CHRISTMAS CONCERT MUSIC AND INFO TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT

In the Bleak Midwinter, page 1

In the Bleak Midwinter, page 2

Proposed Christmas Programme

NOTICES 5 DEC 2018

Most notices relating to the Carol concert on Weds 12th in Llanfaes Church ( St David's). We are to be there for 4.30pm ready to rehearse 4.45pm. There won't be time to go home to change so we have been advised to either come dressed or, Jon Matson in the Tenors who lives in Orchard Street, has kindly offered the use of his facilities. Also bring something for you to eat/ snack to tide you over until refreshments in the concert

Please bring a plate of food labelled with you name for the concert

If you have a picnic table please could you bring it.

Dress code Black and Bling!! -Men Dinner jacket and colourful bowties and or bling.

At our next rehearsal Jan 7th 2019 we will begin to rehearse Elijah- if you need a copy they will for sale at £7.50. 

Please bring your carol books back to the first rehearsal as well.

Ros will be asking people for a firm committment regarding the transport for the trip to Edinburgh at the first rehearsal as the intention is to make a group booking to fly from Cardiff to Edinburgh return. You will be asked to make a decision and pay a deposit in the first couple of weeks of the new term. By doing this it is hoped to keep the price under £100.00 per person.

Sorry - another money item. Please remember to bring a cheque for your subs which are due when we start back in January

NOTICES 28 NOV 2018

Mostly about the arrangements for the forthcoming Carol Concert 12th Dec at St David's Church Llanfaes

Times - Be there for 4.30pm ready to help set up and rehearse 4.45pm . The Concert starts at 6.30pm, there probably won't be time for people to go home and change, so please come with clothes and food/drink needed to keep going. Black and Bling

Ros has a list of food being brought (savoury/ sweet) and people are asked to make sure that it is plated and the plate is labelled with your name

Veronika has asked if people have portable picnic tables or trestle tables, please could they bring them so we can put the food out and drinks, raffle etc. The Church can't lend theirs on this occasion

Please bring items for the raffle on the evening NOT before- Thank you

Rehearsal next week is in the Chapel again so dress warmly

NOTICES 21 NOV 2018

Please see attached the running order for the Carol Concert, Weds 12th Dec in St David's Church, Llanfaes. The other 2 docs are page 1 and page 2 of In The Bleak Midwinter. Please print a copy (more if possible, to distribute to members of the choir who haven't got a printer.)

There will be readings interspersed throughout, so if anyone would like to do a reading please let Rob and Veronika know. (Rob has got some readings and Veronika is willing to consider requests)

Veronika asked if people who have picnic style folding tables or bigger trestle tables could bring them for use at the Carol Concert as we are unable to use the tables in Llanfaes 

We will need to bring a plate of "finger food" on the evening- Ros will have a list next week so she can check the balance of sweet and savoury

We will be selling raffle tickets on the night so please could members think of suitable raffle prizes to bring on the day

Ros has posters available for circulation (available at next rehearsal)

Dress code for the evening is black as usual but with BLING!!!!

There will be a rehearsal before the performance starting about 4.30pm with the concert starting at 6.30pm

Lastly, the Choir Rehearsal next week is in the Chapel so come prepared!!

NOTICES 14 NOV 2018

Veronika read out the email that Rob sent her after the concert, thanking the Committee for their hard work and asking her to pass on his thanks to the choir

The concert was well recieved with a number of very positive comments from the audience

Lesley Lillywhite was thanked for her work on producing the progamme 

Saturday Nov 17th, Brecon with Bells On. Veronika asked those people able to sing to be in Bethel Square for 3.45pm ready to start at 4.00pm. Dress code- agreed to dress warmly

Nigel has booklets containing the carols that we are going to sing- they are £2.50 each. Please note that some of the parts (ATB) are different!. Not what we usually sing, so be aware

The annual Carol Concert is on Weds 12th Dec in St David's Church Llanfaes, Veronika will give us more details next week, but gave advance notice that she will ask us to bring raffle prizes for a draw on the night as well as the usual plates of food. Veronika also asked if anyone would like to host a stall selling- craft, preserves, etc. Please let Vernoika know if you would like to do this

NOTICES 09 NOVEMBER 2018

Most of the notices were related to the concert and arrangements for the day

We can park in the Priory school carpark

Choir to arrive quietly for 2.15. as the Orchestra will be rehearsing their suite. We will be directed to the seats for our respective sections and begin rehearsing at 2.30pm (Bach first). At 3.30 there will be a break

3.50pm we need to be back in our seats for the Cantata rehearsal with soloists until 4.15pm. We will then be free to go

We all need to assemble in the South Transcept for 6.30pm ready to process to our seats so make sure you know who you are sitting next to ready to line up

Please make sure you have a Poppy on your left lapel

We are NOT using folders as we all have the same coloured copies

Next Rehearsal there will be booklets with Carols for sale at £2.50- these are to be used on Nov 17th Brecon with Bells On and possibly for the Carols and Canapes. We have enough for the whole choir so don't worry if you are not able to come to rehearsal next week

Each half term Christ College change the code for access to the Memorial Hall. The new code is 52369. You will need this if you are first or last to rehearsals to get into the building

See you on Saturday

LINK FOR BACH CANTATA 23 BY VOICE 

http://www.cyberbass.com/Bach_Cantata_Project/BWV_021_040/bach_BWV023.htm

LINK FOR BACH MAGNIFICAT BY VOICE

http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Bach_J_S/bach_js_magnigficat.htm

https://www.chordperfect.com/composers

CHOIR NOTICES 24 OCT 2018

Concert preparation notices were given out for Saturday Nov 10th in the Cathedral

The choir is asked to be in the Cathedral by 2.15pm waiting quietly as the Orchestra rehearse their Suite. At 2.30pm Ros and Penny will allocate the sections (SATB)their seats and we will begin the Maginificat Rehearsal with the Orchestra for 1 hour

At 3.30pm there will be a break and the Come and Sing guests can make their own arrangements until it is time for them to assemble for the concert.

At 3.50pm The Brecon Singers will re assemble to rehearse the Canata with soloists and orchestra - we will finish approx 4.15 when the solosits will rehearse their parts.

