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Information for Members

This page lists information that will be of use to members of the Society, but which may also be of interest to others. A members-only page has more information available to existing choir members, for which a username and password are required. Email us to ask for a reminder.

2018 - 2019 Season

Welcome back to another season!

We restarted rehearsals on Tuesday 4th September. New members are still very welcome. Our fantastic programme for Spring 2019 is Puccini's Messa Di Gloria and Poulenc's Gloria, with our usual Christmas concert in December. (Full set of dates at the bottom of the page.) The summer programme has yet to be announced.

Scores are available to hire on Tuesdays, at a cost of £7.

The 2018-19 membership form and accompanying privacy notice can be downloaded here.

Summer concert

Congratulations everyone on another hugely enjoyable concert.

Thank you to everyone involved. To our super-talented trio of Ellie, Arthur and Andre for all of their hard work and encouragement. To our excellent baritone Jonathan, and to all of those who volunteered their time up to and on the day to make the concert go as well as it did. Well done Judi! Last but not least a particular vote of thanks to all of you who sang in the concert and who worked hard to create a lovely sound.

Here are a selection of photos from the event:

Arthur and the Phantom
The chapel
The choir (1)
The choir (2)
Thumbs up from Ellie
Jonathan
Ellie
Julie Andrews

Spring concert

Congratulations!!!!

We managed to dodge the worst of the snow, and delivered a performance that was enjoyed by everyone present - audience, choir, orchestra, soloist and conductor. Some hugely positive feedback has already been received; we shall publish the newspaper reviews as soon as we see them ourselves.

Thank you for your all your efforts and hard work leading up to concert day and on the day itself.

You might have noticed that there was a photographer present. We shall publish links to the photos as soon as possible.

Now on to the 'summer'!

Summer Concert

If we can judge anything from the smiles in the audience and in the choir after the summer concert, then it must have been a roaring success! Thank you to everyone involved, but of course especially to Ellie and to Arthur.

Arthur's swashbuckling performance of Rhapsody in Blue will live long in the memory: if anyone now deserves a summer break, it is he! As for Ellie, what can we say? It's already a cliche to say that her enthusiasm is infectious, but it's no less true now than it was at the start of the season.

Well done to the choir, both for singing superbly and for everyone's volunteering efforts up to and during the day itself. The Henley Standard apologised that ‘Regatta congestion’ did not allow them to include the review in their most recent printed edition, but you can read online about our beautiful consonants at this link. The Newbury Weekly News called it a ‘summertime treat’.

Spring Concert

Thank you and well done! It was a fabulous achievement to deliver such consistent quality over works as diverse as those by Tallis, Purcell, Mozart and Bruckner. A really inspiring concert, and thank you again to Ellie, our soloists, Southern Sinfonia and everyone in and outside the choir who helped make the event run smoothly.

"I think the choir did brilliantly," said Ellie to the choir afterwards. "You were a pleasure to conduct, and I was so proud of the way you all pulled together – the attention you all gave to the shaping of notes in the Victoria meant that the motet in particular was absolutely stunning, and a real joy to hear. In addition, you were able to produce the ‘Fat Russian’ sound I had been so keen to hear in that Bruckner with real success – it packed a real punch! You should all be immensely proud of yourselves: how many choral societies can boast the flexibility and versatility to handle a programme spanning four centuries in one concert!?"

Christmas Concert

Congratulations to all involved in the annual concert of carols and readings in aid of the League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Many thanks to all singers for their hard work, especially our volunteer soloists. Thanks also to Ellie for her inspiration and perspiration.

Summer Concert

Congratulations everyone! What a fun evening. Huge thanks to all involved in the preparation and running of the concert, and especially of course to Roy and James.

The Wantage Silver Band were loud and wonderful! Many thanks to their leader Craig Patterson and to all of the players.

'In a week of great uncertainty and turmoil, this concert was a real tonic.' Read the review in the Henley Standard.

Bach B Minor Mass, Saturday March 12th 2016

What an extraordinary evening... A performance that will live in the memories of all who were present, both performing and listening. Congratulations everyone!

From Diana:

"WE DID IT!Click photo for full-sized version

Thank you, thank you, everyone. Thank you Roy for this evening and for keeping us going over the past weeks. Thank you to all of you who helped to make the evening a success by producing the programme, putting up the staging, parking cars, doing front of house, pouring drinks and tidying up the Chapel after the concert.."

Credit to Maggie Harvey for the above photo. (Click on the photo for the full-sized version.)

"A joyful triumph" sang the Newbury Weekly News. "Choral society does Bach's masterpiece proud" shouted the Henley Standard. Head over to our Facebook page or our Twitter account where discussion is continuing.

The First Forty Years

We have updated the website with a First Forty Years page, to match the First Thirty Years page!

Key Dates for This Term

  • Tuesday 4th September – first rehearsal
  • Tuesday 23rd October – no rehearsal, half-term
  • Tuesday 4th December – last Tuesday rehearsal before Christmas
  • Sunday 9th December – Christmas concert .

Future Dates

  • Tuesday 8th January 2019 – first rehearsal
  • Tuesday 19th February – no rehearsal, half-term
  • Saturday 16th March – spring concert: Puccini Messa Di Gloria, Poulenc Gloria
  • Tuesday 19th March – rubbing-out party
  • Tuesday 2nd April – last rehearsal before Easter
  • Tuesday 23rd April TBC – first rehearsal after Easter
  • Tuesday 28th May – no rehearsal, half-term
  • Saturday 22nd June – summer concert, programme TBA
  • Tuesday 25th June – end-of-season social Gallery

Photo Gallery

We're keen to show off any photos you may have of the Society rehearsing or performing. Here is a Flickr 'Photoset' from March 2011, with the choir rehearsing for Brahms German Requiem.

Form

Membership Form (with 2018 / 2019 membership fee info)

The 2018 / 2019 membership form and privacy notice, which also shows the current membership fees, can be downloaded here.