Rehearsal Information

We are delighted to confirm our return to choir rehearsals at the start of the new academic year, commencing at 8.00pm on Tuesday 24th August at High Hilton Church. From Tuesday 28 September, rehearsals will begin at the earlier time of 7:30 p.m. but will still last for one hour.

For the time being our rehearsals will be shorter than usual, lasting for one hour with no break.  A rota for attendance is required, in line with the confirmed seating capacity of the venue, with social distancing applied in accordance with our COVID risk assessment*.  Once we know exact numbers for each rehearsal we will evaluate how we accommodate everyone safely.

*We have carried out a thorough risk assessment to ensure appropriate mitigation measures will be in place to make your return as safe as possible. 

You will be emailed a questionnaire on each rehearsal day - please complete and submit the questionnaire as soon as possible before the rehearsal. It will contain a link to the live stream for those who are unable to attend in person.

Singers must check in on arrival and it will speed up entry if you have the Check In Scotland app on your smartphone - download it from the Apple Store or Google Play.

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Please read all the documents you have been sent about the return to rehearsals and the procedures you must follow.  They are important for everyone’s safety.  The instructions in the documents are for the safety of all and the only way to get us back singing together again.  We would ask you to familiarise yourself with the content now rather than leaving it until the last minute.

Arrangements for Cyclists

Please take your cycle up a few steps to the Hilton Road entrance on the opposite side from our usual point of entry, where the door will be open. Please then walk round to the normal entry door and join the queue to enter the church.  At the end of rehearsal please exit as instructed, following the one way system, and return to the Hilton Drive door from the outside to collect your cycle.

Rehearsal Plans

Our Musical Director, Peter Parfitt, has written to members about his plans for the half session:

My goal this term is to reintroduce us all to the joys choral singing after a gap of over 18 months. Without a specific performance event to prepare for, I see this term as one of reminding ourselves about the art of choral singing and I will make it a process of teaching and re-learning. I didn't see the point in choosing a specific work to sing, and so this book is my solution. It is a collection of 54 anthems and motets. They range from the 16th to the 20th century, and there are works in 4 - 8 parts, both a cappella and accompanied. There are works in English, Latin, French, German, and Russian. Composers include Bach, Brahms, Bruckner, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Poulenc, Stravinsky, Palestrina, Rachmaninov, Monteverdi, Fauré and Verdi. There really is something for everybody. My plan is to learn a range of these works, covering different periods, styles, nationalities, tempos, tonalities etc. so that we have a rich and varied return to rehearsing and we can sing some familiar music whilst also learning some new music.

I submit here a list of the music that I plan to rehearse this term. Given that rehearsals are only 1 hour and we are not specifically working to a concert deadline at present, I am not being as prescriptive as usual. However, these are the pieces that I plan to cover, in the order in which I will introduce them. I did say that I would try to introduce one new item each week and I will try to stick to that promise, circumstances permitting. Should rehearsals revert to being 2 hours, this list will be superseded by a new plan. All items are from the anthology, European Sacred Music. I have tried to make some reference to the Christian calendar by recognising appropriate music for All Saints Day, Advent and Christmas.

1 Beatus VirMonteverdip 214
2 Cantique de Jean RacineFaurép 103
3 Christus Factus EstBrucknerp 68
4 Geistliches LiedBrahmsp 56
5 Bogoroditsye DyevoRachmaninovp 278
6 CrucifixusLottip 190
7 Tu es PetrusPalestrinap 258
8 Jubilate DeoGabrielip 118
9 O Quam GloriosamVictoriap 355
10 Os JustiBrucknerp 75
11 Ave MariaVerdip 337
12 Jauchzet dem HerrenSchützp 300
13 Revision of all music covered this term

We will be using the European Sacred Music book edited by John Rutter and published by Oxford University Press. If you do not already have a copy, please buy through this Amazon link or a local music shop.

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