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Next Concert Information
Rehearsals for our next concert will commence at 19:45 on Sunday 9th September 2018. Please arrive earlier to the first rehearsal in order to collect your music. The concert is on Saturday 1st December 2018 at Heswall United Reformed Church (URC), there will be a rehearsal at the URC on Friday 30/11/2018 at 19:30 (arrive at 19:15) and on Saturday 01/12/2018 14:00 (arrive at 13:45), rehearsals will start promptly at these times. We will be performing Gounod St Cecilia’s Mass and Bizet Te Deum.
LADIES: Long sleeved plain white blouse, full length black skirt or tailored trousers, black footwear.
MEN: Black suit, white shirt, black bow tie, black footwear.
Musical scores should be contained in a plain black folder.
Committee Members and Choir Associates
Musical Director Adrian Griffiths
Chair Janet Connah
Secretary Robert Archer
Treasurer Kay Fox
Assistant Secretary Di Perry
Concert Secretary Alison Bell
Librarian Becky Ford
Patrons Secretary Marian Weardon
Publicity and Website Anne Parsons
Registrar Jane Lane
Social Secretary Jan Byrnes
Stage Manager Graham Davey
Subscriptions Sheila Smears
Soprano Una Guppy
Alto Rosemary Barnett
Tenor Steve Pillow
Bass Alan Vernon
All committee members can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
November Newsletter 2016
Having made a great start to the choir’s 40th anniversary year, with our dinner at the Golf Club, our thoughts are now on the Advent concert, which is looming large! So here are the details for that event, plus dates to see us into the New Year. Advent concert details: Friday November 25th, concert rehearsal 7:15 pm Saturday November 26th, final rehearsal 1:45 pm onwards, Saturday evening please arrive by 7:10 pm. Concert dress as usual – men dark suit, white shirt and bow tie; ladies black trousers or long skirt, white long sleeved blouse and black folders for the music please. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Christmas festivities:
- Choir Christmas Social – carols and supper: Sunday December 4th, at St Peter’s Centre, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
- Carol service at St Cath’s, Tranmere: Sunday December 11th, 6 pm. The rehearsal will probably be from 4:30 pm
- Carols at St Peter’s Primary School: Monday December 12th, 9:30 am for 9:45 am start. (Robert Archer will confirm this nearer the time).
Spring 2017 Programme:
- First rehearsal: Sunday January 8th,
- Come and Sing Stainer Crucifixion: Saturday April 1st, with Ian Tracey and David Poulter (organ)
- Spring Concert: Saturday May 13th,
Adrian is planning for us to sing three Te Deum – by Purcell, Dvorak and Bruckner and Zadok the Priest I will send further details for these last two events nearer the time. Many thanks for all your support this term. Janet Connah.
Summer Newsletter 2016
Once again we have had a varied and enjoyable year. We took part in the Heswall festival at the end of September, singing a somewhat eclectic mix of songs; not quite our usual style but fun! Our Advent concert: Handel Ode to St Cecelia and Puccini Messa di Gloria, was a great success. Our last two engagements of 2015 were singing at St Cath’s carol service and with the Reception children at St Peter’s school. These two events look set to be a permanent fixture on our calendar, which is lovely to feel that we are involved in the community. We ended the year with a very enjoyable Christmas Social, memorable for the large amounts of food we had! Despite a short Spring Term, our Easter Concert: Mendelssohn Hymn of Praise and Karl Jenkins the Armed Man was, to quote Adrian, “a triumph.” There was the potential for more than one disaster (in the Mendelssohn) but the choir rose to the occasion and all was well.
We have had a long summer break this year (although a few choir members took part in the Liverpool Passion Plays, directed by Adrian, and in the Songs of Praise recording in Liverpool Cathedral). So it was really enjoyable to meet up with choir members at our Summer Garden Party last week and to have time to sit and chat. The afternoon went very quickly, once again with plenty to eat (do I detect a theme here?) The committee would like to pass on their thanks to Sarah and Peter for letting us use their house and garden , which were a perfect setting for a garden party, and even arranging the weather for us – the one lovely sunny afternoon in a succession of dreadfully wet ones! I would also like to thank the committee for their help in making the afternoon such a success.
