Welcome to the Newent and District Choral Society Website!
We are a friendly Choral Society of about 65 members. (The numbers keep rising and we are attracting younger members to ensure the continuing vitality of the Society on into the future.) We meet in Newent Memorial Hall (usually) on Tuesday nights (and afterwards, usually in The George.)
Photo Credit: Charlie Chan
We are thrilled to welcome Nia Llewelyn Jones as our new Musical Director this term, following the retirement of Ian Fox who has been at our helm for over 20 years, rehearsing us and conducting a large number of successful and memorable concerts, including Best Loved Opera Choruses in April.
Nia has just conducted “Zimbe” to great acclaim at Gloucester Cathedral, and is an experienced choral conductor (National Youth Choir of Wales, Cambridge University). She is also used by the CBSO and the LSO as a rehearsal conductor. As the first to hold the position of Singing Development Leader at Gloucester Cathedral, Nia is, in 2016, responsible for conducting the new Girls Cathedral choir.
We benefit from a very strong and imaginative committee resulting in decoration of the concert venue to give a unique experience to audience and performers alike. Please come along to our next concert!
So you can see what I've done to the site since you last visited there is a
site log at the bottom of this page, listing the changes and also future tasks that I need to tackle!
This site has grown quite extensive with interesting reviews, photos and posters from our varied performances over the years. Even if you've seen it all before, it's worth looking through again!
In addition to our Spring and Christmas concerts we take part in other events, such as the Christmas Carol pub crawl, to raise money for charities and to help pay for orchestras! In Summer, a subgroup, the Newent - Scottish Choir sings anything ranging from medieval to jazz, often a cappella, at interesting venues such as Usk Castle and the Linton Jazz Festival. We also travel abroad to sing in places like St Malo and Bruges. This year we sang Evensong and put on a concert in aid of local charities at Brecon Cathedral!
To read more about Newent - Scottish, look at the Other Activities page.
Have a look at my other website dedicated to St Nicholas Church in Westgate Street, Gloucester http://www.stnicholaschurchuk.webs.com/
You know that BLOG is short for Web Log. Well, this is a Site Log, now known as a SLOG!
Major update! Nia is our new Musical Director! Tending the links. First notice of our next concert.
Added the poster for our forthcoming Vivaldi concert. Deleted the forthcoming concert page as we put this on the homepage anyway. Added links to choir practice resources. Cleaned up the Where we meet page. Still have a bunch of Newent Scottish summer events (Usk Castle) which need to be added!
Added the poster for our forthcoming Haydn Creation concert. A bit more work on the opening paragraph as the society grows.
Added the learning file links for Autumn concert. Added another bunch of Newent Scottish events and photos.
Puccini & Fauré is past. Brahms next. Links to new practice files already! Added details of several Newent Scottish events. Busy & interesting as ever! Rob's walk writeup.
Overdue updates. Music Makers is past. Next is Puccini & Fauré. Links to new practice files already! Pub crawl photos added from last year! Rob's next walk.
I have added links to the Elgar and Vaughan-Williams practice files.
Handel's Messiah has been sung. So it's moved downwards into Previous Concerts. Added details of our next concert and when we're starting rehearsals. The home page was getting a bit large and so I've moved older events to Previous Concerts & Other Activities.
Dvorak Stabat Mater has been sung. So it's moved downwards into Previous Concerts. Jenny's review has been added. I need to find out what we're singing next and when rehearsals start? Our Secretary is now Huw Clayton and his details have been added. Our latest Berrington Hall event has also been added.
I've added links to the latest practice files, added reviews and news.
I've added links to the Practice Resources page for our latest concert.
After a LOT of work the site may actually be up to date and more accurate than it's been for a while! If any choir members wish me to add anything further or adjust anything, just email me.
Site updates are like buses - nothing for ages and then a whole bunch come along! The site is headed by our crisp new logo courtesy of Jenny. I've created a new Practice Resources page. I think that gathering practice files for our forthcoming events is proving to be an important resource for our members (and others?). I hope to build this into a resource which will bring other singers to our website.
