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A MESSAGE FROM OUR MUSICAL DIRECTOR, DENISE BEYNON

Welcome to our web site.  We are a friendly choir - everyone is welcome.  Although we work hard in rehearsals our main aim is enjoyment of the music we learn and perform.  We sing a great variety of pieces as you can see from our Recent Repertoire page, so you are sure to find something to suit your taste!

Do come and give us a try.  There is NO AUDITION.  Send us a message using the box at the bottom of this page or just turn up one Monday.

Don't worry if you feel that your singing or music reading abilities are not all they should be; we work on singing technique and will help you with any problems.  You'll find your skills improve with practice.  Experienced singers will also find some new challenges.


THE PRACTICAL PART

Rehearsals are held at Elm Road United Reformed Church, Gatley, on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30.  Click Here for Map  For SatNav users the Post Code is SK8 4LY.  There is a break at about 8:30 for socialising and refreshments.

There are normally three concerts each year.  A schedule of rehearsal and concert dates is published on the members' section of the website and is also available from the secretary.

We wear a uniform for the concerts which varies according to the type of programme.  For men it is usually a dress suit and shirt (or other dark suit and white shirt) with black bow tie.  Ladies’ uniform usually involves an ankle-length black skirt or trousers, with either black or white long-sleeved top.  The clothes to be worn are announced in advance of a concert and items such as the ladies’ red scarf are available to borrow.

We are a registered charity; if you're interested in the details a copy of our constitution can be obtained from the chairman.  An AGM is held in January, at which subscriptions for the coming year are agreed.  They then become due, and UK tax-payers are encouraged to Gift-Aid them.  Subscriptions can be paid in two instalments if preferred, and if you join during the year a part subscription is payable, by arrangement with the treasurer.

Music for a concert is provided by the choir, usually being hired from the library or copied from legitimate internet sources.  Borrowed music should only be marked with soft pencil and such markings removed before return if possible.  It is often collected in at the end of a concert but is due back at the latest by the Monday after.   Members are liable for any expense (such as library fines, which could be considerable) arising out of late return of music.

Each section of the choir has a representative on the committee who will be pleased to help you settle in by answering any queries and passing on comments at any time.



HERE'S WHAT NEW MEMBERS SAY

"Everyone in the choir was so friendly, welcoming and warm towards me right from the beginning, it was lovely."  Laura E

"The leader is brilliant and the choice of music is great."  A Soprano

"A focused musical experience in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere."  Ann

I joined the choir part way through the rehearsals for a most stunning piece of music.  How can a choir attempt such an ambitious programme and at the same time welcome a new member with no experience of choral singing?  I think the answer lies in the philosophy of the choir and its conductor Denise which is to include all, but also to challenge.  As a consequence I've been able to grow in confidence, have fun and get 'under the skin' of the music in a way that I can honestly say has been a privilege.     Martin

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