Introductory Information for New Choir Members

Rehearsal and Performance Dates and Times

Rehearsal Resources

Orchestral Workshops

Performance Requests

Come and Sing Days

Weekly newsletters

Introductory Information for New Choir Members (this section to be updated for 2017/18 season)

An introduction to the 2016/17 Season for new choir members gives some general information about the choir including the 2015/16 programme, subscription details, rehearsal and concert dress:

Introductory information for new members

Prospective members are welcome to attend our open rehearsal on the 12th September 2016. If you then decide to join the choir you can download and print the application form (Form A) here. Please hand the completed form to our New Members Secretary with your payment at the next rehearsal.

Members have the opportunity to reduce their subscription by selling tickets for our concerts. Details of our 2016/7 Ticket Incentive Scheme can be found here.

Ticket Incentive Scheme October 2016

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Choir – Rehearsal and Performance Dates and Times

Unless otherwise stated rehearsals are held in the Main Hall of Watford Grammar School for Girls, Lady’s Close, Watford, WD18 0AE on Mondays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Car parking is available in the grounds of the School.

The 2017/8 rehearsal and performance schedule can be found  here

Details of the rehearsal schedule for the Bach B Minor Mass (November concert) can be found here.

Ladies please be aware of the need for uniformity in concert dress:

  • Trousers: black, plain, ankle length (no culottes)
  • Skirts: black, plain, ankle length
  • Tops: matt black, plain, 3/4 or full length sleeves, discreet neckline
  • Feet: black shoes, black tights or knee high pop sox
  • Jewellry if worn: earrings to be a simple stud, necklace to be a simple chain
  • Choir favour (blue flower) available for purchase for £3.

 

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Orchestra – Workshop, Rehearsal and Performance Dates and Times

Unless otherwise stated rehearsals are held in the Main Hall of Watford Grammar School for Girls, Lady’s Close, Watford, WD18 0AE on some Wednesdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

Prior to each joint choir/orchestra performance there is a Monday evening rehearsal with the choir. Car parking is available in the grounds of the School.

A series of orchestral workshops, open to all musicians in the Watford Area, will rehearse Beethoven’s Symphonies. Dates for 2017/18 to follow.

A full workshop, rehearsal and performance schedule is available here here.

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Choir Rehearsal Resources

Choir members are asked to spend some time between rehearsals learning their part. CDs and online resources help singers to learn their own vocal line leaving more time in rehearsals for musical interpretation. Recordings on YouTube help singers become familiar with the whole work.

A list of the resources we often use is available here:

Choir rehearsal resources

For each concert we provide a specific list of available online resources and these are shown below.

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Rehearsal resources for Bach Mass in B Minor

Rehearsal CDs and EasyPlay download tracks are available from Choraline. Online rehearsal resources are from Cyberbass, John’s Midi File Choral Site, and Choralia. Details of these sites are available on Choir rehearsal resources.

Please note there will be TWO workshops  – one on 23rd September to build on what was learned before the Summer break and one on 28th October prior to the concert on 12th November.

The list of what will be covered in each of the rehearsals is available here.

The breath markings for the B minor mass can be found below – please add to your score in the usual way:

Alto

Bass

Soprano

Tenor

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Vocal Exercises

We sometimes schedule additional rehearsal time (30 minutes before the rehearsal) to improve our musical skills. No dates scheduled at present.

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Orchestral Workshops

Under our conductor, Michael Cayton, we are running a series of Orchestral Workshops, rehearsing Beethoven’s Symphonies.

The workshops are open to all musicians in the Watford area.

For further information contact orchestra@watfordphilharmonic.co.uk

Choir members might like to volunteer to help out at these workshops. All are welcome – especially cake bakers!

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Performance Requests

Occasionally the choir is asked to provide a small group of singers for weddings, funerals or other events. These provide valuable revenue for the Society. If you are a member of a church choir and are familiar with not only the standard hymns but also anthems and other short pieces please contact Tim Venner at a choir rehearsal or by emailing timvenner@aol.com. It would be good to get a group together to build up a repertoire.

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Come and sing days

Each week, we try to post a selection of ‘Come & Sing’ events offered by both professional and amateur choirs and their conductors, all within reasonably easy reach of Watford.

Those of you already familiar with these activities will know how enjoyable they are, and how much they can help in broadening our repertoire and improving your confidence as a singer. If you’ve never participated before, there are some tempting offers this season – do give them a try.

Generally, the details posted include online contact information for the organisers so that you can make your own booking arrangements.  Occasionally, you will be able to pick up a copy of a booking form from the table at the back of the hall at rehearsals.

The list of come and sing days is included in the weekly newsletter.

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