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Newsletter Winter 2018









Chair’s Introduction

WELCOME, EVERYONE, to our Winter newsletter, giving you all the information about dates to note for the future, concert day requirements and arrangements, a reminder about our Christmas party on 17 December and general choir news.

We are well on the way in our preparation for the Christmas concert on Saturday, 15 December.  A number of us have previously sung Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, which still sounds fresh every time we approach it, and it has been very helpful for us that there are members who have performed and loved the Rossini “Petite Messe Solonnelle” and so are able to join with John’s careful (more…)

Published on December 2nd, 2018 by Ken Darvill

Newsletter Summer 2018


Chair’s Introduction – Director of Music’s pre-season notes – Important notice about concert week rehearsals

Fundraising – Online learning resources – Committee – Social Media – Your personal information

Friends of GMCS – Music Director



Welcome, Everyone, to this Summer Newsletter,

And what a summer it has turned out to be so far:  long, hot, dry and only now summer showers but with the promise of more sunshine to come.  It has felt positively chilly at times this weekend and the storms have been spectacular, and dangerous for many elsewhere in the country, but such freshness in the air!  And on Saturday a rainbow shone out across Great Missenden.  Compensation, perhaps for missing the blood moon eclipse and a wonder of joy to behold!  So enough of the lyrics, albeit that clear enunciation and working on our consonants is critical, it is time to be thinking again of music in the autumn.

We look forward to starting our new term on Monday, September 3rd, 2018 at the Oldham Hall, Church Street, Great Missenden with the Annual General Meeting of the Great Missenden Choral Society will be held at 7.30 p.m., prior to a short break and the first rehearsal of the season. (more…)

Published on August 12th, 2018 by Ken Darvill

Newsletter Spring 2018

In this edition……..Chair’s introduction……..Music Director’s message…….. Online shopping reminder ……….. Concert day notes………Help needed…….Rubbing out evening………Committee.

Chair’s Introduction

Hello Everyone and Welcome to our new Choir Members

From “Utterly Italy” for our December Concert a real change to thoroughly English for our Spring Concert “Songs of Sea and Shore” on 28 April.  Suddenly, 28 April is feeling very close with Easter now being celebrated.  It is good to note our Director of Music’s confidence for our performance in his section below but we shall need to rehearse and concentrate hard on our enunciation to make this the spectacular success that we hope it shall be. (more…)

Published on April 24th, 2018 by Ken Darvill

Newsletter Winter 2017







Chair’s Introduction

Hello Everyone

It was a marvellous and inspiring concert performance we gave in April of the Bach B Minor Mass.  The effort and sheer hard work that so many of us put in to learning the work and that John put in to teaching us about the Mass and Michael demonstrating to us how to do it, truly paid dividends.

This concert has a very different feel with its concentration on “Utterly Italy” pieces, especially those that celebrate the 450th birthday of Monteverdi and with so many other pieces the coming of Christmas.  It is greatly to John’s credit that he had brought us so far in our learning of the works that we have been able to sing a number of the pieces unaccompanied and perfectly in tune. Well done to all the singers and to John and Michael, our marvellous accompanist – now we have to work hard on some of those really tricky notes and the interpretation of the pieces, alongside our working with the soloists and the orchestra, to do them true justice on the night of the concert on 16 December. (more…)

Published on December 11th, 2017 by Ken Darvill

Newsletter Summer 2017


Chair’s Introduction

Director of Music’s pre-season notes


Online learning resources

Friends of GMCS



Hello and Welcome Everyone to our Summer Newsletter.

Congratulations to everyone who played a part in the April Concert of the Bach B Minor Mass.  All the effort put in by each and every one of you showed in a brilliant performance, enjoyed by a large and highly appreciative audience.  I know that many of us are grateful for the work John put in to our knowledge and understanding of the work, especially with the workshop at the Abbey early in the term, and with Michael and Rhidian, in rehearsing with us this monumental piece.  John has said already and will reiterate at the AGM how moved he was by the performance, which he considers one of the best he has ever conducted.

It was a joy to have our guest singers performing with us and we thank them and the soloists, too, for a splendid concert.  (more…)

Published on August 21st, 2017 by Ken Darvill

Spring 2017 Newsletter

In this edition……..Chair’s introduction……dress code…..Music Director’s message…….. Treasurer’s comments ……….. Concert Day Manager’s notes………Important rehearsal information.

HELLO AND WELCOME, EVERYONE, to our Spring Newsletter, giving you all the information about dates to note for the future, concert day requirements and arrangements, a note about our social evening on the Monday after the concert performance, when we ensure that all music to be returned is in good order and relax and enjoy ourselves, and general choir news.

