Bicester Choral
& Operatic Society

Members Info

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Rehearsals for Noel Noel started on 25th October. 
There are 8 rehearsals and you must attend 6 to be able to perform.

Subs are £30, please pay as soon as possible.

CHESS: Read This - even if you don't normally 'do' shows!

May 31-June 2

We know we have some members who 'don't do' shows.  We're appealing to you in particular!

To generate the 'big' sound that CHESS requires we'd like an onstage 'Greek Chorus'.  

These people will be on stage throughout the show but NOT asked to act/move.   They will not need to be costumed as such; simply wear 'concert-dress', and would also have music stands with music.  

Find out more by coming along on Thursday the 7th December to our Chess "talk-in" where you can find out what's happening,
Click on the chess image above to go to our dedicated Chess page.

AGM - Weds 31st Jan

Our AGM will once again be held in January.  It will be held during the evening of 31st January.
Rehearsal will start at 7.30pm as normal with AGM held around 8.30pm.  Rehearsal will continue once AGM matters are complete.

If you want to help shape your society then put yourself forward to join the committee.  More details will follow.

Pilkington Cup

Every year we give you, the membership, the opportunity to recognise a member of the society who has 'gone the extra mile'.

This could be a part of their official role as a committee member or the way in which they simply 'get stuck in'.

Go to the Pilkington Cup page to see who has won in the past and to make your nomination,

Future performances until 2020! (including rehearsal dates & commitments)

Rehearsal Committment
16th Dec 2017
 Noel Noel
joint concert with
Trinity Camerata
St Edburg's Church
8 Rehearsals, Max absence 2
1st rehearsal 25th October
(yes that is half term!)
31st May- 
2nd Jun 2018
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The Cooper School
1st Rehearsal - 10th January
20 Weeks rehearsals
'NA' forms will be required from all cast.
21st Jul 2018
Sondheim Spectacular
JPII Centre
8 Rehearsals, Max absence 2.
(7 weds PLUS 1 Thurs-12th July) 
1st rehearsal 6th June 
Must attend 18th July rehearsal as well as the Saturday afternoon of concert.
1st Dec 2018
 Haydn: Seasons
Accompanied by orchestra, professional soloists
St Edburg's Church
13 Rehearsals, Max absence 3
1st rehearsal 5th September
 30th May- 
1st June 2019
The Cooper School
TBC nearer time
20 Weeks rehearsals
'NA' forms will be required from all cast
19th Oct 2019
Brahms Requiem
St Edburg's Church
rehearsals Jun & Jul, then Sept & Oct
attendance requirements will be similar to Rutter concert in 2017
 21st Dec 2019
Christmas Concert
St Edburg's
8 Rehearsals, max absence 2
No rehearsal 23rd October
1st rehearsal 30th October
 28-30 May 2020
Stage Show 
The Cooper School (tbc)
TBC nearer time
'NA' forms will be required from all cast
 18th July 2020
Thank You For The Music
...an evening of ABBA
JPII Centre
 7 Rehearsals, absences tbc


With one eye on our costs, and the other on the nature of the music, we have not had/required an accompanist at all our rehearsals in 2017.  Indeed, out of 41 sessions we will have used their services just 15/16 times by the end of this year.  The nature of the music we are presenting in 2018 means we will need an accompanist for around 35 sessions.  This, along with normal increases in other costs, means we will have higher weekly costs to cover.  As you should know, our subs are set at a level to cover these weekly costs.  Why are we telling you this? We may have to look at an increase in subs for 2018 - but will do our best not to do so.  Our stage productions tend to have around 35 participants, compared to choral works which can have 50+. The more people singing, the lower the subs!

