Members’ Newsletter 18th January 2020


Now that we’ve at last received the final invoice for the 17th December concert, we can tell you that we made a surplus of £1300 on the concert which will be donated to The Churn Project. We also received this message from Ailsa O’Connor, Community Liaison and Events Coordinator, The Churn Project:

Last night was a brilliant success for us and seemed to be a hugely enjoyable evening for everyone!  I was so pleased to see the church so full.  Do you have an idea of numbers? We raised £934 from the refreshments, raffle and retiring collection – way beyond my expectations.  So, thank you so much for selecting The Churn this year and letting us share in such a wonderful evening.

Well done, those of you who took part in this event raising money for this thoroughly worthwhile local charity:

If you didn’t buy a PartAbility CD you can access your part on Cyberbass here:

Unfortunately, no such rehearsal material has been found for the Linley, Let God Arise, but you can download a recording to sing along to, for less than £3, from here:



The programme for our celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday has been agreed as follows: (Click on the links to hear recordings of the first-half items.)


Hallelujah! (From Christ on the Mount of Olives.)

Creation’s Hymn (Short unaccompanied piece)

Choral Fantasia (A thrilling work; forerunner to the Choral Symphony and we’ll do it in English.)

And, after the interval:

Mass in C major (Last performed by CCS on 5th December 2005)

The Oriel Singers are hosting a Come and Sing day under Ben Sawyer’s baton at Holy Apostles Church, Cheltenham on Saturday 25 January to learn four twentieth century classics together. Details:

Gloucester Choral will hold a workshop on Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis on Saturday 25th April. Details:

Chris Burton offers this advice for computer users:

Do not use ‘BEEFSTEW’ as a password; it’s not stroganoff

WARNING: There is an email advertisement going around offering processed pork, gelatine and salt in a can. Do not open it; it’s spam.