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This page contains information about rehearsals, in particular about any late changes to location and timing of rehearsals and, additionally, the dress requirements for concerts.

Recruitment poster for 2019 - The new poster (pdf) can be downloaded from here. Feel free to download it and email to all your friends. The image of the pdf is on our Facebook page.

Spring Term 2020


Rehearsals will normally be at the Stevenage Music Centre (click on link for Satellite image). For those using SatNavs to get there the post code is SG2 0HS. The address is Mobbsbury Way and is adjacent to the Timebridge Community Centre.

Please note: The point marked "ENTER HERE" is the entry to the Car park. There's lots of parking there, just leave the car and walk to reception and there will be someone there who can guide you to the auditorium where we rehearse.
See you there.......

Rehearsal Dates for Spring Term 2020

 Jan.     6, 13, 20, 27  
 Feb.     3, 10, 17(Half term), 24  
 Mar.     2, 9, 11*, 14 (Concert), 23, 30  

Notes: * denotes optional rehearsals - to be confirmed later
          


2019/2020 Calendar:

For those that want to plan their dates further ahead then click here (to view the calendar through to July 2020).
Do remember to check these dates on an occasional basis - they are updated sometimes throughout the year. Update 6 - 12 Dec Mogerhanger concert added, number of rehearsals per term probably incorrect at this point but dates are agreed.


Learning Support resources
Spring 2020 - The Sprig of Thyme by John Rutter

There will be works other than the Rutter for this concert but, at the time of writing, we're not completely sure what they will be.

Home Brew

All done .... I think. See email link

Choraline

NO support on Choraline for these works.

Performance Audio recording

Not applicable

Sheet Music

You can hire the music via us. Hire cost: £ TBA

Online Sources:

YouTube - Found a nice video with the University of Texas Choir - it's the whole suite and the recording is lovely and clear (and widely spaced when listened to on headphones). Click here to view
Here's the times the various parts of the suite appear in the video:
0:00 The bold grenardier
3:12 The keel row
5:36 The willow tree
8:49 The sprig of thyme
11:14 Down by the sally gardens
14:03 The cuckoo
17:00 Willow song
19:06 O can ye sew cushions?
21:55 The Miller of Dee
23:45 Afton water

Soundcloud - Soundcloud does not have a performance recording easily traceable.

Cyberbass - Doesn't cover these works.

Spotify - From a CD - The Sprig of Thyme with the Cambridge Singers and John Rutter conducting - Click here to listen in Spotify.
NOTE: If you already have Spotify on phone/PC then simply use the search using the term Sprig of Thyme and a "Rutter:The Sprig of Thyme" Album will appear, click on that and you access the same recording.


Learning Support resources
Spring 2020 - Furusato by Bob Chilcott

This is the other main work - English translations of Some japanese song settings.

Home Brew

Work in progress - hopefully complete by next week.

Choraline

NO support on Choraline for these works.

Performance Audio recording

Yes, as part of the "The Seeds of Stars" album (see spotify below). CD is available from Amazon here at a cost of 11.75 plus p and p (if applicable)

Sheet Music

You can hire the music via us. Hire cost: £ TBA

Online Sources:

YouTube - Found a nice video in the original language - (text is symbolic on this one so I can't give you details on who it is). Click here to view
Here's the times the various parts of the suite appear in the video:
To be added

Soundcloud - Soundcloud does have a couple of tracks but not the whole work.

Cyberbass - Doesn't cover these works.

Spotify - From a CD - "The Seeds of the Stars" with Bob Chilcott conducting and the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir Tracks 12 to 16 - Click here to listen in Spotify.
NOTE: If you already have Spotify on phone/PC then simply use the search using the term The Seeds of the Stars and a "The Seeds of the Stars" Album will appear, click on that and you access the same recording.


Vocal Guidance Sheets:

Derek Harrison passed over some papers about vocal care and guidance on Monday 2nd February 2015. As some were a little pale (and on an angle - a little bit) I have re-typeset the text. To view/download the text click here.


Other Local Choir/Music Events :

Events brought to our notice can be found by clicking here. These comprise adverts from other local choirs and also other music organisations we share advertising with on a reciprocal basis. The first of these organisations is Benslow Music Trust.
Currently there are NO events there.



Easyfunding :

An explanatory page about this relatively pain free method of donating funds to us (when you buy things over the internet) can be seen by clicking here.



Breathing exercises :

Jan has been passed some pointers to YouTube videos about breathing (with exercises):- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Numbers 1 and 2 are associated and numbers 3-6 form a video in 4 parts.


Choir and MM Newsletters:

These have been removed from the site but is available on request if needed.
Financial Information about the choir:
This information is available on request via the Society Chairman.




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