Newsletter – August 2016

Dear GCOS members

I hope this finds you refreshed and looking forward to an exciting year of music-making.

The first choir rehearsal will take place at St Sampson’s High School on 13th September at 7.30. The first half hour will be devoted to ‘catch up’ on news with all our friends plus the collection of music for the term while enjoying a glass of wine or soft drink. Singing rehearsal will commence at 8.00.

Alan’s choice of Choir Music for the Christmas Concerts is the Magnificat in A by Charles Stanford, Benedicite by Vaughan Williams, Christmas Day by Gustav Holst and 2 choruses from the Choral Classics Book, Hear My Prayer and Insanae Et Vanae, together with choir only carols, orchestral pieces, audience participation carols and contributions from the GCOS children’s choir, which was so well received last year. Please let Penny Dravers know if you require copies of any of the music (tel. 249946 or email Penny has a copy of the Magnificat which she will email out to everyone.

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.

Spring Concert – provisional ideas for the Concert repertoire are – Stainer’s Crucifixion and Elgar’s Sea Pictures, both of which are new orchestrated and/or choral versions.

Term Dates and Rehearsals

Concerts’ Dates

September 13th to December 13th


October 25th – no rehearsal – Half Term

November 15th – GCOS AGM (to be confirmed)


December 13th – Rehearsal with orchestra at St Sampson’s High School


December 15th – Rehearsal at St James

December 16th and 17th 2016

January 10th to 4th April*


February 21st – no rehearsal – Half Term


April 25th to May 16th

Spring Concert date – May 20


Subscriptions for this academic year are:

£85 – Adult, £65 - Over 65s, Students in Full time education - free of charge

Please send your cheque to our Treasurer, Frank Coppolo, Cartref, le Clos des Grandes Mielles, Castel, GY5 7HD, or bring it to the first rehearsal on September 13th. Cheques should be made payable to GCOS.

If any of your contact details have changed, please let Frank know in writing when you give/send him your cheque

If you wish to pay electronically the GCOS account no is 90421162, sort code

20-35-32 and please ensure that your name is quoted in the payee reference

We would like to encourage new members to join us so, if you know of anyone who might be interested, please ask them to come along to a rehearsal to have a try-out session. Younger people will be particularly welcome!

If anyone wants more details then please contact me or Alan – his home telephone is 700698, mobile is 07781 105291 and email address is

I look forward to meeting up with everyone again in September, meanwhile enjoy the rest of the Summer.

All good wishes

Barbara Minta on behalf of the Committee of GCOS

PS Don’t forget to use the GCOS link to Amazon if you are making a purchase. Every little helps our coffers!

PPS Another date for your diaries! Sunday 18 December

Janet Malley has kindly agreed to organise another Christmas Lunch for all choir and orchestra members, together with other halves, friends etc. As yet we do not know the venue but the date is confirmed so please put it down now and let’s have a really good number of people attending!

PPPS Penny would like to rebuild the web site using a new Content Management System which will be easier to update than the current one. If you know anyone with some knowledge of web sites who could help us for a small fee please let her know.



Conductor: Alan Gough  Tel: 700698  email: 


Chairman:  Barbara Minta MBE, La Chapelle, Rue des Chapelles, Vale, Guernsey, GY3 5BJ  Tel: 247606.