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Bridgwater Choral Society

Important note re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Dear Members

We find ourselves living through strange times at the moment. Who would have thought that 2020 would bring to the world, a virus, that would force us to shut ourselves behind closed doors, to keep out of harms way.

I don’t know about you all, but I have missed singing with you. It feels very strange not to be going out on a Wednesday evening. Hopefully you are keeping your spirits up, listening to the radio and listening to podcasts etc. It’s not the same, as singing together, but it’s all we have for now. At least the sun has been shining this week, and no rain, which has been a bonus.

We have made a decision on the choice of music for the Christmas concert. It will be Benjamin Britten, Ceremony of Carols, and John Rutter, Feel the Spirit. Also there will be seasonal Christmas Carols and audience participation, plus a fabulous Harpist and Brass section, Iain will let us know what they will be playing when it has been confirmed.

I do realise we have sung theses pieces before, but it was felt that after the dreaded  Brexit, we needed something to lift our spirts and be joyful! Even more so now, in this current climate.

I wish you all the very best in these trying times, look after yourselves. Our mental health is vitally important while we are keeping our distance from family and friends. Contact each other, have a chat, even if it’s only for a moment or two. Let’s all support one another! I am always at the end of a phone if you want to call me. 

Wishing you all the very best, keep singing if you can. Keep well.

Jackie ( Chairman)




Spring Term 2020 Rehearsal Schedule


Please use this schedule to help you prepare for rehearsals. It comes with the usual proviso that it may need to be changed in the light of necessity. Here is a link to free learning files of Dona nobis pacem for each part: https://www.choralia.net/vw03mp3/vw03mp3en.htm (Sopranos ,basses: use Soprano II, Bass  II (sop I and Bass I are the solo parts)

And for In terra Pax: http://www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk/finzi/interra.pax/interra.html Alternatively, learning CDs of all three works in this term’s programme can be purchased from www.choraline.com

And Annie Fisher has alerted me to a very interesting Radio 3 podcast about In terra pax. It’s well worth listening to. Here’s the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pd7lr 


 Jan 8th 5MS: V; ITP (ii); DNP – excerpts as notified to Frances. 

Jan 15th 5MS: V; DNP: II (i); IV (i); ITP (ii); 

Jan 22nd 5MS: I, II, III: DNP: II (i), (ii); IV (i); ITP (ii) 

Jan 29th 5MS: I, II, III; DNP IV(i), (ii); ITP (ii) 

Feb 5th ITP (i), (ii); DNP: II: (i), (ii),(iii); IV(i), (ii); V (iii) 

Feb 12th ITP (i), (ii); DNP: II: (i), (ii),(iii); IV(i), (ii); V (iii) 

Feb 19th 5MS: V; ITP: (i), (ii); DNP: II: (i), (ii),(iii); III; IV(i), (ii); V (iii)

 Feb 26th 5MS: I, II, III; DNP II: (i), (ii),(iii); III; IV(i), (ii); V (iii) 

March 4th ITP ((i); DNP II: (i), (ii),(iii); III; IV(i), (ii); V: (i), (ii), (iii) 

March 11th ITP ((ii); DNP II: (i), (ii),(iii); III; IV(i), (ii); V: (i), (ii), (iii) 

March 18th 5MS: V: ITP: (i); DNP I; II: (i), (ii),(iii); III

 March 25th 5MS: I, II,III; ITP: (ii); DNP IV(i), (ii); V(i), (ii), (iii)

 April 1st 5MS: V: ITP: (i); DNP I; II: (i), (ii),(iii); III 

April 8th 5MS: I, II, III; ITP: (ii); DNP IV(i), (ii); V(i), (ii), (iii) 

April 15th No rehearsal 

April 22nd 5MS: V: ITP: (i); DNP I; II: (i), (ii),(iii); III 

April 29th 5MS: I, II, III; ITP: (ii); DNP IV(i), (ii); V(i), (ii), (iii)

 May 6th ALL 

May 13th ALL


Dona nobis Pacem (DNP) I – pp. 1 – 5 : II – pp. 6 – 20,  (i) pp. 6 – 11, (ii) pp. 12 – 16, (iii) pp. 17 – end:   III - pp. 21 – 2 8 :  IV – pp. 29 – 46: (i) pp. 29 – 39; (ii) pp. 40 – end:    V – pp. 48 – 52; (ii) pp. 54- 61; (iii) pp. 62 – end. 

In Terra Pax (ITP) (i) pp. 5 – 12 (ii) pp. 14- end

Five Mystical Songs (5MS) I –Easter II – I got me flowers. III -  Love bade me welcome V – Antiphon


Looking forward to another enjoyable term.

Iain.