Members’ Newsletter 26th November 2019

Sorry to send 2 Newsletters in quick succession but we now need a quick shift of focus to our Christmas Concert on Tuesday 17th December so please take time to go over the following:

CONCERT DAY REHEARSAL
There will be a rehearsal at circa 5.00 pm in the Church after which there will NOT be time to go home so turn up in your concert gear. You may want to bring something to eat and drink before the Concert but please do so behind the scenes as the audience will soon be entering. Timing details to follow.

SEATING PLAN
As we will have fewer singers, we will be able to fit everybody into 7 rows instead of 8 and we will use this seating plan https://www.cirencester-choral-soc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/CHOIR-SEATING-PLAN-Christmas-19.pdf from this Tuesday. Inevitably this means moving a few people into unfamiliar territory but please give it a go and by all means agree to swap places.

CONCERT ETIQUETTE AND DRESS
We should maintain our high standards of on-stage behaviour as part of our high-performance standard, so the usual rules apply and the same dress (black with scarves and pocket handkerchiefs respectively (and respectably!) as for the recent concert.

TICKETS AND POSTERS
Please make every effort to sell tickets (adults £10, U18s free but require a ticket) and replace the 23rd concert posters with the new ones and circulate this link to the poster to your friends and relatives: https://www.cirencester-choral-soc.org.uk/december-2019/

IMPORTANT MEMBERSHIP MATTER
We hope all members will be singing with us next term, starting on Tuesday 7th January. If, however you’re unable to, please email timp470@btinternet.com

MUSIC FOR NEXT TERM
Ginny will have Library copies of Handel’s Four Coronation Anthems at the rehearsal on 3rd December. The hired copies of Linley’s Let God Arise will be available in mid-January.

You can learn your part for the Coronation Anthems here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWXj1NZNk6E
or sing along with them here:
http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Handel_GF/handel_coronation_anthems.htm

Now there’s a way to entertain the family at Christmas!

EXTERNAL CHORAL EVENTS
The Oriel Singers will be demonstrating twice how it should be done at Holy Apostles Church, Charlton Kings:

Saturday 7th December: A Warwick Cole Coffee Concert; cake and coffee at 10.30 then Antiphons, a free concert of Music for Advent at 11.00. https://www.orielsingers.org.uk/diary/36-sat-7-dec-holy-apostles

and again on
Friday 20th December: Carols by Candelight at 6.00. https://www.orielsingers.org.uk/diary/37-fri-20-dec-holy-apostles

Coventry Cathedral Chorus will perform Messiah in Cirencester Parish Church on Saturday 21st December. Tickets: https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/handels-messiah-church-of-st-john-the-tickets/9831495

AND FINALLY…
Headline in a local Newspaper: CHOIR SEATING PLAN – Christmas ’19

SHOPKEEPER ARMED WITH LABELLING GUN
STOPS ARMED ROBBER
Police are looking for a man with a price on his head