Virtual Area Choirs Festival on Saturday 17 October 2020

Our Area Choirs Festival this year will be a virtual one. We will record the music in advance and all the recordings will be edited together to form a virtual choir. Links will be provided over the next week or so, to enable you to make your recordings. The deadline for sending in recordings will be 9pm on Sunday 4 October, to allow time for editing.

Music

We have selected well known music that you may have in your library and repertoire. You are not obliged to record all the items, just as much as you wish.

Introit Cantate Domino Pitoni
Responses Smith 5 part
Psalm 122 Parish Psalter
Hymn Angel Voices Ever Singing
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis Noble in B minor
Anthem  Wesley: Ascribe unto the Lord (to be recorded in chunks)
Hymn The day thou gavest.

For those without access to their choir libraries at present, here are links to the scores:-

http://www3.cpdl.org/wiki/images/2/25/Ascribe_unto_the_Lord_Wesley.pdf http://www3.cpdl.org/wiki/images/2/2f/Noble_evening_canticles.pdf http://www3.cpdl.org/wiki/images/6/63/Preces_and_responses_Smith.pdf http://www3.cpdl.org/wiki/images/5/50/Cantate_Domino_Pitoni.pdf http://www3.cpdl.org/wiki/images/9/92/AMNS_163_Angel_Voices_Harmony.pdf https://www.dropbox.com/s/vntpkbf6nx93uar/Angel%20Voices%20Descant%20-%20Voice.pdf?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qiv98x7hnemh4ez/AACYAyz3B9Pofkp-NBbDQlfja?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/t9qp7kq7q9e6jno/The%20day%20thou%20gavest%20NEH.pdf?dl=0

Don’t start recording yet until we send you the backing tracks and conductor videos! But do have a look and see which parts you would like to take part in.

Please publicise this among your singers and friends – all are welcome to take part. We ask for a donation via gofundme of £5 per person as individuals up to a maximum of £50 per choir – no maximum number of singers. (Our main cost is the editing.) Use this link for Gofundme:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/rscm-st-albans-area-choirs-festival-2020.

If you have a soprano or alto of sufficient ability to record one of the parts of the quartet in Ascribe unto the Lord, please get in touch with Marie Price directly – Marie@theprices.co.uk . This part will be semi-chorus, one or more per part.

The Bishop of St Albans will preach, the Dean of St Albans will host the service via Zoom. Bishop’s and Dean’s Awards presentations will be made in advance and videoed for inclusion in the service. We will be asking for experienced volunteers to read the lessons – please let Marie Price know if you would like to do that. It will be via Zoom. The concluding voluntary will be played by Andrew Lucas, Master of the Music.

We do hope singers from all over our Area and beyond will take part!

Please fill in one of the forms below if you would like to take part. There is one form for adults and another for under-18s. It is important that the right form is used for under-18s because of the required parental consent. When we receive your completed form we will send you a link to the music and instructions explaining how to make the recordings and send them in.

RSCM St Albans, Hertford & Bedford Area

Virtual Area Choirs Festival, 17th October 2020 at 5pm

BOOKING FORM (under-18)

Parent's Name (required)

Parent's Email Address (required)

Singer's Name (required)

Church/Choir (if applicable)

Part: TrebleSopranoAltoTenorBass

I wish my child to take part in the virtual choir for RSCM St Albans, Hertford and Bedford Area and consent to be contacted by email with further instructions for this event.

I understand that by uploading videos of my child’s singing to Dropbox I consent to these being used, as part of a virtual choir video that will be shared via Zoom as well as live on Facebook and later via Twitter and YouTube.

I give my consent for my child to take part in this event in accordance with the arrangements that have been explained to me.

I understand that communication must only take place via parents’ email, the RSCM will not communicate directly with under 18s.

I understand that photographs/video may be taken during the event which may be used in the future for publicity or promotional purposes by the RSCM.

I agree to allow images of my child to be used for these purposes only*.

Digitally signed (parent/guardian):
Date:

* No young person will be individually identified unless specific permission is given, and any images or data will be stored and used in accordance with the
General Data Protection Regulations and the RSCM privacy policy.

If you are not on the RSCM St Albans Area mailing list, you can sign up to receive future information here. You may unsubscribe at any time.

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RSCM St Albans, Hertford & Bedford Area

Virtual Area Choirs Festival, 17th October 2020 at 5pm

BOOKING FORM (Individual Adult)

Contact Name (required)

Email Address (required)

Church/Choir (if applicable)

Part: SopranoAltoTenorBass

I wish to take part in the virtual choir for RSCM St Albans, Hertford & Bedford Area and consent to be contacted by email with further instructions for this event.

I understand that by uploading videos of my singing to Dropbox I consent to these being used, combined with other singers, as part of a virtual choir video that will be shared via Zoom as well as live on Facebook and later via Twitter and YouTube.

I understand that my name will not be used publicly.

All information and images will be stored and used in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations and the RSCM privacy policy http://www.rscm.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Privacy-Notice-Education-Final-10.pdf.

