member resources

covid

We continue to be guided by “Making Music”, our national membership organisation for music groups and promoters.

The previous mandated restrictions have, of course, been ended, but that does not mean that Covid has been conquered, rather that the impact of contracting Covid is now much reduced following the vaccination programme, increased immunity after having had the disease and mutations in the virus itself.

However, that is a general statement of the “on average” type and we need to remember that some people still get Covid very badly indeed whilst others are more vulnerable to catching the disease. Similarly we can remind ourselves that some of our members have more vulnerable people at home or for whom they are carers and I believe we each owe them a moral duty not to knowingly expose them to the disease as the consequences for them and their loved ones may be significantly worse than any symptoms we experience ourselves.

Making music therefore advise a set of “safer behaviours” which I would strongly recommend we each adopt, please :

  1. Getting vaccinated – including all available boosters.
  2. Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meeting outside. We will have windows open at rehearsals so please dress appropriately
  3. Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet, when rates of transmission are high.
  4. Trying to stay at home if you are unwell.
  5. Taking a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms, (if available) and staying at home and avoiding contact with other people if you test positive; and
  6. Washing your hands and following advice to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’.

The single most important point is that no one should not come to rehearsals if they have the slightest symptoms or if you suspect you have been in contact with someone who is carrying the disease. Can we each, please, adopt this as a personal obligation to your fellow choir-members.

I hope you will agree that these are a reasonable set of clearly-stated behaviours and that you can personally commit to their adoption.

resources for our next concert

Rehearsals for our Spring Term concert – Brahms Requiem – are on Tuesdays from 2 January to 19 March at 8pm at Walthamstow Hall Junior School Hall in Bradbourne Park Road TN13 3LD with our performance at Pamoja Concert Hall, Sevenoaks on Saturday 23 March 2024 at 7.30.

Scores

We are singing in German and using the Peters Edition Score.

Our Librarian, Brian Shirreff, has sourced hire copies which are available before the start of rehearsals for a hire fee of £2 – please try and have the correct change if you can.

Rehearsal Aids

We recommend the following rehearsal aids :

ChordPerfect : Click Here

Select your voice-part and click through each section of the work with your part sung by a professional singer and “played up” in your right ear with the other voices and accompaniment “knocked-back” in your left ear. Like standing next to the best person in your section! An additional benefit is that you will absorb the German pronunciation as a by-product of hearing the singer performing your voice-part.

Cyberbass : Click Here

If you prefer the electronic organ sound then Cyberbass is a good rehearsal aid.

Recordings

There are lots of recordings available – the following is an all-German performance :  Click Here

Pronunciation YouTube Video

Here is a link to a YouTube Video which may help with pronunciation : Click Here

Translation

A German-speaking member has suggested the following as a reliable translation of the German text : Click Here

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