Notices and Announcements

Due to pressure of time it is not always possible to make pass on all information to the choir during the interval announcements. The full lists of weekly notices are below.

7 November 2017

  1. New Stage Manager: I am delighted to announce that Hazel Wilkins has agreed to join the choir committee in the role of Stage Manager. Many of you will already know Hazel who sings in the first sopranos. Her husband Brian sings with the basses. I’m sure Hazel will do a fine job, please give her whatever help and assistance she might need going forwards.
  2. Tickets for the December concert are on sale before and during the interval of rehearsals at a discount price to Choir members.
  3. Please give your name to Janet McDonald if you do not have a copy of the Gabrieli Gloria in excelsis deo (hire only). If you missed this rehearsal, please ask Janet for a copy of the Monteverdi Beatus Vir. We will perform both works in our April concert.

10 October 2017

  1. Posters advertising the December concert are now available and need to be distributed and displayed at suitable locations. Please collect what you are able to put up from Clare Carden, not forgetting to indicate on her tracking sheet which locations you will be visiting.
  2. There will be no rehearsal next week or the week after, see you all again at High Church, Hilton on Tuesday 31st October.
  3. As most of you will know from Sandra’s email, Jim McHattie’s funeral will be at 2pm on Monday 16th October at Mannofield Church. All friends are invited, followed by a private cremation. Bright colours may be worn.
  4. Kathleen Cronie will be accompanied by Harry Williamson in a recital at Cults Parish Church on Sunday 15th October at 2pm. The programme will consist of various arias and songs (some serious and some not!).

3 October 2017

  1. Sandy Simpson: I’m sorry to announce that one time tenor and treasurer of the Aberdeen Bach Choir Sandy Simpson has died. He had been ill for some time. His funeral will be at 1pm on Monday 9th October at Crathes Crematorium.
  2. Jim McHattie (Tenor) is unfortunately in hospital after recovering from bowel surgery. We wish him a speedy recovery.
  3. Choir Group Photo: The order forms are now closed. We will be arranging printing of the group photos as per the requests received. Orders will be available for payment and collection at the rehearsal of Tues 31/10/17.

26 September 2017

  1. Introduction to new members: New members to the choir were welcomed to the Choir by the Chair, Leofric Studd, and handed a brief summary of the requirements for musical expertise, attendance at rehearsals and concert dress. Please contact if you would like a copy. Please pay your subscription via the choir website. Payment by Paypal is preferred.
  2. Kathleen Cronie singing lessons: Further to Kathleen’s chat to the choir at the rehearsal of 19/9/17, details are as follows. There will be a choir subsidy of 20% for the cost of lessons. 10 lessons may be booked for the year 2017 – 2018 (regardless of any previous subsidised lessons with Kathleen). The choir subsidised price for 1/2hr lessons/1hr lessons will therefore be £12 and £20 respectively. Please pay your contribution to Kathleen directly to her. You can contact Kathleen through her website.
  3. April 2018 concert – La Sposalizio: Information supplied by Peter: This will be a concert to celebrate the century-old tradition of Venice’s annual carnival and ceremonial Marriage to the Sea. The concert will feature sacred, secular and instrumental music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Rovetta, and contemporaries, as the choir presents a musical reconstruction of this event as it might have sounded in the 1630s. The choir will be accompanied by the specialist period instrument group, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, and continuo will be provided by theorbo players. There will be ancient Venetian cornet fanfares, plainsong, and multi-part choral music from one of the richest genres of choral music and one of the most exhilarating periods of musical history.
  4. Reformation 500 Performance of Bach’s Lutheran Mass in G minor (St Nicholas Kirk Sun 29/10/17): As most of those taking part probably know by now, a small charge of £3 will be requested to cover the cost of music hire. Jim Hunter (Treasurer) would normally collect the money but he will be away for the next few weeks so Janet MacDonald ((Librarian) will collect the money in at rehearsals up until the October break. Kate Graham is the choir point of contact for this event.
  5. Stage Manager Required: There is a vacancy on the committee for the role of Stage Manager. The job involves liaising with the Cathedral regarding arrangements for the performance weekend, compilation of the concert plan (which shows the dates and sequence of movements in/out of the cathedral for the concert equipment), ensuring stage hands are available and briefed, liaison with the storage facility at CFINE, and planning of the processing in/out of the choir seating. As the stage hands are all highly experienced, it is not necessary to be present during the lifting and shifting operations, which mostly take place during Fridays and Mondays. This is an essential position but not a time consuming or physical one and should be something that the majority of choir members could easily manage. Please have a think about whether this might be your chance to put something back into the choir that has given so much pleasure to sing with. Leofric has further information.
  6. Stage Hand/Driver required: As above, there is also a vacancy for a driver to drive the CFINE van to and from the Cathedral with the Choir’s concert equipment. The driver would need to be available during weekdays at concert time and hence this role would suit someone who has a flexible work pattern or is not currently working/retired. It’s not a time consuming or demanding activity and the stage crew are good fun to be with! It would be great if you could consider helping out in this role….
  7. Choir notice board: Committee member Mike Radcliffe maintains the choir noticeboard, which is displayed at the back of the church and contains details of forthcoming musical events in Aberdeen and further afield. In due course it will also display the names and photos of the members of the committee and their areas of responsibility. Do take a look during the coffee breaks.
  8. Spare programme from the April 2017 concert: This concert comprised seven settings of the Te Deum, all in English and by British composers. Clare Carden (our Publicity committee member) has some unsold programmes that can be made available to choir members – please feel free to get one from her.
  9. Choir group photo Feb 2017: Please write your name on the appropriate list if you want a copy of one of the 3 photos on display. Committee member Angela Slater is coordinating this activity and will soon be closing the lists so that she can get the right number of photos printed.

19 September 2017

Kathleen Cronie will hold a workshop Pitch Perfect at Aberdeen Science Centre on Friday 29 September at 7:15 p.m. She will talk about her research into voice training for choirs and there will be a chance to try the techniques and practise vocal skills. Entry is £1 (no booking, limited to 40 on first come first served basis).

12 September 2017

  1. From Leofric Studd (Chair): Welcome to all new members! Do please come and introduce yourself to myself and our Musical Director Peter Parfitt when you have a moment. There will be a brief new members introduction chat on Tuesday evening 26 September during the interval to pass on some general information about rehearsals and performances.
  2. For those singing in the Reformation 500 performance at St Nicholas Kirk on Sunday 29 October, there will be an all-day rehearsal on Saturday 28th and a run through on the day of the performance. The music is the Bärenreiter edition of the Bach’s Lutheran Mass in G minor. Janet (our librarian) will have copies for hire (not for sale as originally announced) at the next few rehearsals. As there is a surfeit of altos, Peter will be auditioning those altos wishing to take part (unless numbers reduce by next week so as to make this procedure unnecessary…!).
  3. The photos of the choir taken in February 2017 will be on display at the back of Hilton High Church for the next few rehearsals. There are three versions to choose from (there is someone with their eyes closed in each one). Please choose the photo and size you prefer and enter your details on the appropriate form. Angela Slater is coordinating.
  4. On Tues 19 September Kathleen Cronie (our past James Lobban Conducting Scholar) will be coming to chat to the choir about the subsidised singing lessons scheme that is being re-introduced this year. She will also give us some more details about her upcoming workshop.
  5. The last past of the rehearsal on 19 September will comprise a choir social with wine/soft drink and nibbles. Sticky labels and pens will be available should you wish to identify yourself.
  6. The rehearsals for this term are below. All rehearsals are at Hilton High Church unless otherwise stated.