The pre concert meal will be at 5.00pm in Pilgrims. If you would like to have a pre ordered meal, please give your choices to your voice rep (you should have received a menu in a previous email)

Various people have asked about dress for the concert. Please look at our website for details but basically Ladies- all long sleeved, full length black, Gents Dinner suits - black tie

As it is the Rememberance Weekend we will probably wear a poppy. This will be confirmed at the next Rehearsal

Other notices

Mid Wales Opera are going to perform Tosca in March (9th?) and have asked if about 25 singers would like to form the Chorus. Any one interested must email lydia@midwalesopera.co.uk to register interest

17th November is the Brecon switching on of the Christmas lights, Brecon Singers have been asked to sing a few songs- Our slot will be about 4.00pm -We did it last year

South Powys Youth Orchestra has been given notice that Powys CC is withdrawing its funding as of March 19. Veronika asked choir members to cotnact their MP and or AM to register protest. Also as members of "Making Music" (this is the organisation that provides the insurance cover for our concerts) we can sign a petition drawn up by their Education Dept. A form which people can complete will be circulated via Voice Reps

Have a good half term 

The next rehearsal is only a few days before the Concert on Weds 7th Nov

CHOIR NOTICES 17 OCT 2018

Despite the awful weather there was a good turn out of people for the Bach Workshop on Saturday 13th Oct. Veronika thanked Rob and Alan for their hard work and Yolande was thanked in her absence for her hard work in organising the event. Ros and Lis were thanked for their excellent contribution of cakes which were sold out completely by the end of the day, earning extra funds for the choir

Our next rehearsal- 24th Ocotber will be in the Presbyterian Church on the Watton starting usual time 7.30pm. There will be a Committee meeting before hand starting at 6.30pm

Ros asked everyone to bring their own mug if they intended to have a hot drink in the break- it saves on washing up!

Posters for the Concert 10th Nov were given out to be put up in prominent places around Brecon and outlying villages. Tickets are available in the Ardent Gallery and the Cathedral shop

A menu for Pilgrims restaurant is to be circulated so any Choir member wishing to have a meal before the concert can choose and pre order. Voice Reps to collate orders which Penny Ashby will take to Pilgrims

There has been a roll over for 2 weeks in the Bonus ball fund raiser

Avril Evans asked people to donate old pairs of spectacles which are being recycled for a Charity working in Africa (I think?) Avril will be happy to recieve them at the next Rehearsal.

Lastly Margaret Hamnett has kindly offered to host a joint Sop rehearsal at her house next Tuesday (23rd Oct) at 2.00pm - if you would like to go, please phone Margaret on 01874 665265 and she will give you the details

CHOIR NOTICES 26 SEP 2018

A Russian Choir- St Petersburg Choir? are singing in Hay- St Mary's Church this Sunday 7th October at 3.00pm 

The Raffle draw took place in the Rehearsal- The total amount raised was £540.00 pounds- Thanks to Yolande and the other people who helped sell tickets. All the winners have been notified 

Next week Rob is going to start with p 17- Fecit potentiam and more work on p 30 - the Gloria (note to self- more homework needed there!)

The Bach Magnificat Workshop is on the following Saturday 13th October, from 11.00am until 4.00pm in the Presbyterian Church on the Watton- Tea and coffee will be available during the day

NOTICES 19 SEP 2018

Veronika gave us an updated list of when rehearsals would be in the Chapel (ie not in the Memorial Hall) as follows: Weds 17th October, 14th November, 5th December. You are advised to wear warmer clothes and  some might like to bring a cushion to sit on

On the back of the Yellow booklet there is a list of dates when we rehearse and concert performances- 3rd October suggest that we should be in the Chapel but this is not confirmed- we are expecting to be in the Hall

Yolande is organising raffle ticket sales 21st Sept in the Market Hall in Brecon between 10am and 12.00pm and in Morrisons on 28th Sept again between 10.00am and 12.00pm. If any one feels that they have time to sell tickets, please contact Yolande. There are tickets available before rehearsals for people to take and sell to friends, neighbours etc

NOTICES 12 SEPT 2018

Firstly apologies  to those of you who didn't get an email last week from Rilla, her tablet has its own way of doing things apparently!  Any events coming up that lack detail in her email, will also be on our website - google Brecon Singers and go to the members page (password Mozart). 

Veronika asked members to make sure that they have a new booklet- yellow called "membership card" as this has all the dates of our terms and concerts on the back page as well as all the committee members contact details. There are pages for you to make notes of other notices as well.

Bach Magnificat Work shop is 13th October in the Presbyterian Church on the Watton. Cost £15.00. start 11.00am, finish 4.00pm, Tea and coffe provided- bring own lunch Yolande is taking registrations at our weekly practice

Online resources to help learn the Magnificat are available "Chord Perfect" was one that was reccommended - our website members' page has more links to other choral coaching websites

Yolande is organising various fundraising activities- Raffle tickets are available to buy and for us to sell. The Bonus ball is being run weekly with the payout based on the bonus ball drawn on Saturday's Big Lotto

Edinburgh trip 13th June 2019- Ros is taking names of people wishing to go and whether they would like to travel with the group- this will be flying from Cardiff to Edinburgh

There is an afternoon concert in Llansantffraid Church 16th Sept at 3.00pm. Details from Lis Lifford

Judy from St David's Church, Llanfaes has told us that after our last concert a cardigan and a suit cover were left behind and are available to collect

Christ College Concert, Zimbe is on 23rd Nov. Rehearsals have started on a Monday night 6.30pm- 8.00pm in the Memorial Hall- Jonathan Ling is looking for adult voices 

There is a sing and play  workshop of "Tudor Music" on Saturday 6th October 10am- 4.30pm tutored by David Hatcher at Maescar Community Hall, Sennybridge. Flyers with an application form are available or ring Drew Morton on 07894 901755

Margaret has offered 2nd Sops a rehearsal at her house on Tuesday 2.00pm email  margaret@mhamnett.plus.com  or phone 01874 665265

LATEST NEWS

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE BACH MAGNIFICAT WORKSHOP.  EMAIL YOLANDE AT BRECONSINGERS2016.GMAIL.COM TO REGISTER. 

