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 2017 AGM was held on 28th June 2017 you can find the minutes below 2017 AGM Minutes
HCS Artistic Ambition - Members Consultation
During the 2016-17 season and the early part of the 2017-18 season we conducted. If you would like to read the various consultation documents please contact Secretary Ruth and they can be emailed to you.
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. As you need to login to access the works Robert (Tenor) has kindly created a corporate login for all of HCS to use - for more info please ask Robert at rehearsals.
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.
Please note that we perform Messiah and Christmas Carols every year and therefore do not offer for hire copies of either Messiah or 100 Carols for Choirs. Before purchasing a Messiah score please check with the librarian to see if you should get a specific edition and if you are new please wait until you have successfully passed your voice test. 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. The librarian Team have copies for just £10 available at all times.
General Members Information
Subscriptions At the beginning of each season all subs are due for current members and friends. Also once a new member has sung in their first concert they will need to pay some subs. Please refer to the Subscriptions Protocol for details of the amounts to pay and the ways and means of paying. Also if you pay income tax please make sure Treasurer Gill knows as she can gift aid your subscription (thus making more money for the choir. The forms are appendices within the protocol but are also downloadable directly (see links below) HCS Subscriptions Protocol Standing Order Form - Member Standing Order Form - Joint Members Gift Aid Form
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 For ladies normally wear a pair of smart formal full length black trousers (not jean style or cords or skinny legged) or an ankle length black skirt (noting that ankles are normally 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, there are two of these - 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 either a black shirt or a white shirt, sometime worn with an HCS tie (red or blue to match the ladies), sometimes open-necked. More information will follow in advance of each concert.
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). 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. 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 choir members keep their maroon folders in case we sing outside again (like we did at Fountains Abbey) where everyone is wearing coats as they provide a means of everyone looking uniform! Seating Plans for Concerts Although we hope everyone will sing in every concert we know this is not totally possible. Therefore if you cannot sing in a concert please let Ruth know as early as possible.
Publicity (Radio) Opportunities for HCS Members (by Tessa Mobbs) Andrew's suggestion of contacting Classic FM with a music request, as a means of publicising our concerts, proved easier than I thought - and provided an excellent opportunity to highlight our Mozart concert on Classic FM Requests with Jamie Crick (1-3pm weekdays). Should any members of the choir wish to 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!
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 newsletter was first published in October 2001, the most recent ones are here. Older newsletters available at all times on request.
Finally....keeping the Secretary up to date... It is also important that you make sure I have the correct phone number and address for you so that I can contact you 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 I have.