Subscription

The annual membership subscription for the 2017/18 season is £100. 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, 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 2017/18 season is £55 (4 tickets). 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 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 information and emails for the current concert.

Rehearsal Dates

Weekly rehearsals

Mondays from 19.45 to 22.00 at Altrincham Methodist Church, Barrington Road, Altrincham WA14 1HF.

Stage rehearsals

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

Abbreviations

AMC Altrincham Methodist Church, Altrincham
StP St Peter’s Church, Hale
RNCM  Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford Road, Manchester
AURC Altrincham (Hale Trinity) United Reformed Church

September 2018

Date Time Location
Monday 3 19:45 – 22:00 AMC
Monday 10 19:45 – 22:00 AMC
Monday 17 19:45 – 22:00 AMC
Monday 24 19:45 – 22:00 AMC
Saturday 27 10.00-13.00 AURC

October 2018

Date Time Location
Monday 1 19:45 – 22:00 AMC
Saturday 6: Congleton Choral Society Singing Day Missa Solemnis    10.00 – 16.30 St Michael and All Angels Church, Macclesfield SK10 1DY
Monday 8 19:45 – 22:00 Congleton
Monday 15 (AGM) 19:45 – 22:00 AMC
Monday 22 19:45 – 22:00 AMC
Saturday 27 10.00 – 13.00 AURC
Monday 29 19:45 – 22:00 AMC

November 2018

Date Time Location
Monday 5 19:45 – 22:00 AMC
Monday 12 19:45 – 22:00 AMC (with Congleton CS)
Saturday 17 14:00 – 17:00 RNCM
Monday 19 19:45 – 22:00 AMC
Monday 26 19:45 – 22:00 AMC

December 2018

Date Time Location
Monday 3 19:45 – 22:00 AMC
Monday 10 19:45 – 22:00 AMC

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 Robert Gledhill
Deputy Chairman Karen Jarmany
Secretary Pamela Moult
Treasurer Sue Sinagola
Concert Manager Tony Robinson
Librarian Kath Whyte
Membership Secretary Kate Robinson
Publicist Melanie Jose
Tickets Secretary Liz Foy
Voice Rep: Sopranos Helen Greig
Voice Rep: Altos Gail Hunt
Voice Rep: Tenors Tony Campion
Voice Rep: Basses Keith Lewis

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 Lists Melanie Jose
Firewardens (AMC) Colin Skelton
Dudley Harrop
First Aiders Tony Robinson
Geryl Whitaker
Flowers Cathy Merrell
Folders Kate Robinson
Librarian, Assistant Rosemary Hurley
Patrons & Sponsors Secretary Elisabeth Lawrence
Programme notes Elizabeth Jones
Projects Manager Christine Weekes
Publicist, Assistant Jean Tragen
Tea rota Julia Williamson
VIP host, Displays Anne Bullock
Website Melanie Jose
Pamela Moult

Committee Dates

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

2018

Date Time Location
September 10 (Full) 18:50 – 19:45 AMC
October 22 (Officers and MD) 18:50 – 19:45 AMC
November 19 (Full) 18:50 – 19:45 AMC
December 3 (Officers and MD) 18:50 – 19:45 AMC

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!