And now to our 2106 – 2017 year, when we celebrate 40 years of St Peter’s Singers. We have been asked to take part in the Wirral (once the Heswall) Festival. This will be on Sunday October 9th, at St Saviour’s Church in Oxton. We are still awaiting details of the music, but please keep it as a date in your diary. Adrian has chosen Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Haydn Missa Brevis, Handel Organ Concerto and Vivaldi Gloria for our Advent concert, which will be on November 26th. For 2017 we are hoping to try something a bit different as it is our anniversary year but this is dependent upon support from the choir. We would like to hold a Come and Sing Event on April 1st probably starting at 4pm until 9pm. Ian Tracey is keen to come and lead us through Stainer Crucifixion. This would mean that our own concert would be held on May 13th with a two week break from rehearsals over Easter. Before we can book these two events we would naturally need a commitment from as many choir members as possible. So a sign up list for both events will be circulated during the first two rehearsals in September and then a decision can be made.
Finally we have our 40th Anniversary dinner at Heswall Golf Club on Friday October 14th. Invitations to this will be sent out in the next couple of weeks as we will need to know numbers by early September. I would like to thank Adrian, our musical director, and all the committee for their hard work this year and all the members of the choir for your support during my first year as Chair of St Peter’s Singers. We meet for our first rehearsal on September 11th and as usual please could you arrive early to collect your vocal scores.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of the summer and look forward to seeing you all again in September.
Summer Newsletter 2015
We have enjoyed a wonderful year of music making. We took part in the Heswall Festival with a “Come and Sing Messiah” on Sunday 5th October at Our Lady and St. John Church. This was a joyful occasion and was well supported by people outside our choir. The advent concert on November 29th was challenging! We sang Schubert’s “Mass in G” and CPE Bach “Magnificat”. We rose to the occasion and it was good to have the Summerstrand Ensemble to accompany us. This was followed by our Christmas social, carol singing at St. Peter’s Primary School and the carol service at St. Catherine’s Tranmere. Our Easter concert was excellent in every way. We happily sang Faure’s “Requiem”, Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” and Handel’s “Zadok the Priest”.
The concert was very well advertised and we were delighted to have an item about the choir on Bay T.V. After the concert we had a successful Cheese and Wine evening in April and in July the ladies of the choir joined the Wirral Symphony Orchestra for a Mahler Concert in Chester Cathedral.
For the coming season we have been invited to sing in the opening concert of the Heswall Festival on Saturday 26th September. We will sing two opera choruses. Our advent concert is on November 28th and we will sing Handel’s “Ode to St. Cecilia” and Puccini’s “Messa di Gloria”. The Easter concert is planned for March 19th 2016 and we will sing Mozart “Requiem” and Purcell “Come ye sons of art”.
I would like to thank Adrian, our musical director, and all the committee and members of the choir who have worked so hard this year. The success of the choir depends on so many.
Rehearsals start on Sunday September 6th at 7.45 p.m. at the St. Peter’s Centre. This is a week earlier than originally stated to give us time to rehearse for the Heswall Festival. On Sunday 6th, please arrive early so you can collect your vocal scores. The AGM is on Sunday September 20th at 9.00 p.m. From past experience, this should not last for much more than half an hour.
Do enjoy the rest of the summer and I look forward to seeing you in September.
Autumn 2014 Newsletter
The Advent Concert is on Saturday 29th November 2014 at the Church of the Good Shepherd. There will be an evening rehearsal on Friday 28th and a rehearsal on the Saturday afternoon. The Choir Social is at 7.30 p.m. on Sunday 7th December 2014. We are invited to sing carols to St.Peter’s Primary School on Monday 8th December 2014 at 10.30 a.m. Rob Archer has agreed to help with this.
