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Rehearsals & Admin Matters

We rehearse on Monday evenings mainly in the Maidment Building (Music Department - shown) or, occasionally, the Alington Hall, both within the grounds of Shrewsbury School.

Rehearsals start promptly at 7.15 pm and finish at 9.30 pm, with a short coffee break at around 8.30 pm; additional rehearsals are held in the run up to a concert. New members are always welcome; please use the 'Contact Us' proforma via the above tab.


REHEARSAL SCHEDULE for AUTUMN 2018

Please see Calendar for Rehearsal details; and also Home Page


SUBSCRIPTIONS
Please see the Latest News inset on the home page


....LOOKING  AHEAD  TO  MESSIAH: 
Please note in your diaries that our annual Abbey performance of Handel's Messiah
will take place on Saturday 22nd December this year to avoid a clash with Abbey services on Sunday 23rd.


Annual General Meeting
The 2017 AGM was held on 25 September;  papers are available here


Homework!
Many choir members will have obtained Choraline (see Links) rehearsal CDs/downloadable MP3 files, and their three-step learning method for practising at home. Choraline CDs/MP3 tracks give you helpful voice cues for each entry.  A choir discount has been available (enter SCC in the appropriate box on the order form, step-by-step guide to getting the discount here) but please note that Choraline is now running as an independent company rather than part of Music Dynamics Limited, so this process may need to be changed. Orders should be placed via the website.

Another useful tool is the 'Choraltracks' App. This costs $20 for a digital download of the whole piece (this cost for the Verdi), with individual sections at $1.99 each, and provides a sung version of your part as well as 4 other versions of each section of the piece (e.g Bass, Bass out of Left Speaker, SATB together, just the accompaniment, all parts except Bass).

'Rocket Player' (Android and Apple), is a Music Player App which usefully allows changes in the speed of playback without the pitch changing.

Cyberbass is another American alternative which provides, via its web site, rehearsal CDs, by voice part, and, more conveniently perhaps, a free on-line service for major choral works (but not many English!). Cyberbass also allows you to adjust the tempo so you can rehearse at a lower speed if you wish to.

See Links page to find out more. You can also listen to most works by downloading Spotify (around £5 per month subscription) and, of course, there's always YouTube.

Another useful site that may be of interest is called Learnchoralmusic . It is free and is an alternative to choraline.  The sound quality is excellent and you can dip in and out of the choruses very easily (a bit like cyberbass - but with a better speed).