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 19:30 to 21:30 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, 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

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

April 2022

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

May 2022

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

June 2022

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

July 2022

Date Time Location
Monday 4 19:30 – 21:30 AMC
Saturday 9    14:00 – 17:30 StP
Monday 11 19:30 – 21:30 AMC
Monday 18 19:30 – 21:30 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 Karen Jarmany
Deputy Chairman Malcolm Thomson
Secretary Vacancy
Treasurer Steve Campbell
Concert Manager David Woolley
Librarian Kath Whyte
Membership Secretary Julia Williamson
Publicist Vacancy
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 / Angela Lloyd-Mostyn
Coach organisers Tony Campion
Roy Jervis
Email Vacancy
Fire wardens (AMC) Pamela Thomson and Richard Dyson
First Aiders Tony Robinson
Geryl Whitaker
Flowers Gill Turner
Folders Julia Williamson
Library Team Kath Whyte (autumn term); Ann Ashby (carols); Rosemary Hurley (summer term); Ann McWilliam (spring term)
Patrons & Sponsors Secretary Vacancy
Programme notes Elizabeth Jones
Projects Manager Christine Weekes
Publicity Team Julia Williamson
Liz Foy
Jane Hollinshead
Emma Loat
Christine Weekes
Tea rota Suspended (under review)
VIP host, Displays Anne Bullock
Website Jane Hollinshead
Emma Loat

Committee Dates

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

2022

Date Time Location
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

Please note that since we returned after the pandemic we have suspended the tea rota, and just have a short ‘comfort’ break half way through the rehearsal without refreshments – bring your own water to drink!