Rehearsal and Performance Dates and Times
Introductory Information for New Choir Members
An introduction to the 2017/8 Season for new choir members gives some general information about the choir including the 2015/16 programme, subscription details, rehearsal and concert dress:
Although we generally invite prospective members to an Open Rehearsal at the beginning of the season, this year we had already begun rehearsals for our November concert during the previous term. We suggest that you join us at our first rehearsal for the Christmas concert which will be on Monday November 13th. 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 (to be updated for the 2017/18 season)
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
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
- Earrings to be a simple stud, no necklace or other jewellry
- Choir favour (blue flower) available for purchase for £3.
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 Schubert’s Symphonies. Dates for 2018 to follow. Details of each workshop will be published in the News section on the Home page.
A full workshop, rehearsal and performance schedule is available here here.
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 the 28th April Concert
For each concert we provide a specific list of available online resources – for our 28th April concert these are shown below:
Rehearsal CDs specific for your voice part are available from Choraline (01285 644845, www.choraline.com/) for both Dvorak’s Mass in D major and Beethoven’s “An die Freude” from his 9th symphony. They may also be streamed to your digital device or downloaded as mp3 files. A 10% discount applies for all choir members when ordering individual rehearsal CDs, normally £11.69 + £1.99 p&p, using the choir’s discount code. There is a bulk discounted price of either £10 or £10.50 per CD for choirs depending on the number of CDs ordered. If members wish to avail of this, please see Margaret. Other websites with rehearsal tracks for both works are www.cyberbass.com and John’s Midi File Choral Music site: www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk
The preferred YouTube link for a performance of the Dvorak Mass in D major can be accessed HERE
Likewise the YouTube link for an excellent rendition of the Beethoven Symphony no. 9 in D minor can be accessed HERE
Choir Rehearsal Resources for the 27th June Concert
For our Songs for a Summer Evening concert on the 27th June a YouTube performance of the Laurisden Magnum Mysterium (recommended by Michael), can be accessed HERE
Further resources for this concert will be added soon.
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.
We sometimes schedule additional rehearsal time (30 minutes before the rehearsal) to improve our musical skills. No dates scheduled at present.
There are many helpful tips available on improving choral technique and thus our standard of singing. Several CDs made by expert singers are available on Choraline 01285 644845, www.choraline.com. One good website is Choral Clinic www.choralclinic.co.uk/ from which a digital download of a CD “Vocal exercises” is available. Copies of the CD itself can be obtained from Choraline.
Under our conductor, Michael Cayton, we are running a series of Orchestral Workshops, rehearsing Schubert’s Symphonies.
The workshops are open to all musicians in the Watford area.
For further information contact email@example.com
Choir members might like to volunteer to help out at these workshops. All are welcome – especially cake bakers!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be good to get a group together to build up a repertoire.
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.