Newsletter November 2013

 From The Chair, Vivien Salisbury

Welcome Everyone to this newsletter.  Just two weeks away from our December concert, the rehearsals have shown the pieces are sounding good and, with three more rehearsals, including with the orchestra and soloists on the day of the rehearsal, we have high hopes of another excellent concert.  The music is wonderful, so let’s make it a performance to remember.  I am sure we are all hoping for another sell-out concert and getting the message out to all likely attenders of the delights to come!

Thank you to all who have been helping to make the concert a success.  We will give our thanks more formally at the Christmas Party on the 9 December (for details, see below) but we could not envisage the preparations and the day without the tremendous work of our Concert Manager, Ron Gordon, whose careful instructions for rehearsals and the day are given below.  Please do read these and ask at rehearsal if you have any questions.  Singers should note that we need to rub out our notes on the music ourselves and return the music to Christopher Boyce, Librarian, at the Christmas Party.  If unable to come to the party, do, please ensure the copies are rubbed out and returned either at the end of the concert or given to another member who can bring it to the party.

We must thank Suzanne who, with Anne’s help, has made sure that the choir has ample liquid refreshments at rehearsals, including at the church.  She has also been kind enough to take on the coordination and distribution of the newsletter in the future, taking over from Ron, who set up this splendid means of communication for us.  And, if you have not logged in already, do take time to see our new Website.  Rachel Goode has carried out all the technical work on this, ably supported by Christopher Boyce and Chris Purves.  If you are looking for choir information, this will become a first port of call.  It should prove an excellent grandstand for fellow music lovers who can see what we are performing and how to become a member if they would wish to do so.

We have had much joy in listening to and singing with our versatile and ever patient accompanist, Michael Macmillan through the rehearsals.  Now it is just for us to prove correct the confidence our Music Director, John Cotterill, has in us with a glorious concert, “The Crowning of the Year”, to kick off our seasonal celebrations and then to celebrate over food and drinks at our Christmas Party 2013.  Good singing and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.



Good luck to everyone for the concert on 7 December!  The rehearsals have all gone splendidly and I feel very confident indeed that we are in for a great performance.  Thank you to everyone who organised and attended the sectional practices – the benefit of these has really been apparent and we have come a long way since we first tackled the marvellous double fugue in No. 9 of the C.P.E. Bach Magnificat.  And I really hope we can dispense with the Britten copies – the difference in your singing and delivery of these unaccompanied pieces is amazing when you put the music aside, so let’s do the composer’s centenary proud in this way.  What wonderful music the whole programme is, and I’m sure the audience is in for a real treat. Please give 101% concentration and effort, and above all ENJOY –  let enjoyment shine through on your faces!  It will be a great night.    John



F rom the Treasurer, Geoff Povey

Thank you to everyone who has given a donation on top of their subscription for this term. Your generosity has raised £299. Can I also remind people who shop online that if you do this through and nominate Great Missenden Choral Society as your chosen charity a percentage of your purchase goes to the Society. Please ask me if you need any assistance with this.


From the Secretary, Tony Overton


1. I would be happy to receive details of any other disabled parking spaces required at the church – I have very few requests to date to pass on to Ron.


2. David Meacock is organising a  concert for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal “Messiah 4 Philippines” involving members of nearby choirs, amateur and professional singers. This will be held on December 8 at St. Peter’s Church, Staines at 7.30 pm with rehearsal for choir 2 – 4pm. Audience tickets £10 and same for choral singers. Contact phone 01753886005 or e-mail I have circulated this information by e-mail to all members.


If you have voices left after Bach and Mozart the previous day, I am sure David would be very happy to include you in his choir. 


From The Concert Day Manager, Ron Gordon

Concert arrangements

Rehearsal dates are Mon 2nd and Thurs 5th December  at 7.45 pm and then Saturday afternoon seated for a prompt  2.15 pm start.  There will be tea and coffee available at the Monday and Thursday rehearsals.

Dress for the concert is DJ’s, white shirts, black bow ties for men, long black skirts or evening trousers and black long or three quarter sleeved tops, no low or high necks, for women,  No bright sparkly jewellery please.

To aid parking the unmade road down from the upper gate will be reserved for those choir members who help or otherwise anticipate being delayed after the concert.  This will avoid the situation of those “late leavers” blocking the exit from the cemetery ring at the concert close – an A4 sheet with letter “C” will be available at the Saturday rehearsal to display in windscreen if you anticipate being a “late leaver”..

Those persons who require disabled parking will be issued with the letter “D” Tony Overton will collect car details on Monday 25th November and “D” letters will be issued at the rehearsal on Monday 2nd December

Could all members please take extra care to bring only essential personal possessions with them to the church for the rehearsals and the concert, and to take responsibility for their security at all times.  The church is open to visitors and whilst there will be volunteers on duty absolute security cannot be guaranteed.  

A few helpers are needed to help restore the church after the concert ready for Sunday services. Please let Ron Gordon know if you will be available.


By Monday December 2nd rehearsal, please remember to pencil in the bar numbers through the Bach and Mozart scores, starting at number 1 in each movement……Ed


Christmas Party

Following our tradition of many years, our Christmas Party will take place on the Monday after the concert, 9 December.  Relatives and friends are welcome.  Tickets are £7.50 per person for food, entertainment and first drinks.  They can be obtained from Margaret Gordon at rehearsals.  Do come and join us and have an evening of fun and laughter.


News of other local events.

Music in the Chilterns

Amongst the pamphlets of various musical events a flyer detailing the wealth of local music is available during rehearsals – it includes Amersham and Chesham Bois Choral Society’s 11th May 2014 concert of Britten’s “War Requiem”  and other activities as well as our own forthcoming concerts.



On Saturday 30th November, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra return to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra would like to offer local music groups a special 2 for 1 offer to see this concert of classical music.


Conductor Christoph Koenig

Cello Jamie Walton


Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin

Elgar Cello Concerto

Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5



Aylesbury Waterside Theatre      

Exchange Street                                   Call 0844 871 7627

Aylesbury                                             Access 0844 871 7677

Buckinghamshire                                 Groups 0844 871 7614

HP20 1UG





November 28th, 2013