CHOIR NOTICE 05 Sept 2018

Important notice for all- A security code has been fitted to the outside door of the Memorial Hall at Christ College. To gain entry please key the following number into one of the little key pad on eitherside of the main doors

23698

New booklets for taking notes have been issued

Dates for the year are as follows

13th October- Saturday is the Bach Magnificat workshop in the Presbyterian Church on the Watton. Start 11.00am finish 4.00pm Cost £15.00

Tea & coffee will be available- please bring own lunch

10th November- Saturday-  Concert (Bach Magnificat and Kantata) in the Cathedral

19th May - Saturday- Concert Elijah. Brecons Singers will now perform this on our own- Venue to be confirmed

Matters arising from AGM- Clarification was given regarding the payment of subscription by unemployed people and people in full time education- they will pay half the annual subscription

Forthcoming Edinburgh Trip-  Thurs 13th June to Sun 16th June 2019

A sub committee is to be formed to help Ros Reed organise the trip on the Choir's behalf

People wishing to go on the trip have been asked to sign a form which Ros is circulating - please tick if you want to take the coach and also if your other half would like to come

Jubilo, the Choir fom Edinburgh will come to Brecon Thurs 26th- Sun 29th Sept 2019

Christ College are producing a concert of music by Alexander L'Estrange Zimbe- a concert of African songs ON 23 Nov at the Cathedral.  The Choir has been invited to join in -. The rehearsals start on Monday 10th September 6.30-8.00pm in the Chapel. Please email jonathan.ling@christcollegebrecon.com or phone 01874 615440 for more information.

IMPORTANT NEWS RE FUNERAL

We have now been notified that the funeral is on Saturday 1st September 2018 at 10.45 at Hereford Crematorium and afterwards at Arboyne House, Eardisly (next to the Tram pub).

We are very sorry to have received the news that after a long period of illness, John MacArthur, our former Brecon Singers Treasurer has passed away.  Details of funeral to be announced later by the family. 

BRECON SINGER REHEARSALS START AGAIN AT 730 PM ON WEDNESDAY,      5 SEPTEMBER 2018 AT NEUADD GOFFA MEMORIAL HALL, CHRIST COLLEGE.  SEE YOU THEN!!!

CHOIR NOTICES 27 JUNE 2018

The choir ‘Jolly’ is on the 7th July at 1.30 in Llangors Village Hall.  If you have signed up to come will you please let Ros know whether you are bringing sweet or savoury in the way of food.  (Ros: 01550 721676; andrews58@btinternet.com).  Also Rob has asked that we bring some paper and pen as he is designing a quiz, just for fun.

On the 10th November we are presenting Bach’s Magnificat in D in the Cathedral, and it will be a ‘come and sing’ again.  There will be a workshop on Saturday 13th October so our visitors will have a chance to work on it with us.  Venue to be advised.

Rob has said that it would be lovely if we can go ‘on tour’ and he has been in touch with a larger choir in Edinburgh with whom we can swop venues.  The first one will be in Edinburgh mid-June 2019, probably 13-16th.  We will perform two concerts so for the second one they will come to us and be put up with members of our choir.  Probably in September 2019.

Our last rehearsal for this term will be in CC Theatre.  Rob will give the voice parts time to go to another room to go through their party piece for the Jolly.

In September Rilla Morries will take over the position of Soprano Voice Rep from Margaret Hamnett, and as it has become tradition that the Sop Voice Rep writes up the notices each week, you will be receiving notices typed up by her and forwarded to your voice rep to distribute.  The voice rep position has been very successful, long may it continue.  Margaret  will take notices in Rilla's absence. 

CHOIR NOTICES 20 JUNE 2108

NO NOTICES TODAY.  If you have not done so please let your voice rep know if you will be attending the Summer Jolly on 7 July at Llangorse Hall. 

CHOIR NOTICES 14 JUNE 2018

We were reminded tonight to make sure that we have contacted the Brecon Singers Website to register your request to still receive information regarding our choir.  If we don’t hear from you, we will have to, by law, remove your details from the database.  There are just a handful of people who have still not signed up.  Thank you.

Now something to look forward to.  The Annual Choir ‘Jolly’ is being held in Llangorse Village Hall on July 7th, commencing at 13.30.  It has been asked that you notify me whether, or not, you are going to attend.  Also, as usual, we are being asked to bring food for our joint enjoyment.

As you know, Rob has requested that each voice part prepare a party piece.  Please sopranos will you let us know which suggestion you would prefer, as the previous email from Yolande, or if you have a further suggestion let us know.  We will have a quick practice of what we’ve jointly chosen on the 4th July if possible.  We will also run through at soprano practices.  Whatever you chose must been soon so that words can be copied and given to you who are taking part and practiced in your own time too with YouTube.

CHOIR NOTICES 6 JUNE 2018

Veronika reminded everyone that next week's rehearsal will be in the Chapel.

Please could all members look at the Data Protection form on our website and complete it, if you haven't already done so.  If you cannot find it or don't have access to our website, please would you speak to Yolande.  Her number is 07739 260605.

Summer Jolly, Saturday 7th July.  Robert would like each section to prepare something to entertain us, could be a play, song or anything we wish to do, get your thinking caps on!! 

Robert mentioned that Voces8 have a concert in the Cathedral on 19th October, they are superb singers and well worth going to see.

CHOIR NOTICES 23 MAY 2018

No notices tonight.  Please remember that there is no rehearsal next week. Next rehearsal is Wednesday 6 June.   See you then.  

CHOIR NOTICES 16 MAY 2018

Rob started the rehearsal by complimenting us on the concert on Saturday.  He said the second half was slightly better (possibly the wine helped!) and the word was “fantastic”.  Veronika also said that she had several compliments from our audience.  Also she thanked the helpers and doers from the choir who made it all run smoothly.

From Nigel, Librarian, please will you bring back the ‘Wedding Book’ next week.  We will be rehearsing items from it for the next concert together with Bach’s Magnificat in E Flat, Scores £5.00:

Page 44                Geistliches Lied

Page 177              Panis Angelicus

Page 150              My Lovely One

The AGM next week will be in the Chapel and will start promptly at 7.00pm.  Any apologies direct to Sheila Norman please.

