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REHEARSAL etc SUNDAY 15 JULY

New Sets of Scores:

Liz Rockliff will have our new sets of scores to deliver to us on Sunday, with normal terms being payment on delivery. Please bring £15 per set with you (IN CASH NOT CHEQUE), or telephone Liz today or tomorrow if you prefer to pay by debit card (01494 819966).

Details for the rehearsal on 15 July are:

Rehearsal Timings:

5:00 doors open
5:15 warm up
5:30-6:30 rehearsal
6:30-7:00 announcements + refreshments

Following this, Jilly’s advanced students will be performing. The students are performing in the way of an ‘Informal Concert’ and hoping to raise money for the FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE HOSPICE – there will be a couple of collection buckets in the room, but absolutely no pressure to contribute. It would be lovely for Choir Members, family and friends to be there to encourage and enjoy the performances.

Positioning:

Soprano, Tenor, Bass, Alto facing the door as normal.

Repertoire:

LYRIC SHEETS:

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
I Believe
Razzle Dazzle
This Is Me
A Thousand Years
Bring Me Sunshine

SCORES:

Flying Free
The Hallelujah Chorus
Mad About Mozart
Ave Verum Corpus

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REHEARSAL etc SUNDAY 17 JUNE

Choir Folders. Please return choir folders used at the Summer Concerts to Sheila or Mike Samuel on Sunday.

Photograph. One photo from the Summer Concert has been posted on the Gallery page of the website.

Rehearsal

Timings:

Doors open: 5:30
Warmup: 5:45
Rehearsal: 6:00-7:00
Notices & refreshments: 7:00-7:30
Doors locked: 7:30

Seating: S, T, B, A in an arc, as normal.

Repertoire (to be the same for the remainder of term):

LYRIC SHEETS:

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
I Believe (attached)
Razzle Dazzle (attached)
This Is Me
A Thousand Years
Bring Me Sunshine

SCORES:

Ave Verum Corpus
Flying Free
The Hallelujah Chorus
Mad About Mozart

(To be added – when they have arrived…)
NEW SCORES:

SING (A. L. Webber & G. Barlow) 2-part
BATTLE HYMN of THE REPUBLIC SATB
HALLELUJAH 2-part
THIS IS THE DAY SATB
CAN YOU HEAR ME? (B. Chilcott) 2 part
THAT’S AMORE 2 part
ROGERS & H. ON BROADWAY 2 part
ONE VOICE (Barry Manilow) SAB
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REHEARSAL etc SUNDAY 20 MAY

Summer Concert

Choir Folders: If you’re performing with the choir at the Summer Concert and have not yet borrowed a choir folder, please collect one on Sunday evening from Sheila or Mike Samuel.

Programme: The final programme content, including solo, duet and ensemble details, will be issued by the end of next week.

Rehearsal

Seating: Soprano Tenor Bass Alto, as normal.

Timing:

4:30pm open doors and set up
4:45pm warm up
5:00pm session 1
6:00pm tea break and notices
6:20pm session 2
7:15pm (prompt) finish rehearsal and pack
7:30pm lock doors

Repertoire: Please bring your folder with ALL music in the following order:

Another Op’nin’, Another Show (lyric sheet)
Can You Feel The Love Tonight (lyric sheet)
Flying Free
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
The Rose (lyric sheet)
The Lord Bless You And Keep You
This Is The Moment (lyric sheet – Men)
The Wind Beneath My Wings (lyric sheet)
Panis Angelicus
Hallelujah Chorus
The Rhythm Of Life
The Lord’s Prayer (lyric sheet)
You’ll Never Walk Alone (lyric sheet)
The Bare Necessities (lyric sheet)
Climb Every Mountain (lyric sheet – ladies)
A Thousand Years (lyric sheet)
This Is Me (lyric sheet)
You Raise Me Up

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REHEARSAL ETC SUNDAY 13 MAY

Simon Lambros will be our Musical Director this coming Sunday.

Message from Jilly: A huge well done and thank you to all members who performed at the Village Hall last night. The singing was spectacular – polished, confident and very ‘moving’ – I was extremely proud!