2017 Subs

Show Subs (20 weeks)      £75
(can be paid in 2 instalments)
Autumn (13 weeks)             £45
Xmas (8 weeks)                   £30
Total                                     £150
(41 weeks = £3.65 p/w)
(FYI 2016 = 40 weeks @ £3.50 p/w)

2018 Subs TBC
Show Subs (20 sessions)             £80 tbc
(can be paid in 2 instalments of £40)
Summer Concert (8 sessions)     £30 tbc
Autumn Concert (13 sessions)     £45 tbc
Total                                                   £155
(41 weeks = £3.78 p/w

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A couple of tracks from our successful
"I Was Glad" concert in April 2013

If viewing on a mobile device, switch to 'classic' view (at bottom of page) to listen
Blest Pair of Sirens
The Long Day Closes

Your Committee 2017

 Email: @bcoswesing.org.uk
Ian Muddle
Vice Chair
Liz Stiff
Caroline Graham
Nikki Fine
Laura Kingsley
Hayley Jackson
Alan Twigg
Musical Director
Martin Quinn

Non-Committee Roles

    Email: @bcoswesing.org.uk
 Nicky Roberts


Click on the button on the right for a copy of our Constitution.
Pilkington Cup
The winner of the Pilkington cup for 2016 was..... Caroline Graham  


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Rehearsal Attendance

Although an amateur choir, the quality of our performances is very important to us. We hope that you will be able to make it to every rehearsal each term, but we’re realistic enough to know that “life” gets in the way.
CHORAL WORKS: If you want to sing in a choral concert on a performance day, we ask that you attend a minimum number of rehearsals each term (typically 75%), with the final rehearsal (usually on the afternoon of the concert) being mandatory.  The actual number of rehearsals that you will be required to attend will be based on the number of rehearsal slots available to us and the complexity of the music, and will be decided by our Musical Director. If you’re planning to be away/miss some, don’t forget to try and keep a “spare”, especially in case of illness! And if you know can’t make the concert day, that doesn't mean we don’t want you to join us on a Wednesday; come along, sing, and enjoy the evening! As we approach the concert day we may ask that those not singing on the concert day don't attend the last Wednesday rehearsal, in order that our MD can get a true reflection of sound/balance; we hope you'll understand this rationale.  We may also ask that this final wednesday be mandatory 
SHOWS: All participants in a show will be asked to provide us with a list of 'NA's (Not Available dates) at the start of the rehearsal period. These NAs can then be used to plan the rehearsal schedule accordingly.  There will be some mandatory dates.  If you can't make these you won't unfortunately, be able to participate in the show.  There may or may not be a minimum attendance rule, depending on the nature of the show.   Participation will be at the discretion of the director/committee based on complexity of show and your level of NAs.

Oxfordshire Drama Network

Click on the image above to visit the ODN facebook page.

100 Club

During 2015 & 2016 we ran the 100 Club as a way to raise money for the society.  Up to 100 numbers are bought for just £10 for the year, with 10 draws over the year.
Once a month a number is drawn and a 1st & 2nd prize awarded.  If we had 100 numbers in the pot the society could make £500 over the year, with the balance being split in prize money. For 2017 we decided not to proceed with this activity as funds raised were nominal./
But watch out - it may be back!

10% Discount on Vocal Scores

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Honorary & Life Members

Individuals  the society has recognised for outstanding contributions as members, or for their assistance in helping us achieve our goals, even though they are not part of the society.

Honorary Members for 2017
(recognition of service in 2016)

Rev Vereena Breed      (St Edburg’s Church)

Susan Wynne-Jones    (St Edburg’s Church Office)

Patricia Pickering          (St Mary’s School)

Sarah Andrews             (St Mary’s School)

Gillian Liddell

Tomy Duby

Rita Woods

Mark Hudson 

Jeanette Hudson-Pudwell

Ben Graham

Andy Roberts

Organisations we are grateful to for their help in 2016
Coles Books, Crown Walk, Bicester
The Nightingale, Langford Village

Life Members
Mrs Valerie Cresswell    
Mrs Gwynne Harrington   


Mr Tim Lane
Mr David Richards

Honorary Life Members
Mrs F Austin
Mr Justin Lavender

Mrs P Liddington