2021 December Events

Tuesday 7th December at 6 pm we have been invited to sing at: Jakes Play World in Trilakes Country Park, Yateley Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire GU47 8JQ
The event will last for a couple of hours. It will be outside but under cover. Those who have attended this before will know how rewarding it is to support the Knights Foundation in their work for disabled children and their families. Please update the doodle poll that Matthew has circulated or let us know on Monday if you can attend. We will have a keyboard and Joanna from St Peters will accompany us.


Saturday 11th December – Bagshot Big Bash 2 -6pm – SHS Singing 5.15 -6pm.
Includes Blessing of Xmas tree by the vicar of Mary’s church Andreas Sigtig and Cllr Valerie White switching on lights. We also have the opportunity to fundraise for SHS, with or without a separate stall; could bring our own canopy & buckets during the afternoon.

Thursday 16 December 6:00pm – Ashwood House has been cancelled.

Monday 20th December – Frimley Park Hospital have reluctantly had to cancel the invitation to sing at FPH.


Your 100 Carols books will be needed for each of these events.

Melody Player Software

For some time now I have been preparing mp3 practice files for the choir, which have been made available through our website. You can listen to the tracks directly from the website, or download them for playing on mobile mp3 players, or other equipment. For each piece of music, separate files are made for each voice part. I find these tracks pretty useful when on the move, but at home, I don’t use the mp3s. I use software called ‘Melody Assistant’ to play the tracks in their original form. This gives me the ability to do all sorts of things, such as slowing the music down (and back up again), playing my part on its own, altering the volume of voice parts and instruments, playing a selected loop over and over, and loads more. In addition, the music and words scroll on the computer screen as it plays. It’s a great aid to learning, so wouldn’t it be nice if everyone had access to these facilities?

Now, as luck would have it, the publishers of Melody Assistant (Myriad Software) have brought out a new program called “Melody Player” which directly plays files produced on Melody Assistant, with no need to convert them to mp3s. It also gives you the ability to do all the things mentioned above. It’s very good for playing midi files too. The programme only came out recently and I have only had a very brief time to try it out, but I am sure many members of the choir would find it really useful. It seems quite easy to use and there is a good help file to explain the use of all the functions. To get the programme Google ‘Melody Player’ and download it from the ‘Myriad’ site http://www.myriad-online.com.   I have arranged with Tim to put files readable by Melody Player on the website, so that choir members can download them. These files are tiny compared to mp3s by the way, so you don’t need to worry about disk space.

Just for the record, I have no connection with Myriad, I am just a keen user of their software.

Richard Ashworth

2021 Autumn Concert

Baroque Idols

Saturday, October 23, 2021 – 7:30 PM
High Cross Church, Camberley

Tickets are available on the door

Ticket sales will close on Friday before the Concert

featuring
Vivaldi: Gloria
Purcell: Funeral Sentences
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MD: Ed Bonner
Organ: Geoff Tuson

Eleanor Meynell – Soprano
Leonora Dawson-Bowling – Mezzo
William Johnson Davies – Tenor
Julian Charles Debreuil – Baritone

Download the poster for this concert



2021 Come and Sing

Our Come and Sing on September 4th, 2021 was a great success.

50 members and guests attended and we rehearsed and sang much of the Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man”.

Our thanks to Ed and Geoff and to everyone who turned out to sing again after so long


Better is peace than always war
And better is peace than evermore war
Always war, always war
Better is peace than evermore war
And better and better is peace

L’homme armé doit on douter?

Better is peace than always war
And better is peace than evermore war
Always war, always war
Better is peace than evermore war
And better and better is peace

Ring, ring, ring, ring
Ring, ring, ring, ring!
Ring out the thousand wars of old
Ring in the thousand years of peace
Ring out the old, ring in the new
Ring happy bells across the snow
The year is going, let him go
The year is going, let him go

Ring out the false, ring in the new
Ring out old shapes of foul disease
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old
Ring in the thousand years of peace
Ring in the valiant man and free
The larger heart, the kindlier hand
Ring out the darkness of the land
Ring in the Christ that is to be
The year is going; let him go
The year is going; let him go
Ring out the false, ring in the true
Ring, ring, ring, ring
Ring, ring, ring, ring!

God shall wipe away all tears
And there shall be no more death,
Neither sorrow nor crying,
Neither shall there be anymore pain.