Rehearsals are held in Mackie Academy, Stonehaven each Monday between August and June at 7.30pm.
Prospective members are invited to join us for a few rehearsals at the start of a session to see how we work. We do not require a formal audition. Sight reading ability is useful, but not essential. If you enjoy your trial and are invited to join, a waiting list may be in operation for certain sections.
Please keep your repertoire folder safe. The cost of replacement is considerable. It is recommended that you use a separate folder to carry items to and from rehearsal. The concert folder, with green or red frontispiece, should be used for performance only.
Dates for your diary -
Weekly Rehearsals [From Monday 6th January 2020]
Mondays in Hall or Room G20, Mackie Academy from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
- Come and Sing Day Saturday 22nd February in St. Bridget's Hall
- Monday 16th March Rehearsal 6.30-7.30pm; Monday 23rd March Rehearsal 6.30-7.30pm[These two rehearsals are for members singing at the Spring Fling. The normal rehearsals will start as usual at 7.30pm]
- Spring Fling Saturday 28th March in St. Bridget's Hall
- Extra rehearsal for Spring concert Saturday 25th April in St Bridgets Hall. 10am till 4pm
- Extra rehearsal for Spring concert Wednesday 20th May in St.James Church 7.30 pm
- Spring Concert Sunday 24th May in St. James Church
- Choir on Tour October
- Christmas Concert Sunday 13th December in Stonehaven Town Hall
There are a number of sites on the internet that can help you learn you part. Cyberbass (http://www.cyberbass.com/) allows you to hear piano arrangements of many choral works with your part emphasised. You can slow down the playback and repeat as often as you require. All of the Bach B Minor mass is on the Cyberbass site. Choraline (http://www.choraline.com/) offers a similar service, but charges for CDs or MP3 files.
The Silvis Woodshed is another site with a large collection of music files (http://www.gasilvis.net/), and with JohnF’s rehearsal files (http://www.johnfletchermusic.org/) is a site that is building a large collection of works.
The ladies of the chorus wear black. This may be dresses, full length skirts or trousers and tops should have long or three-quarter length sleeves. Alternatively, on a few occasions a white blouse is worn under the Chorus waistcoat. Waistcoats are provided by the Chorus for a small deposit. Ladies are occasionally provided with a matching accessory to add to their costume.
The men of the choir wear black trousers and jacket, with a white shirt and Chorus bow-tie. The bow-tie is provided by the Chorus. On a few occasions they will wear black trousers and a black shirt with no tie.
Ours is an expensive hobby. Hiring rehearsal space, sheet music, and paying for professional direction, soloists and accompanists all accounts for a considerable amount of expenditure. Therefore, each year we raise several hundreds of pounds through various events. These include the sale of juice, second hand books and CDs, plants etc at rehearsal. We also hold sales, coffee mornings, provide carol singing and administer other events in Stonehaven.
If you have ideas for future fundraising events please contact Treasurer.