Summer Concert 2024

VaughanWilliams – Serenade to Music – OUP – £10
Vaughan Williams – In Windsor Forest – OUP – £12
George Shearing – Songs & Sonnets from Shakespeare – Hinshaw Music – £9
Bernstein (arr. Mac Huff) – West Side Story Choral Suite for SATB – Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard – £5

Scores will be available to buy at rehearsal at the prices shown above (or for the knock-down price of £35 if you buy all four together). Card payment preferred.

Learning Resources

Most of us are familiar with a variety of sources for rehearsal recordings and learning tracks and many of us have decided which we prefer. However, this term is a little different for two reasons; the works we are singing are not ‘favourites’ widely performed by choral societies and choirs and all the works are modern enough that they are still in copyright. So, the bad news is that learning tracks for this term are few and far between, none of them are available on CD and none are free of charge.

The good news is the John Fletcher Music – a website many of you will be familiar with already – has Mp3 files for all four works. They are not free but, to access them, all you need to do is to pay a membership fee. Six months’ membership (more than enough!) costs the princely sum of £6.60 and you can sign up here. (If you already have a free account, you will need to log into that first, using your existing user name and password, before you can pay the subscription for the ‘premium’ account which will let you access the learning tracks you need for this term.) For those who aren’t familiar with the website, there is a helpful guide on how to find what you need and play it on the website itself. (Don’t worry about all the references to Dropbox – you don’t need Dropbox to access the sound files, it’s just that Dropbox is what John F has used to build his site.)

Update (10 May): Mike Stevenson, one of our basses has been in touch with John Fletcher about the Bernstein rehearsal files. In the score, the tenor and bass parts are written on the same stave, with the tenor taking the upper and bass taking the lower.  However, on occasions there are 3 notes and John didn’t know which voice to assign the middle note to. The result is that you hear a chord, which is difficult to use if you are trying to learn the line.

John has now updated the recordings and split out the difficult chords into Men 1, Men 2 and Men 3 in the following movements:

2a Maria
3b Cool
3b Cool SLOWER
3c America

He has also done this for women in 3c America. Now it’s easier to hear the notes we are to sing!

Serenade to Music
Learning Tracks:

West Side Story Choral Suite
YouTube Recordings with Score

Please note that the absolute accuracy of all of the above learning tracks have not been verified owing to the time this would take. Please let us know on of any errors, omissions or better resources we can share.


Baroque Masterpieces at Cadogan Hall

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Our 2024 Autumn Term culminated this week with two concerts at Cadogan Hall and it was a privilage to share the joy and excitement we’ve all found in singing these wonderful pieces with our audiences. Thanks to our everyone who has been involved: our professional musicians, orchestra & soloists and the dedicated team of Trustees […]

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