Conductor’s Notes ....
As everything grinds to a this in bestowing the Lady
halt (even Evensong at Hilary Groves Prize on our
Tewkesbury) at the sight of beloved Secretary.
a snowflake outside, it is a
good time to reflect on last Mendelssohn’s St. Paul was
season and to look forward a fitting end to such a
to our music-making momentous year. Our
together this year. It is soloists served us very well,
amazing to think that I have the Emerald Ensemble were
completed five seasons with a joy to work with (which is
you; where does the time why are they so popular we
go? I blame Einstein. can’t get them back straight
Looking back, we have away!), but most of all the
trodden some highways and piece depends on its many
certainly several byways of choruses to glue it together,
choral music over the years. which need a variety of
styles and techniques to
Last year was a noteworthy bring them off; this we did
one for the Society. Very with great aplomb. Some
little thanks to me, the highlights: the grandeur of
success of the ABC the opening chorus, the
initiative has resulted in a hushed intensity of that
renewed energy and quiet three-part chorale, the
enthusiasm in the choir, a brilliantly controlled
sense that we can move on accelerando in the final
to even greater things. We chorus of Part One, perhaps
must all be grateful to Julia especially the sheer vitality
and Bethan for what was of the final chorus -
achieved and what will be in amazing, coming as it did
the future. Obviously, it was after two hours of hard
only common sense that singing. There were so
Making Music recognised many moments which could
be singled out; there were also felt that it deserves a few extra
moments where we didn’t do as well rehearsals over the summer, so please
(looking glum/startled, heads in do your best to support them. Those
copies, poor diction) which we must who know the work will understand
learn from, but overall I think it was a why, and everyone is in for a real
triumph for the Choir. treat! We shall be using the Amadeus
Orchestra, which will be coming to us
And so to 2009. “From Berkshire to hot from their performance on Radio
Broadway” in July will showcase the 3 in October.
songs of George Gershwin. I realise
that such popular music is not Finally, don’t forget the ‘Come and
everyone’s first choice to sing, but Sing’ in September. We are
our audience appreciates it from time celebrating 200 years since Haydn’s
to time, and I will make the death, by exploring The Seasons.
arrangements as interesting and Unlike The Creation, this slightly
choral as possible; they are, after all, later work is more episodic and lends
some of the greatest popular songs itself to picking out the best choruses
ever written. As a balance, Vaughan in a workshop environment. If you
Williams’s cantata “In Windsor don’t know the work, Haydn is
Forest”, adapted from his opera Sir always brilliant to sing; if you do,
John in Love, is a delightful set of you won’t need further
short numbers in his very “English” encouragement!
style. I have a feeling that “See the
chariot at hand” might prove a “My It is an exciting time for Tyndale.
Romance” moment! To complete the Please make Mondays inviolate! See
programme, we shall give the you in March!
Dursley premiere of Christopher Ian
Boodle’s Gloria. Many long-serving
members will remember his Death of It's an ill wind...
a Martyr; the composer assures us all
that Gloria is much more An article in the January issue of the
straightforward. I couldn’t possibly "Making Music" magazine Highnotes
comment, but I think you will find it has prompted a number of very
fun and exhilarating. charming emails of congratulation,
one of which was from Mrs Chris
For many music-lovers, Bach’s Mass Herrick, a Tyndale member from 1962
to 1970 and great friend of Mollie
in B minor is simply the greatest
Neale, our founder. Chris wishes to be
choral work ever written. It is remembered to those of you who were
certainly a major challenge for any members at that time, and has
Choral Society to tackle, a challenge I promised to visit us the next time she
shall relish. Your Committee and I is visiting from Shropshire.
work our regular volunteers put in
From the Chairman week by week, especially Julia (with
all the paper work) Glenis
Dear Friends, (refreshments) Elizabeth and Ros
(stall) Dick Skinner (concert
I hope that you have all enjoyed a programmes and newsletters).
