term. It has been a challenging and interesting five years with him at the musical helm, and we shall be very sorry to lose his energetic input. He has been appointed Head of Choral Music at Shrewsbury School, and we all wish him every success in his new endeavour. We will be making a formal presentation to him at the annual choir dinner on Monday June 24th at the Moorings. If you are not singing with us this term, please do come along to the dinner to meet up with your fellow singers and enjoy an evening of good food and good company. If you would like to come, please email Ann-Marie Reddin (firstname.lastname@example.org) to put your name down.
Of course, losing Benedict means we are now looking for another Music Director, and a great advert has been put together which is circulating on Twitter and Facebook. (This is also on the Welcome page of this website.) Please do share it with anyone you think might be interested in the post. We have planned to carry out initial interviews on 1st July and we are then hoping that we will be able to get everyone interested from the choir to help us with the musical auditions.
I know that many people find it difficult to meet choir commitments at this time of the year and so don’t actually sing in the concert, but please do come and support us if you can on Saturday June 22nd at St, Nicholas Church, Kenilworth.
With best wishes
Some dates for your diary
- Saturday 1st June 4.30 Coventry Cathedral. Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. A selection of choral and orchestral music. Ticketsource.co.uk/spiresmusic.
- Sunday 9th June. From 11 a.m. CBSO Song Festival – Learn and perform Baltic and British music. £13. 0121 780 3333 . cbso.co.uk/event/song-festival.
- Saturday 15th June. 7.30 p.m. Holy Trinity Church Stratford. Our own Rebecca directs the Guild Consort Choir in the Brahms Requiem plus a performance by Benedict and his sister Eleanor. £10 on the door.
Chairman’s newsletter 4.4.19
Dear fellow singers,
I hope you are all enjoying singing both the madrigals and the opera choruses this term, despite the fact that they are both such weighty tomes! I wanted to remind you of some dates for your diary.
Rehearsal dates (no rehearsals during school holidays or on bank holidays)
April 8th April 29th May 13th May 20th June 3rd June 10th June 17th
Concert Date: Saturday June 22nd
St Nicholas’ Church, Kenilworth.
The annual Choir Dinner to celebrate another successful season – this will be on Monday 24th June, just after the summer concert. This was a lovely evening last year, so do come along, relax and enjoy a pleasant meal in good company. More details to follow.
I am also adding the rehearsal website addresses from our Facebook page, so ably organised by Caroline. Now we can all practise diligently over Easter!
The John Fletcher site needs you to register. Some files, e.g. the madrigals, are free, but the opera choruses need a £10 fee. It can be awkward to navigate.
Choralia asks for a donation but you can click through to the mp3 files if you choose not to donate. There are lots of confusing additions to their pages but just look around for the small arrow to click on to play the part you need. There are also recordings available on YouTube.
Best wishes and happy singing
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