We strive to ensure that our members feel energised and valued as part of the choir. Our Voice Representatives, who are part of the Membership team, act as a liaison between choir members and the committee.
HCS Constitution and Rules
Now that HCS is a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) we have updated our Constitution and Rules and created various policies to ensure our governance is fit for purpose. Please click on any of the links below to access the relevant document.
The 2019 AGM was held at 8.30 pm on Wednesday 19th June 2019 (after a shortened rehearsal) Here are the Minutes which will remain in draft until approved at the next AGM
HCS Artistic Ambition - Members Consultation
During the 2016-17 season and the early part of the 2017-18 season we conducted a survey to see how members thought we should be aiming for in the future. If you would like to read the various consultation documents please contact the Secretary and they can be emailed to you.
The 200 Club A relatively painless way of raising money for the choir. Members may join by paying £15.00 per season (September to June) per pencil - choosing a number from the list of 1 - 200. This is the number of your lucky pencil! You can buy more than one pencil and number; it is up to you. A draw takes place every month at rehearsal, the prizes being 3 @ £10.00 and 1@ £20.00. This represents quite a good return on your money if you win! Forms for the new season will be available in September ... the odds are better than the lottery. David (Bass2) will be eagerly awaiting you in September to get you signed up!
Putting out the Chairs - every week ! We do this to save the choir money, if we don't put them out ourselves and stack them (in tens) at the end of the rehearsal then we would have to pay someone from the church to do it for us. We ask for two volunteers per week, one to come early to help Ruth put the chairs out and one to take responsibility at the end of the rehearsal to make sure the chairs are stacked in 10s at the end . A list is put out each week ... please sign up.
Concert Dress Ladies normally wear a pair of smart full length black trousers (not jean style or cords or skinny legged) or an ankle length black skirt (ankles being no more than 2 inches above the ground!) with a long sleeved round necked plain black top. When we sing in Ripon Cathedral (in cold weather) additional warmer black layers are allowed. Ladies also wear a choir scarf, red or blue, members own both and the colour for any one concert is announced in plenty of time. For gentlemen concert dress is normally a pair of black trousers with a black shirt or, occasionally, a white shirt. Usually worn with an HCS tie (red or blue to match the ladies), sometimes open-necked. More information will follow in advance of each concert. You will be required to buy both HCS scarves/ HCS ties once you have had a successful voice assessment, they are available from Louise (Alto 1), ties are £13.50 for both, scarves £10 for both. For the Christmas Concert in HIC, gentlemen wear a plain but brightly coloured shirt and ladies wear a shirt style blouse in a plain bright colour ideally with full length sleeves (but 3/4 length sleeves are acceptable).
All choir members also need to have a black choir folder, please purchase one from Deputy Librarian Liz (Sop 2), they are £5 each. Please will existing choir members keep their maroon folders in case we sing outside again (as we did at Fountains Abbey) where everyone is wearing coats as they provide a means of everyone looking uniform! Poppies may be worn, should members wish to do so, at any concert in the period from eleven days before, and including Remembrance Day or Remembrance Sunday, whichever comes later, in line with the national custom and practice. Publicity (Radio) Opportunities for HCS Members Why not contact Classic FM with a music request, as a means of publicising our concerts? Weekdays from 1 - 3 pm they will play music suggested by members of the public so any choir member could help publicise our events by linking it to a music request, it can be done in one of three ways:
Have a go...it's so easy and a great way of promoting our events. Good luck! BBC Radio 3 will also play listeners requests if you send them a tweet!
Music Scores Generally
Please note that we perform Messiah and Christmas Carols every year and therefore do not offer for hire copies of either Messiah (Watkins Shaw) or 100 Carols for Choirs, although we do have a few copies for potential members to use prior to their voice test. If you are we suggest you wait until you have successfully passed your voice test before actually buying. We try to keep a stock of pre-owned scores in stock to save new members some money (Messiah £5, Carols £10) - please ask to see what we have! But if you prefer new then both should be obtainable through local music shops (The Music House is good) or online. All choir members are also expected to buy a copy of "The Greatest Choral Classics" edited by our President Brian Kay, once they have passed their voice test. The librarian Team have copies for just £10 available at all times.
Learning the Music / Scores etc etc
If anyone needs rehearsal files they are often available on Cyberbass. With the latest version of Cyberbass these files should play on any computer, including Apple devices and tablets. But you must observe 2 rules or strange things may happen. 1. Always single click when selecting a section to play, never double click. 2. Before changing to another section, always stop the first section first, by clicking the pause symbol ll. Alternatively have a look at www.johnfletchermusic.org which also contains many helpful files for helping you to learn various works we are performing. You may need to pay a subscription to use this site. In addition we have various pdfs and midi files for works which we have performed over the years. If you are interested in any of them please ask. If there are midi files relevant to a current work being learned they will either be published here or emailed to you.
As most day to day matters are now sent out to choir members in the Sunday email the newsletter has been remodelled (with effect from November 2017) as mainly a newsletter for Friends which will be sent out three to four times per year. The original newsletter was first published in October 2001, the most recent ones are here. Older newsletters available at all times on request - just send Ruth an email.
Finally....keeping the Secretary up to date... It is also important that you make sure that the Secretary's Member records have the correct phone number and address so that Members can be contacted if we have to cancel a rehearsal - as we did during the winter because of snow. If you are in any doubt then have a word to check what info is on file.