Stanmore Choral Society invites you to join us on Monday 4th January for a fun and productive Zoom rehearsal.
Whether you’re a regular singer or someone who’s always wondered what goes on in rehearsals, this is the no-tears way to join in. Taking part is free, and other people won’t hear your voice, so it’s the ideal taster.
Harry Bradford, our musical director, will lead us all through some fun warm-ups before we spend time getting to know The Heavens are Telling, a famous chorus from Haydn’s The Creation . We will be divided into high and low voices for some sectional rehearsals with James Mooney-Dutton, our accompanist, heading one group. There will be lots of support to help you in getting involved in this rousing and inspiring chorus.
All you need to do to take part is to complete the following form, letting us know that you’re interested.
We will then send you a link to download the music you’ll need for the rehearsal, and to give you the Zoom link for joining. The Zoom link will open at 7.30 pm if you want to join in with the pre-rehearsal chat, and the music-making will go on from 8 until 9.30.
We hope to welcome friends old and new to start 2021 with a Zoom!
Magnificat sung by singers from Stanmore Choral Society and from St James, Bushey
The pictures accompanying the Video are from St George’s Catholic Primary School where Alison Stowe (one of our Altos) is a teacher. It was produced at Alison’s request to be played at the school. She explains “The theme was the Virgin Mary but I took it as a chance to celebrate the many roles of being a mum – I think lockdown was hard on those with young families. Mary was humbled in her role as mother and I think many mums felt humbled!”
Stanmore Choral Society – the virtual choir near you
During lockdown Stanmore Choral Society members have been meeting online and working on some of our favourite choral classics. Led by our musical director Harry, and our accompanist James, we have recorded Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart which you can watch now on You Tube by Clicking Here ===>. We have dedicated the recording and accompanying images to the late Pamela Rance, who for many years has been a much loved singer with the sopranos. We will miss her humour, her kindness, and her lovely voice.
We are now moving into Christmas mood, and will be rehearsing every Monday from the comfort of our own homes. Why not join us and warm up the cold evenings with some familiar carols as well as learning some new ones?
The 2020-21 season is still an unknown quantity. Will choir rehearsals and concerts be able to take place after Christmas, or will we have to wait longer?
Whatever the situation is, you do not need to wait to join the choir. We are continuing to enjoy music making on Monday evenings in our virtual rehearsals. If you’d like to take part, let me know by email and I’ll give you the details for the Zoom sessions. (Frances, Choral Society secretary –
From October until 2nd November we will be rehearsing pieces from The Greatest Choral Classics (Ed. Brian Kay). After that we move into Christmas mood with pieces from 100 Carols for Choirs (Ed. Willcocks and Rutter)
The Zoom rehearsals are a fun way to get to know some of these pieces. No-one can hear us singing, and we are supported all the way with warm-ups and sectional rehearsals, usually finishing the evening with a sing through of the pieces we’ve been focusing on. Enjoyable, and I guarantee you’ll be humming some of the pieces all week.
You can find our Rehearsal Dates via our menu – Noticeboard, Rehearsals
So, give it a try – it’s the perfect antidote to lockdown and a good way to decide whether choral singing is for you..
Highlights in the next few weeks – Handel Zadok the Priest (19/10) and Foure Cantique de Jean Racine.
You do not need to read music, but you do need to be able to follow a four-part score. There is a lot of help to learn the music, both in rehearsals and online, and you will get a warm welcome.
Please stay safe and all good wishes to everyone.
Last year our successful Christmas Concert took place on Sunday 15th December 2019 at St. Mary The Virgin, Kenton. We included Handel’s Zadok the Priest & Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened plus popular carols with audience participation.
Click here ==> to read the Concert reviews and thank yous.
New Year’s Resolution: JOIN A CHOIR!
There are lots of reasons to sing in a choir, apart from enjoying the music.
Singing is known to release endorphins, the feel-good brain chemical that makes you feel uplifted and happy. In addition, scientists have identified a tiny organ in the ear called the sacculus, which responds to the frequencies created by singing. The response creates an immediate sense of pleasure, regardless of what the singing sounds like. Not only that, but singing can simply take your mind off the day’s troubles to boost your mood. So, why not come along and give it a try.
NEW SINGERS WANTED: we invite you to join us, or inform friends about our search for new singers, particularly tenors and basses to join us.
This versatile and friendly non-auditioned choir is currently recruiting Tenors and Basses, although singers for all sections are always welcome.
The choir is about 50-strong and draws singers from Stanmore, Harrow, Kenton, Pinner, Ruislip, Watford, Bushey, Barnet, Edgware, Burnt Oak, Colindale, Wembley and Mill Hill. Harry Bradford, our new Musical Director is leading rehearsals and we are all music-making under his guidance.
The choir produces three main concerts and a carol concert each year. Click here for details of this season’s concerts.
If you enjoy singing, you are very welcome to come along and join us.
Rehearsals for the next concert are held at our usual time and venue, 7.45pm to 9.45pm at the church hall of St William of York, Du Cros Drive, Stanmore, HA7 4TJ . Nearest underground stations are Canons Park or Stanmore; there is also off-street parking.
Stanmore Choral Society have been in the recording studio and have recorded A Christmas Carol by Philip Seaton for you to enjoy via this website. To find out more or to listen just Click Here……