Waverley Singers - Supporters' Newsletter May 2016
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Thank you for supporting us

This is the Waverley Singers' second newsletter to supporters on our new e-mail list, and we'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who's signed up.  We promise not to flood your inbox with lots of messages.  We expect to send no more than six per season; that's one at the beginning, one before each concert and maybe another if we have special events or announcements to make. 

This newsletter includes details of our summer concert, some changes to dates for 2016-17 and a new initiative to develop choral singing in our area. If you want a copy to print, you can download it here (PDF, 609KB).

We're really keen to grow the mailing list, so please feel free to forward this mail to friends or suggest that they sign up for future messages on our web site

Summer concert - 18th June

Tickets are on sale!  Our final concert of the season takes place in the lovely acoustics of St Thomas on the Bourne Church, Frensham Lane, Farnham, GU9 8HA.  We hope to have a big audience for this concert of choral masterworks.  We welcome back Sofia Larsson, soprano soloist at last summer's Haydn's Creation performance, and organist Philip Scriven, and for the first time, Katie Coventry, mezzo-soprano. 

The concert start time is 7 pm, and afterwards patrons and friends are welcome to join us for a glass of wine in the Cobbett Room. 

Tickets are £15 (£5 for Under 16s and students).

Tickets can be obtained from members of the choir or through all of the usual channels:
If you'd like a copy of our eye-catching concert flier, you can download one here (571KB PDF) to share with friends and family! 

A retiring collection will be made in aid of Naomi House Children's Hospice. Naomi House & Jacksplace support children and young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in Central Southern England. You can find out more about their work here.

2016-17 Programme - date changes

5th November Choral Fireworks St Lawrence's Church, Alton
17th December Christmas Concert St Andrew's Church, Farnham
18th Feb Come & Sing Israel in Egypt Medici, Weydon School, Farnham
25th March Israel in Egypt St Andrew's Garrison Church, Aldershot
17th June Summer Concert St Mary the Virgin Church, Frensham

We noticed that Alton doesn't have town fireworks on Bonfire Night, so on 5th November we will present a programme of Choral Fireworks, and do our best to make St Lawrence Church rock

In a change to the previously announced date, the Christmas concert will now take place on Saturday 17th December at St Andrew's in Farnham, and as well as hearing the choir's carols, some old, some new, the audience will have its traditional chance to join in and sing Christmas favourites. 

Our 2017 Come and Sing event is planned for  Saturday 18th February, two weeks later than the original 'pencilled in' date.  This is a great opportunity, for singers who haven't the time to join a choir and attend regular rehearsals, to enjoy the fun of taking part in a rehearsal and final 'performance'  sing-through all in one day.  We'll be heading to a new venue, Medici at Weydon School for this event. 

We will present Handel's Israel in Egypt for our Spring Concert.  The libretto is English, and tells the biblical story of the escape of the Israelites across the Red Sea.  This work was premiered in London three years before Messiah.  It was very popular in the revival of Handel's music and the development of choral societies in the 19th century, and the subject of one of the earliest known audio recordings, in 1888. 

We last performed the work in 1996, and some of the more long-standing members of the choir remember it as a really good sing, with tremendous choruses.  We'll perform with a baroque orchestra in the excellent acoustics of St Andrew's Garrison Church, Aldershot, on 25th March 2017.

We'll return to Frensham on 17th June 2017 for our Summer concert, in the beautiful setting of the parish church.  

Scholarship programme

Many young people with some experience of choral singing find themselves with no obvious place to go after they finish school or youth choir; that's clearly a loss to the musical life of the community. Waverley Singers can offer a path for young singers to maintain and develop their choral skills; the objects described in our constitution include
promote, improve, develop and maintain public education in and appreciation of the art and science of choral music in all its aspects
We would like to offer a 'scholarship' to qualified candidates; this would include singing membership of Waverley Singers for one or two seasons, music hire costs, the same training in classical singing and general musicianship that all members receive at rehearsals, and a 'buddy' in the singer's own section who can help, guide and solve problems.  In return, we would seek a level of commitment from the candidates to attend 80% or more of rehearsals, to make themselves available to sing in concerts (and supply their own concert dress). 

We aim to recruit our first candidates to start singing in the 2017-18 season, unless we find some obvious starters for 2016-17.  Immediately, we're asking to hear from members who would like to help develop and manage the scheme, which can be an exciting development for the future of the choir.   We'd also like to hear from supporters; please contact our secretary, Carolyn Patey, if you would
like to be involved. 

We hope you've enjoyed this short newsletter, and we look forward to seeing you at our concerts.  If you'd like to follow us on social media or tell your friends about the Waverley Singers, there are links to our Twitter, Facebook and web pages below. 
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