Newsletter – August 2017

Dear GCOS members

I hope you have all enjoyed a marvellous summer break, and are looking forward to an exciting musical year ahead.

You may remember last term we asked for as many members as possible to perform at a service to commemorate Guernsey's links with Biberach. This will be held on the 10th September at 3pm in the Town Church (to be seated by 2:40pm)

As a result, a rehearsal will take place at St Sampson’s High School on Tuesday 5th September at 7.30pm. Pieces – GCOS to sing Stanford Magnificat, the Schutzenfest hymn with everyone, and four other hymns.

Our official start of term rehearsal will be on 12th September at 7:30pm at St Sampson's High School. 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 Hayden, Karl Jenkins Gloria, Bach Christmas oratorio, Rutter Carols – Holy Night and Angel's Carol, together with audience participation carols and contributions from the GCOS children’s choir. Please let Penny Dravers know if you require copies of any of the music (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.

Spring Concert – provisional ideas for the Concert repertoire are – Beethoven mass in first half, and a selection of pieces in the second.

We have also been asked to perform at the Last Night of the Proms in September 2018, and Alan is thinking the selection could be used for that also.

Term Dates and Rehearsals

Concert Dates

September 5th rehearsal at St Sampson's High school

September 10th at Town Church

September 12th to December 12th

October 24th – no rehearsal – Half Term

November 14th – GCOS AGM (to be confirmed)


December 12th – Rehearsal with orchestra at St Sampson’s High School


December 14th – Rehearsal at St James

December 15th and 16th 2017

January 9th to 27th March


February 20th – no rehearsal – Half Term


April 3rd and April 10th – no rehearsals - Easter


April 17th to May 15th

April 18th – Rehearsal at St James

May 19th 2018


Subscriptions for this academic year are:

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

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.

Otherwise, 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 12th. Cheques should be made payable to GCOS.

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

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 you want more details then please contact me or Alan – Alan’s 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

Robin Warlow, Chairman

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