happy, healthy break and are looking
forward, as much as I am, to the Finally Doreen Manning and Audrey
programme for our new season. Our Sewell are relinquishing their posts
summer and autumn programmes are as librarian and Making Music
quite a contrast. Ian has put in hours of representative which both have held
work arranging the music for the for very many years. Their
summer, and I am sure that we will contributions to the Society cannot
enjoy it immensely. The B Minor be overestimated. These two rôles are
Mass, in the Autumn, will be a great being taken over by Lynette
challenge but the music is wonderful Magnone and Julie Phillips
and will be well worth the homework respectively.
that most of us will have to do.
Looking forward to seeing you all in
I am looking forward to welcoming March.
everyone back, especially those of you
who joined last year following the John Ewer
ABC course. Julia has already
arranged a pre-season voice production
course on 16th March at the Methodist Tyndale Choral Society
Church which should help our voices Website
to last the distance. The next two
autumn concerts are very ambitious so The site is a great source of both
far as the orchestra numbers are present and historical information
concerned and so fund raising will be about the Society for you and for
important and need maximum your friends, including a document
commitment. Our usual fund raising archive, photographs and concert
activities will continue during the reviews. There are also links to other
season, but we are always looking for musical events in the area as well as
to a wide variety of selected
fresh ideas. These events are always
shopping sites. Don’t forget, if you
an enjoyable occasion, helping us to order goods and music from these
get to know singers from other sections retailers by clicking through via the
and keeping the Tyndale name in the Society’s website shop, TCS will
public eye. receive a small commission on your
purchase at no extra cost to you. So
We are very grateful for all the hard please do make good use of it!
From your Secretary .... All of which adds up to a massive amount
of work by a large number of people –
The Spring newsletter is our way of indeed some who are not even members;
bringing you out of your Winter if you contributed in any way to this, then
hibernation, and getting you gussied up thank you. If you are one of those who
for the new Tyndale season with dates, works week in, week out – like Glenis at
facts and figures. Please do grab a coffee the urn, Elizabeth Young and Ros
and a Gypsy Cream and read it through at Wakefield on the bring and buy stall –
leisure – make a few notes in your diaries. then double blessings on you.
Looking back You will have gathered that I was crippled
Few would argue that 2008 wasn’t a with embarrassment about the Lady
humdinger of a year for Tyndale. Hilary Groves Prize. A couple of
Musically, we had the pioneering ABC committee members nominated me – I
course, took a good stab at Kodaly, had no inkling. Such prizes should be
learned at the feet of Nigel Perrin (and at awarded to those who haved worked for a
least three altos are still drooling – you lifetime at their chosen project, not a
know who you are), took instruction from measly few years. I have a feeling that
Linda Corcoran and the barbershop the great and the good of the choral
discipline, tried out a new partnership society world are stuffing my effigy with
with the Emerald Ensemble, gave a pins. Anyway, the only way I can cope
barnstorming performance of St Paul, and with the accolade is to accept it on behalf
ended the year with a fun carol concert. of all Tyndalers who have contributed to
All concerts had good audiences. We the success of the Society over its almost
increased our membership by 45%, we bit 50 years, and in particular those who
the bullet and bought staging (it was all supported the ABC project last year.