Summer Concert 9 June – Choir Folders: Everyone taking part in the Summer Concert will need one of our official choir folders. Contrary to what was previously announced, these choir folders will be issued on loan at this Sunday’s rehearsal and also on 20 May.

13 May Rehearsal

Timings:

Doors open: 5:30
Warmup: 5:45
Rehearsal: 6:00-7:00
Announcements and Refreshments: 7:00-7:30
Doors locked: 7:30

Seating: Soprano, Tenor, Bass, Alto, facing the door as normal.

Repertoire: The list below is unchanged from last week:

LYRIC SHEETS:
Another Op’nin’, Another Show (ALL)
A Thousand Years ALL)
This Is Me (ALL)
The Bare Necessities (GENTLEMEN))
The Wind Beneath My Wings (ALL)
You’ll Never Walk Alone (ALL)
This is the Moment (GENTLEMEN)
The Greatest Love of All (LADIES)
The Rose (ALL)
Can You Feel The Love Tonight (ALL)
Climb Every Mountain (LADIES)
Memory (ALL)
The Lord’s Prayer (ALL)

SCORES:
Hallelujah Chorus
You Raise Me Up
Panis Angelicus
The Rhythm of Life
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Flying Free
The Lord Bless You & Keep You

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REHEARSAL ETC SUNDAY 6 MAY

Annual Parish Meeting 10 May. Everyone who offered to take part singing our two pieces has been included. Details will be issued shortly and, if any other members wish to take part, just enter your name on the sign-up sheet in the lobby when you sign in on Sunday.

Soirées. The soirée intended for 24 June will now take place on 1 July; the final one of this term will be on 22 July (our final rehearsal until September). Offers to sing will be asked for shortly.

Summer Concert 9 June

Richard Carrick will have tickets for sale during the refreshment interval at Sunday’s rehearsal and a sign-up sheet will be in the lobby when members check in.

A big THANK YOU to those who have put their names on the list to be considered for a solo, duet or ‘part in an ensemble’ – Jilly will contact you by Friday 11th with details of the final programme and rehearsal information. Please note that as the majority of items will be performed by our choir, only a few singers can be selected for solos etc in this concert. There will plenty of opportunities in the future 😉!

Rehearsal

Timings:

5:30 doors open
5:45-7:45 rehearsal FOR ALL. Announcements and refreshments will take place midway.
8:00 doors locked

Seating: Soprano, Tenor, Bass, Alto, facing the door as normal.

Repertoire: The list below will stay the same for a few weeks until finalisation of the Summer Concert repertoire list:

LYRIC SHEETS:
Another Op’nin’, Another Show (ALL)
A Thousand Years (ALL)
This Is Me (ALL)
The Bare Necessities (GENTLEMEN))
The Wind Beneath My Wings (ALL)
You’ll Never Walk Alone (ALL)
This is the Moment (GENTLEMEN)
The Greatest Love of All (LADIES)
The Rose (ALL)
Can You Feel The Love Tonight (ALL)
Climb Every Mountain (LADIES)
Memory (ALL)
The Lord’s Prayer (ALL)

SCORES:
Hallelujah Chorus
You Raise Me Up
Panis Angelicus
The Rhythm of Life
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Flying Free
The Lord Bless You & Keep You
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REHEARSAL SUNDAY 29 APRIL

Performance – Annual Parish Council Meeting Thursday 10 May, 7:00pm: We have been invited by the Parish Council to open the Annual Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 10 May by singing a couple of songs to the assembled audience. Please email to say if you are able to perform and Jilly will select the songs that are suitable for us.

Summer Concert: Anyone wishing to be considered for a solo, duet or a part in an ensemble are invited to send their details in an email no later than 6pm on Wednesday 2 May.

Choir Scores: Claire Collier has for sale (£20) a hardly used secondhand set of choir scores – (please do not buy these if you have already ordered a set from Liz Rockliff, as she has to buy them in specially for your order!).

Rehearsal 29 April:

Timings:

4:30 doors open
4:45 warmup
5:00-6:00 rehearsal
6:00 announcements and refreshments
6:20 approx – after refreshments this evening, there will be a performance of 5 songs by Sally Barnes and Sandra Cross, that we hope members will be able to stay to enjoy.
7:00 doors locked

Seating: Soprano, Tenor, Bass, Alto, facing the door as normal.

