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Bicester Choral

& Operatic Society

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

re 2021

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 organisations:

Sanctuary Housing - Provision of storage unit

St Mary's RC School - Rehearsal facilities

St Edburg's Church - Rehearsal facilities

Bicester Heritage / Bicester Aerodrome - enabling us to stage Mikado & Thank You for The Music under Covid restrictions

Savoir Faire - assistance with refreshments

Cherwell District Council; - assistance in proceeding with Mikado

Honorary & Life Members

Life Members

Mr Tim Lane

Mrs Vivienne Frost

Mrs S Ross

Honorary Life Members

Mrs F Austin

Mr Justin Lavender

Mrs P Liddington

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




Rehearsal Committment

2-4 Jun


Little Shop of Horrors

Visit the Show page here

The Cooper School

20 rehearsals
1st rehearsal 12th January

NB: show is in half term and the bank holiday arrangements are different with Thurs & Fri being bank holidays

15 Oct

Vivaldi Magnificat & Vivaldi Gloria

St Edburg's


6x from 8/6 - 20/7 (no rehearsal 22/6),
6x 7/9 - 12/10,

max 3 absence in total
but no more than 2 in either 'half'

17 Dec

Sleigh Bells Ring! ( again!)

St Edburgs

 anticipate 8/9 rehearsals, max absence 2

you must attend final Wednesday


Diamond Jubilee year!

1-3 June

Staged production

The Cooper School (tbc)

approx 20 rehearsals

NA forms will be required from all cast

22 July

Summer Concert
the music of Lennon & McCartney

St Edburg's

1st Rehearsal anticpated14th June
6 rehearsals


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 had to increase our planned subs for 2020 by around 30p per week per person; the reality was of course completely different!

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!

2021? who knows.... lets see how things play out!

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

Sept-Dec (11weeks)                    £50

Total (31 weeks = £4.51 p/w) £140

2021 Subs

Show Subs (5 rehearsals) £25

Summer (6 rehearsals) £30

Autumn (6rehearsals) £30

Christmas (7 weeks) £35

Total (24rehearsals =£5 p/w) £120

2022 Subs (anticipated)

Show Subs (20 rehearsals)            £95
(Students £30)

Summer/autumn (12 rehearsals)  £60
(Students £10

Christmas (7 weeks)                        £35

(Students  £10)

Total (24rehearsals =£4.87 p/w) £160

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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 2022





Ian Muddle​

Vice Chair

Liz Stiff



Caroline Graham


Nikki Fine


Laura Kingsley


Emily Brown



Alan Twigg

Musical Director

Martin Quinn

Non-Committee Roles





Nicky Roberts


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