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Monday Rehearsal
Monday evening rehearsal - John and the sopranos

Arrangements for rehearsals

Rehearsals take place in St James' Church, and run from 7:30—9:30pm, with an interval for refreshments and the raffle. Seating is in the main section of the church, but the side aisles available for those who are vulnerable to infections. Please tick the register as you come into church.

As ever, to keep us all safe, please do not attend if you have any viral symptoms.

Important Safety information - please read

Click on the titles below to read the documents:

Fire Evacuation Procedure

Fire Stewards for rehearsals and concerts

Other rehearsal information

Have a look at our Upcoming Events for Members page to find out what's going on.

Rehearsals are normally held on Monday evenings in St James' Church, Church Street, Wetherby.

Car parking at the church is limited, and is now subject to parking restrictions.

There is ample parking in the Cluster of Nuts car park on Hallfield Lane, LS22 6JB and at the Crossley Street car park. Morrisons car park is nearer, but there is a strict two-hour limit on parking which is rigorously enforced, even in the evenings, so beware.

Annual General Meeting 2022

Documents for the 2022 AGM, which was held on Monday, June 13 are listed below, alongside the draft minutes of the meeting.


The subscription for 2022-23 is £135, payable by October 31. This is normally regarded as a minimum and members are encouraged to give more if they can. If you are a tax payer, you are also encouraged to use Gift Aid, which enables the Society to claim back 25% on your subscription, at no extra cost to you.

Please contact the Treasurer (in confidence) if this is more than you can manage, or if you are thinking of joining us for only part of the season. Students are welcome without having to pay any subscription.

The subscription includes the hire of all music scores (apart from Handel's Messiah, as most members already have their own Messiah score). If you don't have one, we recommend you buy or borrow the New Novello Choral Edition, edited by Watkins Shaw. This can be obtained from most music shops (both physical and online) and Amazon, or you may find a second-hand copy on ebay.

Attendance at rehearsals

There are no firm rules, but you are asked to attend a reasonable number of rehearsals if you wish to sing in a concert, and you are expected to attend the two rehearsals immediately prior to the concert. This rule will not apply if you have had to miss rehearsals due to Covid. Conversely, those NOT singing in a concert are asked NOT come to the two last rehearsals, so that the choir at those rehearsals will be the same as the choir on concert day.

Signing in sheets

Please complete the attendance record sheet at the entrance to the church, and do please tick the 'concert' column if you will be singing at the next concert. Unless you do this sufficiently far ahead of the concert, it may not be possible to name you as a singer in the next concert programme.

Rehearsal dates for the remainder of the 2021-22 season:

(Last updated 25-May-22)

Rehearsal dates for the 2022-23 season:

(Last updated 25-May-22)


Other helpful documents


Membership and Subscription form for 2021-22

  General information leaflet for members, 2021-22
  Concert setting up and dismantling procedure
  Safeguarding Policy
  WCS Constitution (June 2022

Concerts and dates

Information about 2021-22 season concerts

Data Protection:

Privacy Policy
  Non-members' Privacy Consent form


Scores are normally supplied although members can use their own copies if they wish. We do not supply copies of Messiah, because most members have their own. The preferred edition is the New Novello edition, edited by Watkins Shaw, which is available from the usual outlets, or sometimes on ebay.

When you mark up hired copies, please do so lightly with a soft pencil, and definitely do not use ink or a ball-point pen.

Ticket sales

It is vital that everyone tries to invite guests and sell tickets for our concerts. Don't leave it to other members!

Dress Rehearsals and Concert set-up

The time of the dress rehearsal on concert days is normally 1:50 for 2:00 pm (for a prompt start), so please be there in good time.
The approximate finishing time will be announced at the Monday evening rehearsal before the concert.
If you feel the need for refreshment, you'll need to bring your own; the facilities in the Church Centre are reserved for the needs of the soloists and orchestra.

