Autumn 2015 Newsletter

Autumn 2015 Newsletter


Chair’s Introduction

Concert day notes

online ticket sales

from our Treasurer

from our librarian

tribute to bob gerhardi


christmas party


From The Chair, Vivien Salisbury

WELCOME, EVERYONE, to our Autumn newsletter, giving you all the information about concert day requirements and arrangements, as well as details about our Christmas party on 7 December and general choir news.  I hope you are all enjoying the music at rehearsals, with a wonderful mix of the Rutter “Magnificat”, requested by choir members, the Britten “Rejoice in the Lamb” and the Rutter carols with which we will end the performance.  I am looking forward to hearing the Finzi “Romance for Strings, Op. 11” and will try very hard not to get too carried away with the music to pull myself together in time for our entries in the carols!  It should be a great night.

It is good to hear that the tickets are selling well.  Please do make sure all your family and friends have their tickets ready and remind people that they can book online.  Meantime, it would be very helpful if you could check that the posters you have put up have survived the battering of the wind and the rain of the past few days.  I have seen some very sad, laminated even, posters for other events in recent days.  We do hope to have a sell out audience, as in previous years, and the advertising remains very important for this.

And after all the preparation and exhilaration of the performance, we have more fun to come with the Christmas Party.  This is a really friendly choir where members join in and help without our even having to ask.  I know that everyone will do so on the 7th and that we shall all enjoy the opportunity to meet and chat with all our fellow choir members, whatever part they sing, and family and friends.

Next term we shall be having another quiz night, probably at the beginning of March – keep listening and we will let everyone know when it will be.

We shall return early in January, the first Monday, to knuckle down to “Mozart in Missenden”.  Many of us will know some of the music already, so it will be wonderful to work it up in to another highly musical performance.  And, with summer thoughts already taking hold, we shall enjoy music and cream teams with the church in May.

Meantime, let’s make this a marvellous memorable concert and a wonderful preparation for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.                                                                                                     Vivien




Dress Code –  for the women, long black skirt and a black top with long or three quarter length sleeves.  No       “bling” please.

         – for the men, black DJs, white shirts, bow ties

Please, no perfumes/aftershave as this may affect allergy sufferers and can affect some singer’s voices.

Timetable – Choir to arrive for rehearsal on Saturday at 2pm and for the concert at 7pm to be in their seats for 7.15pm.

Access to the Church- when you arrive for Saturday’s rehearsal and for the performance please enter through the vestry door to avoid disturbing the orchestra area-but see Security below. 

Security –   There is a real risk of theft of personal belongings during rehearsals and the performance. In April the vestry door was left open “on the latch” at times with the good intention of letting members in.  Unfortunately, this practice enables thieves to enter and exit within seconds!!  Please do not bring valuables to rehearsals or the performance at church or leave possessions in the vestry. 

Thefts have also occurred from cars parked around the church during rehearsals, (although not from a member’s car) – take the normal precautions of not leaving any items on display and locking your vehicle.

Helpers. If you are willing to lend a hand after the performance on December 5th please let me know on 01494 862580.  The scouts do all the heavy work so the more the merrier to do the light stuff!!

Car Parking

Access Road –From experience we now know that an ambulance cannot access the church if cars are parked on the access road from Church Street!  Please do not park on this road during rehearsals or the performance 

Disabled Car Parking.  There is a real problem finding space for all those who request reserved spaces. It would be helpful if those passengers with reduced mobility could be dropped off prior to the car being parked. Those who have the unavoidable need for priority disabled parking should tell Tony Overton 01494 863581 with name, type of car and registration.  An A4 sheet with letter I  will be made available at rehearsals.            

Choir.  Those choir members who stay after the concert to help clear up will be able to park on the unmade road down from the top gate.  An A4 sheet with letter C will be made available.

These sheets with I or C should be fixed or held inside the windscreen on the left side to be seen by the parking stewards on arriving at the car park entrance.

Tickets for collection at the Door

If you wish to organise tickets to be left at the door for collection, please place them in a white envelope BOLDY marked with the name of the person collecting them, and whether payment has/has not been made.

Online Ticket Sales          

Tickets for our concerts can now be purchased online via a link on the GMCS website ( This uses the TicketSource box office system. Tickets are at their current price of £14 for adults and £7 for children and students. There is a booking fee which will be added to the ticket price. The purchaser must also print off the Eticket(s) which must be brought to the concert and presented at the Church door in order to gain entry.

The TicketSource system provides us with full reporting and accounting facilities relating to ticket sales by this method.

Concert programmes and posters will now include details of this method for purchasing tickets.

Tickets will also still be available for choir members to purchase at rehearsals, and also from Wynyard Wright and Ellis, 36B High Street, Great Missenden.                                                                   Jean Jones


From OUR Treasurer:


Thank you to those people who have kindly added donations to their subscriptions this term. This has raised £257 for Choir funds.

