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.

In the 2017/2018 season Crauford moved away slightly from the 'Swing' numbers of the previous 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.

In 2019 we will move away from monthly concerts and instead prepare just two or three large themed concerts in major concert venues in and around the city.

We are staying with the monthly concerts for the rest of 2018 and so music that we will be rehearsing from September to December 2018 will be:

In the Gloaming5
Speed Your Journey10
Sea Fever12
Somebody's Calling My Name13
Rhythm Of Life14
When the Saints20
Going Home22
Drinking Song23
I Dreamed A Dream39
Softly As I Leave You43
The Way We Were47
You Raise Me Up49
What a Wonderful World51
What Would I Do Without My Music57
Lullaby of Birdland66
Lullaby of Broadway67
Sally Gardens/Miller of Dee68
Highland Cathedral74
A Roving82
Lincolnshire Poacher85
Just Jolson86
Can't Help Falling in Love With You116
Nessun Dorma131
My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose143
Blue Moon146
In Flanders Fields-
O How Lovely Is The Evening-

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