Material for the first online rehearsal, 7.20pm, Monday 13 July

At last! The moment you’ve all been waiting for.

You are invited to join the first FPC Virtual Rehearsal

Monday July 13th7.20pm to 8.30pm

We are rehearsing Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus which is known to many of you, and not too difficult if it is new to you. Click on the link above to hear Kings College Choristers sing it.

The second piece is an arrangement of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It’s not the long and rather complicated arrangement that we performed last year but a much more straightforward version. The link in this paragraph will take you to a performance.

Attached to Susan’s email are pdf versions of the two pieces. If possible, please print these and sing with pencil in hand, as you do on any other Monday. If you cannot print them, they will appear on screen for you but the usefulness of this will depend on the size and definition of your screen.

A teach track for your voice part of Somewhere Over the Rainbow was also attached to your personal email from Susan, so that you can try it out before Monday.

The ‘doors’ will be open from 7.20 onwards for everyone to settle in and Andrew will begin the rehearsal at 7.30pm. He will start by guiding you through the Zoom experience and then we will sing. At some point we will stop singing for some social time together and we will finish at 8.30pm.

Here’s what to do

  • At 7.20 on Monday open Susan’s email and click on the link at the end of it.
  • You will be asked to allow and you should agree to this. (If you click on the link in this line you can go and have a look at the zoom website.)
  • Then follow onscreen instructions making sure that audio and camera are activated.
  • Say hello to anybody you recognise and that’s it.

Be not afear’d

  • Nobody can hear you scream sing.
  • You can just watch and not join in unless you want to.
  • This is good practice for what we hope to do in September but if you can’t join in now, you will be just as welcome in September. Just do what you think you can manage.
  • It’s surprisingly good fun.
  • If you feel anxious about this and would like to practise, please email me and we will set up a practice Zoom session.

Please support this if you can. We believe that we can’t just wait until things go back to ‘normal’ and that this is important in maintaining the spirit of our historic and wonderful choir.

And now, finally, here is the important part. Details on how to join the meeting are in  Susan’s email. Not repeated here to prevent us from being trolled.


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Susan’s email of 7 July – Rehearsals online start 13 July

Hello Everyone

 This comes with the hope that you are all still well and, perhaps, able to get out and about a bit more often.

There still seems to be little expectation that we will be able to resume full rehearsals in the near future but we have made good progress with the virtual experiment in the last couple of weeks.

On June 29th a pilot group of 13 met with Andrew via Zoom. This has been a learning experience for all of us, especially Susan and Andrew, but it’s also been great fun. As a small group we were able to play about with the various controls and then have a go at rehearsing a couple of pieces.

Yesterday (July 6th) we met again and spent more time singing, as well as trying out the opportunities that Zoom offers for members to meet socially, as they might on a Monday evening.

Now it’s your turn

Open rehearsal Monday July 13th at 7.20pm

 Next Monday (July 13th) the Zoom meeting will be open for anybody who would like to try it out and it would be great if as many of you as possible were to give it a go. This is an opportunity to discover what it would be like to rehearse in a virtual environment. We have all been surprised by how much fun we have had.

  • You will not be committing yourself to anything other than being there and you can participate as little or as much as you are comfortable with.
  • If you are unable to participate now, you can do so at any time in the future.
  • If you already have a computer, laptop or tablet you will be able to take part and you will not need to spend any money.
  • Whether or not you have used any form of video meeting in the last few months, you will be able to do this.
  • If you have never used Zoom you can have a phone tutorial before joining. (See Susan’s email).
  • All music will be provided in a form that you can print at home. The music may also appear on the screen but it will be helpful to annotate your score in the same way that you do normally.

What happens next?

  • On Friday(10th) you will receive an invitation to join the rehearsal on Monday July 13th . The meeting will be open from 7.20 pm and we will begin at
  • This email will also contain instructions for how to use the link as well as the materials you will need for the session.
  • You don’t need to reply to the invitation and whatever you decide, you are free to change your mind at any time.

Other matters

Thank you all for returning your St John Scores. No more nagging about that.

The  Music in Portsmouth website has an article about Andrew and his career.  The link will also be on the website.

If you shop online you might want to consider joining ‘Easyfundraising’. Every time you shop with particular sellers they will make a donation to the charity of your choice and we are listed there for you to choose. To date we have raised over £100 by this method. The choir is already £4.52 richer because of my efforts in the last few weeks!


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Diary dates (rehearsals, concerts, etc), updated 18 Mar 2020

Rehearsals are currently suspended until we are notified that it is safe to recommence. Once we do so, it is planned to rehearse every Monday until 7th December inclusive, except for:

  • Mondays July 27th through to August 31st inclusive. (Summer break)

Key upcoming dates:

  • July 13th – first online rehearsal.
  • July 27th – August 31st inclusive.  Summer Break 
  • Monday September  7th    First Autumn rehearsal
  • Saturday October 10th : Concert. Holy Trinity Church, Fareham (Looking doubtful)
  • Saturday December 12th Concert: Holy Trinity Church, Fareham.
  • Saturday March 6th, 2021: Bach’s St John Passion, in Chichester Cathedral.

Committee meetings:

  • TBA
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