About HCS

Hoylake Choral Society is a small amateur choir, long established, and keen to welcome new members

Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings 7.45 -9.45 p.m. and will restart on September 11th. 2019. They are likely to continue to be held  in the Hoylake Church Hall , Station Road, Hoylake, CH47 4AA, near Hoylake Railway Station.  

Choir members are expected to attend rehearsals regularly and to commit to learning the music to be performed. Pencils should always be brought to rehearsals.

Our concerts under our versatile Musical Director, David Bebbington, have been well received.

We continue to concentrate on classical composers such as Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel, Rossini, and Monteverdi, but enjoy mixing these with more modern composers (such as Leonard Bernstein and Randall Thompson) to explore a variety of styles.

Concert Dress

Concert dress at present is for the women  a ¾ sleeved black blouse and long black skirt or trousers (no glittery jewellery) and black shoes, and for the men a black long-sleeved shirt, black trousers, and black shoes.

How the society is run

As a registered charity the Society is managed by a board of trustees. In essence the committee has to ensure that we meet our charitable purposes and that we manage the society’s finances. We meet regularly throughout the year and there is an Annual General Meeting to which all members are invited. Our annual balance sheet is distributed to all members at that time. In addition to the management of the business of the society, the committee work with the Musical Director to plan concerts.

Members are encouraged to offer support in distributing advertising publicity before concerts. Setting up the stage and seating for the performance, and organising interval refreshments, are also constructive ways of helping.

News

Hoylake Choral Society: Forthcoming performances

Sunday 8th December 2019: 3pm to 3.30pm

Christmas Tree Festival at St Hildeburgh’s Church, Hoylake  This will include carols drawn from the Oxford Carols book -see below 

Saturday May 2nd, 2020:

Spring concert: venue to be announced This will include Schubert’s Mass in C, Op. 48, plus other items to be chosen when rehearsals are under way.

 Music We will hire scores for the Schubert, but if you should want to obtain your own copy, it is published by Schirmer, and looks like this:

Franz Schubert: Mass In C Op.48

Other pieces will probably be drawn from the following two books which we hope will be available cheap or on loan to those without personal copies:

Rutter, John,  1996 “European Sacred Music: Vocal Scores”, Oxford Classics Collections

Willcocks, David & Rutter, John, 1987, “100 Carols for Choirs” (for Choirs Collections)

The following website contains rehearsal files for the 100 Carols for Choirs and The European Sacred Music books (so includes everything we have done so far this term): https://royalfreemusicsociety.org.uk/midi-file-archive

If you scroll down through the list of composers (eg. Faure) and click on Cantique it will come up with a link for all the parts.  If you click on your voice part it will download it to your computer as a midi file which you can then sing along to when practising at home.  The file has your voice part emphasised on piano with the other parts in the background – really helpful when learning the music.  You can then do the same for the 100 Carols for Choirs music by clicking on that link and finding the relevant pieces in the same way.

Similarly, for the Schubert Mass in C you can download midi files from the following: http://www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk/Schubert/MassinC/massinC.html