Special Occasion Singers

The Special Occasion Singers (SOS) are a small group of female singers from the Chorleywood Choral Society.
We sing for WEDDINGS, giving support to the hymn singing, and we can perform one or two pieces during the signing of the Register. This can enhance your very special service.
We can suggest a wide selection of hymns if you wish for some ideas, and aim to support the singing of guests who are not always familiar with many hymns.
We are usually asked to sing one or two solo pieces (in one, two or three parts) during the signing of the Register. We can supply a list of pieces which are acceptable to the church.
We always invite the wedding couple to come and listen to us at a rehearsal, on a Monday evening at the Free (Baptist) Church on Hillside Road, Chorleywood, WD3 5AP, at 7.20pm (19.20). The full Chorleywood Choral Society rehearses there from 8.00pm (20.00), so SOS has a limited time slot for visitors to come and listen.
SOS wear “concert black”: black tops and trousers or skirts, with colourful scarves. This is so that we do not stand out when the focus is on the bridal party.
We charge a flat rate fee, and would only ask that in the Order of Service there is a brief acknowledgement along the lines: “Music provided by the Special Occasion Singers from Chorleywood Choral Society” and also the name of the Organist.
SOS can be contacted via email: chorleywoodchoralsociety@gmail.com
website: http://www.chorleywoodchoral.co.uk
SOS can also sing at other special occasions, joyful and sad ones, funerals and memorial services. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Future Concerts

Future plans include the following:

Spring Concert 2018:  Durufle’s Requiem and Schubert’s Mass in C

Choir’s Summer Tour to the West Cotswolds (Gloucester, Hereford, Tewkesbury) (with Berkhamsted Choral Society)

September 2018:  Haydn’s Creation, St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted (joint concert with Berkhamsted Choral Society)

Christmas Concert, December 2018

8 May 2019:  Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at the Royal Festival Hall (joint concert with Berkhamsted Choral Society and the Leconfield Singers – singing together as ‘English Philharmonia Chorus’)

Future Concerts

Future plans include the following:

Spring Concert 2018:  Durufle’s Requiem and Schubert’s Mass in C

Choir’s Summer Tour to the West Cotswolds (Gloucester, Hereford, Tewkesbury) (with Berkhamsted Choral Society)

September 2018:  Haydn’s Creation, St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted (joint concert with Berkhamsted Choral Society)

Christmas Concert, December 2018

8 May 2019:  Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at the Royal Festival Hall (joint concert with Berkhamsted and Leaconfield Choral Societies – singing as ‘English Philharmonia Chorus’)

 

Quiz Night: Saturday 1st April 2017

St. Andrews Church Hall, 37 Quickley Lane, Chorleywood WD3 5AE
Doors open 7.15pm – Prompt start 7.45pm

£12.50 includes Fish and Chip or Veggie Burger Supper

Compete for the ‘Trophy’ and the ‘April Fool Wooden Spoon’!
Raffle and Games
Bar selling wine, beer and soft drinks.

Fish and Chip suppers will be delivered with wooden forks in appropriate containers. Please feel free to bring your own plates and cutlery if you prefer. Salt, vinegar and ketchup will be provided.

Gather a team of eight (max) people together and book your tickets. If you don’t have a team to join, please indicate on the form (please click on link below for form) and we will put a team together for you.

quiz-form

The evening will end at 10.30pm

Please complete a team form and hand together with your payments to Jenny, Jane, Geoff or Sarah before
 Monday 27th March

Talking Verdi – the performance of a lifetime

The world première of Messa da Requiem took place on 22nd May 1874, the first anniversary of the death of Alessandro Manzoni the great Italian writer and humanist and spiritual father of Italian unification to whom Verdi dedicated the work. The première was held in the Chiesa di San Marco, the huge baroque church of Alessandro Manzoni’s Milan parish and a rather forbidding building with an aura of oppressive religiosity.

Verdi, the atheist, may well have been influenced in his choice by the grand space and atmosphere because it can obviously contain a large orchestra, including three flutes, four bassoons, eight trumpets and ophicleide (??? find out here) plus a choir of 100 or more! Verdi himself conducted, and the four soloists were Teresa Stolz (soprano), Maria Waldmann (mezzo-soprano), Giuseppe Capponi (tenor) and Ormondo Maini (bass).

One can imagine the pre-electric candle-lit glow creating a special ambience in the space of San Marco, and this extraordinary music rising from its very heart. All this was a prelude to a second performance three days later, just around the corner at La Scala where the work was a triumphant success, receiving immediate acclaim.

Perhaps the most moving chapter in the history of this great operatic-religious work was  between 1942 and 1944, when the inmates of the Theresienstadt concentration camp gave 16 performances of the Requiem Mass.

These were truly extraordinary performances:

  • the camp inmates had only a single vocal score with piano accompaniment between them, so every part had to be learnt from memory
  • they practised in a dark, cold basement with one broken piano and after long days of forced labour
  • being over an extended period of two years, many of the singers were removed by the Nazis and had to be replaced

The passion, poignancy, and awe of those Theresienstadt performances can hardly be imagined!

Talking Verdi – only 3 weeks to go!

As we approach the final days’ preparations and rehearsal, the Members’ Info area of our website will be updated with essential briefing information – please log in with the usual password.

Today there are briefings for the the Seating Plan we will be using for the first time this coming Saturday, as well as an overall Briefing Note for the final rehearsal and the performance itself.

Please check these critical updates.

Verdi – Final Workshop (21st May)

Our final compulsory rehearsal workshop of Verdi’s Requiem before the performance at The Royal Festival Hall, is confirmed for the morning of Saturday 21st May, with all three choirs assembling in Midhurst.

The venue address is: Midhurst Rother College, North Street, Midhurst GU29 9DT (see College website/How-to-find-us )

Coach transport from the Berkhamsted-Chorleywood area is being arranged – watch this space! – but if planning to drive please allow  yourself at least 90 minutes via the A3.

Talking Verdi…Top 10 Facts

Top 10 facts about Guiseppe Verdi

The great Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi was born 200 years ago on October 10, 1813.

(thanks to Frances Maggs for finding this on The Daily Express website)

#1 The triumphal march from Aida is the most popular Verdi theme for a mobile phone ringtone……

…..and

#10 ….his state funeral remains the largest public assembly ever in Italy.

for the other missing Top Ten facts just click here