Covid-19 Update for Members
We are now back up and running with Covid secure rehearsals which have limited numbers. The Choir has been divided into groups which will rehearse at St Paul’s Church.
Choir Covid Rules & Procedures together with Details of Rehearsal dates and arrival times can be found under the General Info tab below. We appreciate that some members will not feel able to join a physical rehearsal; it will be possible to join in rehearsals on Zoom.
Please read Choir Covid Rules & Procedures for Rehearsals carefully and note all your group rehearsal dates, entrance and arrival details.
We still hope it may be possible to hold our Christmas Concert at St Paul’s Church on Saturday 12 December, but this is yet to be confirmed. Our next planned concert in the Cathedral will be on Saturday 20 March 2021 when we will perform Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius.
Please see Dates for Your Diary tab below for the rest of our programme.
The Tour to Portugal, originally scheduled for May 2020, has been rescheduled to May 2021.
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REHEARSAL AND CONCERT SCHEDULE
We are now back up and running with Covid secure rehearsals – suitably socially distanced – with limited choir member numbers.
Please read the Choir Covid Rules & Procedures for Rehearsals carefully. Members must take personal responsibility for minimising the risk to themselves and each other.
Click here to read and/or print Details of the Rehearsal dates and arrival times for the Autumn Term. It is important that you know which group you are in and the specified entrance/arrival times. If you are unable to attend a rehearsal for your group, please email Wendy Bray.
Current Covid secure Rehearsals are being held at St Paul’s Church – see above for details.
Rehearsals are normally held on Wednesday evenings during the school term from 7 to 9 pm in the main hall at Chichester High School, which is off Kingsham Road.
Annual subscriptions are normally payable in September. The budgeted rate for 2020/21 season was £130. Given the unusual current circumstances the Committee agreed to reduce the subscription to £100 and defer payment due date to 31 January 2021.
However, payments of this year’s subscription with additional donation, will be welcomed from those members who feel able to do so. Payments can be made now or by 31 January 2021.
CONCERT DRESS IN THE CATHEDRAL
Ladies: Long black skirt or smart long black trousers (no jeans, cords or skinnies). Black top (long sleeves, high neck), black tights or popsocks, black shoes, pink Chichester Singers scarf, no conspicuous jewellery.
Men: Black dress suit, white shirt with standard (not wing) collar, black bow tie, black shoes.
Scarves are available (for a small charge) from Jacinta Neal, as well as music folders.
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Carolyn Shaw, Chairman
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David Swayne, Hon Treasurer
Wendy Bray, Cathedral & Members
Jill Selwood, Publicity & Concert Programmes
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Sarah Fowler Bennett, Social Secretary
Jacinta Neal Folders, Scarves
Fiona Bell, Poster & Leaflet distribution
From our Musical Director, Jonathan Willcocks
It is sunny and warm, England’s cricketers are playing Australia for the Ashes and so it must be time to think ahead to the depths of winter, when we will be at the heart of The Chichester Singers’ 2019-2020 season.
But you won’t have to wait that long to enjoy great choral music as, from September when we begin rehearsals, we will immediately be in at the deep end with a terrific programme of English music. A Child of our Time by Michael Tippett is recognised as being one of the truly great choral works of the 20th century – inspired by the persecution of the Jewish population by Nazi Germany, it is a moving lament for oppressed people generally with a strong pacifist message of ultimate understanding and reconciliation. This powerful work is partnered by Vaughan Williams’s uplifting choral piece Toward the Unknown Region, and Southern Pro Musica will complete the programme with the very popular Elgar–Enigma Variations.
We have in recent seasons successfully presented concerts in mid-January, rather than jostle for audiences in the busy pre-Christmas period, and Saturday 18th January will see us in the Cathedral with another classical/20th century programme.
Two tuneful Haydn choral works (the ‘Little Organ’ Mass and Insanae et Vanae Curae) and a Mozart orchestral Divertimento form the first half of the concert, followed by Britten–St. Nicolas (the 4th century St Nicolas of Myra, being the original Santa Claus, is an appropriate subject given the close proximity of this concert to the festive season).
We continue the theme of pairing works by great Masters of the past with contemporary composers for our March 2020 Cathedral concert. From the baroque period we will have the much-loved Vivaldi–Gloria, together with J.S.Bach–Suite no. 1, and then we will revisit Elis Pehkonen–Russian Requiem, which the choir very much enjoyed performing back in 1992. This powerful work combines English and Latin texts, but the choir will also have the challenge of mastering some Russian words too! Despite his Finnish ancestry, Elis Pehkonen is actually English and lives in Gloucestershire, and we very much hope that he will be able to attend our performance.
Every three years, the Chichester Singers embark on an overseas tour, and there is already much excitement about our planned trip to Portugal in May 2020, when we will give two concerts and – if past tours are anything to go by – enjoy much social eating, drinking and general merry-making. The repertoire for this tour will be drawn principally from our March and June 2020 Cathedral concerts as, a few short weeks after we return, we have our final Cathedral concert of the season.
This will be focused firmly on the 19th century Romantic repertoire, with Bruckner-Mass in E minor as the major choral work. Unusually, the orchestral accompaniment for this piece is just wind and brass, and so an ideal partner piece for SPM will be the beautiful Dvorak– Serenade in D minor which, in the first half of the concert, will be partnered by the opportunity for the choir to sing some unaccompanied part-songs and motets.
What a varied and exciting feast of music we have in store in the coming season.
Saturday 12 December 2020 – 7.30pm St Paul’s Church tbc
Sarah Quartel A Winter Day
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Saturday 20 March 2021 – 7.30pm Chichester Cathedral
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius
Saturday 19 June 2021 – 7.30pm Chichester Cathedral
Will Todd Mass in Blue
Alexander L’Estrange Songs of a Rainbow Nation