Dear OW and Friends,
Singing in a choir changes lives as Gareth Malone’s various television programmes have shown countless times. However nervous newcomers may feel as they walk through the door, they invariably leave with a smile on their face and can’t wait for the next rehearsal. Wycliffe Choral Society has been offering this opportunity to OW’s, parents, friends, staff and pupils of the School for over 35 years and guarantees a warm welcome to new members on all four parts so do please spread the word. There are no auditions and copies of the music are provided. The choir averages about 90 members at present but is known as one of the friendliest choirs around so, if you are not sure whether it is for you, please do feel free to come along and give it a try. Newcomers can attend rehearsals in September to see how they get on before committing themselves to join.
The musical arrangements for the season are as follows:
Rehearsals Tuesdays 7.45 – 9.30pm in the Performing Arts Centre,
Wycliffe Preparatory School starting on Tuesday 3rd September
Programme The Creation – Haydn
Choruses from Messiah – Handel
Missa Solemnis – Beethoven
Workshop Sunday 15th September – 11am – 5pm in Wycliffe Chapel
Faure’s Requiem led by Ben England
Sunday 24th November 2019 – 7.00pm in Wycliffe Chapel – Programme: The Creation – Haydn
Sunday 1st December 2019 – 6pm in Stonehouse Methodist Church – Choruses from Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s The Creation
Sunday 10th May 2020 – 7.30 pm in Wycliffe Chapel – Programme: Missa Solemnis – Beethoven
Haydn’s Creation depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Bible and he was inspired to write it towards the end of his long life by hearing the oratorios of Handel in England. Haydn is quoted as saying that, once in the flow, he begged God to let him be able to finish the work, clearly knowing he was on to a winner. It has captivated audiences and performers alike ever since its first performance in Vienna in 1799 and has the added bonus of not being especially difficult, so is ideally suited to those who may not have sung in a choir recently or indeed at all. I am particularly pleased that two of the three soloists in the performance in November, Hannah Swain and Sam Dressel, are Old Wycliffians and the third is Jonathan Pacey with whom Sam has sung in Voces8 until recently. The choral society will also be singing some of the most popular choruses from Handel’s Messiah during the Autumn so if you have never sung Handel’s famous Hallelujah Chorus, this is your chance! 2020 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven and in celebration of this, the choir will be rehearsing his Mass in D known as the Missa Solemnis, one of the greatest and most thrilling of all choral works. The Creation, Messiah and Missa Solemnis can all be listened to on YouTube and are available from ChoraLine in which your vocal line is played on an instrument, a great way to learn your part. I have no doubt that they will together provide an exciting, varied and most enjoyable year’s singing.
The Choral Society also holds a number of optional social events, such as concert visits and walks which members value as a way of getting to know each other better. The subscription for the season is £70.00 (£10 for students) which can be paid in two instalments once newcomers have committed to join.
Our committee and I as conductor and a former Wycliffe Director of Music, look forward to seeing both familiar and new faces on Tuesday September 3rd. In the meantime, if you have any queries, please look at the website https://www.wycliffechoralsociety.org.uk/ or contact the Secretary, Mrs Rosemary Robinson on 01453 834356 or firstname.lastname@example.org