Our 2016-17 season of celebration started with a joyful and uplifting Christmas Concert.  Asked by St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Great Missenden, our regular place for performance over many decades, to include music to commemorate the 100th year of the installation of their organ, the choir were very happy to sing “Little Organ Mass” by Haydn and Rhidian Jones gave an acclaimed performance of Handel’s “Organ Concerto No.4 in F”.  To these were added works by Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Morten Lauridsen, and Cecilia McDowell, a programme displaying the choir’s fine tradition of performing a wide range of classic and contemporary choral works.

As well as preparing for and giving good concert performances, an aim of the choir is to develop the understanding and appreciation of choral singing and to this end we have enjoyed the opportunity to work together with current composers in performing their works.  (more…)

Published on March 28th, 2017 by Ken Darvill

Autumn 2016 Newsletter



From The Chair, Vivien Salisbury


WELCOME, EVERYONE, to our Autumn newsletter, giving you all the information about dates to note for the future, concert day requirements and arrangements, a reminder about our Christmas party on 12 December and general choir news.  This season 2016-17 is one of celebration:  at our Christmas Concert on 10 December, the Church of St Peter and St Paul, our regular place for performance, have asked us to include an organ piece in celebration of the 100th year of the installation of their organ.  Rhidian Jones will be playing Handel’s “Organ Concerto No. 4 in F” on the newly restored organ, which should be a moment for the choir to sit and savour the sounds of instrument and the music in the church, after singing the “ ‘Little Organ’ Mass” by Haydn.  As we all know from our rehearsal warm ups, we shall be singing as well music by Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Morten Lauridsen, and Cecilia McDowell, a programme displaying the choir’s fine tradition of performing a wide range of classic and contemporary choral works.  (more…)

Published on November 8th, 2016 by Ken Darvill

Bach B Minor Mass – Rehearsals and Awayday Workshop

John is already working hard on arrangements for next term’s exciting 150th concert performance.  This presents us with the opportunity to learn and perform what is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of choral music.  To afford us the best possible familiarisation of the work, we plan to hold split rehearsals on the following dates:

January 30th, February 6th, 20th and 27th and March 13th 2017

On these evenings, the sopranos and altos will meet as usual at the Oldham Hall, where John and Michael will help us to learn our parts, with a bit more “note bashing” than we normally enjoy.  Meanwhile the men will, for the first half of the rehearsal, meet at the Great Missenden Baptist Church on the High Street, where Rhidian Jones has very kindly offered to do the same for the tenor and bass parts.  At break time, around 2045 hrs, the men will move to the Oldham Hall where we will all rehearse together for the remainder of the evenings.

Also, a reminder about the Awayday Workshop which will take place on 21st January 2017 at Missenden Abbey.  John has planned a full day of singing and fascinating insights into the composition of this work.  It is hoped that every member of the choir will attend that day, so we have given you plenty of notice to enable you to put the date in your diaries.  Further detail will follow shortly.

Published on October 19th, 2016 by Ken Darvill

Summer 2016 Newsletter



Chair’s introduction

Hello to all our Members and Friends

It is great to be in contact with you just two months after our singing at the Cream Teas Sunday afternoon in May.  There we had the added pride and pleasure of having our President singing with us and taking a lead initially in the solo parts. It was, once again, a very happy occasion which seemed to go down very well with the many visitors and supporters of the church. So too was our post concert “rubbing out” social evening.  It is always good to have the opportunity to chat and let our hair down after the exhilaration of the concert performance and reflect on the music and events of the day.  John was not able to be with us but I know that as Director of Music he was extremely pleased with the choir’s rendition in April of the Mozart Requiem, the Vespers and Bruckner’s Three Graduals and of the blending with the orchestra and soloists, with their wonderful young voices. (more…)

Published on September 27th, 2016 by Ken Darvill

Spring 2016 Newsletter


Chair’s Introduction

Message from the Director of Music

Notes from the Concert Day Manager

Notes from the Treasurer


New Arrival

Season 2016/17 programmes



WELCOME TO ALL MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND THEIR FAMILIES and a special welcome to our new members to our Spring 2016 Newsletter, setting out all the information about concert day requirements and arrangements, as well as details about our Quiz Night and other choir news.  The audience reaction to our Christmas performance, From Rutter with Love, was generally very positive, some stating openly that it was one of our best performances and very many saying that it was a wonderful start to the Christmas season.

Everyone seems to be really enjoying the marvellous music we are rehearsing for our concert on 23 April at the church of St Peter and St Paul in Great Missenden – the Mozart’s Requiem and his Vespers, which contrast so well with the unaccompanied selection of Bruckner Graduals – and the choir seem to be preparing to do full justice to the works.  Tickets will be on sale shortly and we are hoping for a very good turnout for such a popular programme.  Please do make sure that posters are displayed prominently and that you let all your friends and colleagues know of the great treat in store for them. (more…)

Published on September 27th, 2016 by Ken Darvill