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Oratorio Choir

The Oratorio Choir is a non-auditioned choir open to all singers, performing a standard classical repertoire.

The Addison Oratorio Choir is a non-auditioned choir open to all singers who perform much of the standard repertoire, as well as a wide range of new and more recent music, including several works written especially for them.

Conductor: David Wordsworth
Ability: Mixed
Duration: 2 hours, 10 weeks
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Membership subscription (per term): £95 (concessions £67), includes all music
Rehearsal CD: £6 (please order in advance)
NB: Rehearsal tracks are PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE (Do NOT order a CD)
Venue: Malinova Room, 2nd Floor, The Polish Centre, 238 King Street, Hammersmith W6 0RF

Repertoire

Previous works performed include:
Bach – Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat
Bernstein – Chichester Psalms
Britten – Rejoice in the Lamb
Chilcott – Canticles of Light, Jubilate
Dvorak – Mass in D
Faure – Requiem
Goodall – Eternal Light
Handel – Messiah, Coronation Anthems, Dettingen Te Deum
Haydn – The Creation, Nelson Mass, Te Deum in C
Lauridsen – Lux Aeterna, O magnum mysterium, Dirait-on
Montague – Christmas Triptych
Monteverdi – Beatus Vir
Mozart – Requiem, Coronation Mass, Solemn Vespers
Orff – Carmina Burana
Rossini – Petite Messe Solennelle
Rutter – Magnificat : Birthday Madrigals, Feel the Spirit
Schubert – Mass in C , Mass in G
Vaughan Williams – Five Mystical Songs,Serenade to Music
Vivaldi – Gloria
Walton – Coronation Te Deum

Premieres include:
William Bolcom – Two Meditations on George Herbert (commissioned by the Addison Singers:world premiere)
Bob Chilcott – Carol: Jesus, Jesus, rest your head (world premiere)
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – Proverb (London premiere)
Gabriel Jackson – Hymn to St Petroc of Cornwall (commissioned by the Addison Singers: world premiere)
Jill Jarman – The Listening Tree (commissioned by the Addison Singers: world premiere)
Cecilia McDowall – The Angels for the Nativity (commissioned by the Addison Singers : world premiere)
Graham Redwood – How the Flute was Born (commissioned by The Addison Singers: world premiere)
Ned Rorem – Three Motets (London premiere)
Edwin Roxburgh – Lament (world premiere)
Howard Skempton – That Music All Around Me (London premiere)
Joby Talbot – Ave verum corpus (London premiere)
Mark-Anthony Turnage – Leaving (London premiere)

First rehearsal: Wednesday 15 January 2020
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Cost: £95.00 full member or £67.00 concessions – price includes all music
Place: Malinova Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half term: Wednesday 19 February 2020 (NO REHEARSAL)
Last rehearsal: Wednesday 25 March 2020

Oratorio Choir concert:
Saturday 28 March 2020, 7.30pm @ St Peter's Church, Southfield Road, London, W4 1BB

With Godolphin and Latymer Junior Chamber Choir & Brandenburg Sinfonia

Music 

Tippett - Little Music (orchestral)

Cecilia McDowall - Stabat Mater

Beethoven - Mass in C

First rehearsal: Wednesday 22 April 2020
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Cost: £95.00 full member or £67.00 concessions – price includes all music
Place: Malinova Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half term: Wednesday 27 May 2020 (NO REHEARSAL)
Last rehearsal: Wednesday 1 July 2020

Joint Anniversary concert with Chamber and Jazz Choirs and Ensemble: Saturday 4 July 2020, 7.30pm @ St Peter's Church, Southfield Road, London, W4 1BB

Music to include: 

Opera Choruses - Verdi, Wagner and more...

First rehearsal: Wednesday 18 September 2019
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Cost: £95.00 full member or £67.00 concessions - price includes all music
Rehearsal CD: £6 (please order in advance)
NB: Rehearsal tracks are PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE (Do NOT order a CD)
Place:
Malinova Room, 2nd Floor, Polish Centre, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Half Term: Wednesday 23 October 2019 (NO REHEARSAL)
Last rehearsal: Wednesday 4 December 2019

Addison Oratorio and Chamber Choirs together with the Brandenburg Sinfonia*: Saturday 7 December 2019 @ 7.30pm, St Peter's Church, Acton Green.

Music:

Howard Goodall - "The Gravity of Kindness – A Christmas Meditation"* (NEW Addison Singers commission - world premiere)
which includes a setting of a poem by the Palestinian poet Naomi Shihab Nye

Thanks to the generous bequest from Cathy Bereznicki - a much missed Trustee and long-term member of the choir

Owain Park  - While Shepherds Watched*      

Handel - Messiah Part 1 & Hallelujah Chorus*

Carols by Judith Weir, Huw Watkins

 
Christmas Carol Concert for The Upper Room: Monday 16 December 2019, 7pm, St Saviour's, Wendell Rd, W12  
Charity working with socially and economically disadvantaged people from deprived areas of London
Community Carols
Owain Park - While Shepherds Watched
Handel -   Hallelujah Chorus

New members: Please enrol online before term starts by first registering online here, then purchase an Oratorio Choir membership (and a rehearsal CD if you wish)click on Checkout and choose a payment method. You will receive an email confirmation.

