Sign the petition for choirs to rehearse indoors

Although over 26,000 singers signed the original petition to allow amateur choirs to resume rehearsals (professional singers can, since 18th May), Parliament will only consider a ‘Parliamentary petition’, and will not debate it until there are 100,000+ signatures. For more information, see the BBC’s website. Please help us get back to rehearsing in person together by signing the petition here:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/586559

Recordings from our concert in 2000 now available on this website

In the year 2000 we held a special concert to celebrate over 100 years of singing as a choir. The concert included:

  • Vivaldi’s Gloria
  • John Bawden’s “Down Yonder Green Valley”, a set of popular folk tunes arranged especially for us by him.
  • Michael Hurd’s “Five Songs of Praise”, commissioned from him by us as a centenary piece.

To hear them please click here. (You will need the password from Susan’s emails.) For copyright reasons, please do not download these recordings or share them with others outside our choir.

Scores for our online summer rehearsals are now available

Do join us online from 7.20 for a 7.30 start on Mondays, from 12th April onwards.

This summer we will be working on a rather lighter programme as follows:

  • Bethlehem – Martin Guerre
  • Until we sing again
  • Goodnight sweetheart
  • Wonderful world
  • You raise me up

The scores can be downloaded here, using the password in Susan’s email. If possible, please print the scores 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.

If you are thinking of trying singing with us, these are all very accessible pieces, and great fun, so do just  email our secretary Susan, or ring her on 01489 589 819, to find out how to participate. The great thing is, on Zoom, no-one else hears you sing!

If you are new to Zoom meetings, or just need a refresher on settings etc, see Susan’s guide: 

We’re getting used to rehearsals on Zoom …

Altogether some 50 of us typically log in on a Monday evening to enjoy practising together as a break from lockdown.

It all seems a little strange at first. You can only hear Andrew, leading and playing, and not the other choir members. However, you soon get used to it, and the plus side is that no-one hears your mistakes! As a result, if you are thinking of trying us out when we can sing together again, this is an ideal opportunity to get the flavour of Andrew’s lively style in running our rehearsals, and we would love to welcome you.

Do email the Secretary, or ring her on 01489 589 819, if you’d like to give it a go.

Catch up with Brian Moles’ organ recital

On 4 March, Brian gave a recital on the J.W. Walker & Sons pipe organ of St Mary’s, Portsea, in aid of The Organ Project, which aims to secure the remaining funds required for the organ’s restoration. The concert uses the New English Hymnal as a starting point.

Diary dates (rehearsals, concerts, etc), updated 7 Nov 2020

Rehearsals in the URC are currently suspended until we are notified that it is safe to recommence, so we are currently rehearsing online by means of weekly Zoom meetings, 7.30 Mondays.

Regrettably, it is not possible to say when we will be able to recommence rehearsals together, let alone stage a concert, so our planned (deferred) performance of the St John Passion will not now take place in 2021.

More news when we have a clear view of the way forward.