Repertoire: The list below will stay the same for a few weeks until finalisation of the Summer Concert repertoire list:

LYRIC SHEETS:
Another Op’nin’, Another Show – see attachment (ALL)
A Thousand Years – see attachment (ALL)
This Is Me – see attachment (ALL)
The Bare Necessities (GENTLEMEN))
The Wind Beneath My Wings (ALL)
You’ll Never Walk Alone (ALL)
This is the Moment (GENTLEMEN) – UPDATED VERSION – see attachment (ALL)
The Greatest Love of All (LADIES)
The Rose (ALL)
Can You Feel The Love Tonight (ALL)
Climb Every Mountain (LADIES)
Memory (ALL)
The Lord’s Prayer (ALL)

SCORES:
Hallelujah Chorus
You Raise Me Up
Panis Angelicus
The Rhythm of Life
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Flying Free
The Lord Bless You & Keep You

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REHEARSAL SUNDAY 22 APRIL

AGM. The AGM immediately follows Sunday’s rehearsal. All members should during the last weekend, have received an email copy of the summary of accounts. If you have not seen it, do check your spam folder. Another copy can be sent if asked for.

Rehearsal

Timings:

4:30 doors open
4:45 warmup
5:00-6:00 rehearsal
6:00 notices and refreshments
6:15 AGM
7:00 doors locked

Seating:

Soprano, tenor, bass, alto, facing the door as normal.

Repertoire:

LYRIC SHEETS:

Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend (LADIES)
The Bare Necessities (GENTLEMEN))
The Wind Beneath My Wings (ALL)
You’ll Never Walk Alone
This is the Moment (GENTLEMEN)
The Greatest Love of All (LADIES)
The Rose
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Climb Every Mountain
Memory

SCORES:

Hallelujah Chorus
Flying Free
The Lord Bless You & Keep You

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REHEARSAL SUNDAY 25 MARCH

Rehearsal Timings:

4:30 doors open
4:45 warmup – Jilly asks everyone to attend warmup if at all possible
5:00-6:00 rehearsal
6:00-7:00 announcements + refreshments+soirée
7:00 doors locked

Positioning:

Soprano, Tenor, Bass, Alto facing the door as normal.

Repertoire:

Mad About Mozart
Panis Angelicus
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Hallelujah Chorus

The Lords Prayer (lyric sheet)
The Greatest Love Of All (new lyric sheet – ladies only)
This Is The Moment (new lyric sheet – men only)

Soirée:

The soirée will start soon after the rehearsal is over and we hope that you will be able to stay on for it. The performers are:

Alex Franks: Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
Angie Varey: God Save The Outcasts
Dave Varey: Awake
Joan Waples: Just An Old Fashioned Girl
Jackie Boden: Hello Young Lovers
Norma Collins & Ruth Payne: Barcarolle
Greg Wakefield: Sixteen Tons
Hazel Price: My Favourite Things
Angie & Dave Varey: Till The Stars Fall From The Sky

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REHEARSAL SUNDAY 18 MARCH

Musical Director: Simon Lambros will be our Musical Director for the evening.

Heating: the Village Hall heating still awaits repair. The temperature in the Large Hall is likely to be +/-16 degrees.

Rehearsal Timings:

4:30 doors open
4:45 warmup
5:00-6:00 rehearsal
6:00-6:30 announcements + refreshments
6:30 doors closed

Positioning:

Soprano, Tenor, Bass, Alto – facing the door as normal.

Repertoire:

Mad About Mozart
Panis Angelicus
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Hallelujah Chorus

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REHEARSAL SUNDAY 11 MARCH

Membership Forms: if you have not yet returned a completed new membership form, please bring it with you on Sunday.

Rehearsal Timings:

4:30 doors open
4:45 warmup
5:00-6:00 rehearsal
6:00-6:30 announcements + refreshments
6:30 doors locked

Positioning:

Soprano, Tenor, Bass, Alto – facing the door as normal.

