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SOUTH CHILTERN CHORAL SOCIETY
MINUTES OF COMMITTEE MEETING
HELD ON 24 JUNE AT 43 KIDMORE ROAD, CAVERSHAM
Andrea White (Chair) David Cottam (Treasurer)
Gwyn Arch (Conductor) Judith Griffiths (Box office)
Rita McLaughlin-Pugh (S/Leader) Elizabeth Harrison (FOH
David Parker (Stage Manager) Membership)
Joan Grummant (Social committee)
Emma Seiling (Publicity
David Orton (Librarian)
Jackie Million (Secretary)
Minutes/Matter Arising : The minutes of the last minutes were approved and signed.
1. DC asked that the minutes record that financial position of the Verdi Concert is
satisfactory, even though we have not received the final invoice from the Concert Hall.
DC to follow up with them.
The Meylan exchange produced an underspend/profit of £780. AW asked if some of
this money be used to “underpin” the summer social event, if necessary.
Hire of soloists for summer concert – recent confirmation letter regularises financial
arrangements with Jonathan Cooke. DC to follow up formal confirmation letter as it
does not make mention of the Carmina Burana.
Narrator, Mat Field will introduce the G&S sequence, with words written by Derek
Adams. GA to provide Music Stand for Narrator AW to provide suitable chair.
Interval – will be 10 minutes between G&S and the start of Carmina Burana.
Ticket Sales – 400 printed, but currently 160 plus sold – needs to be further promoted
to the choir AW. If necessary, seating will be taken out from the front.
Front of House – EH has organised Car Parking marshalls, meeters and greeters,
programme sellers and will produce signs. Additional parking has been arranged at the
RBH Car park which is accessed from London Road.
Publicity – ES has produced articles for this concert to be published in Henley
Standard, Reading Chronicle and Caversham Bridge. Concert Reviewers are
expected to be John Evans and Barrie Theobald.
Changing Rooms/Facilities – All arranged, as normal, and additional undercover
space to be provided in an adjacent building, to be advised.
Staging - more helpers needed - DP to appeal to choir. Staging set up timings to be
confirmed once DP has info from Great Hall on their ability to get the hall ready. DP to
advise AW in time for rehearsal on Monday 30 June to inform choir.
Conductor – will require rostrum - DP
Lighting – organised with Brain Verran and Henley Lighting. Additional spot needed
for narrator. Additional ladder “support” found from the choir. Cost for lighting expected
to be £270.
Pianos – 2 required for concert, logistics mean that they will be at different heights,
agreed that “balancing” other “props” will distract from the imbalance. Tuner booked,
timing to be confirmed to him by AW - but probably around midday on 6 July, if staging
has been largely completed.
Rehearsal - 2pm or 2.30pm - timing dependent on progress of stage erection. DP to
confirm likely timing by Monday 30 June rehearsal.
Programmes – David Cunningham has worked with GA to produce the content, the
names of the singers will be included, and ES has designed covers which will be
available by 27 June to finalise programme production. Enough covers are being printed
to handle Christmas concerts as well.
Stage Flowers – to be created by June Harper.
Soloists Flowers and their presentation – to be organised by the social committee.
Soloists/musicians hospitality – choir to be asked by AW if they can “host” during the
Music Collection – DO to make an announcement about collection at last rehearsal.
Complimentary Tickets – it was agreed that after this concert, complimentary tickets
would not be available to soloists.
Verdi CD Sales - so far over 200 have been sold, with continued interest, making a
profit of over £500 for choir funds. More CDs can be available if required and the
inserts have already been produced in readiness.
AW thanked GA for setting up the original recording arrangements, which have resulted
in a top quality recording. A belated Review of the Verdi Concert was provided by ES,
an extremely positive critique from Barrie Theobald which was not included in the
Reading Chronicle, but attached for interest.
AGM and Committee Posts. The AGM has been arranged for 22 September.
AW reported that the Committee posts were gradually being filled and should be
completed by the end of June.
Concert will be held on 20 and 21 December at Chiltern Edge
Music: The Christmas concert will be entitled “An English Christmas”, singing “Fantasia Formatted: Font: (Default) Arial
"Fantasia on Christmas Carols" by Vaughan Williams, and "Son of God Mass" by James
In DO’s absence, music to be purchased by DC, taking advantage of a 15% discount
offer. This music will be available for hire out. The Vaughan Williams will be hired in.
Posters: ES has produced a range of options. GA to discuss with ES the
Committee’s choice and ideas.
Children’s choir, will be from Caversham Primary.
A baritone soloist would be needed, to be sourced by GA. The saxophonist has been
booked and it is hoped that Ian will be able to play organ.
Pre-concert arrival music will be jazz played by musicians and GA
Christmas Charity – Choir to be asked in September to consider suitable charity to
nominate. Winning Charity sponsor to be asked in future to report back on how the
money raised was used.
Spring concert 2009
Music to be agreed – choir to be asked to make choice between three options. GA to
arrange for voting on the 30 June 2008.
Summer concert 2009
Music for the summer concert will be American Songs to coincide with 4 July.
Concert Dress will be advised to the choir early in the new year
Venue for this concert to be identified. Highdown School in Caversham is a possibility,
but to be agreed.
Choir Social JG reported that plans for summer hog roast were underway, to be held in
DC’s garden on 14 July 2008. AW suggested note to all choir be circulated by social
Committee to confirm arrangements, particularly alerting members not singing this term.
September social event - Committee agreed that an event to boost membership be
held on the 29 September – “Bring a friend” evening to join in the singing and to have a
“social” in the second half of rehearsal. Arrangements to be advised to choir on return
in early September - AW.
Staging – DP will convene a sub-group of the 4 stage managers to consider the
possibility of replacing the existing staging, with lighter, more transportable options and
to prepare a report and costings.
The idea of the choir having a repertoire of songs was discussed. It was agreed that if
a forthcoming event required it (ie an exchange trip) this would be an ideal opportunity to
develop this idea.
Date of next meeting : 24 September 2008, at 13 Albert Road, Caversham
AW 27June 2008.
Review of Verdi Requiem – 29 April 2008, Reading Concert Hall
Written by Barrie Theobald, for the Reading Chronicle (but not published)
In the capable hands of the Conductor, Gwyn Arch, the south Chiltern Choral Society,
joining forces with Parenthesis and the Ensemble Vocal de Meylan from Grenoble
(France) brought us a delightful interpretation of this popular work. At events such as
this, it is also rare to experience such an excellent quartet of guest soloists as we had in
Julia Sporsen (Soprano) Rachel Loyd (Mezzo), Paul Hopwood (Tenor) and Roland
Wood (Baritone), who together with the superb accompaniment provided by the South
Chiltern Orchestra, gave us a wonderful evening’s entertainment.
It is unfair perhaps to single out passages from an almost perfect whole, but the
dramatic change in rhythm and volume we experienced in Dies Irae set the scene for the
quality that was to follow. Exquisite singing by the principle singers and the choir led us
through to an impressive Lacrymosa, for me the vocal highlight of the concert.
The quartet solo Domine Jesu preceding the double chorus Sanctus, led to the soloists
giving sensitive interpretations of the individual concluding passages before the
Soprano’s final plea Libera Me brought the performance to a close.
All concerned fully deserve the sustained applause from the audience.