 Naxos recordings

 Many of the items which we sing, as well as much other music, is available to listen to via Naxos online. To listen to these recordings go to:

Bucks CC Library website

Reference and Enquiries

Naxos online

Enter BUCKSxxxxxxxx (where x is your Library Membership number)

Type the name of the music into the Search box: e.g. CPE Bach Magnificat

You then get a list of the recordings available

Select the recording

Select play

NB:  You cannot save the recording to a disk.


By popular demand we have arranged another quiz. It will take place on Friday 11th March 2016 at the Oldham Hall. The quizmaster once again will be Steve Coates and his team. Further details will follow in due course, but please put the date in your diary. This year’s quiz was a sell-out.  

 Online shopping

For those of you who shop online, we are trying to raise additional funds for our choir, through links to a website which will give us commission on sales from online shopping: Easyfundraising. This website will give commission of up to 15% on sales. There are links from this site to over 600 Brand Name retailers, including Amazon, B & Q., BHS, Curry’s, Marks and Spencer, and Waterstones. It costs us (and you) nothing. It is free to use.

How to access

Go to This will take you to that company’s website.

  1. Create an Account
  2. Select ‘Support a good cause’
  3. Select Great Missenden Choral Society as your chosen charity from the dropdown list.
  4. Register yourself as a user.
  5. Enter your details including a password.
  6. Await acknowledgment of the registration
  7. When you want to shop, login and start shopping. There is a list of all the available companies shown on the website.
  8. If you choose, you can prompt a reminder whenever you go to a website which supports Easyfundraising, e.g. Expedia, if you go to that company’s website without going via Easyfundraising.
  9. There is a link to Easyfundraising on the GMCS website if you wish to use it.

Thank you if you are able to support the choir in this way.                                                   Geoff


Would you like to be the Choir’s new Librarian?

Our Librarian does an important job for the Choir by ensuring that we have the right music available when we need it. As Vivien explained recently, we need to recruit a new Librarian to replace Christopher Boyce, who is standing down at the end of this term. If you think you might be interested in taking on this role, Christopher would be very happy to have a chat to explain what is involved. He can be contacted on 01494 488168.

 Handing in scores after the concert

If you are able to return a clean score, with all your markings rubbed out, immediately after the concert, please put in the plastic box on the floor in the vestry.  Otherwise, hand in your rubbed-out score at the Christmas party on December 7th.  If you are not coming to the Party, please give your score to someone who is coming.                                                                                                                                               Christopher


Ronald (Bob) Gerhardi

17.9.1934 – 17.10.2015

We were sad to learn of Bob’s death recently in Aylesbury, after a long battle with Parkinsons disease. Several members of GMCS attended his funeral at St. Mary’s Church, Wendover, and he had a splendid send -off with a full church, bellringers and eulogies from both sons, Peter and Victor, and his niece Hilary Kay.

Bob was one of the founder members of the choral society, which started as a small choir of about 24 members in 1949 under the direction of Herta Grove. Bob gave the choir access to the meeting room in his electroplating works in the High Street for rehearsals, before we outgrew this facility and moved to the Oldham Hall.

He remained an active member of the tenor section until quite recently.  He was our President for many years until resigning due to ill health in 2014.

In spite of his condition he was still keen to travel with his son/ carer Peter to Blackpool last year and to take a flight to Jersey with Victor, who also took him to Germany to visit his wife’s relatives.  Helga predeceased him five years ago.

We shall warmly remember him for his encouragement, enthusiasm and good humour.


  1. Next term begins on Monday January 4th 2016, when we shall begin to prepare for our “Mozart in Missenden” Spring concert.
  2. If you know of anyone who may like to join the choir (particularly men!), please do encourage them to come along. An ability to read music is needed, and prospective members must undergo a short audition.
  3. Please remember to sign in to each rehearsal, on the registers provided. Our Musical Director does have a discretion as to whether or not a member who has missed more than three rehearsals in a term, may participate in that concert. Although he will always understand absence necessitated by ill health or business, this discretion is important, in order to maintain the high standard of the choir’s performances.
  4. After the enjoyable experience many of us shared last May, when we sang at the Church alongside its cream tea, we plan to repeat this next year. The date for your diaries is Sunday May 15th 2016.
  5. If any members have any ideas or requests for items they would like to see included in this Newsletter, which is produced generally three times a year, please let Suzanne Bryden (who will have emailed this to you) know.



 This year our Christmas Party, takes place on Monday 7th December, the Monday after the concert, at 7.45pm in the Oldham Hall. We shall have the usual festive food and fun, so please bring your friends or family, if you wish.  We have a seasonal meal, with first drink included in the price of the ticket which is £8 per person, lots of fun, chat and laughter with all our colleagues throughout the choir and our Friends and a chance to sing carols together as a start to our holiday festivities.  Tickets are available at any of the choir rehearsals from now until the concert.







November 30th, 2015