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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.

Spring Term 2017

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 Summer Term 2017

 May     8, 15, 22  
 June     5, 14**, 17****  
 July     3, 10, 17  

** Rehearsal with Stevenage Symphony Orchestra
         (normal time at Music Centre)
**** Concert with Stevenage Symphony Orchestra (Stevenage Festival)

Future Concerts (for your diary);
11 November 2017   Messa Di Gloria by Puccini, with Mid-Herts Youth orchestra
16 December 2017   Christmas Concert

2016/2017 Calendar:

For those that want to plan their dates further ahead then click here (Currently NOT in line with calendar above) to view the calendar for the rest of 2016 and through to July 2017.
Do remember to check these dates on an occasional basis - they are updated sometimes throughout the year.

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.

Learning Support resources
(Autumn 2017 - Giacomo Puccini - Messa Di Gloria and Requiem)

The Messa Di Gloria, being a major work, is supported by Choraline with practice material. To visit the appropriate page click here.
You can also buy the vocal score from publisher (Belwin version version) at £6.50 plus postage. Unfortunately the requiem won't be covered by the Messa Di Gloria disc so that will have to be Homebrew.

Home Brew
There will be some Home Brew material for this concert as there won't be Choraline rehearsal material available for the Puccini Requiem. I'll have it available as soon as I can produce it.


There are a number of Messa Di Gloria recordings available on Spotify. You can search on Spotify for the various albums available but here's a link to the London Symphony Orchestra version with Antonio Pappano conducting.
Click on the link - London Symphony Orchestra version.

There are a number of Puccini Requiem recordings available on Spotify. You can search on Spotify for the various albums available but here's a link to the Gonville and Caius Choir recording.
Click on the link - Gonville and Caius Choir version.

IF you register and download the Spotify app (available for phones/pads and PCs) or use the spotify website you can play the tracks as much as you want for FREE!. There is a cost, in the sense that Spotify displays ads in the player - both video and audio ads between tracks. But the amount of personal info they want is limited. IF you use Facebook you can log in with that or, if like me, you want a lower profile you set up an account with them based on your Email address.

Here is a help page link to help you if you want to try this way. To use the page effectively it will help to the view the help page in one browser window whilst doing setup and login operations in another.

The free website isn't helpful if you are accessing it on phone but with a PC it's OK. It's free to play the tracks from the webpage itself. The audio tracks are created on midi but are downloadable as MP3 files at a cost per track (the site tells me). The link to the appropriate webpage of the Cyberbass site is here.


Soundcloud ( works a little differently to Spotify in that people place recordings there but there is one complete recording of the Messa Di Gloria available. There is a paid-for service which gives access to many tracks BUT the free version generally only gives previews of many of them. There is one recording of the whole piece being available for free though. Click on the link - here to view the web page.

The Requiem has very few recordings available on Soundcloud. The one I have picked is a US choir called Arkangelsk and the track can be heard here.

Footnote: Recordings are shown as a wave envelope - if the top half is dark grey for the whole length then the whole track can be played, if it is dark grey for an area at the start and lighter grey later then only the dark grey area will play (as a preview) in the free version.

Online Video and score information

YouTube video:
There's some recordings of both pieces on YouTube:
The one I have picked for the Messa Di Gloria is by Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra - you can watch by clicking here.

The Requiem here.

Scores: These will be available for hire at £2.50 for the Messa Di Gloria and £1.00 for the Requiem this term when we work on this piece.

Want to buy the score? - Belwin is the publisher here. has it at £6.95 with £2.50 p and p. (open link here) and Amazon has it at £7.95 here.

Other Local Choir/Music Events :

Events brought to our notice can be found by clicking here. Currently there is ONE event there - Durufle requiem.

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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Many Thanks...Your friendly webmaster.

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