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Melksham Choral Society Newsletter – Spring Term – January 2020 

Chairman’s Chat!

I joined the choir nine years ago just a few weeks after losing my wife. It was wonderful for me coming at such a dark time and gave me a new interest in life, since then the choir has been a very important part of my life, so much so that I cannot imagine life without it and its wonderful camaraderie. My story is not that different to anyone else; we all joined not just for something to do but because music and singing are such an important part of our lives.

We are not unique, there are others in our area who would like to sing and perhaps join us, so let’s see if we can stimulate others to come and give singing a try and a chance and to join a wonderful organisation with a great music director. If we could get a few more to join our ranks it would mean a bigger audience with a bigger income.

Roy Buckland

Conductor’s Corner

This term by popular demand we are tackling choruses from Carl Jenkins’, The Armed Man’ and the choir is very much enjoying his musical language – his rhythmical take on Latin text contrasted with often slow paced subtle harmonic progressions to communicate the drama of the text. Next week we begin work on John Rutter’s Te Deum which will be the most substantial work in the concert to contrast with the Jenkins.

The choir is in good shape after another year of successful concerts including our short Christmas jolly – though as Sue said we are always happy to see new faces such as David and Elveen who have joined us from Scotland. I am pleased to say that now have a veritable barrage of Basses when all attend so if you are a possible Tenor recruit especially please don’t hesitate – come along and give us a go!

(All other voice parts welcome also)

Paul Badley

Rehearsing resources

It helps hugely if you can learn some or all of your part at home (in the car, or shower).  Various methods are available and can be really helpful if you do not read music.  Here are some suggestions to start with:

  1. 1) Choraline Voice part Rehearsal CDs.  Phone Choraline on 01285 644845.  Andrew, who looks after this section. Can be emailed on Website: 

2) Saffron Choral Prompt.  Rehearsal CDs; phone 01799 586269, address, PROMPT, Great Sampford, Saffron Walden, Essex. CB10 2NY. 

3) On line at:  This was recommended by a singer with Bath Choral Society.

4) ‘You Tube’ is a useful source for performances. Some are better than others.

5)  Kevin Mayhew. Performance CDs,

     Phone 01449 738839.  Website,

6)  Use your search engine to find the music. I have found a Cambridge Singers recording  of Rutter’s Te Deum.

Dates for your diary:

No rehearsal Thursday 20 Feb (half-term)

No rehearsals on Thursdays 9 and 16 April (Easter holidays)

Rehearsal on Thursday 23 April – Melksham United Church

Spring Concert Saturday 25 April – Melksham United Church

AGM* a Thursday at the beginning of May. TBA

Summer Concert on a Thursday in late June or early July TBA 

* Please remember that committee members are elected each year at the AGM 


Another term and another cheque to write, or you can pay by electronic transfer.

This term is £45.  Please give your cheque or cash to Penny (in the altos).

If you wish to pay by BACS, the Melksham Choral Society account is with 

Lloyds Bank: Sort code 30 99 15

Account number 27800260

Please enter your name as the Reference.


We will continue with the weekly raffle and are always looking for prizes!  If you would like to donate anything, please bring it with you to rehearsal, it will be very welcome.  Tickets remain at 50p each.  This creates vital additional income that goes towards our concert costs.

Patrons and Friends; Corporate Sponsors

We continue to have a nucleus of friends and family who support the choir as Patrons or Friends. If you know of anyone who might be interested or if you fancy becoming one yourself, then please see Sue Lamprell during a rehearsal and she will give you some details. We are always on the lookout for Corporate Sponsors too. 

Your 2019 – 2020 Committee

President: Daphne Crossman Treasurer: Penny Boyce 
Chairman: Roy Buckland Accompanist: Sue Law
Musical Director: Paul Badley Librarian: Anita Shea
Secretary (minutes): Sue Martin Rachel Fowler Rep: Joy Ackland
Committee member – Liz Lynch Publicity: Roy Buckland
Committee member – Membership: Rosie Jay Committee member – Gail Haughton
Deputy Chairman – John Gulliver  

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