Newsletter – August 2018

Dear GCOS members,

I hope you are enjoying a marvellous summer break, we certainly have had super weather, and are looking forward to an exciting musical year ahead.

This year is our 70th anniversary and Chris Claxton has been engaged to write a special piece for us, which we will perform at the Christmas concert.

Our official start of term rehearsal will be on 11th September at 7:30pm at St Capelle's Methodist Church. The first half hour will be devoted to 'catch up' on news with friends plus the collection of music for the term while enjoying a glass of wine or soft drink. Singing rehearsal will commence at 8.00pm.

Alan's choice of Choir Music for the Christmas Concerts is the Te Deum by Dvorak, our special composition Dunamis by Chris Claxton, Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams, and the popular orchestral piece, Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson, together with audience participation carols and contributions from the GCOS children's choir. Please let Penny Dravers know if you require copies of the music for Dvorak or Vaughan Williams (the Claxton will be provided) (tel. 249946 or email

If you know of any children in Years 5, 6, 7, 8 who would be interested in participating in the children's choir please contact Alan and he will include them on his mailing list.

We have been very fortunate to capture Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management as our sponsor for the Christmas concerts which, if all goes well, may result in a longer term commitment.

One thing Canaccord have stated they wish their sponsorship money to go toward is the reduction of ticket prices for the Christmas concerts:

Full price: £12

OAP and students aged 16-21: £10

Children under 16: £5

Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £30

Term Dates and Rehearsals

Concert Dates

September 11th to December 11th

Rehearsals at Capelles Methodist Church


October 30th - no rehearsal - Half Term


November 13th - GCOS AGM (to be confirmed)


December 11th - Rehearsal with orchestra at Capelles Methodist Church


December 13th - Dress Rehearsal at St James

December 14th and 15th 2018

January 8th to 26th March


February 19th - no rehearsal - Half Term


April 9th and April 16th - no rehearsals - Easter


April 23rd  to May 17th

April 17th- Rehearsal at St James

May 18th 2019


Subscriptions for this academic year are:

£87 - Adult, £67 - Over 65s, Students in Full time education - free of charge

The Treasurer would encourage payment by bank transfer. The GCOS account no is 90421162, sort code 20-35-32 and please ensure that your name is quoted in the payee reference.

Otherwise, please send your cheque to our Treasurer, Frank Coppolo, Cartref, le Clos des Grandes Mielles, Castel, GY5 7GD, or bring it to the first rehearsal on September 11th. Cheques should be made payable to GCOS.

If any of your contact details have changed, please let Frank know at