Jane Neville was warmly welcomed back to the choir.  The Bonus Ball was won by Marie Jean in the sopranos.

BEST OF BRITISH PROGRAMME

Please click here to view the programme.

CHOIR NOTICES 9 MAY 2018

Please read the schedule for Saturday, in last week’s notices.  Also the  plates of refreshment for the audience please.

The Three Horseshoes in Llanfaes will be preparing sandwiches for those who are not going home between rehearsal and concert.

Please hand in the folder and Wedding Book at the end of the Concert.

Next week we will start rehearsals for Bach’s Magnificat to be sung in November.  The scores will be on sale next week for £5.00.  We will be accompanied by a full orchestra.

The Bonus Ball triple rollover was won by John Sanderson.

Please print out the order for Saturday as there may not be enough programmes for the choir as well as the audience.  Our items will be interspersed with solo items and will be notified on Saturday.

 

1.  Zadok the Priest

2.  Ave Verum Corpus

2.  Funeral Sentences

4.  Beati  Quorum Via - Wedding Book       

5.  I was Glad

Interval

1.  Linden Lea

2.  O Radiant Dawn

3.  The Lamb

4.  The Lord Bless you and Keep you      Wedding Book

5.  Irish Blessing                                           

6.  Let The People Praise Thee                   

Enjoy the evening and we will do Robert proud.

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS

MESSAGE FROM MARGARET:

I am sorry gentlemen,  I got it wrong,  please will you wear BLACK bowties, not red.

Also Veronika has sent me the schedule for next Saturday:

Rehearsal: 2-4.30 ish pm

Photo call @ 6.30pm

Concert starts @ 7pm.

Parking at Llanfaes school car park, village hall will be open for us.

Choir Notices 2 May 2018

The Committee have requested volunteers to help on the day of the concert and, most importantly, everyone could you please bring a plate of finger food to offer to our audience during the interval, as usual.  Ros, in the sopranos, is making a list of what is being supplied so we get a balance of sweet and savoury, so please speak to her when you know your intention of food.  Thank you.

We will be wearing standard uniform, i.e. all black – ankle length skirt or trousers and long sleeved top for the ladies, with minimum jewellery; and the usual  DJs or dark suit for the men with white shirt and red bow tie.

Please let your Voice Rep know as soon as possible if you intend to sing in this concert, so that the seating may be correct.  Failing that please come and boost the audience.

We are pleased to welcome a new alto tonight - Beatrice.

In the theatre next week.  Then in the Chapel (16th).

Please note in your diaries that the AGM is on the 23 May at 7.00 (before the rehearsal).  The committee would like some new members please, so please see Veronika if you feel you can help in this way and add value to this happy choir.  If you have paid your subscription and are not singing at the moment, please come to the AGM to hear what is going on and the plans for the season, and have your say.  It is Your choir.

Choir Notices 25 April 2018

We have now been advised of the dates we are having to use the Chapel for our rehearsals, as follows:

23 May

13 June 

20 June

27 June               

Please make a note for parking purposes.  Thank you. 

We are in the Theatre next week.

Ellie is now selling tickets for our Concert on the 12 May.  They are £12 and £6 for under 18 years.

PLEASE WILL YOU LET YOUR VOICE REP KNOW IF YOU ARE SINGING IN THE CONCERT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  Several people have had to drop out so we do need accurate numbers so the correct number of chairs are put out.  Many thanks.    If those of you who are not attending this term would like to confirm that the are not singing for this concert, the committee have requested that you let the voice rep know.  Many thanks again.

The performance by The Sixteen in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday has now been downloaded on to Brecon Singers Facebook site, video as well.  Also there was a centre fold in the Times.  It is a very great honour to have been invited.  Please watch it.

The Bonus Ball was won by Sheila Norman, our Secretary.

Choir Notices 18 April 2018

Please note that the rehearsal will be in the Chapel next week, which means they would like us to park from the first entrance, as usual.

Ellie is now selling tickets for our Concert.

For your diaries:

There will be a live relay of a concert ‘The Sixteen’ is performing in the Sistine Chapel, The Vatican, Rome (including our esteemed director, Robert);  together with the Britten Symphonia; on Sunday 22nd April at 17.00 on Classic FM.

The Hay Chamber Music Festival is from 27 – 29 April.  There are flyers about.

Soprano rehearsal on Tuesday 24 April at 2pm at Margaret's house. 

Choir Notices 11 April 2018

For all of you who are practicing at home or in group practices, we will not now be presenting Oh Thou the Central Orb.

There are still places for the visit to Cardiff if you know of anyone who would like to come, also please would anyone who has not paid Yolande for the trip, would they do so soon.  Thank you.

Next week we are back to Christ College as usual.

Following our Concert on the 12th May, on the 13 May there will be concert in the cathedral to recognise the significant birthdays of Rachel and Richard Podger.  There are posters about with details.

The bonus ball was won by Nigel Clubb tonight.

 

CHOIR NOTICES 21 March 2018

There will be an extra rehearsal on Wednesday 11th April at St. David’s Church, Llanfaes, usual time, but please bring your own tea and coffee.

Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 23rd May starting at 7 p.m. before rehearsal.  Some committee members are standing down.  Veronika has already been approached by one choir member who has expressed an interest in joining the committee.  You may find committee members canvassing for people to join the committee in the next few weeks.

Our Summer Jolly will be held on Saturday 7th July at Llangorse Village Hall, 1.30 for a 2 p.m. lunch.

There are still places left on the bus for the trip to Llandaff Cathedral on 17th May to hear The Sixteen sing.  The bus will leave Brecon bus station at 5.45 p.m. to arrive at 7 p.m. for a 7.30 performance.  Seats have been reserved in the middle knave.  Thank you to everyone who paid their £25 tonight.  If you haven’t booked a place and would like to go, please contact Yolande on 01874 712064.

A free concert is being held on Saturday 24th March at the Watton Church.  It's a Chamber music recital with violin and harpsichord, starting at 2 p.m. Refreshments available.