Anne Shipton’s idea), had the main
concert recorded (a double edged sword), I wish to say a word or two about our
and we offered retiring collections to two illustrious musical director, Ian, whose
charities. Socially, we enjoyed going contribution to Tyndale life often remains
mob-handed to Thornbury’s Karl Jenkins’ unsung. Other societies are not so
‘The Armed Man’ workshop, we had a fortunate as Tyndale; we have an MD
cinema picnic, a trip to Highgrove garden who treats us with kindness, humour and
(even if a republican sneaked on the bus). respect, and refrains from viva-la-diva
The fund raising events – cake stall and foot-stamping, pencil tossing, sarcasm,
town hall teas – were very successful, and and hissy-fits in general. Ian’s loyalty to
the bring and buy stall and interval coffee Tyndale is unquestionable; he does a vast
proceeds were fabulous. The website amount of work in addition to that for
continues to be the envy of our sister which he is officially engaged and
societies. We also had the first two financially rewarded. Amongst other
meetings of the South Cotswold Choral things, he answers with patience all
Societies Group – a forum for exchanging queries and questions from an
information and (we hope) organising inexperienced secretary, prepares music
joint projects. for us, even re-writing the entire score for
St Paul so that we could manage with a For 27 years Doreen has organised the
reduced orchestra, actively supports our hiring of library scores, lugging crates of
initiatives, and joins in on social music to rehearsal aided by husband
occasions. Frankly, we are very fortunate Derek, and has given a home to the
to have Ian. To show your appreciation, Tyndale library.
do cast your eye in his direction from time
to time during rehearsals and concerts... For 20 years Audrey has been our
representative to Making Music, formerly
My own wish for 2009 is that we build on known as the National Federation of
last year’s success; that we all continue to Music Societies.
work on our singing technique and
concert performance skills, and that we Both ladies, true ‘Golden Girls’, have
squeeze as much pleasure from our music made a sterling contribution to the
as humanly possible. Society, and such loyalty and commitment
Julia is rare these days; we all owe Doreen and
Audrey a huge debt of thanks.
Will ye no come back again?
Name Badges :
Rule 5 states, “Members who wish to
resign from the Society shall let the Just until we have all learned each others’
Honorary Secretary know before the names again, we will use our name badges
beginning of a new season”. We hope for a few weeks. If you kept your name
you will all come back, but, if you already badge last year, which is fine, can you
know you won’t be joining us for 2009, please bring it along?
then please do have the courtesy to drop
Julia a line or a phone call. We are at Car Parking :
capacity numbers-wise and there are some
singers who would like to join us, so we Be aware that the construction of the new
need to know if we have any vacant slots. supermarket in Dursley will drastically
If you don’t attend the start of the season, reduce the number of car parking spaces
and haven’t offered apologies, we will available to us on rehearsal nights. Car
assume you wish to cancel your pooling is the order of the day! Apart
membership. from the Swimming Pool car park there is
also one behind the Bus Station and Old
On the retirement of two committee Spot pub as well as a new one accessible
stalwarts: from the bottom of Long Street behind the
Gazette offices. At the bottom of Long St.
Doreen Manning has been our Librarian look for signs to the long-term car park. It
since 1982, and Audrey Sewell our seems that you can walk through the
NFMS/Making Music Representative Gazette car park to Long St.
since 1989. They both decided it was
time to pass on the baton at the end of
2008 to Lynette Magnone and Julie
The committee feels that Tyndalers
What do you think? should decide what they would like to do
after the November concert; there is no
Your committee would like to know your doubt that some of us enjoy the carols and
views and ideas on three subjects; carol enjoy extending our season, but many
concert, the summer break, and the 50th would rather do other things.
birthday celebrations. Please read the
following, then use the enclosed sheet to
let us know your views. We’re all going on a summer
holiday... or are we?
To carol or not to carol...
Other societies have expressed surprise
The Amberley Carol Concert was initiated and amusement at Tyndale’s calendar.
by Sandra Tucker as a fund raising event We are indeed a horse of a different
for Tyndale. Sandra and her helpers did colour – no harm in that. The upside is
all the organisation, and Tyndale just had that we don’t have to drive through ice
to rehearse, turn up, and sing. It has been and fog to a freezing church in the coldest
a most enjoyable evening in a lovely months, we perform our summer concert
setting. Rev Mike Tucker and Sandra are when everyone else has done theirs, and
retiring from Amberley Parish Church this we get our winter concert in before
year, and this affords us the opportunity to everyone else! The downside is a long
review our Christmas activity. interruption to winter concert rehearsals
over the summer.
