Hallelujah! Back to live rehearsals at the Uni Mondays 7-9:30 pm (either Great Hall or Science Theatre) and steaming ahead with preparation for concerts in 2021. We have a great workshop day planned for 5 June (10-4.30) when we will work on music for our participation in a City of Newcastle event on the 25 June (10am -12.30pm) and our concert repertoire. Watch out for concert information for Brahms on 26 September (3pm) at ChristChurch Cathedral and, of course, our long awaited and much anticipated Messiah at City Hall on 18 December.
Learning tracks for the Brahms (German Requiem) are on the web at www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk and www.cyberbass.com
For your part in German, here is Chordperfect’s page link
And yet another link to a woman reading out the whole of Brahms’ Requiem in German very slowly.
COVID rules apply. Do not attend if you have symptoms. Please arrive early. You will need to check in using the QR code and follow the venue’s COVID-19 policy at all times. You must follow the directions of our Covid Marshal.
To sing in the choir everyone has to be a member. This also ensures that everyone is covered by insurance.
Using Practice Discs:
There is a media player you can download for free for both MAC and PC which enables you to slow down the playback speed. This is the link: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/ (Mac install is down towards the bottom of the screen)
Once installed you go to the tab “Playback” and select “Speed”. This makes navigating those difficult passages a little easier. To get more HELP on getting started.
When we can be in the Great Hall we are able to have a supper nights with food provided by various sections of the Choir. These are ‘get to know each other’ opportunities, so please mingle.
Rehearsals are generally on a Monday evening from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, Science Theatre STHG01, or sometimes the McMullin building.
Maps for rehearsal and performance venues:
Callaghan Campus https://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/our-environments/our-campuses-and-locations/newcastle/map
The Conservatorium – Newcastle https://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/our-environments/our-campuses-and-locations/newcastle-city-precinct/newcastle-city-campus-map
Christchurch Cathedral https://www.newcastlecathedral.org.au/cathedral/cathedralmap/
There are usually lots of sites where you can get practise help.
One website is www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk
Sometimes you can purchase Licenced copies of rehearsal CD’s.
Newsletters are for the choir members and have feedback and information about our progress, alternate rehearsal venues/times and other interesting items about choir members. These are delivered via email.
New pricing scheme for 2020
We encourage you to pay your membership fees before the 3rd Feb to avoid long queues and to save time on the first night of term.
To remind you, the fee structure for 2020 is as follows:
Fees per Term – $55 ($25 for full-time students)
If you pay your fees for the whole year in advance you will receive one term free. The cost for this is $110 ($50 for students).
Fees are due for payment by week 4.
Our preferred method of payment is Trybooking which has now been set up.
Please go to https://www.trybooking.com Fees and follow the prompts.
You may also pay by direct debit to:
Newcastle University Choir
BSB: 032-507 Acc: 104622
Of course, we will be taking enrolments on the first night of choir for those who are unable to pay by either of these methods. We only accept credit card or online through Trybooking (as above), we can no longer take cash payments.