About HCS

 

UPDATE: These were our activities and plans, before the Pandemic struck, and have been mostly  left on this website as an index of what we hope to do when we are able safely to resume rehearsals and performances.

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

UPDATE: /August 22nd 2020

About Hoylake Choral Society’s 2020/21 season.

Return to Rehearsals 

The Committee met on 19th August to discuss the new season and, you will not be surprised to hear, that the decision has been made that we will NOT be returning to rehearsals in September 2020. Group singing remains a ‘prohibited’ activity, but the Committee will be keeping a watching brief of the situation and when the Government advice changes, we will reconsider how and when to start rehearsing. 

The good news is that David is happy to continue as the Musical Director and Victoria is happy to continue to be our accompanist. 

We might be able to return to singing in January 2021. Please keep your fingers crossed. The Committee will keep you up to date with progress and decisions.

Music

Many of you still have the music we distributed last season. We would like to collect this in and return it to the library and have few options for ways to return the music. We would like the music back by 18th September 2020. We have sent an email with instructions on this to all members.

AGM

This will be held virtually on Monday 7th September 2020 at 7pm. 

Membership Fees

The AGM will decide on the annual fee for the 2020/21 season. We DO NOT want any money from you until we are able to return to rehearsals.