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Choir Family News
Friday, 28 January 2018
THIS SUNDAY 28 January: The Combined Junior (Novices and Juniors – now called New and Old Juniors), HS Singers and Adults
Call time: 9:45 a.m. in the Chantry/Honor Room
11:00 Service to end about 12:20 p.m.
All seniors not on the ski trip are invited to participate as senior
mentors. We need you!

NEXT SUNDAY 4 February: Choir of Men and Boys
With Lunch and afternoon rehearsal for all Senior Boys

FACE BOOK: Did you know there is a Music at Grace Church Facebook page?
There is. We use it to get the word out about all the musical offerings that take place at the Church especially those of the choirs!
HELP US build the community of followers and listeners to the choirs – FRIEND THE Music at Grace Church page and let the word spread 

RECRUITING is never over!
We have an amazing group of novice choristers for the fall term but…
If anyone asks, it is never too late to join the choir and they should reach out to me at:

For entering 4th and 5th graders it is also not too late to join as novices, we have had good luck at getting them up to speed quickly as your children are the best teachers. What schedule a 4th or 5th grader might follow would depend on the child and their family.

This year we will have a trial season for 2nd grade novices! These brave 2nd graders will remain novices the entire year and have their whiting at the normal time in their 3rd grade year. The pioneer class is smart and strong. It will be very exciting to have them in the choirs.

SIGN UP GENIUS: Melinda Weir has organized our sign up for helping with choristers activities through sign up genius. She does an amazing job at this, make sure you say Thank you! Sign up Genius has been very practical in making the sign to help as a choir parent helper easy and efficient.


Please locate a recording with your parents approval and listen to:
1. BOYS: Rejoice in the Lamb, B. Britten
3. BOTH: J.S. Bach Motet: “Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf” BWV 226
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CHOIR SCHEDULES 2017 – 2018: REMEMBER Kathy’s Link to our Goggle Doc Schedules, they are ready to go for 2017-2018:


• January 20 (Saturday) DRESS Rehearsal with Barry Rose. (9:45 – noon).

• January 21 – Sunday Service with The Girls’ Choir with Adults
No lunch or afternoon rehearsal today. 9:45 Call for Senior Girls and HS Singers

4:00 p.m. The Juniors Tenth Annual Treble Music Concert with Dr. Barry
Rose. Whiting of Novices. Required for all Choristers. (Juniors Sing,


• January 30 (Tuesday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal. Senior Boys, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• January 30 (Tuesday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal Schedule for Girl Novices / New Juniors 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

• January 30 (Tuesday) – Tuesday Rehearsal for Boy and Girl Old Junior Choristers 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. EVENSONG BEGINS AGAIN, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Church.

• January 31 (Wednesday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal. Senior Girls, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• January 31 (Wednesday) After School Vocal Coaching. Sign up in advance for each session with PA. CHANTRY

• February 1 (Thursday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior and Old Junior Boy Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• February 1 (Thursday) After School Vocal Coaching. Sign up in advance for each session with PA. CHANTRY

• February 2 (Friday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior and Old Junior Girl Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• February 2 (Friday) – – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal for Boy Novices/ New Juniors 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

• February 4, Sunday Service, The Choir of Men and Boys
Lunch and Rehearsal after church for all Senior Boys, ending 3:00 p.m.

• February 4, HS Singers Rehearsal, 1:00 – 2:00, Music Office

Please find a time to watch and listen to these YouTube excerpts. They are from some of our fellow choirs around the world and are lovely and fun. They can help give us all a better idea of our tradition and celebrate the 1000 year old heritage that we participate in. I was in Wells this week and really, the church and choral tradition is just shy of it’s 1000th birthday! This year is the 120th birthday for our choir foundation.

King’s College Cambridge
“All Bells in Paradise”
“O Holy Night”

Wells Cathedral Choir
“God is Gone Up”(Finzi) — Choir of Wells Cathedral
“The Twelve Days of Christmas” – Choir of Wells Cathedral
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Choir of Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral Choir – General Search

St. John’s College Cambridge,
A Guest in Cambridge
St. John’s College Cambridge

Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral Choir : Sanctus (Walter Alcock)
The Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral Part2 – 2007

Please forgive the length of this newsletter. You all have lots of wonderful questions and this is my attempt to get us organized and put as much information as you have asked about in one place.

Have a wonderful safe remainder of the summer! The rain has stopped, the Swan has moved on to another boat and it’s time to head to the market for the shopping.

With all my love and anticipation of a great new season, Patrick


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*REMEMBER…please keep an eye out around the house and make sure you cash all choir checks you have received. When the books are closed at the audit for each operating budget year checks can no longer be redeemed or replaced.