Guelph Community Singers

Guelph Community Singers

Weekly Warmup (V151102)

Weekly Warmup (V151102)

Posted November 5, 2015

Hi my singing friends!

I hope this finds you well on these alternately beautiful and blustery days. I’m curious: What’s your favourite of this season’s pieces so far? Do you have a preferred piece from past seasons, or just a cherished song? I think it would be fun for us to share our best-loved music through this weekly email.

I have been listening to gorgeous harmonies by such groups as the Good Lovelies ‘Down Down Down’ and the Gardiner Sisters singing ‘Home’ As we move indoors and start thinking of seasonal baking, the homey sounds of these folk groups seem, to me, to be especially warm and comforting.

Last week, we sang:

  • Log Driver’s Waltz
  • Fare Thee Well Love
  • Dancing Dancing Rivers

Practice Tracks
Access to Members Section on the GCS Website: password is gcs.

Next sectionals will be in January, probably on the 13th, to be confirmed.

Social Notes
Lorna of the Social Committee says: Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm about social activities for the coming year! If you have information about upcoming concerts, performances, or other music-related activities to share, please email Lorna at and we’ll include some of them in the weekly e-letter!

To start us off…

James Rankin is performing at the River Run Centre on Friday November 6. Since we are singing one of his songs this year, you might be interested in going! There are still tickets available at

Guelph Chamber Choir and the University of Guelph Choir sing Carmina Burana Saturday November 7 at 7:30 pm at River Run. Tickets are available on line. It is a must-hear performance that I know GCSers will enjoy.

The Inspiration Concert is coming up on Thurs. Nov 12. Tickets only $15 and all money goes to the Children’s Foundation to support children participating in the arts. It is at the River Run centre and a combination of professional and high school musicians. Tickets available at

Would anyone like to meet for dinner before choir one night? Several of our singers have mentioned that you’d like to come to the pub after choir but have to get up too early the next day to make it. How about trying a pre-choir dinner at the Woolwich Arms or Baker Street Station? How about Wednesday December 2 at 5:45 p.m. Please email Lorna at if you’d like to join in.

One of our members shared some information about McDougall Cottage in Cambridge, a historic stone house where musical and cultural events are held. Check out their website:

Session 1 Rehearsals:  Sept 9th – Jan 20 (no rehearsals Dec 23/30)
Winter Concert:            Jan 23rd
Break:                           Jan 27
Session 2 Rehearsals:  Feb 3 – June 1
Break:                           March 16th (to be confirmed)
Spring Concert:            June 4th

Lise Anne Janis
Membership Coordinator

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Quotes from our members

  • “Great people singing can never be anything but wonderful.”

  • “I love that the pieces chosen are challenging but doable. I love the inclusivity of it.”

  • “I enjoyed hearing how we sounded in the end. All that hard work paid off. Such a great harmonized sound.”

  • “I like challenging myself to sing songs I never thought I could.”

  • “I’m so glad to be part of this choir. I find it very grounding.”

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