Guelph Community Singers

Guelph Community Singers

GCS Weekly Warmup (070117)

GCS Weekly Warmup (070117)

Posted January 28, 2017

Hello my singing friends!

I was remiss in my last newsletter: Thank you to everyone who participated with singing O Canada at the Guelph Storm Game December 28. It was a lot of fun, we sounded great and I hear the audience loved to see adults singing in four-part harmony. One of our group got a pat and a “well done” from one of the hockey players. PLUS – We’re pretty sure we helped them win the game!

And our last practice was stunningly great! We are really tightening up as a group. Special thanks to Rachel, Grace and Ann who coached us through sectionals. It really makes a difference! We have definitely turned the corner. I have been hearing that our new learning approach (learn and review on alternate weeks) has been a phenomenal help, and of course by listening to our practice tracks we can really “imbed” our parts into our brains.

Rachel’s solo will be “Rule Britannia”, with the choir as chorus. I found some hilarious videos on Youtube, mostly overshadowed by enthusiastic audience participation. You might like this one: Rachel, will you also be costumed as Admiral Nelson?  I also found this very clear, small chorus version by the USNA Men’s Glee Club:

As you know, from now until the concert, our practices will go from 7:30 to 9:30. Some small groups are meeting ahead of choir, for example the Hello small group is meeting at 7:15.

CONCERT TICKETS AVAILABLE 7-7:30 BEFORE CHOIR!! Tickets are $10 each, $5 for children, $30 for families. Or email your order to Barb Moldenhauer at

Pre-Concert Promotion
I have enclosed a jpg of our poster. (Thank you Kira!) Please post wherever you can! Grocery Stores, Office, Church … Wherever you are, chances are our audience is there too!

Social Media
Kira has sent along the following blurbs as suggestions for your Facebook, Twitter or any other social media sites you use.  Of course, you can personalize these too, or send out your own version.

For Twitter, which requires messages be no more than 140 characters:

Please join the Guelph Community Singers and special guest performers the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble for an optimistic concert for a brand new year – Brexit Daze: Best of British Music! Sat. Jan. 21.

For Facebook or any other social media site that doesn’t have a character-limit:

Please join the Guelph Community Singers and special guest performers the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble for an optimistic concert for a brand new year – Brexit Daze: Best of British Music! Saturday, January 21 @ 7:30 p.m. Feel-good, all British music will make you hanker for tea and crumpets. Join us!

PS: The poster makes a great FACEBOOK post!!

For the concert on Saturday January 21st, please arrive at 5:30PM with your finger food refreshments, binder and big smile, and please wear a solid, bright coloured top (not black, not white, not patterned or multi-coloured), with dark bottoms and remember to wear comfortable shoes. We will be doing a full run-through at 6:05-6:45PM, in the Sanctuary.

Please bring one item for the refreshment table to share with each other and all our guests.  Please bring to the church kitchen already prepared (cut) on your own plate or bowl from home, properly covered with plastic wrap. These can be immediately placed on the tables set up in the auditorium, ready for intermission. Of course, you will have to remember to take your plate/bowl back home after the concert. Please bring FINGER FOODS only – nothing requiring a fork or spoon to eat.  Suggestions:  squares / cookies / candies / any kind of loaf / tarts / cheese & crackers / veggies  / fruit / bowl of potato chips, Doritos, etc.

Post-Concert Party
Richard and Catherine Hamilton have graciously offered to host the after party at her home at 10 Linden Place. Snacks and bevvies are appreciated. Friends and family welcome.

There are still a few volunteer opportunities available! See Barb Moldenhauer for details. Barb will be looking for help organizing the next concert … so think about whether you might like to be an impresario!

Thinking Out Loud
Queen Medley
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Nella Fantasia
Last Rose of Summer
Loch Lomond
Red Red Rose
Gilbert & Sullivan Medley
Rule Brittania – Rachel Solo with choir chorus
Danny Boy

Thank you Barb Anderson, Carol Burke and Hannah Sennit for offering to help with registration. It will be a breeze!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: REGISTRATION OPEN HOUSE FEB 1 Here’s your chance to get to know some other members!

What We Sang Last: The whole line up

What We’re Singing Next:  The whole line up

PLEASE DO NOT WEAR SCENTS TO PRACTICE: A favour: I have been asked to remind you that some of us are very sensitive to perfumes. One soprano in particular gets quite ill when she is near strong perfume. It would be a shame if she had to quit as a result. Please don’t wear scents to our practices. Thank you!!

Practice Tracks
Click on The password is ‘gcs’.

Join us after Choir!
You’re all welcome to join us after choir for a cuppa tea or your bevvie of choice at the Pennywhistle. We enjoy talking about what we’re singing, and of course it’s always fun to make new friends.


REHEARSALS      January 4-18 2017 (2 hour rehearsals) 7:30-9:30PM
SECTIONALS       October 19, January 4
CONCERT            January 21, 2017

SESSION TWO (17 rehearsals)
REGISTRATION   February 1-15, 2017
REHEARSALS      February 1-March 8, 7:30-9PM
BREAK                  March 15
REHEARSALS      May 17-31 (2 hour rehearsals) 7:30-9:30PM
SECTIONALS       March 22, May 17
CONCERT            June 3, 2017

See you soon!
Lise Anne Janis
Membership Coordinator
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