Bicester Choral
& Operatic Society

Members Info

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Future performances until 2021! (including rehearsal dates & commitments)

Rehearsal Committment
 21st Dec 2019
Christmas Concert
St Edburg's
8 Rehearsals, max absence 2
No rehearsal 23rd October
1st rehearse 30th Oct - NB this is half term
 28-30 May 2020
The Cooper School
We start back on 8th January, 20 weeks of rehearsals.  'NA' forms will be required from all cast. Embryonic 'Cast' page here
 18th July 2020
Thank You For The Music
...an evening of ABBA
JPII Centre
  6 Rehearsals, ONE abscence allowed
   12 Dec 2020
Bach Magnificat
St Edburgs Church
14 rehearsals, max abscence 3
3 - 5 June 2021
Little Shop of Horrors
The Cooper School (tbc)
TBC nearer time
'NA' forms will be required from all cast
 16th Oct 2021
 A Night at The Opera
St Edburgs Church
6 rehearsals 16 Jun - 21Jul, 
then 6 more 8 Sept - 13 Oct
attendance requirements - max 3 absence in total but no more than 2 in either 'half'
 18th Dec 2021
St Edburgs Church 
8 Rehearsals, max absence 2
No rehearsal 20th October


With one eye on our costs, and the other on the nature of the music, we did not require an accompanist at all our rehearsals in 2017.  Indeed, out of 41 sessions we used their services just 15/16 times by the end of this year.  The nature of the music we presented in 2018 meant we needed an accompanist for around 35 sessions.  This, along with normal increases in other costs, meant we had higher weekly costs to cover.   2019 presents a similar challenge and an increase from April in our weekly hall hire costs..  As you should know, our subs are set at a level to cover these weekly costs.  Why are we telling you this? We have had to increase  our anticipated subs for 2020  by around 50p per week per person,.  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!

2018 Subs 
Show Subs (20 weeks)          £80
(can be paid in instalments of £40)
Summer  (8 weeks)                  £32
Autumn (12 weeks)                  £50
Total                                          £162 
(40 weeks = £4.05 p/w)

2019 Subs
Show Subs (20 weeks)            £80
(can be paid in 2 instalments of £40) 
(Students in full time Education £20)
Summer/autumn (12 weeks)   £50
(Students in full time Education £15)
Christmas (8 weeks)                  £35
Total  (40 weeks = £4.13 p/w)   £165

2020 Subs anticipated
Show Subs (20 weeks)           £90
(can be paid in 2 instalments of £45) 
(Students in full time Education £25)
Summer  (6 weeks)                £28
Autumn (12 weeks)                 £55
Total (38 weeks = £4.55 p/w)   £173

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A couple of tracks from our successful  "I Was Glad" concert in April 2013
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Blest Pair of Sirens
The Long Day Closes

Your Committee 2019

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

Non-Committee Roles

    Email: @bcoswesing.org.uk
 Nicky Roberts


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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

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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 2019
(recognition of service in 2018)

In a change to previous years we will be referring to these people/businesses as our 'Community Champions'

In recognition of the help and assistance they have given to the society we acknowledge the following people/ places:

Tomy Duby    - Front of House Assistance

Jemima Stiff   - Show Photography

Coles Books,  - Box Office services
Sanctuary Housing - Provision of storage unit
Savoir Fare - FOH catering assistance & promotion
St Mary's RC School - Rehearsal facilities

Life Members
Mrs Gwyn Harrington
Mr Tim Lane
Mr David Richards
Mrs Vivienne Frost
Mrs S Ross

Honorary Life Members 
Mrs F Austin
Mr Justin Lavender

Mrs P Liddington

Pilkington Cup
The winner of the Pilkington cup for 2018, awarded at 2019 AGM, was..... Nikki Fine