Rehearsals are Thursdays during term time at St Luke’s Church, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Last updated: January 2017
Thursday 5th January First rehearsal of term (NB – there’s no break for half term)
Thursday evenings as usual 

***Extra rehearsals*** – please note these in your diary, more details to follow:

Saturday 14th January – 10.30am – 12.30pm St Lukes

Saturday 4th February – joint rehearsal at Goldsmiths, Lewisham. Start: 10.30am (arrive by 10am for seating) to 3pm including lunch break (advised to bring a packed lunch)

Saturday 18th February – 10.30am – 12.30pm St Lukes

Saturday 11th March – joint rehearsal at Holy Trinity Sloane Square. Start: 11am (arrive by 10.30am for seating) until 2.30pm (advised to bring a packed lunch)

Tuesday 21st March – 7.30pm (location tbc – likely Stoke Newington)

Monday March 27th – Spring concert – Bach B Minor Mass at the Royal Festival Hall. Members to be in place by 1pm for rehearsal.

 

Thursday 30th March Start rehearsing Carmina 

Thursday 6th April last rehearsal of term. 

Thursday 27th April  Summer term starts

Thursday 20th July End of term

Thursday 7th September Autumn Term starts (TBC – could be earlier)

 Saturday 14th October Carmina Concert – St Sepulchres, Holborn EC1A 2DH

 

Break

15 min coffee and tea break during which choir members socialise around 20.30.

Register

Has to be signed when arriving, as it helps to get a good picture of the choir, especially regarding logistics (e.g. seating for concerts)

Attendance

75% minimum needed to be able to sing at the Spring and Autumn concert

Bikes

Are kindly tolerated inside the church, provided parked on provided tarpaulin; protection of carpet with tarpaulin as well as putting said tarpaulin away is cyclists’ responsibility.

Chairs

Help is welcome from everybody to put out chairs from 19.00 on, as well as putting them away at the end of rehearsal.

Subscriptions

The membership subscriptions for 2015/16 are:

Full: £165 annual | two installments £87.50 September, £87.50 February
Concession: £45 annual | two installments £23.50 September, £23.50 February

This fee includes musical scores and rehearsal refreshments. We don’t want subscription costs to be a barrier to membership. Please talk to your section rep about what you can afford.

Hackney Singers reclaims Gift Aid on the membership subs. HMRC recently tightened up the rules, which are reflected in new guidance issued by Making Music. With the help of an advisory group, the HS committee looked at the guidance and agreed that in future we should only claim Gift Aid on 85% of the subs received.

In order to offset this loss, the committee has agreed to increase the membership fees by £5.00, on both full and concessionary rates.

From September 2013 the full rate will now be £165 pa (or two payments of £87.50). The concessionary rate will be £45 pa (or two payments of £23.50).  Please note we have not increased membership fees since 2009, when we agreed to do so to assist with  Music purchase and  refreshments, both of which are now included in the subs fee.

People  declaring their Hackney Singers subscription as a charitable donation on their tax return should make sure that their declaration reflects the fact that 15% of the subscription is not treated as a donation. In other words, only 85% of the HS subscription paid in any tax year can be treated as a charitable donation that will attract Gift Aid.

If you are one of those who pays a concessionary rate but adds an extra amount (as you can afford a bit more) then in future we will ask you to make two separate payments. One as membership the second as a donation This is because we cannot claim Gift Aid on the donation. But please do keep that donation  coming, if you can afford it.

If you are looking for a short leave of absence, please let us know so that we can make a note of it.

Gill Brown, Chair