Over the years, with many members
having singing commitments elsewhere We have heard various comments from
and its being generally a busy time in the members, such as:
run up to Christmas, we have had · I don’t go on holiday during
problems in obtaining a balanced choir. school breaks – why do we break
Some arm-twisting has been necessary on for so long in summer?
occasion. Equally, rehearsal time is
· I’d love something to do on a
limited and difficult to arrange so that all
can attend; this has resulted in some
· I forget everything we’ve
feeling under-rehearsed, which has in its
rehearsed by the time we start
turn affected the standard of performance.
back in September
As a fund raiser, when rehearsal and other
This last is probably the most pertinent!
costs are deducted from ticket revenue,
On the subject of holidays, many of us go
the carol concerts have resulted in little or
in May/June and September – the registers
no net income. However, not every
show a deal of absences during these
decision is just about income and
months. Probably as many as go in the
expenditure; Tyndalers can opt to have a
school holiday period. The ‘August
Christmas event if they so wish, and the
Sings’ which John Hicks has led have
budget allows. It doesn’t have to be a
been popular, so evidently some of us
ticketed formal concert; there are all sorts
relish singing in summer.
It has been suggested that this year, with
the Everest of the Bach Mass to tackle, we Friends of
should look at adding some rehearsals by
shortening the summer break. It is Tyndale Choral Society
currently 6 weeks long (last reheasal 20
July, start back 7 September). It does ‘The perfect present… ‘
seem rather a gap. What do you think?
Do remember the ‘Tyndale Friends
Happy 50th Birthday, Tyndale Package’ is a wonderful gift to
anyone who loves the great choral
Tyndale’s half century is next year in tradition. It includes:
2010, and should surely be celebrated.
But what to do? Especially in these cash- a reserved seat (in the best
strapped times? Remember that our nest acoustic position) at both the
egg of charitable funds is for our musical summer concert in St Mary’s
work, not for parties, so any event will
have to be self-financing.
and the winter concert held at
Your committee feels that a formal dinner St James’ Church, Dursley.
or other event which would involve
paying a hefty ticket price would be a free programme and a
inappropriate and probably unpopular. complimentary interval
Members have been known to be slow to drink.
sign up for events and to change their
minds at the last minute; a posh do would
the right to participate in any
therefore be a nightmare to organise –
how do we get quotes when we have no
Society fundraising events
idea of the level of interest? which may be organised
from time to time, on the
Perhaps a self-catered knees-up with party same basis as full members.
pieces from members (this type of social
was suggested in the last member survey) the Society newsletter
would be the ticket? Relaxed, not costly,
and easier to organise? The committee The Friends membership for 2009
would like to know what your ideas are. is still at the same price as last year
- £25 for a single membership, £45
Please take a moment to complete the for a couple. This represents
answer sheet and hand it in at rehearsal
excellent value. For further details,
please contact Kate Reeves.
Voice Coaching Evening
Workshop date – 16th March (the week before the first rehearsal)
As many of you have expressed enthusiasm for further coaching in vocal
technique, your committee has arranged another evening workshop, this
time with the fabulous BRONWEN MILLS (see biog below).
Tenors and basses - rest assured, this is not just for sopranos. With apolo-
gies to Oriana members, this has been arranged for Monday 16th March.
Usual rehearsal venue, usual time of 7.30pm - but make sure you are
prompt, as we don't want to miss a minute.
The committee would like EVERYONE to attend. It should blow off the
winter cobwebs! What you will gain will be the knowledge to improve
your tone, your range, your vocal stamina. Even experienced singers will
benefit from such a session. The committee wishes the event to be 'budget
neutral', so we ask a contribution of just £3 to include interval refreshments
(payable on arrival). Believe me, this is CHEAP AT HALF THE PRICE.
I don't wish to make this complex, so I shall assume you will be attending
unless you offer apologies, which I beg you to have the courtesy to do if
you can't make it.
