...Welcome to all you who came for the first time yesterday & welcome back to returning newbies!
-Hang in there, -it can only get easier...
Speaking of which, the new plan to reserve some front seats at every rehearsal from now on for new (or new-ish) members seems to be working well. I remind you that this will be a permanent feature of the choir from now on.
My view is that people need & deserve extra help right through their entire first year of membership.
The front rows are the ‘safest’ place in the room. They must not be allowed to solidify into clique-zones, or, ‘This is where Mildred always sits”, or any such nonsense. Thanks for your continuing help in making this work.
Repeat the Mantra “Hospitality towards new members is a duty of care, & proud as we are of our existing record on this matter, we will never stop striving to improve it further” (ommm)... ….(This will be a running conversation!!!
Caput Apri Defero
A Spaceman came travelling
Hark the Herald (Redland)
O Come & Wenceslas (Southville)
& The Ones We didn’t do....
Three Kings from Persian Lands
In Dulci Jubilo
O Little One Sweet (all from the Green Book)
A slight swerve! Because on Sun. 26th (at the end of next week), we have our last ‘pre-carol season’ concert.
The repertoire will be the same as for the last concert in St Pauls, PLUS, (Newsflash!), a couple of the more unusual carols! (Namely, The Lamb, Gaudete, Caput Apri Defero, & River). Also the Hallelujah Chorus.
...I know, I know... -No carol should ever be performed outside of December, but...
a) The Arts Trail people would prefer us to perform for longer if possible
b) Most people wouldn’t readily recognise the above as carols
c) They’re really cool & at least we’ve been working on them, unlike the older stuff!
(We will whip through everything on our list at next weeks rehearsals, but there’s no extra rehearsal on concert day).
Total setlist & probable timings now reads as follows:
Sun. Nov. 26th. 4.15-5.45-ish. St Michael & All Angels Church, Gloucester Rd, BS7 8NT.
Part of the North Bristol Arts Trail. Music all weekend. Full programme details further below.
Bristol MAN Chorus 4.15
Here we come a-wassailing
There is a paradise on Earth
The Moon Shines Bright
Stand by your Man
BMC + Gurt Lush Choir (combined) 4.45
The Green Leaves of Summer
I Heard the Angels Singing
Gurt Lush Choir 5.15
Bring him Home
Death & the Lady
Lay a Garland
Caput Apri Defero
From Memory! As much as possible of course (new people excused). Dress Code Lazy Formal, i.e. Black with a splash of red, in as much as it’s convenient!
New people, very welcome & are encouraged to come & do as much or as little of the set as you’re comfortable with.
It’s an informal community event. We won’t be at the very top of our game, but that doesn’t matter, it’ll still sound greatl! Also, relatively easy to ‘sell’ to the family as the Arts Trail will fill the building with cake & tea as well as arts & crafts!
Full programme for the weekend is:
Saturday 25th November.
1.00 Ukons. Eccentric ukelele band.
2.00 Kettle of Fish. Quirky acappella and familiar tunes from six men in
colourful shirts .
3.00 Richard Hughes. Eclectic accordion magic.
4.00 Sean Burrows. Irresistable toe tapping squeeze box.
5.00 Stepford Singers. Bishopston's fabulous all-female community choir.
Sunday 26th November.
1.00 John Collett. Silky jazz piano.
2.00 Gasworks Singers. Happy, high energy acappella on a grand scale.
3.00 Swithin. Strings, songs and sweet harmonies.
4.15 Bristol MAN Chorus. It's warm, it's hairy, it's alive !!
5.00 Gurt Lush Choir. It's gurt, it's lush, it's a choir !!
St Albans Tickets
Will be on sale at all branches from next week. (That’s our ‘flagship’ Crimbo Concert on Sat 16th Dec.)
Bit of posh, Bit of pop & a bit of sing-a-long, all family friendly, with a bar & not too long! The perfect Xmas Concert.
Adults £10, u18 £2. Only 250-ish tickets available in total, so fairly high risk of selling out. You have been warned!
Flyers & Posters for that same gig need getting out there! It’s a competitive time of year. Get to work please!
Sign-up for the St Albans gig now on the website. Do it as soon as possible please, coz choir numbers affect how many seats are left to sell to the public!
The rest below is repeated from previous mails
Coventry Carol part distribution N.B! To improve the balance I’ve put all altos onto the Tenor part & all T2’s onto the Bass part. So if the audio sounds different to how you remember it from last time, then that’s why!
(Sops, T1’s & Basses unaffected).
Full List of ‘Carols likely to be sung at some point’
For the Lord Mayor’s/Bristol Post/Radio Bristol Carol Concert. (All to be sung with the audience).
Hark the Herald, Good King Wenceslas, Ding Dong Merrily on High, O come all ye faithful. (All in harmony & from the Green Book).
Also we will sing unison versions of ‘Chestnuts Roasting’ (The Christmas Song), 12 days of Christmas & Slade’s ‘merry xmas everybody’.
Other ‘standard’ carols from the Green Book
The first Nowell, It came upon a midnight clear, Away in a Manger, Once in Royal, O Little Town, While Shepherds Watched.
& more obscure, but still in the Green Book
Past 3 O’ Clock, O little one sweet, Coventry Carol, In Dulci Jubilo, Three Kings from Persian Lands.
+ of course the ‘posh or unusual ‘carols & ’winter pop’ which we’ve been focussing on in rehearsals.
For New People if you wish to minimise the burden of new material to learn, then focus on the ‘posh or unusual’, then the full list of carols above in the order I wrote it. Also, remember, for any carols you already know, you’re welcome to just join in on the tune for this year, while you’re getting round to learning the alto/tenor/bass part!
Above all, don’t worry, just enjoy the crazy! Hope that makes sense.
Many of the carols we sing are arrangements from the ‘Green Book’, (More correctly known as ‘Carols for Choirs 1’), published by Oxford University Press. As these arrangements are still under copyright, I’m afraid that new members will need to buy a copy at some point. It’s always available from Amazon, & usually sells 2nd hand for about a tenner, although if you’re patient then you can sometimes get copies for under £3! Any edition, however old.. -they’re all the same inside. We do have a few copies we can lend out while you’re getting it sorted!
Next Concert Sun. Nov. 26th. 4.30-5.30-ish. St Michael & All Angels Church, Gloucester Rd, BS7 8NT.
Part of the North Bristol Arts Trail & last ‘normal’ one before we dive into the Crimbo season.
Repertoire, -much the same as the last concert. Get it in your diaries!
Sat 9th Dec. Charity Carol Singing, Clifton Down Shopping Centre, 3pm-4pm
Mon 11th Dec. Bristol Post/Radio Bristol Carol Concert, Colston Hall. (Lord Mayors Appeal). 7Pm
Sat 16th Dec. A Gurt Noel, (our official do), St Albans church, afternoon rehearsals, concert 7.30 start.
Fri 22nd Carol singing, Bristol Heart Institute, BRI, 12.30-1.30 pm
New people are ALWAYS welcome at concerts & highly encouraged to attend (unless you’ve got something better to do of course!)
Sam Burns. Gurt Lush Choir Bristol MAN Chorus