Members Area

NEW: A thank you letter from Sam Roddan, Programme Director, Stamford WW1 Centenary Commemoration Programme
 You can find a letter from Sam Roddan here. Additionally, Jeremy would like to add a personal note of thanks to the committee and society members for agreeing to the extra administrative and musical requirements of this event. "It was, I hope you agree, a worthwhile and important venture for Stamford Choral and I think many us felt it was a great privilege to be able to mark this significant occasion in such a personal way, contributing our skills, time and talents. I know our contribution was highly valued by a great many of those that attended the commemoration." 

NEW: Music for Spring 2015
Copies of Elijah are now available from Stamford Music Shop. Please ensure you have one for the second week of the Autumn term (16th September). We will be using the New Novello Edition, edited by Michael Pilkington. Please make sure you have the correct edition, this clear and very user-friendly score is well worth the small financial outlay required and it will aid rehearsals and the two performances if we are all using the chosen edition. The Musical Directors will not have time in rehearsals to give alternative page numbers or notable differences. We do appreciate your help and expenditure in ensuring smooth rehearsals.

NEW: Music for Christmas 2014

Andrew Carter's Benedicite is now in stock at Stamford Music Shop. The price is £9.45, which includes a discount for Stamford Choral Members. An initial order for 100 copies have been made, please order through the music shop once these have gone. Other carols to come. Members without OUP Carols for Choirs 1 & 2 might be able to find second-hand copies online or through members of local choirs. Please bring these and the Carter to the first rehearsal on September 9th. Rehearsal files for Carter's Benedicite are now available at John Fletcher's website, a link is inserted for your convenience here.

NEW: Rehearsal dates for the Autumn term 2014 are listed here: 
September 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th December 2nd, 9th (6:30pm-8:30pm), 15th (Monday evening - 6:30pm-8:30pm in Stamford School Hall), 16th (Stamford School Hall 6:30pm for 7:30pm brief warm-up, top and tail and performance)

Future concert dates are now to found via the Future Concerts tab visible at the top of each page of this website.
 
Proposal for New Policy - Membership Review 

The committee has been discussing adopting a policy for when a member of Stamford Choral may not be able to continue to participate effectively at the standard required of the society. The draft policy is available for download here. Comments on the draft policy were invited before the 28th February 2014 and comments are now closed. 

Cyberbass  (and links to other useful sites)
Cyberbass is a free online resource that allows you to listen to individual voice parts of major choral works. Another very useful and comprehensive resouce is John Fletcher Music. You could also try Saffron Choral Prompt and ChoralLine. They are both very useful, but please note that the resources they provide are not free to use and Stamford Choral cannot provide funding for the use of these sites.

Voice Placement Tests

All new and prospective members of Stamford Choral are asked to undertake a Voice Placement test within three or four weeks of joining. Explanatory notes and the list of requirements can be found here

Voice Production and Warm Up
Dr Nigel Callow's simplified résumé of voice production and warming up can be found
 here.

Stamford Choral on Twitter and Facebook
Our evolving presence on social networking sites, links to our new Twitter feed and Facebook page are posted here:
https://twitter.com/#!/Stamford_Choral
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stamford-Choral/347970495222027

Minutes of Committee Meetings
A copy of the most recent agreed minutes of comittee meetings can now be downloaded here.
Members wanting copies of previous meetings are encouraged to contact their contact their voice representative.

German Pronunciation Guide
Mr Paul Herniman kindly produced a German pronunciation guide for our use when performing german language repertoire. It can be downloaded here.

Posters & Leaflets
Members have asked that Stamford Choral posters be made available in electronic format so that they can be downloaded and distributed at home. Posters will be made available in the members area for download once they have been finalised. Please right click on the name of the poster below to download a pdf format.
Stamford Choral Recruitment Poster Hi Resolution Version
Stamford Choral Recruitment Poster Low Resolution Version 



Forthcoming

7:45pm - 9:45pm Rehearsal at Stamford Methodist Church, Barnhill. Carter, Mov't 2, 1 and other passages. Wassail, Vaughan Williams - please look at this in readiness!. Rutter, Jepson, Hart and Turner (run through Adoration, revise As Midnight Rings).

PLEASE NOTE. Rehearsal times for the concert with Malcolm Sargeant School are as printed on the programme outline given to you recently, and follow the pattern of our previous collaboration in 2012. 9th December (6:30pm-8:30pm), Monday 15th December (Stamford School Hall 6:30pm-8:30pm), 16th December (Stamford School Hall 6:30pm warm-up and brief rehearsal before the concert at 7:30pm.

Stamford Choral's Christmas Concert, Stamford School Hall. Stamford Choral with the choir of Malcolm Sargent School, Stamford. An uplifting and joyful programme including Andrew Carter's exuberant and descriptive Benedicite and carols for choirs and audience. Jeremy Jepson and Vicki Mills, conductors. Emily Smith, Alan Peach and Jeremy Lloyd, accompanists. The orchestral version is now slated for performance at a later date, in a concert involving several schools in Stamford. 

Stamford Choral and Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir join together (a massed choir of around 170 singers) to present Mendelssohn's Elijah with orchestra, and an exciting line up of professional soloists in the inspirational setting of Peterborough Cathedral. This is the society's 'home' fixture of two performances, we repeat the performance, with the same orchestra and soloists, in All Saints', Leamington Spa a week later, on Saturday 28th March, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Tickets for all performances by Stamford Choral can be purchased from Stamford Arts Centre.Tel 01780 763203 www.stamfordartscentre.com

Stamford, Lincolnshire