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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.

Autumn Term 2018


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 satellite image is, I believe, not right up to date. The car park entrance is more or less adjacent to the letter "a" in Mobbsbury Way. 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 Autumn Term 2018

 Sept.     10, 17, 24  
 Oct.     1, 8, 15, 22  
 Nov.     5, 12, 19, 26  
 Dec.     3, 10, 15 (Concert)  

Notes: Rehearsal Times on the day; In seats at 1:30pm for singing. Please some of you turn up at 12:30 for chair setting out before the performance.


2018/2019 Calendar:

For those that want to plan their dates further ahead then click here (to view the calendar through to July 2019.
Do remember to check these dates on an occasional basis - they are updated sometimes throughout the year.


Learning Support resources
Autumn 2018 - Wassail! - Alexander L'Estrange

Home Brew

This is now done and available. If you are a member and we already have your email address, then you should have had information on how to access this.

Performance Audio recording

Alexander has now released a recording of the whole piece (plus a few other songs). You can order the CD or MP3 files from his online shop here. CD is currently £12.99 and MP3 download version £7.99.

Sheet Music

You can hire the music via us or buy using various sources (musicroom.com, faber ...) Faber Music's list cost is 12.99 (probably with additional p and p).

Online Sources

Spotify - The Whole CD piece is available on Spotify (Wassail! is the first 12 tracks of the album) - here is the link to it. You will have to login to Spotify to access it but registering for the free version is quite easy.

YouTube - The whole piece is also available as a video (not a performance video but pictures with the audio track). You can find it here

Soundcloud - Zilch curently.

Learning Support resources
Autumn 2018 - In the mood

Edited collection of arrangements

Home Brew

This is on the way to being done and some tracks are available. If you are a member and we already have your email address, then you should have had information on how to access this.

Other sources

Not highly likely that organisations like YouTube/Soundcloud/Spotify are likely to carry much, certainly a basic search doesn't reveal a complete album full but there are individual tracks "out there" (I managed to find a copy of the "In the Mood" arrangement on YouTube and will add it later [if we do it]). I will need to do some research to find the specific arrangements so keep popping back here as I will add more as I find them

YouTube

Robin mentioned a favourite version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" played as a solo piece by Keith Jarrett. His name is the link to the video on YouTube

In the Mood - Piano probably a bit too loud in the mix but most voices are fairly clear. Link is here.

Night and Day - Pictures bit fuzzy but voices are clear. Link is here.

Over the Rainbow - Voices are lovely and clear. Link is here.

Tea for Two - Voices are lovely and clear. Link is here.

Let's do it - Voices are lovely and clear although the Bass perhaps is a bit light in volume. Link is here.

Blue Moon - Voices are lovely and clear although there's no video per se. Link is here.


Learning Support resources
Spring 2019 - Paukenmesse - Haydn

Home Brew

None needed for this concert information available on Choraline

Choraline

Rehearsal CD/Streaming information available on Choraline website.

Performance Audio recording

Choraline also sell a performance recording of the piece from NAXOS records. You can order the CD from it's online shop here.

Sheet Music

You can hire the music via us. Hire cost to be announced. At the time of writing I don't know which publisher the scores will be so I will add this info here later.

Online Sources

Spotify - The Whole piece is available on Spotify (starting at Track 2 of the album) - here is the link to it. You will have to login to Spotify to access it but registering for the free version is quite easy.

YouTube - The whole piece is also available as a video (not a performance video but pictures with the audio track). You can find it here. In fact the audio track seems to be the same as in Spotify i.e. Collegium Musicum 90 with Richard Hickox conducting.

Soundcloud - There seem to be a very large number of individual tracks from the Paukenmesse on Soundclound. It may take me a while to work through the list to find what is useful

Cyberbass - This is a midi based rehearsal music site. You can find it here. Slight disadvantage is that there are only six tracks here so I don't know whether the whole score is covered or not.


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. Currently there are THREE 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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