New Members Wanted!

Do you enjoy singing?

Would you like to join our friendly choir?

Malmesbury Singers are looking for new members, especially Sopranos, to join its 70-strong mixed voice classical choir.

We rehearse on Monday evenings in Malmesbury Abbey and perform two concerts a year with professional soloists and musicians, as well as holding informal summer singing sessions, singing days and social events.

Come and join us in Malmesbury Abbey on Monday 3rd September 2018 when our Autumn Term begins and see if we are the group for you!
If you are keen, please complete the form below:

Or contact us below:
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Singing Day with Nigel Perrin – Saturday 22 September 2018

Handel: Extracts from The Messiah & Coronation Anthems and more!

Saturday 22 September, 9.30 am – 3pm
United Reformed Church, Malmesbury

Scroll down for more information and a form that you can complete online and send to us directly, or click here to download a pdf form that you can print out and email to us at malmesburysingers@gmail.com.  Sign up by Saturday 15th September to be sure of a place!

The address for the church is St Mary’s Street, Malmesbury, SN16 0BJ. There is no parking at the church, but the town’s long stay car park is only 5 mins walk and the 1st two hours are free. To reach the car park follow signs for Long Stay from the approaches to Malmesbury. Leave the car park heading towards the fire station, and walk up Gloucester Road towards the town centre. St.Mary’s street is on the right before the triangle and war memorial.

Nigel Perrin is one of the UK’s best known and foremost choral directors. He is the musical director of Bath Bach Choir and Exeter Festival Chorus, was the founding director of award winning Bath Camerata chamber choir and was known to millions as one of the very earliest members of the Kings Singers. His approach to workshops and singing days is lively, entertaining and instructive in equal measure and I’m sure we’ll all have a great time.

We start at 9.30 and expect to end between 2.30 and 2.45. Tea and coffee will be available on arrival and later in the day. After a light lunch, provided for a modest £5/head in aid of church funds, we will have a recap and sing through of the pieces we’ve studied in the morning.

The repertoire will include Handel’s Coronation Anthems (Zadok, My Heart is Inditing and The King Shall Rejoice) plus some choruses from Messiah. In addition Nigel will bring his usual eclectic selection of warm ups and rounds to get us going.

We are able to provide scores of the Coronation Anthems and Messiah, but if you have your own copy it would help us if you could bring it along.

On the form below please indicate if you would like lunch and if you can pay by BACS the details are on the form or downloadable sheet.  If you wish to pay by cheque, please make the cheque out to the Malmesbury Singers and email us for the address to post to or bring on the day.

After the day, we would love any feedback – please share below!

A Date for Your Diary – Oriel Singers, 24 March 2018

On Saturday 24th March, the Oriel Singers are putting on a programme in Ampney Crucis C of E the Church of the Holy Rood as follows: St Magnus Mass by William Petter, John Sanders’ Reproaches, An Invocation of the Holy Spirit by Matthew Martin, Silence and Sound by Ben Sawyer, Stabat Mater by Alissa Firsova, Poulenc’s Chansons Françaises, folk songs, jazz arrangements and Four Elizabethan Songs by Gryspeerdt.

Do check out the events page on facebook here! [click the text]

Choral Workshop with Bath Bach Choir

Bath Bach Choir are holding a choral Workshop on

Saturday 27 January 2018, 9.30am – 5.00pm
at St Michael’s Without, Bath
Christopher Wood: “Requiem”

Workshop Director: Nigel Perrin

Christopher Wood’s Requiem is a compelling and highly accessible piece with echoes of both Rutter and Puccini in its romanticism, which reflects on the nation’s emotions at the passing of the Queen Mother in 2002. In preparation for its first West Country performance, we invite you to join us for our annual workshop – a day of fun, singing and camaraderie, and a highlight of our year – as musical director Nigel Perrin takes us through the work with his customary warmth, humour and musical agility. To book your place please download the booking form from here or email Caroline Gumbley at workshops@bathbachchoir.org.uk.

Tickets £25 Including score hire and complimentary tea & coffee throughout the day

Spring 2018 Rehearsal Information

Singers Information for Spring 2018

Please download the Spring Rehearsal plan from here:

For practising – a few links:

Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep (Chris Hutchings) https://soundcloud.com/hutchingsmusic/do-not-stand-at-my-grave-and-weep

The Armed Man Choralia http://www.choralia.net/jk01mp3/

Also choral parts are available from  https://johnfletchermusic.org/  but as the music is in copyright, you need to register and  pay a subscription of £10 for the year.

Please note that Peter Tims will be taking 3 rehearsals this term, on 22nd and 29th Jan and 26th Feb. The learning of choruses 6-12 has been allocated to Peter (11 is soloist only).

On 19th March note that we will be rehearsing in the **The King’s Church** [please note change of venue] (Abbey Row, Malmesbury). as the Abbey is being used for the Easter Labyrinth.

Extra Rehearsal for Do Not Stand at My Grave & Weep
Please find details in an email sent to the choir.  Rehearsal parts to be found below (click on your voice part and it will take you to a screen containing an MP3 and begin playing the piano part automatically – all being well!):

Soprano
Alto
Tenor
Bass

Autumn 2017 Rehearsal Information

Members – *please click here for the Autumn Rehearsal guide*.

Here are some youtube clips to help you with practising the pieces!

Giovani Liete Unfortunately no choral parts available but of course on youtube:
(Clip 1) (Marriage of Figaro)
Clip 2
Clip 3
Clip 4

Donizetti – Chorus of wedding guests (English)

Puccini – Humming Chorus (youtube only)

Mascagni – Easter Hymn ENGLISH
or click here

Bizet – Habanera from Carmen
or click here (Cyberbass)

Brindisi (Traviata)

Verdi Opera Choruses