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.

As ever, we shall be having rehearsals on Monday and Thursday of the week before the concert and on the Saturday afternoon with the orchestra and soloists before the evening performance.

We will be asking that for the concert performance members again wear, for women, long black skirts or suitable evening style trousers and black tops with long or three-quarter length sleeves, and the gentlemen black DJs with white shirts and black bow ties.  We shall provide some suitable bling for everybody on the day.

The church cream tea and music event on Sunday, 15 May, will be a much more informal occasion and we shall be similarly more informally dressed but we shall send out further information for all the choir nearer the time.  For those that have never been, the afternoon is fun with lovely music and the church cream teas are famously excellent!

Before that, food for the mind as well as the body with the Quiz Night on Friday, March 11th.  Back by popular demand, the quiz is expertly set and administered by a very professional independent team, who specialise in these events.  This time, as a change, we will be serving lamb, chicken and vegetarian biryanis, as well as beef casserole with rice and vegetarian salad options.  It was hugely successful last year and we would love to see so many people, choir members and others, return this time.  It will be challenging and great fun.

You would never believe what fun rubbing out can be!  On the Monday after the concert, many choir members (and Friends) join together in the Oldham Hall to clean the used scores and to enjoy the opportunity to mix, laugh and enjoy a drink or two and some great nibbles.

Meantime, you will find more articles below about the concert and the year of celebration that awaits us in the 2015/2016 season.  Wishing you a wonderful term and fabulous musical performances in April and May.                                                                                                               Vivien




NEXT SEASON 2016-2017.   

Next season will be a very special one indeed. The first concert on 10 December 2016 will feature the Great Missenden Church‘s organ in its centenary year and will include Rhidian Jones occupying an important role in the choral works and playing a Handel organ concerto with the orchestra as well. The second concert on 29 April 2017 will be the Choral Society’s 150th concert, and to celebrate that wonderful milestone we will perform what is regarded by most people as the finest choral work ever written, namely the great J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor. This will be a big enterprise and I’m sure nobody will wish to miss out on such a great occasion, so we will need 100% commitment from all members in order to achieve success. It will also necessitate some definite scheduled sectional practices for all parts. As Bach scored the Mass for five parts, SSATB, we plan to invite some extra singers to join us as we did for the Brahms Requiem a few years ago, and to give the work the space it deserves the performance will be at St. Mary’s Church, Amersham. I hope you will all be excited by these plans and, knowing the dates well in advance, be able to make your personal and family arrangements to ensure your availability for these important landmarks in the Choir’s history. Details of the season’s programme are set out below.                                    John



We shall again singing at the Church’s Cream Teas on Sunday afternoon, 15 May.  We shall rehearse from  1.30 pm that day in the Oldham Hall before proceeding at 3pm up to the Church. We’ll sing some of the items from the 23 April concert.  We hope you can all join in this fine event, as we shall need a balanced choir in order to do justice to the music.                                                           John



The  ”non-musical bits” but, as always, important contributions to the success of the concert!

Dress Code – Vivien will be speaking about the Dress Code in the run up to the concert but as usual, please no aftershave/perfumes that are likely to aggravate allergies and affect singer’s voices.

Timetable – Similarly, John will be confirming the actual timetable of Saturday’s rehearsal.

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 –   It is preferable that valuables are not brought to rehearsals or the performance at church or left in the vestry.  Please help by not leaving the vestry door open or “on the latch” at any time.

Take the normal precautions of not leaving any items on display in your car and locking your vehicle – the parking area around the church is a high risk area.

Helpers. Volunteers to act as Stewards/ Front of House are asked to let me know of their availability for the performance and/or to help with security cover.   Additionally, those willing to lend a hand after the performance on April 23rd please let me know on 01494 862580.

Interval drinks – Tony Overton runs an effective interval drinks service and would appreciate some additional help for it to continue running smoothly.  If any member’s partners/friends are willing to lend a hand please let Tony know on 01494 863581.

Car Parking

Access Road – There are now double yellow lines on the road leading up to the church 

Disabled.  Those with a real need for priority disabled parking please let Tony Overton know on 01494 863581 with name, type of car and registration.  An A4 sheet with letter I  will be made available at rehearsals.

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

These sheets 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 BOLDLY marked with the names of the person collecting them, and whether payment has/has not been made.

Thank You for all the help given on the December Concert.                                                         Ron


 NOTES FROM THE TREASURER                    

Thank you to those people who have kindly added donations to their subscriptions this season. This has raised £392 for Choir funds.

Online shopping

For those of you who shop online, we are trying to raise additional funds for our choir, through links to the Easyfundraising website which will give us commission of up to 15% on sales from online shopping.  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.

How to access

  1. Go to Easyfundraising.org.uk. This will take you to that company’s website.
  2. Create an Account
  3. Select ‘Support a good cause’
  4. Select Great Missenden Choral Society as your chosen charity from the dropdown list.
  5. Register yourself as a user.
  6. Enter your details including a password.
  7. Await acknowledgment of the registration
  8. When you want to shop, login and start shopping. There is a list of all the available companies shown on the website.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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:

You then get a list of the recordings available

You cannot save the recording to a disk.


There are still some tickets available for the quiz in the Oldham Hall on Friday March 11th at 7.30p.m. These cost £13, and include a meal. The choice is lamb biryani, chicken biryani, beef casserole (non-curry) or a vegetarian salad. If you would like to come along, please contact Hilary Povey (tel.01494 772596, email gpovey1@ntlworld.com). As last year, the quizmaster is Steve Coates.     Geoff



www.cyberbass.com is an online resource which assists part learning.  It contains the major choral  works, and you can select your own voice part to listen and sing along to.  You can also slow the playback down!  It has both of this term’s Mozart works, and is well worth a visit.                             Ed



We welcome Naomi Rose McMillan, who was born on 20th September 2015, and congratulate her proud parents!


SEASON 2016 – 2017

10 December 2016         ‘A GREAT AND MIGHTY WONDER’

(featuring the Church organ in its centenary year)


                                        Buxtehude                        The Newborn Babe

                                                                                   (Das neugebor’ne Kindelein)

Mendelssohn                     Hear my prayer

Haydn                                ‘Little Organ’ Mass


Handel                               Organ Concerto No.4 in F

Lauridsen                          O magnum mysterium

Cecilia McDowall             Christus natus est 



29 April 2017               THE CHORAL SOCIETY’S 150th CONCERT

                                       Bach                                    Mass in B minor         

                                      (NB.    Easter Day 16 April  –  May Day Holiday 1 May)

September 27th, 2016