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Update 17 January 2021
Choir Members : After last week's great vocal session with Jo Tomlinson, we welcome Helena Dix to our guest spot for tomorrow's online rehearsal.   Many of you will remember Helena's fabulous contribution to our performance of Carmina Burana in the Cadogan Hall in 2019 (oh, to be back singing to a real audience!).
Update 19 December 2020
Everyone : Well, we managed to sneak in the two weeks of recordings as hoped and the fabulous result can be seen here: WCS Christmas 2020.   With huge thanks to Michael Higgins for not only writing the commissioned music but also engineering the video.
Update 06 December 2020
Choir Members : With Lockdown #2 now completed, we're going to squeeze in two more mixed live/Zoom Monday rehearsals in St Mark's Church before Christmas - recording the four fabulous carols that Michael has adapted for us and that we've been rehearsing during Lockdown #2.   Choirs A&B this Monday 7th December, choirs C&D the following Monday 14th December.
Update 06 December 2020
Choir Members : With Lockdown #2 now completed, we're going to squeeze in two more mixed live/Zoom Monday rehearsals in St Mark's Church before Christmas - recording the four fabulous carols that Michael has adapted for us and that we've been rehearsing during Lockdown #2.   Choirs A&B this Monday 7th December, choirs C&D the following Monday 14th December.
Update 03 November 2020
Choir Members : With Lockdown #2 upon us, rehearsals will revert to being Zoom-based only for everyone on Monday evenings until further notice.
Update 02 November 2020
Choir Members : Tonight's rehearsal will go ahead as planned in the same format as last week. Please ensure you have your copies of 100 Carols for Choirs and, if you're in Choirs C and D, you've printed off your copies of Michael's carols. Thereafter, watch this space for notification of the rehearsals during Lockdown #2.
Update 24 October 2020
Choir Members : After the cobweb-clearing fun of the first few weeks with a look at parts of Handel's Messiah, we will start to look at Christmas music from Monday 26th October onwards.   Please ensure you have your copy of 100 Carols for Choirs to hand.  Sarah did refer to this in her newsletter of 10th October and you will all need access to your own copy - we are not hiring any copies out this time. Copies of Michael's new music will be issued via email before Monday night's rehearsal.
Update 12 October 2020
Everyone : We had our first mixed live/online rehearsal this evening with up to 35 singers in the church + Neil + Michael (so within the church's defined terms) and a great number of other members tuning in at home via Zoom. Two one-hour sessions were held with a different set of singers in each. It was such a relief to get back to some real singing in person and feedback from those at home was very positive as they felt much more part of the rehearsal by hearing other voices. Huge thanks to Tracy & Helen in particular for assessing the risks and putting together the processes to make it all happen.
Update 12 October 2020
Choir Members : Please download this document that contains a summary of the rules and conditions under which we need to operate the live rehearsals on Monday evenings. Make sure you are familiar with all the conditions listed within it and note where each voice part will be sitting - they are not the same locations as before. In addition, if you have been assigned for a specific role during each rehearsal session then the tasks for each role are defined in this other document.
Update 10 October 2020
Choir Members : Please see your newsletter sent by email earlier today.  It provides you with great news about our return to live in-person rehearsals in St Mark's church (Yay!!!), albeit with substantial limits on numbers and clearly defined arrangements to ensure everything can be done as safely as possible within all the guidelines researched.   The newslertter is also available via the Choir Notices page.
Update 8 September 2020
Choir Members : Rehearsals during the initial couple of months of the new season will be managed via online Zoom sessions, the details for which will be issued via your voice reps.   Site surveys and discussions are taking place with the various rehearsal venues that we use to determine the options open to us for some form of safe return to singing together in the same venue.
Update 28 August 2020
Choir Members : The suspension of any 'physical' rehearsals in the usual venue remains in place until further notice.   A newsletter is due to be issued in the coming days with information about how we will be approaching the 2020-21 season.
Please note:  The AGM will now take place on Monday 7th September (earlier than usual) and will operate as a virtual session over the internet.   Details of the start time, how to connect to the session and the associated documents for the AGM will be sent out by email next week.
Update 17 August 2020
Choir Members : News will be forthcoming in the couple of weeks regarding the plans for the 2020-21 season in light of the Government's latest guidelines issued last week.  Watch this space.
Update 25 July 2020
Choir Members : Sarah and the team are keeping a careful eye on the various public discussions around the concerns of group singing, especially in the non-professional world such as ours, and assessing any potential for the choir to return to some form of collective singing together in the same space whenever it may be deemed feasible.  Choirs considerably smaller than WCS in numbers may be able to do so much sooner than us so please bear with the team as they look at what options may be both realistic and pragmatic for us in due course.  A provisional rehearsal schedule will be published but it will be subject to confirmation of its implementation.  Watch this space!
Update 06 June 2020
Everyone : See our virtual choir recordings of Rachmaninov's Bògòroditse Devo and Michael Higgins' Bright Morning Stars.
Update 19 April 2020
Choir Members : A newsletter sent to you today from our Chairman contains the decision taken by the team to cancel all events planned for the rest of this season, notably the concert planned for 6th June and the recording of the Da Vinci Requiem at the end of May.  The one exception to this is that we are still hoping to run the end of season quiz if the practicalities of using online meeting facilities for this can be done.  Watch this space!
Update 24 March 2020
Ticket Purchasers : The refund stage has been completed by the ticketing system.  It is now up to the banks and card companies to finish crediting the accounts of each cardholder.  We are advised this could take another 7-8 days.  Please be patient.  Many thanks.
Update 22 March 2020
Everyone : All being back hopefully to some sense of relative normality by then, it is planned to reschedule the cancelled Rachmaninov/Britten concert for the Spring of 2021, again in Southwark Cathedral.  Further details on the website once confirmed.
Update 21 March 2020
Choir Members : You should have received an email this morning bringing you up to date with what the current plans are for the short to medium term.  A copy of the email can be found on the Members/Choir Notices page.  Please note there will be no Monday rehearsals until further notice.  Please keep an eye on the Rehearsals page for further information.
Ticket Purchasers : The refund process is ongoing and taking a little longer than hoped.  It will probably tip into early next week for some.  Please bear with us.  Thanks.
Update 20 March 2020
Important Notice : The process of issuing refunds for ticket purchasers has begun and will continue over the weekend.  Please be patient with this.  The Society's executive team is still working through the aftermath of cancellation and assessing the way forward in the immediate to short term - especially about rehearsals and other events.  Choir members will be informed as soon as these discussions have been completed.  Please keep checking back to this page for further updates.
Update 17 March 2020
With regret, Saturday's concert has been cancelled
In light of the advice issued over the past 2-3 days by HM Government and other influential factors, the Society's executive team has taken the decision to cancel the concert in Southwark Cathedral that was scheduled for this coming Saturday 21st March.  We are very sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.  Those of you who have purchased tickets for this concert will receive an email in the next 24 hours regarding the refunding of your ticket payments.  Choir members will have received an email from their respective voice reps to confirm that the remaining rehearsals and the concert itself have been cancelled.  Information on how the choir will operate in the coming weeks/months will be issued later this week.  Please be patient for receiving these items.  Thank you.
Update 16 March 2020
Tonight's rehearsal is cancelled
Update 15 March 2020
Important Notice : The Society's executive team is monitoring the current situation regarding COVID-19 on a frequent basis and using the advice from Public Health England and HM Government to determine its next steps.  At the time of writing, the rehearsals and concert scheduled for this coming Saturday 21st March are still going ahead.  Please check back here on a daily basis this week for any changes to this status.
Posted: 19:18:47 - 22/03/2020

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