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Newsletter - January 2018



Rehearsal Schedule - Spring 2018

Next Rehearsal 22 February: The whole of movement 3.  Be especially prepared for pages 38 to 43.  Then to Movement 1.

Roger intends to run the whole work on Saturday 3 March.



Spring Concert: Brahms Requiem 14 April 2018  The concert will be at 7.0pm at St Mary's.

The only edition acceptable for rehearsals and performance next spring is the Peters edition.  Also Bach Cantata BMV 32 (Choral only for choir).


Midis for the Brahms:
Learn Choral Music:


German pronounced.  A clear Youtube pronounces each sentence of Brahms Requiem, first speaking the sentence normally, but then repeating it slowly.  Try it!


A Translation of the German Requiem into English  


Summer Concert: 7 July in the Priory Rooms.

Winter Concert: 10 November in St Mary's at 7.0pm.  Mozart's Requiem (New Novello) + TBA


Robert Shaw was mentioned by Roger at the first rehearsal of the Brahms German Requiem. Here is a link to the first of the three YouTubes:


Singalong Brahms' Requiem  4 March 1.30pm, 7pm audience conductor Simon Halsey in Birmingham Symphony Hall.


Important message from Roger to all members singing in the Easter Concert on 14 April.

Bach Cantata BMV32 Liebster Jesu Mein Verlangen - the music (one page) of  The Choral

Future events

Some concerts & music

in the region of Abergavenny

      January 2018 Newsletter



Social Events:
Choir's New Year's Party

A happy evening's Gwent Bach Choir dinner was held in Abergavenny Golf Club on 12 January.  It was quite a noisy and much enjoyed evening with a huge raffle taking place near the end of the evening.  One or two photographs, rather second rate, were taken to record the enjoyment of the event. 


 The huge raffle after dinner   Just one of the many tables 




A Final Rehearsal



Slowing down the music on midis
Valerie has prepared clear instructions for changing the speed of music when using Windows Media Player.

Converting a video to MP3.  Barrie has produced a video explaining how to do it:


  Society's choir used surtitles
Surtitles were thrown onto the wall above the pulpit for the audience, unfolding the story of Bach's St John Passion.

Audio clip from a November concert
Recordings were taken of the November concert from the side of the church.  Mendelssohn's Verleih uns Frieden.
A recording from a Summer Concert: I Know My Soul - Parry

Immortal Bach

Sung by the Gwent Bach Choir in St Mary's Priory Church on 4 July 2014.  Immortal Bach by Knut Nystedt.

Vocal Issues
David Baggs, A long standing bass in the Choir and a physicist by training has kindly produced some interesting articles and scientific note.

Choir's archive. The Choir's archive is at .


Other local choirs.

Kington Choral Society -

The Crickhowell Choral Society -

The Monmouth Choral Society -

The Unicorn Singers -
The Brecon Singers -

The Hereford Choral Society -


The Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra

The Brecon Baroque Festival


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