"Leading soprano Bronwen Mills studied at the Guildhall of Music after
obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree from King's College, London. She
began her singing career with John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir,
singing also for the Schutz Choir with Roger Norrington, The Richard
Hickox Singers and the BBC Singers ad hoc
Bronwen made her operatic debut with Kent Opera singing Miss Jessel in
Britten's he Turn of the Screw. She then sang Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte
and Violetta in La Traviata for Opera 80 (now English Touring Opera),
to great critical acclaim. She has sung principal roles for Welsh National
Opera, Opera North, Dublin Opera, New Israeli Opera, and in Parma,
Ferrara, and Reggio Emilia in Italy.
Bronwen is the singing teacher of the Choristers and Choral Scholars
(Academical Clerks) at New College, Oxford. She is also singing teacher
at Lincoln College, Oxford and teaches the Choral Scholars at many other
GENERAL INFORMATION CONCERT INFORMATION
The season starts with the ‘Vocal- Summer Concert
Coaching Evening’ on the 16th March
with the normal rehearsals beginning on
the 23rd March. There will be NO Saturday 4th July at 7.30pm St Mary’s
rehearsals on Easter Monday 13th April, Wotton-under-Edge:
and 25th May. Whether or not we will
break for August and when and for how Christopher Boodle ~ ‘Gloria’
long has yet to be decided. We normally Vaughan Williams ~
restart at the beginning of September. ‘In Windsor Forest’
Gershwin ‘Songs from the
Shows’ arr Harrold
AGM – 6 April, after the coffee break
Concert rehearsals in Wotton Parish
Nobody relishes AGMs,but they are a Church will be on Monday 29th J u n e
necessary and integral part of the at 7.30pm. and on the afternoon of the
running of our charity. concert, 4th July at 2.30pm.
All members are encouraged to attend – Winter Concert
no sloping off at coffee break! This
is the one time in the year when you Saturday 14th November at 7.30pm St
have the opportunity formally to hear James’ Parish Church Dursley with the
from and speak to your committee; it is Amadeus Orchestra.
also the committee's one chance to
get a feel for what the membership as a Bach ~ B minor Mass
whole would like to happen. We have
a lot of new members, and it's a few Dress:
years since the last questionnaire, so Ladies: Long black skirt or evening
please do join in. trousers and white blouses in the
Summer and long-sleeved black blouse,
We enclose the notice and agenda with and black jackets if desired, in the
this newsletter. Please bring it with Autumn.
you. Please also note that you can
submit proposed resolutions, with Men: DJ or dark suit, white shirt and
seconders and supporting information, coloured bow ties in the Summer and
by no later than March 23. black bow tie in the Autumn.
Most choirs have section
representatives (SRs); they should
know everyone in their section, take a
pastoral care role (noticing when As you should all know by now, I am
people are absent unexpectedly, not standing for re-election as Treasur-
encouraging, being the first port of er at this year’s AGM. If no-one is
call for any questions or concerns), willing to come forward the Society
and also take some of the load off the will be without a Treasurer, as I do not
committee members by making sure intend ‘holding the fort’ until such
that their section completes registers time that someone might step forward.
and responds to other requests. They That could be disastrous for the Socie-
are also an additional link between ty!
members and the committee. Fear
not, SRs are not required to attend I believe that it is the duty of every
committee meetings, so it isn’t too member to consider what they can do
onerous a position. The benefit to in order to be an asset to the Society.
being an SR is that you get to know So often it is left to the few ‘faithfuls’
the names of at least the members in to carry out all jobs required to keep a
your own section! club/Society running smoothly while
so many just come to sing, sit back and
In the continuing work to get all our let somebody else ‘make it all happen’.
regular activity onto a sound footing, Surely there is someone in the Society
the committee would like to address who has some knowledge of keeping
the appointment of SRs and clarify the books?
