The friendly choir lived up to its name this year, finishing our online singing with a garden party at the home of our Chair, Mo Dunning.
We were pleased to see each other after so long as faces on a Zoom screen, but were grateful that we’d been able to keep things going. Now we are ready to burst into song with a new season of making music. Also planned for 18th September 2021 is a canal boat trip – a day out on the Grand Union Canal with lovely food and scenery.
Stanmore is planning to return to live singing on September 6th and we are all looking forward to a lively musical term. To get back into the swing of things we start with a perennial favourite, choruses from The Messiah, which we all enjoy singing. Then we move on to a selection of carols in preparation for our family-friendly Christmas Concert at St Mary the Virgin, Kenton, on 12th December. This is always great fun and gives everyone a chance to get involved. For those unable to join us in person, we expect to be able to offer a Zoom link to the rehearsals enabling distant friends to learn the music with us. We are not certain yet whether St William of York will be ready to welcome us back after their building works, so watch for further details of the venue.
As always, we will be pleased to see new members and to welcome those we’ve not seen for a while – so get out those copies of The Messiah and start practising.
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 Spring 2021 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 2021-22 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 –
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..
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……