18 July Notices

Monday Notices - 18th July 2017

Dear all
Just a thought …!
Wow!  A huge well done to everyone for yet another wonderful, joyful, and moving concert on Friday at Lambrook.  Once again, we sang our hearts out and enjoyed every moment of the performance including the impressive contribution from our soloist, Andrew Mahon. A massive, heartfelt ‘thank you’ to both Greg and Nick who lead us so well; they believe in BCS and that gives the choir confidence to perform to such a high standard.  Enjoy reading the lovely messages from our Musical Director, Accompanist and Chairman.
 
A quote …!
“Theres’ music in the sighing of a reed;
There’s music in the gushing of a rill;
There’s music in all things, if men had ears:
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.”
(Lord Byron)
 
“To achieve great things,
two things are needed;
a plan, and not quite
enough time.” (Leonard Bernstein)

 
Without further ado, a rather busy set of notices – please read on …!
 
News Updates
Message from Greg
This season seems to have flown by all too quickly! It has been yet another year making fantastic music together - and performing some lovely concerts.
Friday evening being no exception!
Thank you for giving your all and producing many wonderful moments. I was thrilled with the performance and I received so many compliments from audience members and a huge amount of positivity from the choir, too. In a term where we have performed two concerts and a tour, I don't think there have been any weak moments - and with so much music to learn, that's most impressive!
September brings some wonderful new music to learn and I can't wait to get stuck in. And then Bach's St Matthew Passion promises to be an absolute blast in the new year.
Much to look forward to with a choir that seems to continue to raise the bar both in rehearsals and performances.
I hope you have a great summer.
 
With all good wishes,
 
Greg
 
Message from Nick
This has been a long, tough but incredibly enjoyable season for me with ALL my music making.
It's always good to finish on a high, and tonight was certainly that. I'm beginning to run out of superlatives for BCS concerts - they just seem to keep getting better and better!
The acoustic at Lambrook is very dry so it's hard to really make the rafters rock - but you managed it, as well as some beautifully gentle and sensitive singing.
Switching styles and vastly different musical languages can be hard over a season - it's even harder when done in just one concert, but you did it - seemingly with ease. Under Greg's leadership I think there's very little we can't tackle!
It's difficult to pick a personal highlight when so much was so good but I do think the Lauridsen had the 'tingle factor'.
I have a nice long rehearsal/concert break now until the first week of September. Have a great Summer and I look forward to seeing you in the Autumn for new and exciting challenges!
 
Best wishes,
 
Nick
 
A Message from the Chairman
I think we will all agree that our Summer Concert was a great success, singing that delightful “Something Old, Something New” music. What a magnificent soloist Andrew Mahon proved to be.  The Summer Concert also illustrated how our off-stage teams excel, how well the sales and promotion team is settling in successfully, the concert committee again so thorough, and front-of-house created such a happy atmosphere, not forgetting the delicious strawberries and cream! May I record the thanks of the whole Society to those responsible, and to those who contributed. And, of course, a great thank you should go to Greg and Nick for leading us so well.
 
Best wishes,
 
Geoffrey
 
SHP Concert Fundraising Cheque
Our Chairman and Treasurer presented a ‘giant’ cheque to SHP last Tuesday (11th July) and got their photograph along with a news article on SHP’s website and into the Bracknell News.  Mike King has posted the photograph and information on the BCS website – definitely worth a read.  Another highlight for BCS!
 
Reminders/Updates
Summer Newsletter – Urgent Message
A reminder that Sue Haylett is busy putting together the Summer Newsletter and will greatly appreciate stories, anecdotes, and photos from the Barcelona Tour, jokes and more from BCS members. Apparently, (via the grapevine) a member has offered to write a Barcelona account but has not been in contact with Sue; he or she might welcome some help with putting the account together.  For those of you who are planning to send Sue contributions please email her; sue.m.haylett@gmail.com . Sue is looking forward to running a good report for the Summer Newsletter that is a fitting conclusion to the 2016/2017 season; please send her your contributions as soon as possible.  
 
Autumn Term 2017
The first rehearsal for the Autumn 2017 is Wednesday 6th September (I’ve double checked this against the school term in Bracknell, so I hope I’ve got this right!).  In the meantime, I wish you all a lovely summer break and a chance to rest your singing voices for a while, at least.  
 
Take care and have fun …!
 
That's all for now but if anything has been missed, or there’s another ‘deliberate mistake’ then I might follow it up via another email!

Maria

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