Repertoire:

Please bring a pencil and highlighter(s) with you!

A Tribute to Queen
The Rhythm of Life
You Raise Me Up
Panis Angelicus
Hallelujah Chorus
Thank You For The Music
Mad About Mozart
The Lord Bless You & Keep You
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REHEARSAL SUNDAY 4 MARCH

MILTON KEYNES COMPETITION

Coach – Claire Collier will collect on Sunday, or on the coach, any small tips (50p? pp) that members wish to contribute for the coach driver to/from Milton Keynes.

Choir Scarves/Bow Ties – If anyone needs to buy a choir scarf or bow tie (£2 each) to wear during the competition, Margaret Redler will have them at the library table on Sunday.

REHEARSAL

Rehearsal Timings:

4:30 doors open

5:00-6:00 rehearsal for LADIES (sopranos on stage, altos at floor level)

6:00-6:30 for ALL ‘setting places’, rehearsing ‘walking on and off’ and then singing both pieces.

6:30-7:30 rehearsal for MEN

Positioning:

Chairs will be set out on stage and in front of stage (as for Carol Concert); the piano will also be on the stage, at stage right.

Repertoire:

The Rhythm of Life
You Raise Me Up
Hallelujah Chorus
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Mad About Mozart
The Lord Bless You & Keep You

To help everyone further, Jilly has suggested and commented on the following uTube clips:

The Rhythm Of Life:

Lindley Junior School https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEo1yeqfBbg – expression, polish and clear diction/words
Sammy Davis Jr. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKSA049xkiU – context, energy and style
Ysgol Glanaethwy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAgs3BgTamw – energy, pride, competitiveness

The following is an example of a performance that needs more work:
Chandler’s Chorale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JueXojGA6nE – needs more energy and storytelling/expression (in my opinion!).

You Raise Me Up:

Men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6ojnuHuTa8 – diction, endings of, unity
The Christchurch Pops Choir (similar version to our version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZt9VnWRZes – polish, phrasing and sound
Josh Groban – official music video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJxrX42WcjQ – passion, expression and well worth watching!

The following is an example of very good choral work but the words lack emotion and understanding (possibly due to the age of the children?):

“You raise me up” and “Jericho”. British junior school choir 2011 finals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WGNeGf8rDM

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REHEARSAL SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY

Details for rehearsal on 25 February are:

REHEARSAL

Rehearsal Timings:
4:30 doors open
4:45 warmup
5:00-6:00 rehearsal
6:00-7:00 announcements + refreshments + soirée

Positioning:
Soprano, Tenor, Bass, Alto facing the door as normal.

The rehearsal will include ‘setting places’ and rehearsing ‘walking on and off’ – for the forthcoming Music Festival.

Repertoire:

The Rhythm of Life
You Raise Me Up
Hallelujah Chorus
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Mad About Mozart
The Lord Bless You & Keep You

SOIRÉE

The soirée will take place immediately following the rehearsal, with performances by:

Joan Waples – Harpsichord piece
Norma Collins – TBC
Claire Collier – From A Distance
Jill Franks – Badlands & Sunrise on the Matterhorn
David Cooper – I Won’t Send Roses
Jean Lawson – Somewhere
Jenny Cooper – On A Clear Day

We hope that as many members as possible will be able to stay behind for these extra 30 minutes to support our volunteer performers.
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REHEARSAL SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY AND OTHER MATTERS

SOIRÉES

Soirées are planned for:

25 February
25 March
24 June
22 July

If you would like to take part in one or more of these, please let us know which one and what you would like to perform, so that Jilly can create a programme.

MILTON KEYNES CHORAL COMPETITION – FRIDAY 9 MARCH

When you arrive for the rehearsal on Sunday, please double-check that your name is entered for the competition and that you are properly recorded as a coach passenger. If you can’t be there on Sunday – send us the information (this is the only way that we will know what size coach to book and it has to be booked next week!).

REHEARSAL

Rehearsal Timings:
4:30 doors open
4:45 warmup
5:00-6:00 rehearsal
6:00-6:30 announcements + refreshments

Positioning:
Soprano, Tenor, Bass, Alto facing the door as normal.

