Bicester Choral
& Operatic Society

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Future performances until end 2022 (including rehearsal dates & commitments)

Rehearsal Committment
 12 Dec
 Sleigh Bells Ring...possibly!
St Edburg's
14 rehearsals 
We will aim to present a concert on 12 Dec. from 8th sept we will rehearse a mix of music, mostly for fun. Music will become more 'Christmassy' as we get towards the end of the year!
Rehearsal committment: TBC, but less rigid than usual!
3-5 June 2021
The Mikado
The Cooper School (tbc)
approx 20 rehearsals
Where possible we will maintain the principals cast for the 2020 abandonded production
'NA' forms will be required from all cast
(date tbc)
Thank You For The Music!
anticipate 6 rehearsals - max absence 1
NB - possible additional Thurs rehearsal
 16 Oct
(subject to change)
 A Night at The Opera  
St Edburgs
6 rehearsals 8 Sept - 13 Oct
- max 1 absence 
NB -possible additional Thurs rehearsal 
18 Dec 2021
 Christmas Concert
St Edburgs 
8 Rehearsals, max absence 2
No rehearsal 20th October
2-4 Jun
 Little Shop of Horrors
The Cooper School (tbc)
approx 20 rehearsals
NA forms will be required from all cast
Bach Magnificat / Vivladi Gloria
 St Edburg's
attendance requirements - max 3 absence in total but no more than 2 in either 'half'
Dec 2022
Christmas Concert 
St Edburgs


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 presented 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 30p 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!

2020 & 2021 subs calculations below reflect the position mid-Covid19 and our rescheduled programming.  As this is till in a state of flux please do not take these as gospel!

2018 Subs 
Show Subs (20 weeks)          £80
Summer  (8 weeks)                  £32
Autumn (12 weeks)                  £50
Total (40 weeks = £4.05 p/w) £162 

2019 Subs
Show Subs (20 weeks)            £80
Summer/autumn (12 weeks)   £50
Christmas (8 weeks)                  £35
Total  (40 weeks = £4.13 p/w)   £165

2020 Subs 
Show Subs (20 weeks)           £90
(can be paid in 2 instalments of £45) 
(Students in full time Education £25)
Summer  (7 rehearsals)            £30
(students in full time Education £10)
sept-Dec (11weeks)                   £50
(Students in full time Education £15)

Total (31 weeks = £4.51 p/w)   £140

2021 Subs anticipated
Show Subs (20 weeks)           £90
(can be paid in 2 instalments of £45) 
(Students in full time Education £25)
Summer (tbc rehearsals)              £TBC
Autumn (tbc rehearsals)         £TBC
Christmas (8 weeks)                   £35
(Students in full time Education £10)
Total TBC

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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 2020

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Ian Muddle
Vice Chair
Liz Stiff
Caroline Graham
Nikki Fine
Laura Kingsley
Emily Brown
Jan Hartley
Alan Twigg
Musical Director
Martin Quinn

Non-Committee Roles

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 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.

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Community Champions

Individuals/Businesses the society has recognised for outstanding contributions and assistance in helping us achieve our goals, even though they are not part of the society.

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   - Evita Stage Crew

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

Honorary & Life Members

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