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2014-09-22

HUW’S EMAIL:
Well done everyone, we have really broken the back of the Elgar, and have really got our teeth into the 2 large chorus: Demon’s chorus p70-91 and Praise to the holiest p111-147.
Plan for next week Sept 22nd:
Sectionals in 1st half:
ladies p95-102
p 126-136
& p 95-102
T&B (in the shed as before!)(Directions on last week’s email, available on the website in the member’s area)
p126-136
p95-102
& p 163-165
&p167-168
Full rehearsal
p83-91 The mind bold
p 165-165 (no sops!):-(
p16 Be merciful
The 1st semi-chorus rehearsal, at the end of SCS will be on Oct 6th!
SEMI CHORUS AUDITIONS
I would like to establish a semi-chorus for SCS to give us more musical flexibility for the future. I would audition members interested in joining after rehearsals in the next few weeks. If members are aware of good singers in their midst who are being modest please encourage them to join.
Initially it would be a semi-chorus of about 20 singers for the Elgar, but depending on the repertoire, it would be good to have up to 35 or so singers for future occasions.
A semi-chorus singer would ideally be a relatively confident singer who is mostly able to hold their individual line. (This is relative, depending on how hard the music is of course and how well you know it!)
I’ll hold auditions in groups of 4-6 singers per part and we would be singing repertoire that we have sung that evening in the rehearsals. Auditions would be roughly 5 minutes long, and you would be singing in a group.
I will do tenors and basses after the split rehearsal (c8.20pm) next Monday and ladies after the full rehearsal c9.30.
Please don’t be shy, I don’t know all SCS members well enough so it would be a good opportunity to meet and get to know you better!
Thanks
Huw
MOLLY’S TATTY END BITS!:
A WELSHMAN VISITS NAILSWORTH
To celebrate the installation of the early Nineteenth Century Samuel Renn organ in St George’s Church, we are thrilled to welcome Huw Williams to give the Opening Recital on Saturday 4th October.
The organ, acquired from the Chester Diocese, has recently undergone a £90,000 restoration prior to installation in Nailsworth.
Tickets at £10 available from Myles (bass) or Laurie (tenor)
WORDS OF GERONTIUS
Thanks to Michael and Heather who have condensed the poem Dream of Gerontius into 8 pages on a PDF. See attached.
SUB ROOMS MESSIAH
We will be collecting names for this on Monday, please look for the sheet at the registers desks. Dress code will be dinner jackets for the men and the usual black blouses and long skirts or trousers for the ladies.
CONSIDERATE PARKING AND DRIVING
We are apparently the worst users of Marling when it comes to this! Please avoid blocking cars in when parking and try and be more considerate during the mass exodus. Somebody had to wait for 15 minutes to get up Downfield Road the other night!
There is another car park on Beard’s Lane( the previous left turning if coming out of Stroud) and you can walk through the school grounds very easily, as the basses and tenors found this week!

TOUR QUESTIONNAIRE

If you did NOT go on the tour this year, please could you complete the attached “another questionnaire” to assist with planning for the future.

RING PULLS FOR THE PHILLIPINES
Just a reminder from Kay Sandells. From now on there will be a jar at each rehearsal for collecting ring pulls plus information about the evening on 14th November at which items made from the ring pulls will be on sale. Many thanks to all who are collecting.
ENGLISH POETRY AND SONG CONCERT SUNDAY 12TH OCTOBER
Featuring mainly songs to poems by WHDavies who lived at Nailsworth from 1923-40, and is most remembered for his poem, ‘Leisure’ : ‘What is this life, if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare…’; and also some songs of the Great War for audience to sing along to. Many of the songs have music by Ivor Gurney, the Glos composer & poet. Performers are Philip Lancaster (baritone) & Steven Kings (piano), with readings by Richard Carder (chairman of EPSS), who also gives a talk on Davies’ life as a ‘Supertramp’.
See attached poster “sounds of supertramp”
EMAIL SUBMISSIONS
If you are still ploughing through to this point then THANK YOU!
I am happy to include any relevant notices in this email. It would make my job easier if you could send them in the format I use so I just have to cut and paste.And if you put the title in capitals I’ll be delighted!
And finally… well done for less chatting during rehearsals