About our Rehearsals

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Rehearsing with the Choir

The choir meets every Tuesday evening at 7.30 in the upstairs sanctuary of the Trinity United Reformed Church in St Martins Square just at the top of the High Street. Rehearsals last until 9pm. There is usually a two week break over the Christmas period, a one week break at Easter and a more substantial six week break from early July until late August each year.

Rehearsals will vary in content from learning and polishing new material, brushing up on songs we have not used for a while, or having a full rehearsal of a concert programme on the Tuesday immediately before a concert.

Crauford likes to start proceedings with some gentle arm and neck exercises to warm up the muscles and sort out posture, then some vocal exercises to warm up the voices before starting into the song schedule for the evening.

We have no voice auditions for new members. Anyone wanting to join us will be made most welcome and will be invited to join the first or second tenors, baritones or basses depending on voice range. We have often found that new members will experiment by moving from one voice group to another until they find the one that best suits them.

We often return to venues and sing before regular audiences such as for the Poppy Appeal Concerts and RAFA Wings Appeal Concerts. We therefore need to offer a significantly changed programme each year.

In 2019 we moved away from monthly concerts and instead prepared just one major, themed concert in a major concert venue. The first of these had a 'Songs from the Shows' theme to it. The concert was on Friday 17 May, in the Terry O'Toole Theatre in North Hykeham and was entitled 'From Broadway to the West End. This was a hugely successful concert (see the 'Looking Back/Archive/Concerts' web page).

Now that we are back singing together, Crauford has prepared a long list of music he is liklely to draw on partly to capitalise on the learning we did via Zoom and as we prepare for the 13 November Poppy Appeal concert and look ahead to 2022 concerts. See the Covid-19 update on the 'Home' page.

The list below is the music we should bring each week; as always, though, it is wise to bring all the music you currently have in your bags. Steve Vaughan, our Librarian, will be calling for some music to be returned and he will be issuing anything we do not currently have based on what Crauford needs. This may change week on week so please be flexible over the coming weeks as we settle back into in-person rehearsals.

Non Nobis Domine4
Speed Your Journey10
Sea Fever12
Somebody's Calling My Name13
Rhythm of Life14
When the Saints20
Going Home22
All in the April Evening25
Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head31
Bring Him Home38
I Dreamed a Dream39
Softly As I Leave You43
Carols for Male Voice Choirs44
Ghost Riders in the Sky46
The Way We Were47
What A Wonderful World51
The Real Undoing53
Lullaby of Birdland66
Lullaby of Broadway67
Sally Gardens/Miller of Dee68
Tribute to Queen73
Highland Cathedral74
You've Got a Friend In Me77
Lincolnshire Poacher85A
Plaisir D'Amourl115
In Flanders Fields122
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes123
Cantique de Jean Racine126
Nessun Dorma131
My Heart Will Go On137
Blue Moon146

Members are also asked to have with them at every rehearsal the following warm-up pieces:

Dona Nobis PacemA
Hiney Ma TovB
Hold Thy PeaceC
Oh How Lovely Is The EveningE
Shalom ChaverimF
Viva La Musica!G
Come Follow MeH

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