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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.

Summer 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 Summer Term 2018

 Apr.     16, 23, 30  
 May.     14, 21  
 Jun.     4, 11, 18, 25  
 Jul.     2, 9, 11**, 16, 23  

Notes: **  Rehearsal at Christ the King, Filey Close, Stevenage SG1 2JW


2017/2018 Calendar:

For those that want to plan their dates further ahead then click here (to view the calendar through to July 2018.
Do remember to check these dates on an occasional basis - they are updated sometimes throughout the year.


Learning Support resources
Summer 2018 - How shall I compare thee? - Shakespeare

Choraline

Both the Chilcott and Shearing pieces aren't available on Choraline

Home Brew
There is Home Brew material for this concert prepared and it's now available.

Spotify:

Caliban etc....

The three pieces are on the Bob Chilcott Album - "All Good Things" (on Naxos records).
Click on the link - here. You will have to login to Spotify to access it.
If you particularly like this recording the CD is available from Naxos records (only released 09/2017). Here is the link to the Amazon page and here to the Naxos webpage.

Songs and Sonnets - Shearing

There's are a number of Shearing recordings but I have found a John Rutter recording with the Cambridge Singers.
Click on the link - here. You will have to login to Spotify to access it.
If you particularly like this recording the CD is still available from Hyperion records. Here is the web catalogue entry for the dowload option - the CD number is CSCD523 if you want to order it.

Birthday Madrigals - Rutter

The same Cambridge Singers recording as for the Songs and Sonnets also has the Birthday Madrigals further down the tracklist.
Click on the link - here. You will have to login to Spotify to access it.
If you particularly like this recording the CD is still available from Hyperion records. Here is the web catalogue entry for the download option - the CD number is CSCD523 if you want to order it.

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 Last.fm/Spotify 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.

Cyberbass
There's no support for the Shearing, Rutter or Chilcott pieces on this site.

Soundcloud:

Soundcloud (www.soundcloud.com) works a little differently to Spotify in that people place recordings so it's very variable in the quality. There is a paid-for service which gives access to many tracks BUT the free version generally only gives previews of many of them.

Caliban etc....

There is one recording of the set of pieces being available for free though. See links below:
1. River Bride (Ophelia)
2. Ariel taught me how to play (Caliban) .
3. All things come to an end (Miranda) .

Here's where I get controversial - These files are based on the Oxford University Press recordings which are available here (and I think they sound clearer)
1. River Bride (Ophelia)
2. Ariel taught me how to play (Caliban)
3. All things come to an end (Miranda)

Songs and Sonnets - Shearing

There is one recording of the whole piece being available for free though (and it shows it! - as the choir misses many top notes pitch wise).
Click on the link - here to view the web page.

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

Caliban etc....

YouTube video:
There's a number of recordings of the pieces on YouTube:
The set I have picked is of the world premiere in the Pacific with Bob Chilcott conducting:
1. River Bride (Ophelia)
2. Ariel taught me how to play (Caliban)
3. All things come to an end (Miranda)

Songs and Sonnets - Shearing

YouTube video:
There's a number of recordings of the pieces on YouTube:
The recording I have picked is of the UNT College of Music Choir.
The piece has seven movements (timestamp of start of piece shown in brackets):
I. Live with me and be my love (0:00)
II. When daffodils begin to peer (2:40)
III. It was a lover and his lass (4:27)
IV. Spring (6:40)
V. Who is Silvia? (9:00)
VI. Fie on sinful fantasy (13:30)
VII. Hey, ho, the wind and the rain (14:40)

Scores: Scores: These will be available for hire at £6.00 for the Rutter, Chilcott and Shearing this term when we work on this piece. (If you've already got some of the scores then it will be £2 for each score you borrow).
Please note: the likely cost to BUY these scores is in the £30 region (including P and P).


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 is ONE event 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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