Members' Page (Please note that in order to access the password-protected members'-only page, please use the slightly different URL (www.invernesschoral.org.uk/login.asp) and use the password given to all members by Mary Thomson.
There will be a committee meeting on 18th November. If anyone has anything they would like included under AOCB, please let Mary Thomson have this as soon as posible. The agenda for this meeting, and some previous agendas and minutes are available on the members only page.
Our Carolthon this year takes place on Saturday 14th December, 2019 in the Eastgate Centre (upstairs, adjacent to Chisolm Hunter jewellers). We will have groups singing between 10.30 am to 4.30pm. The "lunchtime" slot between 12.30pm and 1.30pm will have a larger choir and will include some pieces from "Messiah". As always we are partnering in fundraising with a local charity. This year it's Befrienders Highland, who work to improve the lives of people who are lonely and isolated and have experience of mental ill health, memory difficulties or dementia, and Carers . Find out more about their great work here.
You most likely know our Spring 2020 concert is to be Haydn's "Creation". In this our 100th anniversary year, we will return to the first piece the Choral ever performed. The score we are to use is the Peters edition, in English, edited by Nicholas Temperley. The usual arrangements will be made to allow an opportunity to buy or borrow a copy. This is the same edition we used in 2007.
At the AGM on 3 June 2019, a number of vacancies were announced for roles within the Society. These are for:
- Vice Chair (to take over as Chair from Angus at next year's AGM)
- Marketing/Publicity (Fran has stepped in temporarily)
- Social team
- shadowing the Programme Editor
- managing this Website. (Elspeth Lee has taken this on)
As nobody volunteered for any of these roles at the meeting, Angus raised the matter again at the practice on 26 August and again on 2nd September. He stressed that the Society cannot function without members helping to run its affairs. If any member would like more information about any of the above roles, please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' page.
Members might also be interested in the latest e-Newsletter from The Really Big Chorus. Click here for details.
Important notice for all members:
Inverness Choral Society is now listed on Easy Fundraising which is a portal that you should go through to order anything online.
Typically about 3% of your purchase price is donated to the Society, plus of course Gift Aid which fairly mounts up over time. For example if you pay your car or home insurance by this method, the contribution to the Society can amount to £30 - £40 which with a large group such as ours could be quite significant.
To enter Easy Fundraising enter Google and type in Easy Fundraising. Up comes the portal and you type in Inverness Choral Society where it says "Search for a cause". Then on the left where it says "Browse Retailers" click this and from there you can navigate your way to your retailer of choice.
Please don't forget to use this. You will see that you also have the option to set Easy Fundraising as a default. We could generate quite a sizeable income through this site.
Rehearsals begin punctually at 7.30 pm so please be in your seat in good time. The conductor appreciates it if you listen to his explanations and instructions and refrain from chatting whilst he is rehearsing other sections of the choir. You should bring a pencil and eraser to each rehearsal, in order to mark your scores with the conductor's directions.
At the start of each term, the conductor provides a list of the sections to be rehearsed each week. You are expected to do regular homework before each rehearsal!
If you are singing in the concert at Eden Court, you must attend the dress rehearsal and be in your seat 15 minutes before both the rehearsal and the concert begin, i.e usually at 1.45 pm for the 2 pm rehearsal and 7.20 pm for the concert at 7.30 pm.
For formal occasions, concert dress is black for everyone: long black skirt or dress trousers and long-sleeved black blouses or tops for ladies, and black trousers and black open-necked shirts for gentlemen. Black shoes for all.
The informal dress for public events such as the annual Carolthon, coffee mornings and rehearsals at Eden Court is the choir's uniform in royal blue with its logo on the left breast. A variety of sweatshirts, polo shirts, t-shirts and fleeces is available and can be ordered at the rehearsal break from Muriel Watson who has details of prices.
MUSIC SCORES AND PRACTICE CD's
Music for each concert will available for purchase or hire at the first rehearsals in August and January. Sheila Bruce also prepares practice CD's of the individual voice parts. These are available for purchase at the rehearsal. The price currently is £2.
For 2018/2019 the subscription is £90, £25 for under 18s and full time students. This is for the full session until the spring 2019 concert and is payable within three weeks of restarting rehearsals in August 2018. There is no reduction if you decide to attend only one half session!
If you are a former member rejoining in January, the full fee of £90 is payable. However, if you are rejoining after an absence of more than two complete sessions you will be treated as a new member and will be entitled to pay the new member's sub of £45 (students £12.50).
If you can't make the first rehearsal, you can usually join within the following two weeks. But if you have to miss three or more rehearsals overall you won't be able to sing in the concert.
Choral Repertoire and the Society's Music Committee
Anyone is welcome to make suggestions for future repertoire which are then considered by the Music Committee. In addition, members are from time to time consulted on their ideas for suitable works (via a clipboard periodically circulated during rehearsals) and these suggestions are then considered by the Music Committee. This comprises our Conductor and Accompanist, Chair, Treasurer and Librarian.