We are seeking a new Musical Director (MD) following the appointment of our present MD, Harry Bradford, to the English Baroque Choir. It is anticipated that the new Musical Director will start in September 2022, with the option to start in April 2022.
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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 was 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!”
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.
You can find our Rehearsal Dates via our menu – Noticeboard, Rehearsals
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 are currently being held at St. Michael and all Angels, 95 Bishop Ken Road, HA3 7HP at our usual time, 7.45pm to 9.45pm .
This is while work continues at our normal venue 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. We hope to return after Christmas 2021.
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……