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: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOS can also sing at other special occasions, joyful and sad ones, funerals and memorial services. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
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.
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!
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.