All information and images will be stored and used in accordance with the
General Data Protection Regulations and the RSCM privacy policy.

If you are not on the RSCM St Albans Area mailing list, you can sign up to receive future information here. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Resounding Body: Building Christlike Church Communities through Music

A new book by Andy Thomas of St Andrew’s Church in Bedford, about to be published by Sacristy Press (paperback, special pre-order price £12.99).

Miles Quick, the RSCM’s Head of Congregational and Instrumental Music writes: “This book will be an inspiration to all who are called to serve a congregation as church music leaders in a local parish situation. Full of hope and thoughtful ideas, it deals sensitively with many of the practical issues involved in including a wide range of people in the musical ministry. Highly recommended!”

For more information visit the Sacristy Press website at https://www.sacristy.co.uk/books/ministry-resources/worship-music

RISK ASSESSMENT OF A CORONAVIRUS INFECTION IN THE FIELD OF MUSIC

Hochschule fuer Musik Freiburg

Click on the link below to see the English translation of this risk assessment.
Freiburg_COVID-19.pdf

Vacancy for Organist at St Saviour’s, St Albans

St Saviour’s Church, St Albans is looking for an organist to take over from John Winter, who retires on February 2nd.

St Saviour’s is a Church of England Parish Church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. The duties involve working with the Choir Director, playing for the regular Sunday Sung Mass at 9.30 am on Sunday mornings, accompanying choir anthems plus the congregational setting of the Communion Service and various responses. There are also special evening services, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Ascension Day, Corpus Christi, All Souls’ Day, Service of Lessons and Carols, Midnight Mass. You would not be required to attend Friday evening choir practices, except by occasional special arrangement. You will get to play on the International Organ Festival Society’s own organ, built in the Baroque style by Peter Collins. Salary by negotiation.

Please contact Nicholas Hare, choir director: (nicholas@haremusic.co.uk) or phone 01727 855626 or 07817 730296.

Award for Andy Benoy

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We are delighted that Andy Benoy, our former Area Committee Member, was awarded a Certificate of Special Service at the RSCM’s Celebration Day Evensong at Salisbury Cathedral on October 5th.

Andy is pictured receiving his certificate from the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall.

The announcement in the March issue of CMQ reads:  Andrew Benoy made a significant contribution to the work of the RSCM St Albans, Hertford & Bedford Area over more than 35 years. He fulfilled a number of key roles on the committee as well as leading musical events and serving as an Area examiner. He was also organist of St Michael’s Church,  Watford for 41 years. Now living in Sidmouth, Devon, he is organist and choirmaster at a local RSCM-affiliated church. 

Want to Sing Regularly at St Albans Cathedral?

abbeyHere’s an opportunity to sing regularly at St Albans Cathedral.

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban PARISH SINGERS is a voluntary, auditioned, adult choir who sing at most of the 9.30 Parish Eucharist Services throughout the year, as well as at Carols on the Hour at Christmas and occasional evensongs. We sing a variety of music, but mostly traditional motets. Prospective members who are competent singers and sight readers are very welcome to come along and try us out prior to audition.

Rehearsals are in the Cathedral Song School on Wednesday evenings 8-9.15pm every two to three weeks, followed by a quick drink in the White Hart opposite.

The choir is very friendly and auditions, with Andrew Lucas – Master of the Music – are not onerous. Please contact the Cathedral Music Secretary, Lizzie, on 01727 890245 or by email:

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Sponsor A Pipe in the Harrison & Harrison Organ at St Albans Cathedral

Christopher Muhley – St Albans Cathedral Music Trust

The great organ at St Albans Cathedral was restored and tonally enhanced in 2009 and now is once again fully operational. A major programme of restoration and development by the original builders – Harrison & Harrison of Durham – was initiated in August 2007 when it could be delayed no longer.

For over forty-five years the organ had been used every day for rehearsal, practice, services and performances. Such heavy usage had, however, paid its toll. The mechanism had become worn and unreliable and it became clear that a full refurbishment could be put off no longer.

The programme of work comprised the complete restoration, repair, cleaning and adjustment of the instrument. At the same time some sensitive tonal enhancements consistent with the organ’s essential character were made including the addition of a 32-foot reed.

Through donations to the organ restoration fund and other gifts, the St Albans Cathedral Music Trust has been able to allocate some £690,000 towards the scheme. This enabled the contract to be signed and the work carried out. However the need to close the gap on the total cost of £830,000 is urgent.

One way of helping is through the “Sponsor a Pipe” scheme, which has been launched by the Music Trust. You can sponsor a pipe in memory of a departed friend or relative, in thanksgiving for a special event, as an unusual gift, or simply for yourself. Families, schools and groups can help too by sponsoring a pipe jointly.

A separate brochure (see link to pdf below) explains how you can take part, and what you will receive in return.

Please be generous in your support so we can also celebrate the raising of the full cost.

Further details: Sponsor A Pipe Brochure (PDF file)

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