role. It has been suggested that SRs
should be chosen (informally if If there is someone willing, but doesn’t
possible) by their sections, be have the confidence of doing the job
appointed at the AGM, and serve for on their own and would like me to help
one year. This would serve to spread during the first months, please come
the work around, and also to lift the forward.
profile of the SRs. Current
incumbents are Derek Manning, John Subscription for 2009 will remain at
Ewer, Wendy Richardson and Marion £49.00 rising to £50.00, for late
Miller – which lineup has not changed payment, on 13thApril. So remember
in donkey’s years. They might like a to bring your purse, wallet or cheque
rest! book with you to the first rehearsal.
Cyberbass.com Noteworthy Player – the score of the
(Luddites – this isn’t for you) MIDI file is displayed, and it works like
the ‘bouncing ball’ at panto. Fabulous.
This website is the project of one man;
he has done the slog and created MIDI These MIDI files can’t be played on
tracks to be used as note-bashing aids your stereo system or car CD player.
for choral singers. He says they ‘aren’t For that, they need to be converted from
pretty’; they are purely learning tracks, MIDI to WAV files. Luckily, I’m
intended for use with a score in hand. married to a Man Who Can. That’s why
They are freely available for us all to we had St Paul learning CDs, courtesy
use. It is a work-in-progress, pieces are of Cyberbass and my other half.
being added all the time; he does it as a
labour of love, and earns a penny or two So, do have a look for yourselves.
by means of the various offers available Unfortunately our summer concert
on the site. Do have a wander around programme pieces are not on
the pages, the frequently asked Cyberbass, but the Thornbury
questions, etc. Workshop, our Workshop, and the Bach
B Minor Mass are. And thank
You can use these files quite simply. Cyberbass for that!
From the Cyberbass.com home page, go Julia
to the Index, where pieces are sorted by
composer. Find the work you need,
then click on the voice part (S, A, T or
A letter from a new member ....
B) Your computer should then play it
for you. It certainly works fine with I am a very new member of the
Internet Explorer and Firefox. (For Tyndale Choral Society, though I have
larger works, click on the work title, and sung in choirs of one sort or another
the parts then appear.) for 30 years.
If you prefer, you can download the file I had never heard of Mendelssohn's St
to your own computer, so that you don’t Paul, and really enjoyed singing in it
need to be online to use it. Right click on the 15th November 2008 in Dursley
on the voice part, and then ‘save target Parish Church. All four people to
as’ or ‘save object as’ to a directory on whom I had sold tickets told me
your computer, then play it by clicking afterwards that they had found the
on the file from Windows Explorer (for concert an exhilarating and uplifting
example). experience, and I felt priviledged to be
part of it.
I have only recently discovered (because
I’m a bit slow at these things) that when Thank you to Ian, James, Julia and
I want to play the files I’ve saved on my everyone else.
own computer, via Windows Explorer,
if I right click, I can open it with, say, Christine Leeding
TYNDALE CHORAL SOCIETY – DIARY OF EVENTS 2009
Month Day/Date Time Venue Activity Notes
March Mon 16 7.30pm DMC Vocal workshop Bronwen Mills £3 inc. coffee.
Mon 23 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Mon 30 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
April Mon 06 7.30pm DMC Open Rehearsal Till coffee break.
8.45pm AGM follows coffee break.