Rehearsal tracks: these are provided free online as downloadable files, but if you require a physical CD please order one (£6) at least a week before term starts, so there is time to produce it for you.

Existing members: To access the Members section, click on Members in the top menu bar, then log in with your email address and/or reset your password. Then choose your membership and payment method.

Alternatively, if there are still places available, you can enrol at the first meeting of the term – but you may have to queue. After the term has started please contact us to ask about enrolling.

Music: If you have enrolled online in advance, music scores will have been prepared for you, but you must arrive no later than 7.10pm on the first rehearsal night in order to pick them up otherwise they will be reallocated on a first come first served basis. If we run out of music, it will be reordered/reprinted but you may have to share until we receive the additional scores.

Voice tests for new members to the Oratorio Choir
To assist our new members to 'find their voice' in the choir, we will ask that each singer :

1. Sing a note played on the piano
2. Sing up a scale played on the piano
3. Clap a simple rhythm

This will take place at the first rehearsal for new members and those joining for a Taster Session. It is nothing onerous or anything to be scared of! Rather, we hope it will ensure that you get even more enjoyment out of singing with us as you will be singing the correct voice part for you!

Taster Session
Any potential new member is welcome to try a 'taster session' during either the first or second rehearsal of term to see if they would like to join a choir or class. Please let the Membership Coordinator know if you would like to try one rehearsal. If you are trying a choir, we will arrange for you to share music with a 'buddy' who will be able to answer any questions you may have. At the end of the session we hope you will decide to join and you will be asked to complete the online enrolment and pay for the full term (or pro rata if not the first session). Please make sure to enrol online by the end of week 2 or contact the Membership Coordinator to let her know of any special circumstances.

NEW: Rehearsal Schedule and attendance 
There will be a Rehearsal Schedule for the term, so singers will know where to concentrate their practice before each rehearsal.  Also, please note, that members who wish to sing in the concert should attend at least  80% of  rehearsals, unless otherwise agreed by David Wordsworth, our Music Director.

Payment methods

You can pay by:

  • bank transfer online (BACS) to CAF Bank Sort code 40-52-40, Account 00016259. Please put your last name, choir/class and term as the payee reference (eg SMITH OC VT SPR14). This is our preferred method of payment, it doesn't cost you or us anything.
  • cheque, please add your bank card number on the reverse of your cheque, made payable to The Addison Group of Singers.
  • credit/debit card. We are now able to offer a card payment option. A small fee is payable to cover the cost of the transaction. Please select Debit/Credit Card payment on the Checkout page and follow instructions. You will receive an email confirmation.

Concessions
Concessions apply to people who are registered unemployed or disabled, and those receiving Income Support, Working Family Tax Credit, Invalidity Benefit, Severe Disability Allowance, Jobseekers Allowance or similar benefits; also people over 60 and students in full-time education. Full-time students under 25 may also claim a further £24 discount (except for the Learn to Read Music Class). Proof is required to claim a concessionary rate.

Discount
More than one choir: if you wish to join more than one choir, you are entitled to a discount of £25 (£17 concessions). For a third choir, deduct a further £10 (£5 concessions).

Early Bird Prize Draw
A Prize Draw takes place each term at the first rehearsal from the online enrolments completed and paid for prior to the first rehearsal. The winner receives the equivalent of half their term fees.

Introduce a Friend
Current choir members will also receive a £20 reduction in their fee (the following term) if they introduce a new member who enrols in a choir!

Refunds
If a choir rehearsal has to be cancelled, for example, due to bad weather conditions, refunds will not be given, as we will try to arrange an alternative date. If a class has to be cancelled and cannot be rearranged, the fee will be refunded based on the number of cancelled sessions.

If a member does not take up a place or complete a term for any reason (other than the above) there is no entitlement to a refund. You can however opt to transfer your fee to the following term, but we do ask you to return the current term's music before this is confirmed. If you wish to transfer to another choir or class you need to consult our Membership Coordinator, and any difference in the fee or subscription must be paid or be refunded. If you require a receipt for your postal enrolment, you will need to enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope.

Gift Aid
If you are a taxpayer, current legislation allows us to reclaim basic rate income tax on your membership subscriptions (however not on CDs, class fees or tuition elements). When enrolling online, please read the declaration and tick the box if you are happy for us to do this. Remember to notify us if you no longer pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax equal to the tax we can reclaim on your donations.

Members website
Once you have enrolled in a choir or class, you will be eligible to access the Members' area on the AGS website and added to the mailing list to receive e-mail information about choir activities, social and other events. An online resource only, you can access information sheets, publicity posters, the Newsletters, Committee Minutes, photos of concerts, additional trips and social events. This helps us reduce postal costs and speeds up communication about choir events. The Membership Coordinator will send you an email with an invitation to join and give you a pre-selected password that you can change to a more memorable version once you are logged in.

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