There are a few recent events which need adding to the site, so I've just been shuffling older items downwards to make room. I've created a new Other Activities 1 page. It interesting to look back at this page and the preceding one to see the range of interesting events we've taken part in!
As the last days of 2009 slip away, there were several Newent Scottish events to report on before Christmas cheer rots my memory! Previous 2008 concerts have been moved into the appropriate section.
Autumn concert turns from future to past tense. Ian's three choirs event to look forward to in May!
First of October - and a first for this site! I have created my first midi learning files for Hear My Prayer!
Gathered a load of links to learning aids and mp3s relating to our next concert.
Moved some of the older events from the home page into the Other Activities page. Added Rob's latest choir walk and the recent Hellens and Newland church events. First news of combined concert next year. Updated the Next Concert page!
Completed the write-up for our Spring 'A Touch and Taste of Old England' concert, including an excellent review and weblinks for the businesses that provided free and reduced cost food and drink. Added Autumn rehearsal start date.
Updated the Next Concert page with initial details of our Spring 'English Music' concert. We're still adding items to the programme. The Christmas Concerts have moved into the Recent Events section, along with a couple of excellent reviews of the Mozart Requiem concert.
Added notice of Kempley Christmas Concert and pic of Onion Fayre.
Added some photos to Rob's Annual Walk and Swanage articles.
Moved older events from the home page to their proper pages to make room for a number of recent events. Some of these are very much bookmarks and need to have more detail and photos added, hopefully shortly. Also a writeup and links have been added concerning our next production of Mozart's Requiem, which hope will enthuse choir members, potential choir members and potential audience.
Added a photo of the choir. Carmen was a great occasion to be remembered for all sorts of reasons. So another chunk of website has moved into the past tense. But always there are new performances and activities to look forward to.
Added Jenny's latest poster for Carmen. Again my hand drawn version from 10 years ago doesn't stand comparison. The plot, set in a cigar factory, is at odds with modern sensibilities and we may have to sing this outside! Also showcased is the concert coming up in Summer as part of the Medieval Fayre in Gloucester. The Dymock Verdi Requiem is now past and so I have had to adjust the notice into the past tense. I was looking for events over a year old which should go into the other activities section and was amazed at how many things we've taken part in over the last year. Musical activities in this choir certainly haven't been confined to two concerts a year!
Lots of things that were coming up are now happy memories - but there's a stream of new events to replace them. We are now hard at work on the Opera choruses (partly because there's a supply problem with the Carmen scores). Without all the various other activities we engage in, there would be very little to report on this website. As you will see, that is not the case! I'm looking forward to Jenny's new artwork. We did a similar programme quite a few years ago when I did the programme without the computer graphics we now take for granted. Jenny is a MUCH better artist than I am!
I have added the Christmas programme front page and poster - 'cos it's always nice to get more of Jenny's artwork on the site. There are a few events coming along - a concert at Kempley, the Christmas pub crawl, appearing on Songs of Praise! So I've done a little update!
Apologies for neglecting the website! There have been mutterings! Quite a few updates have now been done and there are more on their way. Most notably our Christmas Concert on the 1st December. Having listened to the excerpts I am now very keen to sing in the Solemn Vespers and the audience will be in for a treat!
Several engagements already for the choir which we hope you'll want to enjoy with us! Jenny's new poster for Trial by Jury is wonderful! What sort of a cad wouldn't be enthralled by the beautiful Angelina? Let us all be the judge of that!
One of the last things I have to do this year is to update the website. The News section on this page reviews the Christmas pub crawl. A happy and noteworthy New Year everyone!
Many of our Christmas events have been enjoyed and have passed into history. And so the News section on this page discusses how well they went.
The next concert page contains first details of our Spring 2007 concert. Date on this page for the start of our Spring term rehearsals (and what we'll be rehearsing).
Updated the next concert page. Added Jenny's writeup on the Onion Fayre which fortunately wasn't a washout this year!
Added some new Christmas events on this page.
Write up of our little post AGM musical soiree. Interesting how I seem to be using food analogies to describe music!
