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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.
In the 2017/2018 season Crauford wants to move away slightly from the 'Swing' numbers of
last season and more towards folk music using such resources as the Full English Archivers and Cecil Sharp collected songs. 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.
Music that we will be rehearsing from September 2017 will be:
|In the Gloaming||5|
|Speed Your Journey||10|
|Somebody's Calling My Name||13|
|When the Saints||20|
|I Dreamed A Dream||39|
|Softly As I Leave You||43|
|The Way We Were||47|
|What a Wonderful World||51|
|Lullaby of Birdland||66|
|Lullaby of Broadway||67|
|Sally Gardens/Miller of Dee||68|
|Can't Help Falling in Love With You||116|
|My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose||143|
|In Flanders Fields||-|
|O How Lovely Is The Evening||-|