Mon 13 7.30pm EASTER MONDAY NO REHEARSAL
Mon 20 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Mon 27 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
May Mon 04 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal (Bank Holiday)
Mon 11 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Mon 18 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Mon 25 BH NO REHEARSAL
June Mon 01 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Mon 08 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Sat 13 pm Cromhall Cinema Picnic Film to be decided
Mon 15 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Sun 21 2.00pm Wotton Town Hall Teas Fund raiser 2-5 pm
Mon 22 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Sat 27 9.00am Dursley Cake Stall Fund raiser – 9-11am
Mon 29 7.30pm St Mary’s Wotton Rehearsal Arrive early, please
July Sat 04 2.30pm St Mary’s Wotton Rehearsal Arrive early, please
Sat 04 7.30pm St Mary’s Wotton Performance arrive 7.10pm, please
Mon 06 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Mon 13 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Mon 20 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Aug SUMMER BREAK
Sept Mon 07 7.30pm DMC Open Rehearsal Taster Evening
Mon 14 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Mon 21 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Mon 28 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Sat 26 1.00pm St James’, Dursley Workshop
Oct Mon 05 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Mon 12 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Mon 19 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Mon 26 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Nov Mon 02 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Mon 09 7.30pm DMC Rehearsal
Sat 14 2.30pm St James’ Dursley Rehearsal Arrive early, please
Sat 14 7.30pm St James’ Dursley Prformance Arive 7.10pm, please
Committee members for 2009:
John Ewer Chairman
Julia O’Connor-Beach Secretary
Lisa Randell Concert Secretary
Wendy Thomas Publicity and Printing
Kate Reeves Friends Secretary
John Hicks Website Manager
Lynette Magnone Librarian
Julie Phillips MM Secretary
Vacancy Fundraising Coordinator
Ian Harrold Conductor
Anne Shipton Concert Manager
Forthcoming Concert Programmes
Summer 2009: Christopher Boodle’s ‘Gloria’
Vaughan Williams’ ‘In Windsor Forest’
Gershwin ‘Medley arr Harrold’
Winter 2009: Bach ‘Mass in B Minor’
Summer 2010: Duruflé Requiem
Ireland ‘These Things Shall be’
Winter 2010: Handel’s ‘Messiah’
Summer 2011: Pergolesi ‘Magnificat’
Monteverdi ‘Beatus Vir’
‘In the Mood’
Winter 2011: Verdi Four Sacred Pieces
Puccini Messa di Gloria
Diary Dates and Other Matters .....
Committee Meetings: produce, records, Cds/tapes and anything
The next committee meeting is planned else that is saleable, and in any case visit
for 30th April. If there any matters which the stall and buy. Liz and Ros would be
you would like to be raised, please see grateful for your contributions and any
members of the committee in good time. help you can give.
Subscription for 2009 will remain at
£49.00 rising to £50.00, for late payment,
on 13thApril. So remember to bring your
purse, wallet or cheque book with you to ABC Cinema picnic – Saturday 13th June
the first rehearsal. If you pay tax and wish A DIY picnic and a film – only 19 places,
to Gift Aid your subscriptions so that the anyone welcome. Watch out for the sign
Society can reclaim the tax paid - a free up list.
bonus to the funds - this is very simple
and the Treasurer will be only too happy Wotton Town-Hall Teas – Sunday 21st
to provide forms. June Cake bakers make a note.
Sales Stall: Dursley cake stall – Saturday 27th June
As ever, the stall will be in operation Cake bakers make another note. (Sorry it
during the season. It does make a is on consecutive weeks, but it beats
significant contribution to the funds, so holding the cake stall on a cold day.)
bring along books, plants and other
Come for a Jolly Good Haydn!
This year’s big fund raiser is a ‘Come and Sing’ event at St James’
Dursley, on Saturday 26 September, when we rehearse from scratch and
perform extracts from a work in a single day. We will be studying Haydn’s
‘Seasons’, and giving a free performance to the public in the evening.
Experience shows that this is a cracking day, with the accent on fun and
enjoyment. Spread the word and bring your singing friends. We will
again be opening the Tyndale soup kitchen between the rehearsal and the
There is a learning file on Cyberbass, so you can swot before the day if you
If you feel you won’t be able to cope with the singing, then please offer to
help with the organisation - the ‘craic’ is always good, whether you are
singing or serving tea.
