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April 2021 Update

Dear All

We are sure you will all agree that it is fantastic to be able to begin to plan towards singing together again.  We have now finished a fun Spring term, with the end of term  ‘performance’ on Monday – thank you to everyone who improved the occasion with concert dress. We hummed our way through The Turtle Dove, danced along The Keel Row, stretched our voices for Brahms’ Wie Lieblich and finally had a full sing of the Mozart Requiem with soloists. Thank you so much to David (who also sang the bass part) and to Colin, for making the rehearsals this term possible, and also thanks to David’s soloists – Alexandra Wynne (soprano and alto), Edward Harrisson (tenor) and James Druce on the trombone. The Zoom recording of the evening is on the Dropbox account for anyone who missed it, or if you want to enjoy it again.

Next term will begin on April 19th and end on June 14th.  We will be singing choruses from Elijah, and also possibly some pieces from Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. We will still be meeting by Zoom, but we have approached Coten End and hope we will be able to meet again in the Autumn. We plan to sing Handel’s Messiah in the Autumn term with two performances in December in Warwick and Kenilworth – dates to be confirmed later. We will be learning it thoroughly (many of us have picked it up as we sang rather than knowing every detail) and also give anyone who hasn’t sung for some time a relatively easy term’s singing

The committee recently discussed the financial situation, and we will not be charging full subscriptions again until next year (assuming it will return to near-normal). We appreciate that we have had some people pay for this year, and we have also had some very generous donations. We do understand that many of the choir have not wished to participate in the Zoom sessions, but it would be a great help if any members who have not already done so could make a contribution of at least £20. Our account details are : Account Name: Warwick and KCS. Sort Code: 30 99 15. Account Number: 00023188.

We are sorry to have to tell you that Caroline Robertson and Jill Wiglesworth have both decided to step down from the Committee. Caroline has put in many years of sterling service helping to run the choir, doing a wide variety of jobs, but especially as our Librarian, helping with the Friends’ group and in running the Facebook page. Jill has been with us for a shorter time but has made a much valued contribution. We would like to thank them both very much for everything they have done, and look forward to many more years of singing with them.

This does mean that we would welcome anyone who would be able to help us to run the choir. The duties aren’t onerous, and are shared out amongst the group so no-one is overworked. If you feel you could give even a little help, please contact Ivan (valandivanmoss@gmail.com) or Steph (steph.glassworks@btinternet.com). If you aren’t able to commit to being a full committee member but could give some help (by running the Facebook page for example) we would welcome that as well.

Finally, we have some good news. We are planning a Tea and Pimms Evening, which will take place at Adrian Hopkinson’s home (Norton Curlieu, Curlieu Lane, Norton Lindsey, Warwick, CV35 8JR,) on Monday 28th June between 4.30 pm. and 7 pm. We would ask you to bring your own food and drink, picnic chairs and rugs (and possibly a gazebo in case of inclement weather). All choir members and partners are welcome. Please do come and get together with people you have probably not seen in person for well over a year, even if only for an hour or so. It would be helpful if you could you let us know if you think you would like to attend to steph.glassworks@btinternet.com.

The minutes of the last committee meeting are also attached.

Stay safe and well and happy singing

Ivan and the Committee
2nd April 2021

Welcome back

Rehearsals for the Spring concert recommenced on Monday 6th January, 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm Coten End School, Warwick

CALLING ALL TENORS AND BASSES!

We urgently need more men. Tenors and Basses are in short supply. Why not come along and join us? No auditions necessary – no payments until you make up your mind to stay. We’d love to see you.

Sopranos and Altos are also most welcome of course!

Concert on Saturday 4th April St Nicholas Church, Kenilworth

Music Copies for Term

Only music pre-ordered through the choir will be available and therefore you will be responsible for making your own arrangements to obtain the copies concerned.  Please refer to the Join Us page on this website for further details.

New copies can be purchased through the Amazon link (at the side of this page) or by ordering through Presto Classical music shop.