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Stop press from Gordon: Please will everyone remember to bring their copies of 'Messiah' and 'European Sacred Music' to the next rehearsal, Monday 26th February. On Monday 19th March John Crombie will take a 'Messiah' rehearsal. Please ask Angus if you need to borrow or buy any copies.
DATES TO NOTE:
On 24th March 2018 we will lead a Scratch Messiah in Ness Bank Church, Inverness. The soloists will be from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the conductor will be John Crombie, and at the organ will be our own Gordon Tocher. See 'Events' page for poster and details.
Spring 2018 performance - Sunday 22 April, 7.30pm:
Handel - Alexander's Feast - for poster and full details, see Concerts 2017/18 page.
Autumn 2018 performance - Saturday 17 November
Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man and other pieces.
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 a little homework before the 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.
DRESS CODE - NB: Updated as of 11.9.17
For formal occasions, concert dress is now 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 Sarah Crawshaw.
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 2017/2018 the subscription is £75. This is for the full session until the spring 2018 concert and is payable within three weeks of restarting rehearsals in August 2017. 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 £75 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 £37.50.
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.