On a sadder note, many of you I'm sure will remember Mary Kneen.  Mary was a founder member of Brecon Cathedral Singers and was Secretary for many years.  Mary has sadly passed away.  Veronika will send a card on our behalf.

(Sops, there will be a practice at Margaret’s house as usual 2 p.m. on Tuesday)

Stainer Crucifixion on Monday 26 March, 7.00 pm in Llangors Church.

Message from Trina Lodge

Stephen Power (Director of Music at Brecon Cathedral) will be accompanying us, Richard Podger - Tenor Soloist and Frank Wiliams - Bass soloist. The Ministry Area Choir will be augmented by some members of the Cathedral choirs.

The first rehearsal is on FRIDAY 16th March at 7.15 pm in Llanfihangel Church. Please join us! The second (and last) rehearsal is on Friday 23 March in Llangors Church at 7.15 pm. Music will be provided. This is very much an informal presentation, in the form of a service, so if you read music and can sing, then please join us in the choir. Anyone is welcome to turn up on the day, too. Any queries ask Trina Lodge 658878.

Stainere Crucifixion

Choir Notices 14 March 2018

Veronika announced that Hazel Gedge’s funeral will be in Kidwelly Church on 19 March at 2.00, if you would like to attend.

There are a few places on the bus to Cardiff on Thursday 17th May to hear The Sixteen, as announced last week.  Please contact Yolande.

The last rehearsal for this term will be next week before the Easter break.  It is hoped that we may be able to have an extra rehearsal on 11th April but that will be announced next week.  Otherwise we will be back at College on 18th.

I will forward separately details of the invitation to anyone who would like to sing Stainer’s Crucifixion in Llangors Church on Monday 26th March.  This is the beginning of Holy Week and will be the telling the story of The Passion in a musical way.  It is not ‘a concert’ as such and is not part of a service 

Choir notices 7 March 2018

Veronika said how much of a success the Elijah Workshop was, and thanked all those who helped to make it a success, especially Robert who made it possible,  so much fun as well as educational.

There will be a Christ College concert in the Theatre on Friday to which they invite us.

‘The Sixteen’, to which Robert belongs, is performing in Llandaff Cathedral on Thursday 17 May.  Yolande is organising a coach to go down to hear them.  She has also reserved 40 seats for us.  It will be on a first come basis so if you would like to join us please contact Yolande (01874 712064) and get your name down.

The bonus Ball was won by Liz Jones, (alto).

It was pointed out to me this week that if we are singing in the concert, time is getting short because we have the long Easter holiday coming up.  Please do your best to come to rehearsals..

There will be a practice at Margaret's house on Tuesday 13th at 2.00.  Pklease contact her if you can make it on 01874 66526.

The programme for the Best of British concert in May is:

From the white folder - everything.

From the Wedding album - Stanford Beati quorum, Rutter The Lord bless you, Chilcott Irish Blessing, Mathias Let the people praise thee.

On a single sheet - Macmillan O Radiant Dawn.

Choir notices 21 February 2018

We are delighted to welcome a new alto.

Workshop on Saturday:

Penny has requested volunteers to help – 5 or 6 people – to serve drinks at lunchtime and tea time.

Please bring a picnic lunch as there will not be enough time to go into town for food.  We are limited with the number of mugs available, so please bring your own mug to help out, with your name underneath.

There are still spaces, so if you or anyone you know would still like to sign up please contact Yolande.  I will forward Yolande’s email with all the details for the day.  Those signed up  should have received it.

If you borrow a cushion from the pews, please will you return it to its place before you leave.  This is a request from the church.

The Bonus Ball was won by Rilla this week!

Choir Notices 7 February 2018

The following week (21st) rehearsal may be in the chapel, so don’t forget to wrap up.  Alan will be taking the rehearsal.

Scores for the Elijah Workshop will be here by then and they will be £5.50.  These are only required if you have signed up for the Workshop on 24th February at the Watton Church

Choir Notices 31 January 2018

Veronika welcomed another new member to our choir, Rachel Philbrick.   Rachel is an Alto, and we extend a very warm welcome to her.

An all day workshop is being held by Kington Choral Society on Saturday 10th March in Presteigne looking at the Stanford Motets and the Tippet Spirituals.

Kington Choral Society is also performing St. John’s Passion on Saturday 5th May in Presteigne.

Nigel informed us that he will have the final piece of music for us next week –  A Radiant Dawn by James Macmillan, the cost will be £1 per copy.

Llandrindod Cantorion is performing Bach’s Magnificat this Saturday 3rd February 8 p.m. at the Pavilion in Llandrindod Wells.

There was no bonus ball winner and this will be rolled over to next week.

Choir Notices 24 January 2018

Next week’s rehearsal will be in the Chapel so remember to wrap up warm and please use the car park through the first entrance to Christ College, (that’s the entrance just after you come over Llanfaes Bridge if you’re coming from Brecon).

We have another new member to welcome this week, Peter Blood, a Tenor, a warm welcome to Peter.

Veronika thanked everyone who remembered to wear name labels and thanked Ros who brought a roll of labels, which came in very handy, as most of the committee forgot theirs!!

Veronika asked for a show of hands regarding purchasing mugs printed with the Brecon Singers logo.  Cost would be £3/£3.50 each.  There was a very good response, therefore Yolande will look into a mixture of colours other than white mugs with black print, and get back to us.

The bonus ball win from last week was given to Marie Jeanne Winstone and this week’s winner is Dundy Smith.

Choir Notices 17 January 2018

As we have happily increased in numbers, the committee have asked that we please wear name badges as from next week.  Either a sticky label or one you have acquired from work or conference.  We are a friendly choir but it will help us learn everyone’s name as well.

The college have asked that we park within the marked car park areas, or outside in the layby.

Next week we are rehearsing in the hall as usual and the following week 31 January we are scheduled to be in the chapel so please park within the college gates by entering at the first gate you come to when travelling from Brecon, or in the layby.

Robert has said we will be singing from the Wedding Album next week:

O Thou the Central Orb  (I can’t see this in the index, I apologise if I have the title wrong)

Irish Blessing

The Lord Bless you and Keep You

Let the People Praise Thee

Beati Quorum

We welcome Caroline Doyne, a new second soprano to the choir.

Choir Notices 10 January 2018

Veronika welcomed everyone to our first rehearsal of 2018.  She was also very pleased to announce that we have 6 new members:-

Nick Blaney (Tenor)

Andrew Gray (Tenor)

Claire Gray (Alto)

Anthony Llewellyn (Bass)

Wendy Jenkins (Soprano)

Hilary Brightstar (Soprano)

Welcome one and all.

Veronika explained the role of the voice reps and the pink booklets for notices and dates.

Two up and coming dates for your diaries:

-  24th February workshop at the Watton Church, registration 10.30 am.  The workshop will be run by Robert and will include voice coaching, technique, basic sight reading, plus many other useful tools based around Mendelssohn’s Elijah. (we hope to perform this in May 2019 with the Kington Choral Society, venue not yet decided). 

-  12th May is the date for our Summer concert ‘Best of British’ for which we started rehearsing tonight.

Veronika was pleased to announce that Brecon Singers has set up a music scholarship for two voice scholars.  It will go live on our website as from tomorrow and Yolande will be contacting local schools, music departments and music teachers asking if they would like to put someone forward.  The scholarship will start in September 2018 and run for an academic year.  It will be called the

‘DAVID GEDGE YOUNG MUSICIAN SCHOLARSHIPS 2018-2019’.  The reason for this title, and as many of you know, David Gedge started the Brecon Cathedral Singers many many years ago and we wanted to commemorate this. 

John Neville thanked everyone who remembered their subs this week and asked those who forgot to bring it next week please.

The bonus ball winner from before Christmas was Mike Harding.

On a sadder note, Veronika announced that Pam Holmes, who was a member of Brecon Cathedral Singers for many years, passed away last week.  She will send a card to the family on our behalf.

 


CHOIR NOTICES 20 JUNE 2108

NO NOTICES TODAY.  If you have not done so please let your voice rep know if you will be attending the Summer Jolly on 7 July at Llangorse Hall. 

CHOIR NOTICES 14 JUNE 2018

We were reminded tonight to make sure that we have contacted the Brecon Singers Website to register your request to still receive information regarding our choir.  If we don’t hear from you, we will have to, by law, remove your details from the database.  There are just a handful of people who have still not signed up.  Thank you.

Now something to look forward to.  The Annual Choir ‘Jolly’ is being held in Llangorse Village Hall on July 7th, commencing at 13.30.  It has been asked that you notify me whether, or not, you are going to attend.  Also, as usual, we are being asked to bring food for our joint enjoyment.

As you know, Rob has requested that each voice part prepare a party piece.  Please sopranos will you let us know which suggestion you would prefer, as the previous email from Yolande, or if you have a further suggestion let us know.  We will have a quick practice of what we’ve jointly chosen on the 4th July if possible.  We will also run through at soprano practices.  Whatever you chose must been soon so that words can be copied and given to you who are taking part and practiced in your own time too with YouTube.

CHOIR NOTICES 6 JUNE 2018

Veronika reminded everyone that next week's rehearsal will be in the Chapel.

Please could all members look at the Data Protection form on our website and complete it, if you haven't already done so.  If you cannot find it or don't have access to our website, please would you speak to Yolande.  Her number is 07739 260605.

Summer Jolly, Saturday 7th July.  Robert would like each section to prepare something to entertain us, could be a play, song or anything we wish to do, get your thinking caps on!! 

Robert mentioned that Voces8 have a concert in the Cathedral on 19th October, they are superb singers and well worth going to see.

CHOIR NOTICES 23 MAY 2018

No notices tonight.  Please remember that there is no rehearsal next week. Next rehearsal is Wednesday 6 June.   See you then.  

CHOIR NOTICES 16 MAY 2018

Rob started the rehearsal by complimenting us on the concert on Saturday.  He said the second half was slightly better (possibly the wine helped!) and the word was “fantastic”.  Veronika also said that she had several compliments from our audience.  Also she thanked the helpers and doers from the choir who made it all run smoothly.

From Nigel, Librarian, please will you bring back the ‘Wedding Book’ next week.  We will be rehearsing items from it for the next concert together with Bach’s Magnificat in E Flat, Scores £5.00:

Page 44                Geistliches Lied

Page 177              Panis Angelicus

Page 150              My Lovely One

The AGM next week will be in the Chapel and will start promptly at 7.00pm.  Any apologies direct to Sheila Norman please.

Jane Neville was warmly welcomed back to the choir.  The Bonus Ball was won by Marie Jean in the sopranos.

BEST OF BRITISH PROGRAMME

Please click here to view the programme.

CHOIR NOTICES 9 MAY 2018

Please read the schedule for Saturday, in last week’s notices.  Also the  plates of refreshment for the audience please.

The Three Horseshoes in Llanfaes will be preparing sandwiches for those who are not going home between rehearsal and concert.

Please hand in the folder and Wedding Book at the end of the Concert.

Next week we will start rehearsals for Bach’s Magnificat to be sung in November.  The scores will be on sale next week for £5.00.  We will be accompanied by a full orchestra.

The Bonus Ball triple rollover was won by John Sanderson.

Please print out the order for Saturday as there may not be enough programmes for the choir as well as the audience.  Our items will be interspersed with solo items and will be notified on Saturday.

 

1.  Zadok the Priest

2.  Ave Verum Corpus

2.  Funeral Sentences

4.  Beati  Quorum Via - Wedding Book       

5.  I was Glad

Interval

1.  Linden Lea

2.  O Radiant Dawn

3.  The Lamb

4.  The Lord Bless you and Keep you      Wedding Book

5.  Irish Blessing                                           

6.  Let The People Praise Thee                   

Enjoy the evening and we will do Robert proud.

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS

MESSAGE FROM MARGARET:

I am sorry gentlemen,  I got it wrong,  please will you wear BLACK bowties, not red.

Also Veronika has sent me the schedule for next Saturday:

Rehearsal: 2-4.30 ish pm

Photo call @ 6.30pm

Concert starts @ 7pm.

Parking at Llanfaes school car park, village hall will be open for us.

Choir Notices 2 May 2018

The Committee have requested volunteers to help on the day of the concert and, most importantly, everyone could you please bring a plate of finger food to offer to our audience during the interval, as usual.  Ros, in the sopranos, is making a list of what is being supplied so we get a balance of sweet and savoury, so please speak to her when you know your intention of food.  Thank you.

We will be wearing standard uniform, i.e. all black – ankle length skirt or trousers and long sleeved top for the ladies, with minimum jewellery; and the usual  DJs or dark suit for the men with white shirt and red bow tie.

Please let your Voice Rep know as soon as possible if you intend to sing in this concert, so that the seating may be correct.  Failing that please come and boost the audience.

We are pleased to welcome a new alto tonight - Beatrice.

In the theatre next week.  Then in the Chapel (16th).

Please note in your diaries that the AGM is on the 23 May at 7.00 (before the rehearsal).  The committee would like some new members please, so please see Veronika if you feel you can help in this way and add value to this happy choir.  If you have paid your subscription and are not singing at the moment, please come to the AGM to hear what is going on and the plans for the season, and have your say.  It is Your choir.

Choir Notices 25 April 2018

We have now been advised of the dates we are having to use the Chapel for our rehearsals, as follows:

23 May

13 June 

20 June

27 June               

Please make a note for parking purposes.  Thank you. 

We are in the Theatre next week.

Ellie is now selling tickets for our Concert on the 12 May.  They are £12 and £6 for under 18 years.

PLEASE WILL YOU LET YOUR VOICE REP KNOW IF YOU ARE SINGING IN THE CONCERT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  Several people have had to drop out so we do need accurate numbers so the correct number of chairs are put out.  Many thanks.    If those of you who are not attending this term would like to confirm that the are not singing for this concert, the committee have requested that you let the voice rep know.  Many thanks again.

The performance by The Sixteen in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday has now been downloaded on to Brecon Singers Facebook site, video as well.  Also there was a centre fold in the Times.  It is a very great honour to have been invited.  Please watch it.

The Bonus Ball was won by Sheila Norman, our Secretary.

Choir Notices 18 April 2018

Please note that the rehearsal will be in the Chapel next week, which means they would like us to park from the first entrance, as usual.

Ellie is now selling tickets for our Concert.

For your diaries:

There will be a live relay of a concert ‘The Sixteen’ is performing in the Sistine Chapel, The Vatican, Rome (including our esteemed director, Robert);  together with the Britten Symphonia; on Sunday 22nd April at 17.00 on Classic FM.

The Hay Chamber Music Festival is from 27 – 29 April.  There are flyers about.

Soprano rehearsal on Tuesday 24 April at 2pm at Margaret's house. 

Choir Notices 11 April 2018

For all of you who are practicing at home or in group practices, we will not now be presenting Oh Thou the Central Orb.

There are still places for the visit to Cardiff if you know of anyone who would like to come, also please would anyone who has not paid Yolande for the trip, would they do so soon.  Thank you.

Next week we are back to Christ College as usual.

Following our Concert on the 12th May, on the 13 May there will be concert in the cathedral to recognise the significant birthdays of Rachel and Richard Podger.  There are posters about with details.

The bonus ball was won by Nigel Clubb tonight.

 

CHOIR NOTICES 21 March 2018

There will be an extra rehearsal on Wednesday 11th April at St. David’s Church, Llanfaes, usual time, but please bring your own tea and coffee.

Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 23rd May starting at 7 p.m. before rehearsal.  Some committee members are standing down.  Veronika has already been approached by one choir member who has expressed an interest in joining the committee.  You may find committee members canvassing for people to join the committee in the next few weeks.

Our Summer Jolly will be held on Saturday 7th July at Llangorse Village Hall, 1.30 for a 2 p.m. lunch.

There are still places left on the bus for the trip to Llandaff Cathedral on 17th May to hear The Sixteen sing.  The bus will leave Brecon bus station at 5.45 p.m. to arrive at 7 p.m. for a 7.30 performance.  Seats have been reserved in the middle knave.  Thank you to everyone who paid their £25 tonight.  If you haven’t booked a place and would like to go, please contact Yolande on 01874 712064.

A free concert is being held on Saturday 24th March at the Watton Church.  It's a Chamber music recital with violin and harpsichord, starting at 2 p.m. Refreshments available.

On a sadder note, many of you I'm sure will remember Mary Kneen.  Mary was a founder member of Brecon Cathedral Singers and was Secretary for many years.  Mary has sadly passed away.  Veronika will send a card on our behalf.

(Sops, there will be a practice at Margaret’s house as usual 2 p.m. on Tuesday)

Stainer Crucifixion on Monday 26 March, 7.00 pm in Llangors Church.

Message from Trina Lodge

Stephen Power (Director of Music at Brecon Cathedral) will be accompanying us, Richard Podger - Tenor Soloist and Frank Wiliams - Bass soloist. The Ministry Area Choir will be augmented by some members of the Cathedral choirs.

The first rehearsal is on FRIDAY 16th March at 7.15 pm in Llanfihangel Church. Please join us! The second (and last) rehearsal is on Friday 23 March in Llangors Church at 7.15 pm. Music will be provided. This is very much an informal presentation, in the form of a service, so if you read music and can sing, then please join us in the choir. Anyone is welcome to turn up on the day, too. Any queries ask Trina Lodge 658878.

Stainere Crucifixion

Choir Notices 14 March 2018

Veronika announced that Hazel Gedge’s funeral will be in Kidwelly Church on 19 March at 2.00, if you would like to attend.

There are a few places on the bus to Cardiff on Thursday 17th May to hear The Sixteen, as announced last week.  Please contact Yolande.

The last rehearsal for this term will be next week before the Easter break.  It is hoped that we may be able to have an extra rehearsal on 11th April but that will be announced next week.  Otherwise we will be back at College on 18th.

I will forward separately details of the invitation to anyone who would like to sing Stainer’s Crucifixion in Llangors Church on Monday 26th March.  This is the beginning of Holy Week and will be the telling the story of The Passion in a musical way.  It is not ‘a concert’ as such and is not part of a service 

Choir notices 7 March 2018

Veronika said how much of a success the Elijah Workshop was, and thanked all those who helped to make it a success, especially Robert who made it possible,  so much fun as well as educational.

There will be a Christ College concert in the Theatre on Friday to which they invite us.

‘The Sixteen’, to which Robert belongs, is performing in Llandaff Cathedral on Thursday 17 May.  Yolande is organising a coach to go down to hear them.  She has also reserved 40 seats for us.  It will be on a first come basis so if you would like to join us please contact Yolande (01874 712064) and get your name down.

The bonus Ball was won by Liz Jones, (alto).

It was pointed out to me this week that if we are singing in the concert, time is getting short because we have the long Easter holiday coming up.  Please do your best to come to rehearsals..

There will be a practice at Margaret's house on Tuesday 13th at 2.00.  Pklease contact her if you can make it on 01874 66526.

The programme for the Best of British concert in May is:

From the white folder - everything.

From the Wedding album - Stanford Beati quorum, Rutter The Lord bless you, Chilcott Irish Blessing, Mathias Let the people praise thee.

On a single sheet - Macmillan O Radiant Dawn.

Choir notices 21 February 2018

We are delighted to welcome a new alto.

Workshop on Saturday:

Penny has requested volunteers to help – 5 or 6 people – to serve drinks at lunchtime and tea time.

Please bring a picnic lunch as there will not be enough time to go into town for food.  We are limited with the number of mugs available, so please bring your own mug to help out, with your name underneath.

There are still spaces, so if you or anyone you know would still like to sign up please contact Yolande.  I will forward Yolande’s email with all the details for the day.  Those signed up  should have received it.

If you borrow a cushion from the pews, please will you return it to its place before you leave.  This is a request from the church.

The Bonus Ball was won by Rilla this week!

Choir Notices 7 February 2018

The following week (21st) rehearsal may be in the chapel, so don’t forget to wrap up.  Alan will be taking the rehearsal.

Scores for the Elijah Workshop will be here by then and they will be £5.50.  These are only required if you have signed up for the Workshop on 24th February at the Watton Church

Choir Notices 31 January 2018

Veronika welcomed another new member to our choir, Rachel Philbrick.   Rachel is an Alto, and we extend a very warm welcome to her.

An all day workshop is being held by Kington Choral Society on Saturday 10th March in Presteigne looking at the Stanford Motets and the Tippet Spirituals.

Kington Choral Society is also performing St. John’s Passion on Saturday 5th May in Presteigne.

Nigel informed us that he will have the final piece of music for us next week –  A Radiant Dawn by James Macmillan, the cost will be £1 per copy.

Llandrindod Cantorion is performing Bach’s Magnificat this Saturday 3rd February 8 p.m. at the Pavilion in Llandrindod Wells.

There was no bonus ball winner and this will be rolled over to next week.

Choir Notices 24 January 2018

Next week’s rehearsal will be in the Chapel so remember to wrap up warm and please use the car park through the first entrance to Christ College, (that’s the entrance just after you come over Llanfaes Bridge if you’re coming from Brecon).

We have another new member to welcome this week, Peter Blood, a Tenor, a warm welcome to Peter.

Veronika thanked everyone who remembered to wear name labels and thanked Ros who brought a roll of labels, which came in very handy, as most of the committee forgot theirs!!

Veronika asked for a show of hands regarding purchasing mugs printed with the Brecon Singers logo.  Cost would be £3/£3.50 each.  There was a very good response, therefore Yolande will look into a mixture of colours other than white mugs with black print, and get back to us.

The bonus ball win from last week was given to Marie Jeanne Winstone and this week’s winner is Dundy Smith.

Choir Notices 17 January 2018

As we have happily increased in numbers, the committee have asked that we please wear name badges as from next week.  Either a sticky label or one you have acquired from work or conference.  We are a friendly choir but it will help us learn everyone’s name as well.

The college have asked that we park within the marked car park areas, or outside in the layby.

Next week we are rehearsing in the hall as usual and the following week 31 January we are scheduled to be in the chapel so please park within the college gates by entering at the first gate you come to when travelling from Brecon, or in the layby.

Robert has said we will be singing from the Wedding Album next week:

O Thou the Central Orb  (I can’t see this in the index, I apologise if I have the title wrong)

Irish Blessing

The Lord Bless you and Keep You

Let the People Praise Thee

Beati Quorum

We welcome Caroline Doyne, a new second soprano to the choir.

Choir Notices 10 January 2018

Veronika welcomed everyone to our first rehearsal of 2018.  She was also very pleased to announce that we have 6 new members:-

Nick Blaney (Tenor)

Andrew Gray (Tenor)

Claire Gray (Alto)

Anthony Llewellyn (Bass)

Wendy Jenkins (Soprano)

Hilary Brightstar (Soprano)

Welcome one and all.

Veronika explained the role of the voice reps and the pink booklets for notices and dates.

Two up and coming dates for your diaries:

-  24th February workshop at the Watton Church, registration 10.30 am.  The workshop will be run by Robert and will include voice coaching, technique, basic sight reading, plus many other useful tools based around Mendelssohn’s Elijah. (we hope to perform this in May 2019 with the Kington Choral Society, venue not yet decided). 

-  12th May is the date for our Summer concert ‘Best of British’ for which we started rehearsing tonight.

Veronika was pleased to announce that Brecon Singers has set up a music scholarship for two voice scholars.  It will go live on our website as from tomorrow and Yolande will be contacting local schools, music departments and music teachers asking if they would like to put someone forward.  The scholarship will start in September 2018 and run for an academic year.  It will be called the

‘DAVID GEDGE YOUNG MUSICIAN SCHOLARSHIPS 2018-2019’.  The reason for this title, and as many of you know, David Gedge started the Brecon Cathedral Singers many many years ago and we wanted to commemorate this. 

John Neville thanked everyone who remembered their subs this week and asked those who forgot to bring it next week please.

The bonus ball winner from before Christmas was Mike Harding.

On a sadder note, Veronika announced that Pam Holmes, who was a member of Brecon Cathedral Singers for many years, passed away last week.  She will send a card to the family on our behalf.