Richmond choir invites new members to open morning

A Richmond choir is hoping that people who may be a nervous about turning up at a regular choir practice may be tempted to give it a try at a Saturday morning open rehearsal.

Richmondshire Choral Society has been singing in Richmond, with a few short breaks, since 1879 and hopes to continue doing so for many years to come, but to do this it needs continually to attract new members.

This term the choir begins preparations for its concert in April on Saturday January 13 rather than Monday January 15, its normal choir practice night.

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Choir members have been asked to turn up to their rehearsal venue in Richmond Methodist church on the Saturday morning if at all possible, to register and collect their music as if for a normal rehearsal but also to be prepared to welcome new people wanting to try out the choir.

The open rehearsal on January 13 runs from 10am registration and 10.30am singing to 12.30pm.

New singers do not need to be skillful readers of music, although some knowledge of singing from a score is useful.

Attendance is free though donations to cover costs will be welcomed and those joining the choir will need to pay a subscription unless they are a full-time student.

The concert programme for April 21 is Josef Haydn’s Nelson Mass and a selection of short works by Hubert Parry, the centenary of whose death falls in 2018.

These will include popular choral favourites I was glad, Blest pair of Sirens and Jerusalem.

This programme has been chosen by conductor Edward Seymour for whom this will, regrettably, be a farewell concert.

It is not yet known whether for this rehearsal Mr Seymour will concentrate on just one composer or give his singers a taste of both. There is a strong possibility that the event will end with the singing of Jerusalem.

Choir publicity officer Janet Hall said that anyone unable to get to the open rehearsal is still welcome to come to any Monday evening rehearsal with no commitment to join immediately.

She added: “Singing in a choir has recently be shown to have all sorts of physical and mental benefits, though active choral singers mostly knew that without the scientific research to prove it.

“I’m sure everyone in our choir would recommend it as an activity for people of pretty well any age.”

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