Added the poster for our little Medieval fayre concert in St Nicholas Church and in St Mary de Crypt. Thirty of these have been distributed in the immediate area around Gloucester.
New picture button links to our local Making Music websites. We are actually supported by the SouthWest region. See below.
The website has been updated with the latest Making Music logo. See below.
Unfortunately, if you don't tend your links they have a tendency to perish! I have done a bit of weeding and planting. The result is well worth exploring!
We spent months practising for the Elijah concerts and now they're behind us :( Eventually they will be moved to the Previous Concerts page. I need to update our Next Concert page. The Summer Season news has been added. Still need to confirm the start date for autumn rehearsals.
We spent months practising for the Elijah concert and now it's behind us :( But what a sing it was! I have created a Latest News section near the top which contains an informal little review 'from near the back of the choir' by me. Eventually it will be moved to the Previous Concerts page. I have updated our Next Concert page and this one to show that Elijah at Ledbury is next. Need to confirm the start date for autumn rehearsals.
Our Petite Messe Solennelle concert was very enjoyable. I have updated our Next Concert page and this one to show that Elijah is next on the horizon. Need to confirm the start date for rehearsals.
I have finally done the Bruges Trip, which you'll find in the Other Activities 1 page.
I have added our proposed 2006 concerts to Forthcoming Events above, and writeups and pix (of course) of our Castle Fruit Farm BBQ to the Other Activities 1 page. Bruges trip - Next update?
It's amazing how much we've done this year! How did we find time for our Spring concert?! I have added writeups and pix (of course) for the 60th Anniversary Dinner and the Medieval Fayre to the Other Activities 1 page. I've put a stake in the page for the Bruges trip. I need some free time to tackle that story. Next update.
This is what happens when I don't record our activities as they happen! I forget when they happened! Like with our Forest of Dean walk! I have added 3 more activities to the Other Activities page. More to come ie, Bruges Trip, Medieval Fayre, The 60th dinner. (sigh!) I can't keep up with all the fun we're having!
15/09/05 Updated theAbout Us page to encompass all our various activities.
There's a full report on the wet Onion Fayre on the Other Activities page written by Jenny!
General overhaul to bring the site up to date again! There is a lot
still to do in Other Activities to report on our Bruges Trip, The
Dinner, The Medieval Fayre, Bollitree Castle etc..
07/05/05 I've added a link to Newent Orchestra. Note that their Spring Concert is on 21st May. See their website for more details.
much to do - I've also made Forthcoming Events relevant again and added
a link to The Onion Fayre (they just need to update their homepage).
09/03/05 I've created another follow-on website, just as a way of getting more pages. So far I've split up the Other Activities and Previous Concerts
pages because they were getting too long. The second (older) page in
each case is on the new site and you'll notice this because of the site
index on the right hand side. I've also updated the Next Concert page. I don't know yet what else Ledbury are singing. Must find out!
The last Christmas concert has now moved into Previous Concerts and
there is also a write up about our Charity Christmas carol pub-crawl: Other Activities
More events which we were looking forward to have become history!
Accordingly they've been moved into Other Activities. Next is the start
of the Autumn rehearsals and we don't even know what we're singing yet!
13/06/04 St Nicholas isn't deconsecrated! Added St Nicholas website link.
02/06/04 Singing in St Nicholas church as part of Gloucester Medieval Fair + Oxenhall on the 19th!
29/05/04 A Summer Serenade added above - looking forward to it!
15/05/04 The Ledbury concert has passed into Previous Concerts On this page you can see when our next season of rehearsals starts. And what we're hoping to sing!
If you are thinking of singing with us for the first time, look at Join us! and Where we meet
(Note new NFMS 'Making Music' logo - had our wrists slapped over that one!)
noticed the nasty banner ads at the top of each page. They appear after
about 45 days (when a lot of work has already gone into the site!)
Apparently we have to pay to get rid of them! Sorry! At least they don't hover down the side like they do with other free ISPs.
07/04/04 I'm still obsessively humming snatches of Rossini & Elgar after our last concert! Now reviewed in Previous Concerts