Please also remember that we need a team of people to set up the church for the concert. This involves bringing staging up from the crypt, setting it up, and arranging chairs for orchestra, choir and audience. We usually start at 11:45am on the morning of the concert and it takes around 45 minutes to do, depending on the amount of help available.

After the concert, we have to restore the church to its normal layout, so it's all hands on deck to clear everything away. Please help if you can - the more the merrier.

Concert dress code

MEN: Dinner jackets, white shirt and black bow tie

LADIES: Black skirt or well fitting trousers, black top or blouse (full or three-quarter length sleeves); no scarves.

NOTE: This usually also applies to both men and women when singing at weddings, but not at funerals.

 Monday Rehearsal

Another Monday evening rehearsal

Sound familiar?

In the Huddersfield Choral Society Annual Report and Accounts for 2009, Joseph Cullen, Chorus Master, wrote:-

" I feel that aspects of general fine tuning have improved but the next area for attention is to persuade singers to look up at the conductor and audience . . . "

Rehearsal aids

Please note that this section was compiled some years ago and, given the speed of technological change, certain aspects may now be out of date or just wrong - proceed with caution until we can revise the advice given below.


Members strongly recommend MUSIC DYNAMICS for the well known "Choraline" rehearsal CDs and tapes in each SATB part, and also vocal scores, covering most choral works. Members of WCS can claim a 10% discount by quoting the password 'Wetherby' when they place their order. Ring MUSIC DYNAMICS on 01242 679379.

For a similar service, try NOTEBASH (on behalf of the Alnwick Choral Society) or PARTABILITY.
I've also been told that Saffron Choral do cassettes and CDs at about £5. They sing your part and play it on the piano. Phone 01799 586 269.

Several of our members recommend CYBERBASS. You can select a work and have your part played on the right-hand channel your computer's sound system, with an accompaniment (of sorts) on the other channel. Since this is a MIDI-based system, you can slow down or speed up the playback to suit your mood (or capability). Cyberbass has a wide selection of works available - and it's free!

Other 'MIDI' rehearsal aids

If you are comfortable with technology and want a good way of downloading the stuff we sing in MIDI format, then playing it back in any way you want, go straight to "More on MIDI" below.

'MIDI' is a simple way of producing music on a computer with very little use of memory or disk space. Because of this it can at best sound very simple and, at worst, like a child's 'kazoo' - high quality loo paper over a comb! But it does at least teach you the notes, even if tempo and dynamics are a bit lacking. And it is free!

By far the best MIDI site is JOHN HOOPER which lists nearly all the sort of stuff we sing. Each piece is played in MIDI format with an "orchestral" background and can be downloaded in your part - S,A,T or B. Do read the "Introduction" page first.

Many pieces of classical choral music are available in four-part SATB MIDI format on the web. You may have to "Google" a bit, for example, PUCCINI Messa di Gloria in MIDI or CYBERBASS. Another very useful site is the Royal Free Music Society whose Archive page contains a fair amount of choral music, and also many church hymns and Christmas carols, all available in MIDI format in the four SATB parts, or combined, and some of them are very well done indeed. Yet another useful site where you can download hymns in either MIDI or MP3 format is www.hymnswithoutwords.com

Recording MP3

One snag you may find is that, having downloaded the MIDI stuff we are singing on to your computer, you cannot easily transfer it to an MP3 player. However, there is an incredibly simple solution, if your MP3 player can record. Just play the MIDI file on your laptop (but with the volume turned down - otherwise you will get a lot of distortion) with your MP3 player sitting on top in record mode.

John Hooper's new web page gives another method to make both CDs and MP3 tracks, with a link to the software you'll need to do it better, and in a slightly less amateur fashion.

More on MIDI

If you want better control over tempo and which part sounds loudest (and pitch, too, if really needed!) try Chris Hills' program MidiPlay which you can get hold of free via John Hooper's site. You can download MIDIPLAY here.

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