15 September 2018 – Rehearsal Saturday
Pershore High School, Station Road, Pershore WR10 2BX

22 September 2018 – Concert Saturday
Pershore Abbey, Church Street, Pershore WR10 1DT

Haydn – Nelson Mass in D minor
Bach – Cantata No.196 Der Herr denket an uns
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major

Dei Gratia Baroque Ensemble
Conductor: Malcolm Goldring

Rehearsal Saturday Timetable

Pershore High School, Station Road, Pershore WR10 2BX

Registration (tea/coffee available)
Rehearsal 1
Rehearsal 2
Break (tea/coffee available)
Rehearsal 3
End of rehearsal

Concert Saturday Timetable

Pershore Abbey, Church Street, Pershore WR10 1DT

Registration (tea/coffee available)
Rehearsal 1
Rehearsal 2
End of choir rehearsal
Warm up
End of concert

What are we singing?

The great Haydn biographer, H.C.Robbins Landon suggested that Haydn’s Nelson Mass “is arguably the composer’s greatest single composition.” One of the last works he wrote, it is one of fourteen masses, and is also known as the Missa in Angustiis (Mass for Troubled Times). Maybe this is an excellent choice for us to sing, given the troubles that the world is facing at the moment.

Opening with a powerful, military-like Kyrie, the Mass offers some wonderful opportunities for the choir to sing in a wide range of moods and colours. Whilst the Kyrie is bold and confident and in D minor, the final Dona nobis pacem is almost dance-like in its positive, major-key declarations. There are parts for four soloists, with an especially exciting soprano part. Haydn scored this Mass for two different instrumental forces: we will be performing it in the version for three trumpets, timpani, chamber organ and strings.

Bach’s Cantata No. 196 (Der Herr denket an uns – The Lord thinks of us and blesses us) is difficult to date, but it’s thought to be an early work. Bach structured the 20-minute work in five movements – an instrumental Sinfonia, a chorus, an aria, a duet and a final chorus. He scored it for three vocal soloists, a four-part choir and an ensemble of strings and continuo.

Enjoy the thrill of singing in a large chorus of singers from across the Midlands region and beyond. Prepare, rehearse, and ultimately perform these great choral works in Pershore Abbey.

Midland Festival Chorus’s performance will be supported by the period musicians and soloists of Dei Gratia Baroque Ensemble under the inspirational direction of Malcolm Goldring.

Information for Singers

You will need to provide your own copies of the scores. For the Nelson Mass, the edition we recommend is The Novello New Edition. For Bach’s Cantata 196, the recommended version is published by Edition Breitkopf 7196.

You will need to use a black folder for the Concert. These can be purchased on Rehearsal Saturday on payment of £5. Alternatively, any plain black folder – including the inside – will be acceptable.

Concert Dress
All plain, long-sleeved, black for both men and women (trousers or floor-length skirt). No glittery decoration or jewellery please.

Refund Policy
It may happen that after you have booked, circumstances prevent you from taking part after all. Please note that MFC cannot provide any refund. Please inform the Administrator if you find you will be unable to sing, as we may have a waiting list for places.

Young Singers
Young people aged between 15 and 18 in full time education on Saturday 22 September 2018 can book at a greatly reduced rate. Young singers taking part in the Concert will be provided with copies of the scores free of charge to keep, if they do not already have them.

Lunch (choice available) will be available at Pershore High School on Rehearsal Saturday for those who would like it. Please note that the School is some distance from the town. You may bring your own packed lunch if you prefer. Please book via this form, but pay on the day. On concert day you may bring a packed lunch, or there are a number of places in the town where you can eat. The Abbey is minutes walk away from the centre of Pershore.

Please let the administrator know if you have any special accessibility requirements.

The Midland Festival Chorus Society, Reg. Charity 517532: Membership of the Society is a means for singers to show tangible support for the Society’s aims – to enable opportunities for volunteer singers to realise their singing potential.

Concert Application

Fill in the online application form below or download a PDF version to complete and return by post.

Application Form

Confirmation of your application will be acknowledged by email along with details of how to make payment.

Title:    First Name:    Surname:



Contact Telephone Number:    Email:

Voice: Soprano Alto Tenor Bass 

Young Singers only (aged 15–18 on 22 September 2018):

Will you be in full time education on 22 September 2018? No Yes 

If Yes, School/College/University name:

Are you already a Member of the Midland Festival Choral Society? No Yes 

Your application – please tick as appropriate

 £35 – Adult singer, full cost

 £10 – Young singer (15–18), reduced cost

 I understand I must provide my own scores (unless young singer)

 £5 – I wish to purchase a black folder (to be collected on Rehearsal Saturday)

Optional extras:
Membership of Midland Festival Chorus Society 2018 season:

 £15 – I wish to support the Society’s aims. Please make me a full Member OR

 £25 – Family membership (more than one person at one address)

 Lunch on Rehearsal Saturday (to be paid on the day)

Please specify if you have special dietary requirements:

Total: £

 I will pay by cheque I will pay by BACS I wish to pay over 10 months by Standing Order

Details of how to pay will be sent by confirmation email.

MFC offers singers an exhilarating and rewarding musical experience. In return, we require those taking part in the Concert to commit to:

  • Attending in full all rehearsals on 15 September and 22 September.
  • Learning your voice part in advance of the first rehearsal by using the supplied Conductor’s Notes, noting and observing the Conductor’s markings into your score. This preparation is vital to the success and quality of the final performance.
  • Confirming that you are physically fit and well enough to meet the physical and mental demands of the Rehearsal and Concert Saturdays.
  • Being alert and able to respond to the Conductor’s instructions during all rehearsals.

To sing in the concert, full attendance on both Saturdays is essential. No exceptions can be made.

Please tick to confirm acceptance: