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.

hoir Notices 13 Dec 2017

Next Wednesday is the concert.  Please arrive at the church around 3.45 so we can start rehearsal 4.00 until 5.00.  If you have a stall please arrive by 3.15 to get set up.  Sally is the coordinator.

The concert starts at 6.30.  Please be ready by 6.20.  The Three Horseshoes, Llanvaes offers food and a roaring fire.  Their phone no. is 01874 622874.

Parking is at Llanfaes School.

Ladies in usual black long with something in red for decoration.  Men please wear suits, white shirts and red bow ties.

Please present your food on plates (with your name underneath)

Last but by no means least please bring a Raffle Prize if possible.

Not quite – a Very Happy Christmas and New Year to you all.  Have a great time, and enjoy the Conce

Choir Notices 6 Dec 2017

Please let your voice rep know if you  will be singing at the Carol concert on 20th December, we need to know numbers by next Wednesday.

Gents to wear black suits, white shirts and red bow ties, ladies usual black with a red scarf or red bling.

 Afternoon rehearsal starts at 4 p.m. concert at 6.30 p.m.  There will probably not be enough time for many members go home so bring a snack or you could go to the Three Horseshoes pub in Llanfaes, Ruth will let them know to expect some of us in the pub.

 Parking is available in the Llanfaes School car park.

Choir Notices 29 Nov 2017

The notices this week were a reminder of last week’s notices.  Please read through again if necessary.

Please note that rehearsal next week won’t start until 7.45.  Alan will be our ‘director’ for the night.

The quiz team who entered the quiz in Llangors last week in the name of the choir, all three of them, did very well and got 82/100.  Good publicity for the choir as well.  Very well done

Choir Notices 22 Nov 2017

 Veronika apologised that we had no prior warning that we were in the chapel tonight, at least it was warm.

Those members who make items and want to start selling them prior to the Carol Concert, they may bring them and set up their stall from 6th December, maybe arriving at 7.00 to give time before the rehearsal.

On the 6th December Robert won’t be available to take the rehearsal so Alan has kindly offered to take it.  Due to a previous commitment he has asked that we arrive a little later, to commence at 7.45.

Thank you all those who sang on Saturday, we made a good impression.  Robert was pleased.

On Friday 24 November, there will be a quiz with a supper (for £10) in Llangorse Village Hall in aid of Cancer.  It is hoped that we can put in a Brecon Singers Team, although it is very short notice.

The Bonus Ball was won by Paul Hanson.

We are pleased to welcome a new soprano Lis Lifford who is new to the area.  Please make her welcome, as always.

Choir Notices 15 Nov 2017

 As mentioned last week, we are singing in Wellington Square on the 18th November.  We are now assembling at 2.20 for a 2.30 start (NOT 2.00 as previously advised).  No uniform, wrap up warm, bright colours would be fun.  We finish at 2.50.  Please do try to come.

The list, in no particular order, and at Rob’s discretion will be:

O Come all ye Faithful , Page  54                                   v 1,2,3,6,descant

Ding Dong Merrily on High, Page 82

Once in Royal Royal , Page 260, v1,2,5,6

Away in a Manger, Page 61

Hark the Herald, Page 102,  v1,2,3 descant

While Shepherds’ Watch, page 378

Maybe, Infant Holy, page192

We wish you a Merry Christmas, Page 164, v 1 only

Dates for your diary:

On 25 November, Crickhowell are singing Dvorak Mass in D in the Cathedral, at  7.30

On 10th December The Unicorn Singers are presenting an Advent Concert in the Catholic Church in Abergavenny at 8.00

On 20th December we have are Carols and Canapes, maybe at St David’s Church at 6.30

On 24th February Robert is running a Workshop from 10.35.  Working on movements from Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

May 12th will be our Spring Concert.  Robert’s planning a lovely programme

Choir Notices 08 Nov 2017

·         Please don’t forget your poppy, to be worn on your left shoulder please.

·         We are delighted to welcome extra tenors in particular, and all those who will be joining us.

·         Please be at the cathedral by 2.00 on Saturday to get our seating in order.  The rehearsal will commence at 2.30 until 5.00.  Please be ready lined up to go ‘on stage’ at 7.15 promptly, having noticed who you’re sitting between at the rehearsal.

·         We are hoping that we will be able to park at Priory School again, please do watch the website for further advice.

·         It is hoped that you have remembered to advise Penny Ashby if you require a meal at Pilgrims between rehearsal and concert.

·         We will be singing on Saturday the 18th November on the stage in Wellington Square between 2.00 and 2.20, for the occasion of the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights.  Joanna Lumley will be pressing the ‘button’.  Next Wednesday we will be notified of what we are singing.  It  is a good opportunity to ‘sell’ ourselves.

We had a really good rehearsal tonight, listen to your music for any wobbly bits and we will sound really great on Saturday.  Enjoy it!

 

Choir Notices 25 Oct 2017

·         Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Workshop on Saturday and especially Robert for his hard work.  Also to those members who sang at the Civic Service on Sunday.  Apparently some of us missed out on the invitation to tea afterwards.

·         NEXT WEEK REHEARSAL IS IN THE CHURCH ON THE WATTON.

·         Also please note that on the 8th November the rehearsal is in THE CHAPEL.

·         There are 6 people required on the 11th.  Two for selling and checking tickets; two for selling programmes; and two to act as stewards to show people to their seats.  Maybe your spouse or partner would be prepared to help in this capacity.  If you can help please contact a committee member.

·         From now, we will rehearse complete movements so that we get the continuity of the work as a whole.

·         The Grand Draw took place and all prizes will go to their owners. 

·         We were pleased to welcome visitors who are going to join us for the performance.  Some have come some distance to be with us so please make them feel welcome as usual.

VOICE REHEARSAL What a great rehearsal last night...its really coming together now! And the voice rehearsals are a great help.  Its wonderful that all the voices are getting together for part rehearsals.  It is certainly paying dividends and Robert must be a happy man!! Please let me know if you want to list your rehearsal time and date here.  

Soprano rehearsal

**No soprano rehearsal next week at Margaret's!!! **

Choir Notices 18/10/17

NEXT WEEK the Wednesday rehearsal will be at Christ College.

·         The Extra rehearsal at the Watton Church this Saturday will commence at 2.00 until 5.00.  The last 10 minutes will be practicing for the Service on Sunday.

·         On Sunday please be at St. Mary’s Church by 1.00 for a run through with the organist.  We would appreciate a few more voices, particularly sopranos.  Usual choir uniform will be worn except men will wear suit and tie

·         Please return all Raffle tickets and stubs to Yolande next week.

·        Yolande has now put the Rutter Day photos on the Members page on our website. 

·         Next week Robert will be rehearsing Movements 5, 6, and 7.

Choir Notices 11 Oct 2017

  • Veronika presented Robert with a bottle of wine for his contribution to the wonderful Rutter Day (John Rutter and his accompanist received theirs on the day).

  • Christmas Cheer on 20th December – this date is quite late to buy your Christmas presents, so any choir member who wishes to sell their goods can set up a stall in the foyer at break time from the beginning of December so members can buy gifts. There will also be stalls at St. David’s Church on the 20th.

  • A contribution of £5 will be requested from each choir member attending the extra rehearsal at the Watton Church on 21stOctober from 2 – 5 p.m. This will help cover the hire cost of the Church, Robert’s fee and that of the accompanist. There will be no charge for the extra rehearsal in half term week, also at the Watton Church.

  • Veronika apologised for the shortage of pink booklets, but she will have some on Friday when she is selling raffle tickets in the Market Hall if anyone wants to pick one up.

  • Tickets for the Brahms are available from Ellie. They are also on sale at the Cathedral Shop, Ardent Gallery and on the door on concert night. Please be reminded that all cheques should now be made payable to Brecon Singers.

  • The bonus ball was won by Yolande

Choir Notices 4 Oct 2017

  • Veronika mentioned how wonderful the Rutter Day was last Saturday and thanked everyone who volunteered, she has received a lot of positive feedback. Veronika particularly thanked Yolande, Penny and John and Jane Neville for all their hard work.

  • An extra Brahms rehearsal will take place on Saturday 21st October from 2 - 5 p.m. in the Watton Church. An extra 20 minutes at the end of the day will be used to rehearse the 4 hymns for the Civic Service the following day. We will also be singing ‘God Be in My Head’, please bring your copies, Nigel can get copies if you need one.

  • Mayor’s Civic Service 2 pm on Sunday 22nd, black concert wear for ladies, gents white shirt, tie and dark suits.

  • 1st November is half term week, Christ College will be closed, so an extra Brahms rehearsal has been arranged to be held in the Watton Church, usual time.

  • Poppies to be worn at the Brahms Concert in the Cathedral on 11th November. Please organise your own poppy.

  • Veronika was pleased to announce that Wyn has very kindly agreed to be our new Patron Secretary. Thank you so much Wyn.

  • Tickets for our concert will be on sale from next week. They must be paid for when you pick them up.

  • The raffle will be drawn at rehearsal on the 25th October.

  • In readiness for next week, Robert would like us to look at all of No. 7, we will also be dipping in and out of other movements.

 Notice:

As discussed at rehearsal last week- we will have to know the Welsh for the National Anthem and Penny has kindly sent the words.

Please print it off here and keep it with your music.

I hope those of you involved with yesterday enjoyed the day as much as I did.  I think we all pulled together so well and became one big team, it all ran like silk, thanks to the enormous amount of work of preparation from Penny and Yolande and sheer management skills of the Chair and Committee in such a quiet manner.

By the way – the photos are good and show the whole day as it unravelled.  Wonderful atmosphere!

Choir Notices 20/09/17

The bonus ball has been won by Logan, although he wasn’t at rehearsal to pick up his winnings.

Penny thanked everyone who has volunteered to help at the Rutter Day on the 30th September.  However there are some gaps –  volunteers still needed to help with the parking at Penmaes School, and another three volunteers needed to help with refreshments.  Please contact Penny if you feel able to assist with either of these.

Robert has confirmed that we will be singing at the Mayor’s Civic Service on the 22nd October at St. Mary’s Church, and asked for a show of hands. The service starts at  2 p.m.  We will be singing ‘God Be in My Head’ and accompanying the hymns.  We need to be seated by 1.45 but will meet a little earlier for a quick rehearsal.

Veronika announced that sadly Martin Haworth has resigned from his post as Patron Secretary and from the choir.  He has been with the choir for 34 years and will be greatly missed.

Robert confirmed that there will be an extra Brahms rehearsal on Saturday 21st October from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in the Watton.  Please come along, even if you can only spare an hour.

Robert would like us to look at before next Wednesday's rehearsal.  We will be rehearsing all of number 5, and number 2, from Allegro non troppo (9 after H) to end of movement.

Choir Notices 13 Sept 2017

Welcome to three new members tonight who we hope will stay with us,  They are a soprano Marie-Jeanne Winstone, and two altos Simone ((Surname) and Sian Price.

We have been asked to sing at the Mayor’s Civic Service in St. Mary’s Church on 22 October at 14.00.  Several members put their hands up to sing, it would be good if we could get one or two more to make a good sound to promote the choir, particularly tenors.

On 8th October at 2.30 there is a Messiah from Scratch in Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, London.  This is to raise funds for the people who suffered in the Grenville Towers disaster.

Please follow Robert’s rehearsal schedule sent out last week so you can practice for next week. It will be all of No.7 and No.2 from the Allegro to letter H.

The Bonus ball has rolled over.

Last and by no means least.  Veronika has invited us to help ourselves to her copious apple orchard, cookers and eaters, this coming Saturdaybetween 2.00 and 5.00 at 14 Cradoc Road, Brecon.  She wants them to go to good homes!

You will be hearing from Sheila Norman next week who will take the notices.  Thank 

Choir Notices 6 Sept 2017

We have just had a super practice and here are the notices:  Veronika thanked us all for such a successful ‘Jolly’ in the summer, particularly so because the raffle sales were sufficient to pay for the hire of the hall!

Regarding the Rutter Workshop:

The music will be supplied, and at the end of last term you were sent the list of items that we are singing.

The committee require volunteers to help with all the extraneous jobs to make it a successful occasion – PLEASE DO PUT YOUR NAMES DOWN when the list comes out.  Many hands make light work and we will all enjoy the occasion.  For example John Neville has requested at least 3 volunteers (preferably from those who aren’t singing) to help him between 10.45-11.30 on the 30th.  

We are delighted that Wyn is now feeling much better, and expects to continue his hard work.

Nigel, our Librarian, has asked that we return next week,  the large Madrigals Book which was leant to us last term, so they can be stored away in the library again.  There are still some copies of the Peter’s Edition of the Brahms for purchase at £9.40.

Robert has asked that we look at Movement 4 and continue with Movement 6 for next week.  He is sending me a copy of his full schedule for the remaining rehearsals which I will forward tomorrow.  Please keep it safe and try and practice during the week.

Lastly:  The Christmas Cheer Concert will be on the 20th December 2017, please put it in your diary...

 

Choir Notices