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There are two sections on this page.   The upper section, Choir and Concert Notices, contains links to copies of various documents and emails that have been sent or distributed to members.   Below that is a section containing some Rehearsal Aids for specific concerts.

Choir and concert notices

To see copies of any of the items below, click on the icon to the right of the item you wish to see.

Date Item Link
11 Dec 2018 Choir Notes for Christmas concert
26 Nov 2018 Christmas Concert 2018  -  Programme Content
25 Oct 2018 Choir Notes for Bach B Minor concert
05 Sep 2018 Link to new 2018/19 season brochure
25 Aug 2018 New Season 18/19 Newsletter 

Rehearsal Aids

Christmas Concert 2018

The following clips and aids may may useful when learning the items planned for the Christmas 2018 concert.  Click on the icon to the left of the relevant item.
Chris Hutchings : Adeste Fideles (individual parts)
Chris Hutchings : Adeste Fideles  (performance)
Jan Sandström : Det är en ros utsprungen  (performance)
Michael Higgins (arr) : Tomorrow shall be my dancing day (performance)
Nico Muhly : Bright Star Carol (performance)
Peter Burton : Come and sing the Christmas story  (MIDI)
Sarah Quartel (arr) : Silent Night  (performance)


Brazilian Songs of Nature

Roland Perrin, whose arrangements of these Brazilian Songs we are performing in the Duke Ellington concert, has kindly supplied MIDI and MP3 files of the items we are planning on doing.  The MP3 versions are the more natural-sounding ones (albeit with an artificial chorus!) but the MIDI ones may be useful for the technically-minded ones amongst you.   Clicking on the MIDI logo will take you to a folder hosted by DropBox that contains all of the MIDI files and from where you can download all of the files either individually or all in one go.  Clicking on the MP3 logo will download the relevant file directly to your device.
Double Rainbow
My Country
Waters of March

Te Deum - Text

In October 1891, Dvorak was appointed Director of the National Conservatory in New York, his duties to commence the following autumn.  His new employer commissioned him to write a cantata to mark the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America, the text for which would be supplied in due course.   The promised text never arrived so, not wanting to let down this new employer before he took up his post, Dvorak turned to the great Latin hymn of praise Te Deum Laudamus and used the text from this instead.   During rehearsals, Neil has often referred to the English meaning of parts of the text to highlight the music score.   Tenor Richard Simon has kindly taken the whole text and laid it out in its full translation so that you can see the entire context.   Click here or on the image to the left for this.

Monteverdi Vespers

As you will have seen from the first rehearsal, the vocal parts written in the Vespers don't match our typical vocal parts or ranges all the time so it is necessary to rejig them in a few places.   Neil has issued two sets of vocal allocations - one that designates which SATB vocal part sings which vocal line in the music and the other that distinguishes between the solo & chorus sections. Both items are available here.    Click on the two images on the left to download the two documents (one per image) and please make sure you have transferred all the instructions to your copy.   In addition to this, there are a few places in No2 (Dixit Dominus) that involves chanting on a single note.   Click here or on the image to the right to download the details for these as well.
Several members have asked about recommended recordings of the work.   Neil's selection is as shown below - any one of these will do as they are all equally as good.   Click on the one you wish to select and you will be taken directly to the Amazon page for this item should you wish to purchase it directly from Amazon.

Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

The Gabrieli Consort
Paul McCreesh

Watch and listen to a performance by the Monteverdi Choir recorded in the Chapelle Royale of the Palais de Versailles in March 2014, fifty years after Sir John Eliot Gardiner founded the choir.

Christmas 2016 - Adeste Fideles

The following sound files may be useful when learning Chris Hutchings' Adeste Fideles, which we will be singing in the Christmas Concert.  Chris has created these sound files for us. For each part there are two versions - the first has just that particular voice part playing, the other has it with the other voices playing quietly in the background.   Just click on the relevant image to download the associated sound file.   Each one is about 3.5MB in size so may take a few seconds to download.   You may need to click on the downloaded file for it to play.
Voice Part Alone With
Soprano 1
Soprano 2    
Alto 1 
Alto 2
Bass 1
Bass 2
All Parts  


French Gothic

The following clips on YouTube may may useful when learning the items planned for the French Gothic concert.  Click on the adjacent YouTube icon to open a new window with the clip.
Durufle : Notre Pere Listen to the words only: 
Vierne : Messe Solennelle  
Martin : Notre Pere  
Poulenc : Exultate Deo  
Durufle : Requiem  



The following clips on YouTube may may useful when learning the items planned for the Ikons concert.  Click on the adjacent YouTube icon to open a new window with the clip.
Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 1*
Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 2
Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 3
Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 4**
Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 5
Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 6
Arvo Pärt : Bogoroditse Devo  
Gorecki : Totus Tuus 
John Tavener : Svyati
Wood : Hail, Gladdening Light   
* Ignore first 45 seconds of the track.   You'll hear why!
** Ignore first 10 seconds. 

A New Dawn

The following clips on YouTube, Soundcloud and Dropbox may may useful when learning the items planned for the New Dawn concert. Click on the adjacent YouTube or Soundcloud icon to open a new window with the clip.   Clicking on the Dropbox icon will open a shared folder containing an audio file for each part (S1, S2, A1, A2, T1, T2, B1, B2) - please click on the one relevant to you to download the audio file to your computer.   These have been created especially for you by Michael Higgins, for which many thanks.
James MacMillan : A New Song
Arvo Pärt : The Beatitudes
Eric Whitacre : Lux Aurumque
Ola Gjeilo : Northern Lights
Morten Lauridsen : Sure on this Shining Night                   
John Tavener : Svyati
Will Todd : The Lord is my Shepherd
Howard Goodall : Love Divine
James MacCarthy : A Quoi Bon Dire 
Roxanna Panufnik : Declare the Wonders 
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