Weekly Notices

31 March 2020


Instruments of Time and Truth (IT&T), whose playing calendar has been decimated by the coronavirus, has asked us if we can move the date of our winter concert, planned for 6 February 2021, to allow them to accept another offer on that date.
We are very happy to do this and so have moved the Brahms Requiem to Saturday 23 January (still with IT&T). This means that the usual longer rehearsal the week before the concert will now be on Saturday 16 January, 10am-1pm. Go to the Dates for the Diary page for other dates. You will see there that we are optimistically keeping the date of the Summer Party open for the time being.


And while I am at it, here are a few more links to music online:


Philip Booth

25 March 2020

Jane Amies (soprano) has brought the following links to our attention. You might like to explore them while we are waiting to meet again.

Metropolitan Opera | Nightly Met Opera Streams
The Ultimate Classical Music Quiz – Classic FMwww.classicfm.com › discover-music › latest › ultimate-classical-musi…

And from the website of Making Music (an organisation that we are a member of):
1. Making music with others
Virtual choirs:
The Sofa Singers, led by James Sills;
Great British Home Chorus, led by Gareth Malone OBE;
Stay at Home ChoirDistant-Sing, run by Making Music’s corporate member, Choir Community;
Duet Yourself (on Facebook);
Corona Virus Choir (on Facebook);
Choir Choir Choir (on Facebook) led by Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman.
2. Making music yourself
Free music download from Pennine Music;
Free brass music from Lode for Publishing – plus an online challenge to create your own recording;
Acapella is an app that lets you create and share music with each other.
3. Learn an instrument online
If you have time on your hands, why not dig out that old trumpet and get practising? There are lots of YouTube tutorials out there to help as well as professionals offering online lessons (Making Music’s Corporate Member Your Space Music, for example).
4. Making Music’s corporate member, Black Dress Code, is turning their website into a temporary digital concert hall to allow musicians to stream performances. Audiences will be charged a fee to watch, which will then be passed on to performers. Email info@blackdresscode.com for more information.
5. Watch music
The music section of this Chatter Pack article lists some streaming of live performances and pre-recorded concerts.

And Duncan has added that The Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall is free for a month. 

And Marie Bridge (committee member and alto) has drawn our attention to this performance of Va Pensiero by Verdi, by a virtual opera choir and dedicated to hospital staff in Italy.

Philip Booth

16 March 2020

Before Boris Johnson’s announcement this afternoon, the committee had already decided to cancel choir rehearsals from this Thursday. And because the possibility of reinstating rehearsals before 6 June is extremely remote, we have also decided to cancel the concert. The committee will give some thought in due course as to when and how we might perform the French repertoire at another date. 

The committee has decided it would like to continue to pay Duncan and Julian, as self-employed individuals and for obvious reasons of good will, for the rest of the term. We will also be continuing to pay our weekly rent to St Michael’s (£35). Bearing this in mind, we have arrived at a figure of £20 that we can offer as a refund on this term’s subscription. We are offering this, however, in the form of a reduction off next term’s subscription. This considerably eases our administration, as otherwise there would be over 120 members to return money to. If next term you decide you would like to donate this £20 to the choir, then you can offer to pay the full subscription when you sign on.

We are left with the memory of the stirring performance we gave of Vierne’s Mass at the last rehearsal and shall have to wait to gather together again! Meanwhile there will only be Weekly Notices when there is something essential to communicate.

Philip Booth

10 MARCH 2020



As I mentioned at the rehearsal last week, the committee is in discussion about what action we might need to take in relation to the coronavirus. I am repeating this now for those who weren’t at the last rehearsal. Basically, we do not think it necessary to go beyond the current public health advice, and we therefore plan to continue with rehearsals for the time being. As you all know, the advice on gatherings may change.
Meanwhile here is rehearsal-specific advice, all of it self-evident, to add to the general advice freely available elsewhere:
1. Do not attend rehearsals if you have been advised to remain at home or isolate yourself.
2. Do not attend rehearsals if you develop any symptoms of a common cold (running nose, cough or sore throat), a flu-like illness (fever, shivering, generalised aching etc), or cough and difficulty breathing.
3. Go home if you develop symptoms during a rehearsal.


If you are a new (or returning) member, please have a look at the Rehearsal Aids page of our website where you will find details of the John Fletcher website. It has all the music for the forthcoming concert on it. There are also links to recordings recommended by Duncan of most of the pieces at the bottom of the Next Rehearsal page.
If you have been a regular member of the choir but didn’t sing last term, you may find that you are no longer registered for the John Fletcher website. If you want to rejoin, please email Marie Bridge, our contact person for the John Fletcher site, at jfletcherrep@summertownchoral.org.uk.
Please sign the attendance register as you arrive each week.
Please explore the new website (http://www.summertownchoral.org.uk). In particular there is a menu for Members. These Weekly Notices and Duncan’s weekly email about the Next Rehearsal can be found there, hopefully making it easier for you to retrieve them.
The links for the YouTube versions of the French music we will be singing in June can also be found on the Next Rehearsal page.
Look at the Summertown Singers menu if you are considering coming to Porto in August.
Work is being done to speed up the website.
For details, see our Next Concert page on the website.
Duncan will be conducting Pro Victoria on Friday 10 April 8-9.10pm at St. Michael’s, our rehearsal church. The programme includes music by Cardoso, Byrd, Victoria, di Lasso and Esquivel. Tickets £10 at the door, or bookable via tickets@liedertafel.org. For more details, click here.
For other singing opportunities and events, see the relevant page of the website, where the list is chronologically ordered.



Thursday 21 May: our rehearsal will be at St Andrew’s, not St Michael’s. You will be reminded of this nearer the time.
For other dates, see the Dates For The Diary page.
This email comes to you from:
Philip Booth
For details of how to contact committee members or Duncan, click here.

Extra note sent on Thursday 12 March

Dear All,


The committee has had some further thoughts about this following discussion that has included medical members of the choir.

The advice currently offered by Public Health England (PHE) is detailed here.

We now think that we should go beyond the PHE advice within the choir. So, if you have returned from a country or area in the Category 1 list (see the PHE advice) within the last 14 days, then you should be self-isolating and so will not be coming to rehearsals anyway. But additionally, if you have come into contact with anyone in that category, then you should also not attend rehearsals.

We also now think that if you have returned from a category 2 country or anywhere in Italy within the last 14 days or have been in contact with such a person, you also should not come to rehearsals until 14 days of no symptoms have elapsed since your return or contact. 

From the point of view of your own personal protection, we would suggest that if you fall into the category of those who would be at a high risk if they caught the virus, you also do not come to rehearsals.

The rationale is twofold. The first is to play our own small part in slowing the spread of the virus. The second is to limit as far as is possible the chances of catching the virus at a rehearsal or of passing it on to others who would be at high risk if they caught it.

Obviously this advice is likely to change over the next week.

Philip Booth

The organ of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris


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