Subscription

The annual membership subscription for the 2021-22 season is £105. This covers costs of rehearsals and music hire, we ask members to Gift Aid, if possible. The subscription cost is reviewed annually. The ACS season is from September to July, new members joining in the January or April terms will pay a pro rata membership fee.

Concessionary rate

For a member in full time education or under the age of 21 the subscription is £10 per term.

Concert tickets

In addition, each member (except concessionary) is allocated and required to buy a maximum of 2 tickets for each of the autumn, spring and summer concerts. The number allocated and the ticket price is reviewed annually. The allocated ticket cost for the 2021-22 season is to be confirmed. No tickets are allocated for the Christmas concert, they are available to buy from the Tickets Secretary.  

Music

Scores are provided on loan, free of charge to members for all concerts except the Christmas concert. You will need to buy your own copy of ‘100 Carols for Choirs’ (published by Oxford University Press). You will also need to buy an ACS folder for use at concerts (£5, available from the Membership Secretary).

Payment options

Members have two ways to pay the combined annual subscription and cost of allocated tickets:-

We encourage members to make the single payment as this will reduce administration time. Monthly Standing Orders will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances after discussion with the Membership Secretary.

Rehearsal Attendance

A minimum 75% rehearsal attendance is required to sing in a concert and no more than 3 consecutive rehearsals can be missed. If you are performing in a concert you must attend the Stage Rehearsal at the venue prior to the concert. It is at the discretion of the Music Director whether an individual can perform in a concert.

If you know you will miss any rehearsals and/or a concert, please tell your Voice Representative. This is important as exact numbers are required for layout of concert seating and for ticket sales. Please do not sing at the last weekly rehearsal before a concert if you know you cannot sing in that concert. You are welcome to attend to listen.

Rehearsal Notes

These are posted on the website (see link below) and sent by email to all members after rehearsals, as required. They include information such as weblinks to the music that will be performed at the next concert, details of any changes made to the score(s) and instructions for the concert, e.g. order of music, when to stand and sit, etc.

View rehearsal notes, information and emails for the current concert.

Rehearsal Dates

Weekly rehearsal

Mondays from 19:45 to 22:00 at Altrincham Methodist Church, Barrington Road, Altrincham WA14 1HF.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the choir is currently divided into two choir teams, each attending in-person rehearsals on alternate Mondays. The rehearsals are also live-streamed so non-attending members can rehearse online. We are reviewing the situation regularly and will let members know when there are changes.

Stage rehearsals

Concert date in the afternoon at the venue (compulsory).

Abbreviations

AMC Altrincham Methodist Church, Barrington Road, Altrincham
AURC Altrincham United Reformed Church, Ashley Road, Hale
RNCM Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
StM St Mary’s Church, Sale
StP St Peter’s Church, Hale

September 2021

Date Time Location
Monday 6 19:30 – 21:30 AMC (Team 1) & Online
Monday 13 19:30 – 21:30 AMC (Team 2) & Online
Monday 20 19:30 – 21:30 AMC (Team 1) & Online
Monday 27 19:30 – 21:30 AMC (Team 2) & Online

October 2021

Date Time Location
Monday 4 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 11 (AGM only) 19:30 – 20:30 Online only
Monday 18 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 25 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc

November 2021

Date Time Location
Monday 1 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 8 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 15 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Saturday 20  14.00-16.30 StM tbc
Monday 22 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 29 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc

December 2021

Date Time Location
Monday 6 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 13 19:30 – 21:30 AURC tbc

January 2022

Date Time Location
Monday 10 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 17 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 24 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 31 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc

February 2022

Date Time Location
Monday 7 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 14 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 21 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 28 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc

March 2022

Date Time Location
Monday 7 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 14 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 21 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 28 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc

April 2022

Date Time Location
Saturday 2 14:00 – 17:30 RNCM tbc
Monday 4 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 11 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 25 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc

May 2022

Date Time Location
Monday 2 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 9 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 16 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 23 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 30 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc

June 2022

Date Time Location
Monday 6 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 13 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 20 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 27 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc

July 2022

Date Time Location
Monday 4 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Saturday 9    14:00 – 17:30 StP tbc
Monday 11 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc
Monday 18 19:30 – 21:30 AMC & Online tbc

Concert Dress

Women

Men

Stage Etiquette

Rehearsal – Concert day

Entry to and exit from stage/performance area

Stage presence

Return of Music

All borrowed music must be returned to our Librarian immediately after the concert. If you are unable to sing in a concert, please return your music as soon as possible and at the latest at the last rehearsal before the concert.

If you cannot bring it or send it via a friend to a Monday rehearsal then it can be delivered or posted to the Librarian’s home address. Please email our Librarian for contact details.

Individual members are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of late returns or lost music.

Committee, Music Sub-committee and Other Functions

Committee and Trustees

Chairman Karen Jarmany
Deputy Chairman Ondria Williams
Secretary Pamela Moult
Treasurer Steve Campbell
Concert Manager David Woolley
Librarian Kath Whyte
Membership Secretary Julia Williamson
Publicist Julia Williamson
Tickets Secretary Liz Foy
Voice Rep: Sopranos Helen Greig
Voice Rep: Altos Eleanor Reeves
Voice Rep: Tenors Julian Mustoe
Voice Rep: Basses Andy McWilliam

Music Sub-committee

Music Director Steven Roberts
Member Joyce Fuller
Member Rosie Lucas
Member Pauline Griffiths

Other Functions

Deputy Music Director David Lloyd-Mostyn
Accompanist Lydia Bryan
Coach organisers Tony Campion
Roy Jervis
Email Pam Moult                                            Kate Robinson
Firewardens (AMC) Colin Skelton
Dudley Harrop
First Aiders Tony Robinson
Geryl Whitaker
Flowers Gill Turner
Folders Kate Robinson
Library Team Kath Whyte (autumn term); Ann Ashby (carols); Rosemary Hurley (summer term); Ann McWilliam (spring term)
Patrons & Sponsors Secretary Michael Cummings
Programme notes Elizabeth Jones
Projects Manager Christine Weekes
Publicity Team Julia Williamson                                    Liz Foy
Jane Hollinshead
Emma Loat
Christine Weekes
Tea rota Julia Williamson
VIP host, Displays Anne Bullock
Website Pam Moult
Jane Hollinshead
Emma Loat

Committee Dates

All committee meetings take place at Altrincham Methodist Church unless otherwise specified.

2021-22

Date Time Location
September 13 18.30-19.30 AMC & Online
November 8 18.30-19.30 AMC & Online tbc
December 6 18.30-19.30 AMC & Online tbc
January 17 18.30-19.30 AMC & Online tbc
February 14 18.30-19.30 AMC & Online tbc
March 14 18.30-19.30 AMC & Online tbc
April 11 18.30-19.30 AMC & Online tbc
May 9 18.30-19.30 AMC & Online tbc
June 13 18.30-19.30 AMC & Online tbc
July 11 18.30-19.30 AMC & Online tbc
July 27 “Summer” meeting tbc tbc

Constitution

Read ACS’s Constitution here.

Job Descriptions

View ACS’s job descriptions.

Tea Rota

Tea is provided to members free of charge during the rehearsal break. Members are expected to be included in the rota, duties usually occur every 18 months. Please see the ACS Noticeboard for rota details.

This is a great way to get to know other members!