Members' Area

The following notes aim to provide choir members with some general information about our choir. New members may find this information particularly useful. Please contact your voice rep if there are any other matters you wish to discuss.

Practice aid for Manchester Carols

John (bass) has very kindly created some practice files for all voice parts for use with The Manchester Carols. To use these please follow the link to the MuseScore website to download the MuseScore application.

MuseScore homepage

Next download the following zip file which will extract to give a folder of music files. To download the zip file click on the link and click on "Save as" to save it to your computer. You will need to right click on the folder and select "Extract" in order to use the files. The music files are to use with MuseScore once you have downloaded and installed it on your computer.

Manchester Carols full ZIP file

Usual Concert Dress:

All music in folders.

Ladies

All black

Skirt, dress or trousers - ankle length. Top with sleeves which cover the elbow. Jewellery as you wish. Jackets if you wish but not shawls or stoles.

Dark shoes and very small bags. Discreet use and placing of water bottles if needed.

If you have any problem with the above please speak to voice reps.

Gentlemen

DJs with black bow tie.

Any problem with this please speak to John.


Music

We normally hire music for the duration of rehearsals for a concert and up to the concert itself. Music is issued by the librarian at the start of each term and it then becomes the responsibility of each member to look after their own copies. There is a flat rate of 3 per member per term to cover music hire which is payable to the librarian when music is issued.

Members are encouraged to mark the copies where instructed in pencil and to remove markings with a rubber when no longer needed. Post-it notes and paperclips can be used to mark pages but must be removed after the concert and prior to returning books to the librarian. All music must be returned to the librarian promptly after each concert.

Subscriptions

Subscriptions are currently 80 for the year or 40 for one term only. These can be paid either at once in October or in two installments, payable in October and January.

Membership Subscription Date payable
Year Either 80 October
Or 40 October
40 January
Half-year only 40 October or January

Gift Aid

Gift Aid, a scheme operated by HM Revenue and Customs for charities like SCS, allows tax to be reclaimed at the basic rate for monetary donations. This increases the value of donations at no extra cost to the donor. Under new guidelines from HMRC relating to subscriptions we can now claim back a percentage of the tax paid on membership subscriptions, that which remains after the 'tuition' element has been deducted. This is because there is deemed to be a certain level of tuition provided with choir membership, which would be classed as a benefit and therefore ineligible for Gift Aid.

For UK taxpayers who wish to giftaid their subscription there is a declaration form and further information for download here.

For further information on Gift Aid please refer to the following links:

Links

YouTube

Colchester Classics - Classical CD mail-order service