Directions to rehearsals HERE.
Our Musical Director is Peter Hunt, and Assistant Musical Director is Bernard West – read more about them HERE.
Chipping Norton and District Choral Society (Chippy Choir to its friends) exists to provide amateur singers the chance to sing varied choral works together in a friendly environment. Members of the Society will testify that striving to improve musical ability does not have to temper the enjoyment of the music being sung. Many will additionally testify that a post-rehearsal pint at the local hostelry nicely soothes the vocal chords, especially after one of those fiendish pieces with high notes! A group normally gathers post-rehearsal in the CHEQUERS pub.
A more formal declaration of purpose and related matters can be found in the Society’s Constitution here: CONSTITUTION.
The Society’s Committee exists to allow the Society to undertake its purpose effectively, by ensuring the smooth running of the Society’s rehearsals, concerts, finances and administration. Volunteers to assist with this work are always welcome – if you would like to help, please speak to any Committee member. The full current committee line-up is as follows:-
Chairman – Nick Watkins (07988-233299)
Secretary – Julie Harris
Online Publicity – Julia Hall & Nicky Smith
Librarians – Liz Griffiths & Susannah Howe
Treasurer – Will Stevens
Membership – Mark Walters
Venue managment – Keith Ravenhill & Jon Drake
Posters/Ticket creation – Brian Leach
Ticket Admin – John Christie
Officers and members of the Committee can be approached at any time with questions, comments or suggestions regarding the Society: in addition, the Committee reports formally to the Society members once a year at the Annual General Meeting. The AGM is usually held in the latter half of a rehearsal towards the end of September. Last year’s Minutes are available here: AGM MINUTES:2016. The minutes of the previous AGMs are available here: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011.
Rehearsals and Scores:
Rehearsals are from 7.30 – 9.30 pm each Wednesday, usually in the Music Room in Chipping Norton School on Burford Road, with a break for notices and the raffle. Please do arrive punctually. There are Attendance Sheets for you to tick your name. Please also indicate if you intend to sing in the concert.
The Raffle takes place each week and raises money for Society funds. Tickets are 20p each. Please remember to bring a prize to add to the box and to tick your name when you do.
Music scores are available for for sale (if you’ve ordered beforehand) or on hire from Susannah or Liz. Please make cheques payable to Chipping Norton Choral Society.
Hire copies should be returned immediately after the concert; if you find you are unable to sing in the concert, please return them to one of the librarians straightaway. Any marks on hire copies must be in pencil, and should be erased before returning.
Subscriptions – please see Mark Walters, who will tell you when your subscription is due. The annual rate is £80 (£70 concessions). If subscriptions are not received by the Half Term break in which they are due, then a late fee of £10 will be levied. If you are a tax payer, please ask for a Gift Aid form so the society can reclaim tax at no cost to you.
Anything else?! Please ask!
If you have any other questions or suggestions, please ask a committee member at a rehearsal. We hope you all enjoy this term!
A footnote for if you’re feeling unwell …
We don’t have any official policy on this, but if you’re a bit under the weather and fear you might pass something on to others in the choir, then have a week practising at home. You won’t be prevented from singing in the concert if you’re ill just for a rehearsal (or even two if you do your homework)! The concert conductor’s decision is final if he does not want someone to perform in the concert due to rehearsal absences, though note this has only happened on rare occasions.