We start our Spring 2020 rehearsal sessions for Verdi’s Requiem at 7.30pm (registration from 7.00pm) on Wednesday 8th January at UCS, Frognal, London NW3 6XH.  As usual, our rehearsals will be held in the Music Lecture Theatre.

Our evening concert will be on Saturday, 25th April 2020 in the Great Hall at UCS conducted by our Musical Director, Simon Walton and accompanied by professional soloists and orchestra. Concert tickets will be available later in the term.

We will update this page with useful information as it becomes available. Keep checking back here for updated rehearsal schedules, suggested recordings and other useful information.

Spring 2020 Choral subscriptions and scores.

Individual choir fees for the term are £75 – (£60 subscription plus £15 tuition). This is equivalent to less than £5.36 per rehearsal.

Music scores: ‘Requiem’ by Verdi published by Ricordi – £10.  Unfortunately, no loan copies are available for this popular work.

If you are on our mailing list, you should have already received an email allowing you to preregister and to preorder a copy of the score, which means your copy will be ready for you to collect at the beginning of term.  Note:  There will be no music for sale at rehearsal sessions.  If you require music please ensure you pre-order it by 20 December or purchase it separately before term begins.  The choir generally obtains its music from Dot’s Camden Music Shop  and on-line from Presto Classical Music.  Copies are sometimes also available via Amazon.

We urge you to avoid the ‘payment’ queues at the beginning of term and suggest you pay in advance by making a separate bank transfer (BACS) – details are on the registration email.

If you are not already on our mailing list, either contact us via this website or come along to a rehearsal. You will be able to register from 7pm at the first two rehearsals.

Please use the ‘sign up’ button to register your place for the Spring term and pre-order a music score (if required) from Hampstead Chorus.

Spring 2020 rehearsal schedule

This will be posted on this page as soon as it is available.

Learning aids

There are many learning tools available online and you may have your own favourites.  Here are some suggestions.

  • Cyberbass.  This site allows you to loop difficult passages, slow down or speed up bits you want to focus on and to listen to your part or all parts together.  It is free to use, but files cannot be downloaded.
  • John Fletcher’s site – this is a very useful site which allows you to download your part or all parts, but requires you to register first.  You can register for free or take out a paid membership (for which there are various options – one option is £10 for one year).  Out of copyright files (like Verdi’s Requiem) can be accessed for free.  Music which is still in copyright can only be accessed if you take out a paid membership
  • Saffron Choral Prompt – you can order CDs at a modest price from saffronchoralprompt.co.uk 01799 586269.  You tell them the name of our choir (for a discount); which piece of music and name of publisher; your voice part.  You will receive a useful (though not beautiful) recording of a voice singing your exact line with a piano accompaniment playing the other parts.
  • Youtube – there are various recordings and learning tools which are best found via Google.

Recommended recordings

BBC Radio’s 3 compared recordings of Verdi’s Requiem in 2015 – the programme is still available online.  They recommend the version conducted by Antonio Pappano (EMI) – this is widely available and is on Spotify and Youtube.

You may also find Pappano’s introduction to his Requiem recording to be interesting.