Dear All

I was going to write in support of Molly and the committee who must have agonised about how best to address the SCS increasing expenses. Several people have responded by mail in support of her mail. Others may be feeling concerned and Molly is very happy to respond to these concerns. However, when this mail arrived in the SCS mail box, I thought it summed up just how lucky we are and what good value we get (sender annonymised to spare blushes).

It’s been a brilliant year, one which I have thoroughly enjoyed, thanks to the skill, talent & good humour of Huw and to the hard work of the committee. Not to mention our superb accompanist.
I think meeting every Monday, with like minded people to sing, is a highlight of every week & is a counterbalance to the trials & tribulations we face in life, at home or in our work place.
The rise in subs is fine by me & worth every single penny!
I look forward to the exciting times ahead.
Thank you for all you do.

Succinctly supported by Cecile: “Molly for Prime Minister”! Editor’s note: Thanks Cecile, nice thought but what would SCS do without her?

Rehearsal schedule and message from Huw

The award for best posture on May 10th goes to….. (drum roll) the altos! Editor’s Note: “Pah! Favouritism – that’s two gold stars to the altos. When do we get a turn?” say the Sopranos, Tenors and Basses!

Plan for next week:

Rossini: Sanctus and Credo

Fig 33-38 (p45 old, p46 new)
Fig 28-33 (p40 old, 42 new)
Fig 55-62 (p70 old, p76 new)
Fig 15-20 (p26 old, p25 new)

Rossini: – Kyrie

Message from Molly and the committee – concert dates for your diaries

2015-1016 Season
14th November 2015: Elgar The Music Makers; Walton Belshazzar’s Feast; Holst Hymn to Jesus: Tewkesbury Abbey
5th March 2016: The Pelly Cantata, World Premiere; Elgar The Music Makers; Schubert in G: Bath Abbey
25th June 2016: The Pelly Cantata; The Minpins: Rutter’s Requiem: Stroud venue to be confirmed

2016-2017 Season
22 October 2016 Brahms Requiem Tewkesbury Abbey
22 October 2016 Brahms Requiem St John’s Smith Square, London (overwhelming majority in favour of the option 1 vote!)
19 November 2016 Messiah
9th December 2016 Christmas Concert
Spring 2017 St. John Passion
Molly will let us have more details of 2016 – 2017 season once confirmed!

SCS Social Event: Barn Dance – message from Susie and Veronica

We are intending to hold a Barn Dance for SCS at the Beeches Green Church Hall on Saturday 17 October 2015 at 7.30. There will be a live band called Common Ground in which our very own Fran Wade plays and a caller to guide us through the dances! Editor’s note – phew that’s a relief can you imagine the potential human pile up without a caller?

We need a rough idea of how many people might like to come before we confirm all elements of the evening and we calculate the price of the tickets, so Molly will be asking for a show of hands next week.

Other Events

Sunday 31st May – open garden at Frampton Manor, Frampton on Severn, GL2 7EP: 1400 – 1730
Even in aid of the Stroud and District Citizen’s Advice Bureau and features Copious Notes, the Frampton Silver Band and delicious teas as an accompaniment. For children, there is a treasure hunt! Also loads of other stuff to keep you amused and raise money for a really good cause.

Saturday June 20th at 1930 – VOCES8 performing at Malmesbury Abbey
VOCES8 are a well known group who sing unaccompanied. The programme includes Tallis, Elgar, Ola Gjeilo, Allegri and Taverner. Tickets are £15 for adults, £5 for students and can be obtained from the Malmesbury Abbey Bookshop, from the MAMs ticket secretary David Barton on 01666 824 924 or from Joy Smith 01666 840 865, or on the door.