Change of Rehearsal Venue 6th November!

Dear all,

With apologies that this is such short notice, but we were contacted by Chipping Norton School this morning, as all their caretaking staff have called in sick. The school will therefore be closed from 5pm and we will not be able to rehearse there tonight.

Rather than cancel, we have arranged to have the use of the hall at St Mary’s Primary School. This is not far from our usual venue, but parking there is limited. I suggest that if you are up to the walk then parking at Chippy school is probably the best plan. There’s a bit of a hill down to the school but the total distance is probably not much more than walking from the car park to our normal music room venue! Google reckons 0.2 miles and 4 minutes for the trip.

The map below shows the route from Chippy school over the Pelican crossing, a very short distance along Walterbush Road, then turn right down The Green where the primary school is about half-way down on your left.

We hope to see as many of you as possible there tonight to start our Christmas music.

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Last Few Rehearsals

Wednesday 23rd October 19:00-21:30 Chippy School Music Room
Friday 25th October 19:30-21:00 Sing through: Chippy Methodist Church
Wednesday 30th October 19:00-21:30 Chippy Methodist Church
Sunday 3rd November 13:30-16:00-ish Cheltenham Town Hall

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Earlier Start Time for the Feast Rehearsals!

Dear Choir members,

Belshazzar’s Feast and rehearsals up to the concert

Thank you all for your hard work so far this term, I am very pleased with the progress everyone is making. I appreciate your focus and tenacity to get on top of the Feast beast, which is one of the most challenging pieces in the choral repertoire! 

As we get more familiar with the music it is important that we begin to sing through longer sections and get a sense of continuity as it is made up of so many short sections. This week’s sing through was very valuable (and instructive!) and I would like to do that every week from now to the concert. This will also help to highlight for everyone the patches that are less familiar, which will help with practice.

To give us quality time for this I would like to start rehearsals at 7.00, from next week (25th). The purpose being to allow a full session of learning and sorting notes, a break, then a sing through of ever larger sections until we can do it all! I appreciate that not everyone will be able to make the earlier start but I would be grateful if you could make an effort to be there as soon as possible. 

This is NOT a panic measure at all – I am satisfied with progress, but the extra time will be very useful for our confidence. 

I hope you have signed up for the workshop with Robert Dean. It will be a great day as he will not only support our preparation of BF, but will help to develop our vocal skills too.

Thank you all very much.

Kind regards,


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Autumn Term 2019 Starting

Dear singers, term will start again this Wednesday, 4th September. Rehearsal will be in the Music Room in Chipping Norton School starting at 7.30. Directions are available via a link at the top of the “About Us” page.

Scores for new starters will be available from our librarians from 7.15 in the classroom next door.

To returning members – if you see someone new, please welcome them and guide them towards the right place!

Look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday!
Best regards from your committee.

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Notice of Special General Meeting

We intend to hold a Special (Extraordinary) General Meeting of the society at the start of the break during our last rehearsal of this term on Wednesday 26th June 2019. The only agenda item will be a vote on accepting minor changes to our current constitution as advised by email. The revisions to the constitution can also be see HERE.

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Summer Dates

Term will start on Wednesday 1st May and end on Wednesday 26th June. There will be no rehearsal on the half-term Wednesday of 29th May. All sessions planned to be in the Music Room at Chipping Norton School unless advised otherwise.

Happy Easter to all. See you in May!

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CNCS Friends is launched!

Eric with one of our new Friends, Peter sporting a David Fanshawe original hat and Peter with Jane and Rachel Fanshawe, happy after the first successful Friends’ event.

Anyone interested in becoming a Friend of CNCS should e-mail

Eric with one of our new Friends, Peter sporting a David Fanshawe original hat and Peter with Jane and Rachel Fanshawe, happy after the first successful Friends’ event.

Anyone interested in becoming a Friend of CNCS should e-mail
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New Banners Ordered!

Well, we are getting close to the African Sanctus event, so we have ordered new banners ready to publicise it. Expect to see something like the following arriving soon. This time there will be four of them. I will donate a prize to the first non-committee member who emails with the correct location of all four after I announce they are in position!

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Distinction at CNMF!

Well done everyone who made it to the CNMF choirs’ day to sing with CNCS. We were awarded a distinction with the comments from the adjudicator as below.

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