Weekly Notices

  • 22 May 2024

    Message from Duncan our Director of Music

    Dear SCS member,

    Many thanks for a wonderful concert last Saturday.

    I happily seem to make this point twice a year as it is so crucial; the Saturday afternoon is key to a successful and enjoyable day. 

    Because of our hard work from February, the choir was spot on in rehearsal, allowing the soloists to feel happy, no overtime and a super concert.

    Very well done to you all and an absolute pleasure for me! And what fabulous solo singing and virtuoso piano playing on our doorstep! And without you, there would be no concert so thank you for your support!

    We are so well looked after by Sean and the committee whose tasks are countless. Thanks also to our invaluable volunteers on the day.

    “Going forward”, it’s ALL about recruitment so please spread the word.

    We wanted to hear more of Elspeth and she is delighted to be booked for next February!

    We had a bigger audience than last year so the Summer concert (often not a big famous work with orchestra) is moving in the right direction. With notice, perhaps we can bring in an even bigger audience to match our Winter numbers? I think last Saturday showed what people missed!?

    I hope to see as many of you as possible at the party. 

    Best wishes,


  • 21 May 2024

    What a weekend that was….a super concert thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. 

    There are so many people to thank for their various roles and responsibilities; the Committee; Lindsey our treasurer overseeing the ticket sales…we sold 226 tickets which is 30% more than last Summer. Julia on the publicity and marketing, Felicity on the refreshments, Sue our concert manager and her tireless arrangements of the seating plan, Caroline our librarian arranging all the scores, Maria our membership secretary who also assisted with the scores. But of course there are more who supported the preparations in the weeks approaching and then on the night. Martin and Phillip overseeing the stage assembly and dismantling. Then there are all us who sang or if unable to sing attended and took part in those very many enjoyable rehearsals. 

    And who can forget our wonderful soloists; Elspeth Piggott and Gareth Brynmor Jon. 

    That said none of this would be possible without the expertise of the directorship of Duncan and the superb piano talent of Julian. 

    It just goes to show how a super team can work together to achieve an excellent concert. The informal feedback has been very positive, and we may have even acquired a new member or two. 

    Therefore a wonderful concert and well done and thank you to everyone who made it all possible. 

    Next concert
    Our next concert is Bach’s St John Passion which will be performed on the 19th August in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Proms series. I have added the link for those who wish to attend or listen to it on the radio. 


    I now turn to the Summer party;

    The summer party
     It is now time to celebrate and our party will be at St MIchael’s Church on the 1st June from 6pm to 9pm. This is a bring and share party for both drinks and food. I will be there from approximately 5pm to set up and if there are a few who wish to support me in setting up chairs and tables I will be very grateful. Four volunteers at the most will suffice. Please email me direct if you can assist with the setting up at 5pm.