Rehearsals take place on Sundays at Sale United Reform Church.Dates for 2019/2020 can be downloaded here.
Rehearsals are informal and friendly. They run from 2.15 - 5.15 and are punctuated around 4.pm with tea and cake. We take turns in bringing cake which can be home made but are just as gratefully received if they are shop-bought! We also take turns in making the tea and washing up.
Keith determines where members sit for each performance, which can vary based on the balance of the pieces we are singing, and this is where we sit for our rehearsals too. Which makes sense!
There are often flyers, items to read and cake lists to sign up to on the cupboards at the end of the hall. Get into the habit of checking these to make sure you're fully up to date. Rosemary also gives a short update before the second half of each rehearsal.
There is an expectation that you will attend all rehearsals and that you will also work on the pieces in preparation for each rehearsal. Here are sone suggested YouTube links which should help.
If you can't attend a rehearsal you must let Rosemary, our chairman, know (contact details below). If you expect to miss several rehearsals then you should also speak to Keith.
Subs are payable at the beginning of the new year and for 2019/20 are £120 You can pay Peter, our treasurer using cash,cheque or bank transfer.
If you need to make contact with a member of the committee or the choir you can email Rosemary, or better still, use the Whatsapp group detailed below.
If you use these then please join us and share our publicity materials at every opportunity!
If you want to be a member of the choir Whatsapp group (which is a great way to get to know other choir members) then let Leslie have your mobile phone number.
Concerts tend to take place on Saturdays at Christ Church in Didsbury. We have an afternoon rehearsal then a couple of hours free before the concert. Just before the concert we gather in the church hall for a quick warm up and then walk to our places, in order, from the vestry.
Black concert folders are given out a week or two before the concert and should be carried onto the stage in your right hand with the William Byrd logo facing outwards. Folders and music is collected in at the end of the concert.
Concert dress for women comprises a long, black skirt (to the floor) and choir blouse. Blouses are provided on deposit and we can also provide information about purchasing black skirts.
Concert dress for men is black DJ, white shirt with buttoned down collar and Byrds bowtie which is currently £7.
AGMs and committee
We hold an AGM at the beginning of every year and all members are invited to attend and contribute. The minutes of our last meeting can be obtained from the Byrds secretary Alison Bates.
The committee meets every 3 months or so to: agree the rehearsal and concert diary; discuss the programme; identify sources of funding; and consider opportunities for social activities.
You can contact any of the members by e-mailing Rosemary using our functional email account firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee members ( below) are Chairman: Rosemary Thomason; Secretary: Alison Bates; Treasurer: Peter Aldred; Publicity officer: Elizabeth Wright; Digital Officer: Leslie Robinson; Grants officer: Sam Williams; Librarian: Rob Kerr; Musical Director: Keith Orrell
This page is for the members of the choir. Whether you have just joined us or are a seasoned veteran, we hope you will find the information useful. If you have any ideas for additional information which could be included please let digital officer, Leslie Robinson, know (contact dtails below).