Repertoire:
The Rhythm of Life
You Raise Me Up
Panis Angelicus
Hallelujah Chorus
Thank You For The Music
Mad About Mozart
The Lord Bless You & Keep You

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REHEARSAL 28 JANUARY AND OTHER MATTERS

CALENDAR CHANGES

A number of changes have been made to the Calendar on the website:

25 February – rehearsal will be followed by a soirée
4 March – extended rehearsal (Ladies 5:00-6:00pm, All 6:00-6:30pm, Men 6:30-7:30pm)
25 March – rehearsal will be followed by a soirée
6 May – extended rehearsal (5:00-7:00pm for All)
20 May – extended rehearsal (5:00-7:00 for All)
24 June – rehearsal will be followed by a soirée
22 July – rehearsal will be followed by a soirée

MILTON KEYNES FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS CHORAL COMPETITION – FRIDAY 9 MARCH

As members know, our choir is scheduled to perform the two pieces, The Rhythm Of Life and You Raise Me Up on Friday 9 March and we will be arranging for a coach to take members ‘as a choir’ to this, our first competition, which takes place at:

The Ridgeway Centre,
Featherstone Road,
Wolverton Mill South,
Milton Keynes MK12 5TH.

Our performance time should be known within a very few days and will be posted on the Calendar page under ‘Upcoming Performances’. All members of the choir are welcome to take part and we will be asking for names and giving detailed timings shortly. The coach from/to Wing will be paid for from choir funds.

The hall in which we are performing seats 600, so supportive audience members (charge is expected to be £3 at the door) will be very welcome – the more the merrier!

POST-REHEARSAL EVENT

This Sunday, when we conclude at 6.30pm, Jilly will have four of her music theatre students performing in the Hall, both as post-exam success as well as preparing for forthcoming exams. Their family members have been invited and members of the choir would be most welcome to stay for up to an hour, both to enjoy the music and help to create a supportive and encouraging audience.

REHEARSAL

Rehearsal Timings

4:30 doors open
4:45 warmup
5:00-6:00 rehearsal
6:00-6:30 announcements + refreshments
(6:30-7:30 Jilly’s students perform)

Positioning

Sop1, Sop2, Alto1, Alto2, Tenor1, Tenor2 , Bass1, Bass2 – facing the door as normal.

Repertoire

Bring Me Sunshine
The Rhythm of Life
You Raise Me Up
Hallelujah Chorus
Panis Angelicus

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REHEARSAL 21 JANUARY AND OTHER MATTERS

CALENDAR CHANGES

29 April – immediately after the rehearsal on 29 April we will be entertained, as if for a soirée, by local performers Sally Barnes and Elaine Lavery. They have written and will perform a series of songs about the history of Wing.

8 and 9 June – the date of our Summer Concert in Wing Parish Church has had to be changed from Saturday 30 June to Saturday 9 June, still with two performances (2:30-5:00 and 6:30-9:00). The concert is preceded by a technical and choir rehearsal in the church on Friday 8 June from 5:00-7:45.

10 June. Rehearsal is cancelled, as the two Concerts the day before will have been sufficient for most of us!

As always, the choir website Calendar has been amended.

LIBRARY SCORES & CHOIR FOLDERS

If you still have Christmas term music scores from the choir library, or choir folders, please return them to Margaret Redler or Sheila/Mike Samuel, respectively.

REHEARSAL

Please bring a pencil with you.

There are ONLY 5 REHEARSALS before the Milton Keynes choir competition, so please do your best to learn the two pieces (The Rhythm Of Life and You Raise Me Up) that we are performing without scores.

Feel free to bring a recording device, such as a mobile phone, to the rehearsals.

Rehearsal Timings

4:30 doors open
4:45 warmup
5:00-6:00 rehearsal
6:00-6:30 announcements + refreshments
6:30 doors locked

Positioning

Sop1, Sop2, Alto1, Alto2, Tenor1, Tenor2 , Bass1, Bass2 – facing the door as normal.

Repertoire (the same for 28 January)

Bring Me Sunshine
The Rhythm of Life
You Raise Me Up
Hallelujah Chorus
Panis Angelicus