THE TYNDALE CHORAL SOCIETY AND
EMERALD ENSEMBLE CONCERT
Mendelssohn - Saint Paul
Mendelssohn’s early Oratorio was composed when he was only 25 and is
seldom performed so it was good to see this go-ahead Society performing it.
It was also good to see a full house. The three principal themes are the
martyrdom of St Stephen, the conversion of St Paul and the apostle’s
subsequent career. The choir has to work hard with many choruses, some of
them full-throated, and the singers must have been exhausted by the end of
this engrossing evening. Towards the end of this marathon I began to wonder
if a little judicious pruning might have worked to the benefit of both choir and
I was impressed by the choir’s clear diction for the most part and by the
volume of sound it produced when required beginning with the opening
strong and compelling chorus Lord, Thou alone art God during which there is
a restless, agitated theme when the heathen furiously rages. This chorus sets
the theme for many subsequent ones, for example the tumultuous chorus
expressing rage and scorn Is this He who in Jerusalem. On the fewer
occasions when the mood is more restrained the effect is wonderful with the
lyricism of (for example) How lovely are Thy messengers that preach us the
gospel of peace. But in a short review I can only hint at the rage contained
much of the time in the choruses that contrasts with those lovely
Mendelssohn-flavoured Bach chorales, the clear, stately and dignified fugue
that opens the second part, the exultation in rise and shine and the echoes of
Handel in This is Jehovah's temple and elsewhere.
The Society was fortunate to be accompanied by the excellent Emerald
Ensemble under Roger Huckle which contributed a lot to the success of the
evening. The three soloists met the numerous challenges reasonably well and
the conductor, Ian Harrold, kept careful control of his massed forces and
deserves credit for encouraging the choir to give of its considerable best.
At the start of the evening hard-working secretary, Julia O’Connor-Beach,
was presented with the prestigious Lady Hilary Groves prize for 2008.
16 November 2008
At November 2008
Sopranos Altos Tenors
Liz Barnes Melanie Baxter Niall Bird
Fiona Chandler Catherine Bennett Philip Butcher
Mavis Church Jill Brown Jean Dabinett
Jenni Culverwell Jenny Coles Sue Davies
Glenis Ewer Liz Crocker John Ewer
Diane Freeland Pam Davis Peter Harney
Anne Glanville Coleen Dunmall Alastair MacLeod
Christine Gourd Shelagh Fitzarthur Terry Larkham
Joy Green Betty Hebditch Len Miller
Jenni Hamley Annette Heylings Kathie Rebbeck
Clare Harrison Angie Hill Audrey Sewell
Marjorie Harrison Jacquelin Hill Mark Wright-Davies
Diana Hobbs Estelle James Andrew Young
Sheelagh Huddleston Monica James
Margaret Jordan Sally Lamerton Basses
Rosemary Lee Lorna Lane
Margaret Lloyd Christine Leeding Frank Andoh
Lynette Magnone Angela MacNair Jim Austin
Doreen Manning Carole McDonald Brian Bolsher
Marion Miller Francis Neale Mike Chambers
Angela Pendlebury Anne Nuttall Jonathan Golding
Julie Phillips Julia O’Connor Beach Richard Hellen
Barbara Sanderson Lisa Randell John Hicks
Anne Shipton Indigo Redfern Brian Kitching
Val Skinner Kate Reeves Colin Levine
Joyce Theaker Wendy Richardson Derek Manning
Lesley Townsend Rosemary Robinson Brian Neale
Jan Tucker Elizabeth Rymer John Palmer
Sandra Tucker Miriam Salman Doug Sisley
Ros Wakefield Wendy Thomas Dick Skinner
Vanessa Weaver Eve Tudgay Geoff Whiley
Elaine White Sue Walshaw
Mary Wright Lesley Wrankmore †
Elizabeth Young Miriam Yagud
Titles in italics :
Ch - Chairman: Sec - Secretary: Tr - Treasurer: L - Librarian
WS - Web Site Ed - Editor