The first rehearsal for the Spring Concert will be on January 4th 2015. The Spring concert will be on Saturday March 28th. Adrian has yet to decide the programme. We have been invited to sing with the Wirral Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony in Chester Cathedral on Saturday July 11th 2015. Only female voices are required for this performance.
Janet Connah has volunteered to become Choir Secretary. We thank Janet for her support for choir. The appointment will be confirmed at choir rehearsal on October 19th. Anne Parsons has offered to become Choir Registrar as well as running the choir website. This appointment will also be confirmed on October 19th and we thank Anne for her support. Sarah Stuart Gill would like to resign as Patrons’ Secretary at our AGM in 2015. Jan Byrnes has offered to take on this work alongside her responsibilities as Concert Secretary. We thank Jan for her offer of service. We have vacancies for Choir Chairman and Treasurer from our AGM in 2015. Please consider if you can help choir by serving in one of these positions for at least a year. The work for both positions can be shared by two people. TED WILLIAMS
Ted Williams was a founder member of choir and helped for many years with staging when we sang at St.Peter’s Church. He was a tenor. Ted died at Pensby Nursing Home on Thursday October 9th. His funeral will take place at St.Peter’s Church on Monday 27th October at 10.00 am.
Summer 2014 Newsletter
We took part in the Heswall Festival, last October when we had our first “Singing Day”. We sang “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast” with musical direction from Ian Tracey and Adrian Griffiths. This was a fine musical experience. The Rutter Advent Concert was a great success. The choir and audience greatly enjoyed the English Folk songs and Spirituals. Before Christmas, we sang carols at St.Peter’s Primary School which was fun and we have been invited back this year.We sang Haydn’s “Nelson Mass” and Poulenc’s “Gloria” at the Spring Concert. The “Nelson Mass” was known to many of us and as we rehearsed the “Gloria”,the more we appreciated the work.
In May, we joined the Le Havre Choral Society in Chester Cathedral to sing Mahler’s Second Symphony, “The Resurrection”. We were accompanied by the Wirral Symphony Orchestra and their musical director Jonathan Small conducted the concert. We only sang for a few minutes at the end of the work, but it was a wonderful occasion.
We have much to look forward to in the coming year. Our advent concert is on November 30th, when we will sing Schubert “Mass in G”, CPE Bach “Magnificat”and Haydn “Insanae et Vanae Curae” accompanied by the Summerstrand Ensemble. For the Heswall Festival we are organising a “Come and Sing Messiah” on Sunday October 5th at Our Lady and St.John Church. The Spring Concert will be on Saturday March 28th and we hope to sing again with the Wirral Symphony Orchestra in the Spring. The Committee are willing to serve for the coming year, apart from Euan Reid, our secretary, who is moving to Cornwall. We will need a new secretary from our AGM in September. If any choir member is prepared to take on this service, please let me know. The role of secretary is so important for good communication. Heather Norman, our Treasurer, is willing to continue until September 2015. If any choir member is willing to consider helping as treasurer, please see Heather to learn more about the job.
In September 2015, I will have been chairman for 8 years. I have greatly enjoyed the role, but feel I would like to join the Bass back benches! It would be very helpful to have a deputy chairman appointed during the year to ensure a smooth transfer. I would like to thank Adrian, our musical director, and all the committee for all their hard work this year and also Philip Barnett for the posters and programmes and Anne Parsons for managing the choir website.
Rehearsals start on Sunday September 7th at 7.45 p.m. At the St.Peter’s Centre. Please arrive early so you can collect your vocal scores. The AGM is on September 21st at 8.45 p.m, after one hour of rehearsal. The advent concert is on Sunday 30th November at the Church of the Good Shepherd. The first rehearsal for the Spring concert will be on January 4th 2015.
Do enjoy the rest of the summer and I look forward to seeing you in September.