We have two rehearsal periods in the course of each year: from January to May for a performance in May, and from September to December for a performance in December.
During those periods we rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7.40pm until 9.30pm, in the Hall at Shipston Primary School in Station Road, Shipston-upon-Stour (the Hall opens at 7.30pm). See below for directions on how to find us.
We warm up with vocal exercises (the book we use is available at a discounted price for choir members). Work goes on at a lively pace, with help for the less experienced, but plenty to stretch the seasoned singers. There are also interesting nuggets of background information from the Musical Director.
We produce CDs of the individual parts so that less experienced singers can get to know the music at their own pace. They are presented in their musical context, giving an idea how the parts relate to the work as a whole. Most singers find the CDs useful, but the main benefits are that some people are able to enjoy singing music not otherwise accessible to them; and in addition, rehearsals can proceed at a brisk pace since many members have already learned the notes. People have learned to sight-sing from scratch with Stour Singers.
Rehearsals for our next concert in December begin on Thursday, 14th September 2017. We look forward very much to seeing you there!
Directions on how to find us:
The postcode is CV36 4BT.
From the north:
On the A3400, c. ½ mile after entering Shipston-on-Stour, on the left-hand bend, turn sharp right into Station Road. The entrance to the school is 150 yards on the left (just before the Black Horse pub).
From all other directions
(B4035 – Brailes, Moreton, Campden – join the A3400 at the one-way system)
At the one-way system take the direction of Stratford. After about ¼ mile (where the main road turns right), bear left into Station Road. The entrance to the school is 150 yards on the left (just before the Black Horse pub).