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2015-01-12

Revise
And the Spirit (p3)
Despairing cursing (p8)
The heavens are telling (p42)
Achieved is the glorious work (p90) No 27

New
Awake the harp (p33)
Basses p34 change the words to ‘rejoice in the Lord’ in 2nd bar
New Novello copies have different (‘incorrect’) words in bar 3, 4, 5, 6+7 and bars 46
By thee with bliss (starting p110 – NB top two lines are soloists so sopranos are line 3, altos line 4 etc)

I have attached a copy of Huw’s rehearsal plan which you may find useful to note down what we will be practicing, week by week.

STROUDISSIMO SELLING OUT FAST!
Stroudissimo tickets for January 31st are going very well but we still have room if you want to join in with what should be a very entertaining evening.
After one or two comments about our smart casual suggested dress code we think that party goers Should dress just as “issimo” as they desire! Please be aware there will be cameras there on the night not least from Cotswold Life – you have been warned.
Our auction of promises will start to preview at the end of next week and we will send you the link in next week’s newsletter – it’s looking very good with something for everyone
Someone has very kindly donated a baby’s cot quilt to the auction and we don’t know who it is – would you mind making yourself known to Susie Williams on 01453 873850.

HOW TO BUT TICKETS:
EITHER: In person at choir rehearsals
Give Susie Williams an envelope with:
Cash or Cheque enclosed for full amount,
Non-refundable, can be post-dated to 1st February
(Sorry, no electronic payments)
On outside of envelope write clearly:
* Your name
* How many of which price tickets
* Telephone number in case of queries
* Who you would like to sit with (optional)
OR: By post.
All the above details needed plus a Stamped, Self-Addressed Envelope to:Susie Williams, Longrow, Theescombe Lane, Amberley, Stroud GL5 5AY
Susie will allocate tickets on a strictly first-come-first served basis.
See attached flyer to send to your friends.

PIANO RAG-TIME FRIDAY 30TH JANUARY, UPLANDS.
Stephen Bryden (tenor) has an ace pianist coming to play an evening of Scott Joplin and to talk about rag-time in an informal setting. For more details, ask him: rehearsals or 01453 750655.

BMEMF WORKSHOPS ON 31 JANUARY AND 28 MARCH – “THE SPY’S CHOIRBOOK” AND “THE GARDEN OF LOVE”.
The Border Marches Early Music Forum is organising the above workshops, with tutors David Skinner and Sally Dunkley. Application forms can be downloaded from the website – www.bmemf.org.uk. See attachments “Spy’s choir book” and “garden of love”.

A GOOD REASON FOR WATCHING HUW!

Until I saw your foot by Heather Wastie

I thought this music was in 4 until I saw your foot.
But now I think it must be 3 or maybe 5 I can’t quite see,
Or 6 or maybe more.

I thought this piece was rather slow until I saw your foot.
But now I think it’s double speed, sometimes it’s very fast indeed
And other times it’s not.

I thought conductors gave the beat until I saw your foot.
But now I think it’s rather neat to look at all the tapping feet
And choose the speed that I prefer and play along with him or her
I find it helps a lot.

I thought this timing was all wrong until I saw your foot.
Conductors beat both east and west but we don’t play with all the rest,
We’ve found a tempo all our own and bar by bar our love has grown
Oh I was feeling all alone until I saw your foot.