Well it's about time we got a new team photo - what do you think?
Come in your choir purple fleece next week that's Tuesday 12th October 5pm until 7pm and we will take a team photo. If you are not there......
Also, if you have a head and shoulders photo, then send one in so David can rebuild the "rogues gallery", I mean the choir "who's who page". This is useful for members new and old so we can put a name to a face.
The choir did not hold an AGM in 2021 due to not meeting for over 12 months, however a set of accounts for 2020 have been produced and placed with the members area.
Annual subscriptions are due from the 1st March 2020.
The 2020 AGM will determine the amount of annual subscription.
Members joining less than half way through a year pay half the subscription amount.
Subscription pays for music, stage wear and administration.
The 2020 AGM will be held on Friday 7th February at Hostal Rosaleda 18:00 - 19:00.
If there are any specific items to be added to the agenda, please let David know by Fri 31st Jan 2020
Would all officers please present their report at the AGM.
Annual Subscriptions for the choir are €40 payable 1st March
That is just €1 per weekly rehearsal session of 2 hours of music making, music direction, voice coaching, theory, sheet music and backing track availability and hopefully a bit of a laugh too. It also includes certain items of stage-wear loaned to each member. Where else can you have a night out for €1?
Subscriptions are due from the 1st March each year and payable in one instalment. However with discussion arrangements can be made for instalments.
Members complete and sign a membership form annually.
The only other cost for the night is to buy a drink at the venue, because they very kindly let us have the room for free on the basis we each buy a drink. Sadly not everyone does, which means we may have to increase the subs to pay for the room.
Members can always check out the comprehensive members area of our website for more information. If in doubt ask.
Our MD will be having a break from rehearsals at some point over the summer, but when?
Up to now our MD is definitely not available for rehearsals on 27th July or 3rd August. There is some doubt over availability in August also.
He is mindful of our commitment to the Cancer Research Concert in November, as we have a lot of music still to learn and commit to memory - we cannot use copies at the Royal Albert Hall. So there may be some rehearsals in August. Unless you hear any different rehearsals will finish on Friday 20th July and recommence on Friday 7th September.
Obviously if you are away or cannot make any rehearsal please inform our MD directly via the choir email address.
The is a dedicated members page for the Royal Albert Hall Trip.
Sally (contralto viz the actress) has been working exceptionally hard in the background managing and coordinating all the information and bookings for the Royal Albert Hall trip in November.
Yes emails have been flying back and forth and sometimes it is hard to keep track, so spare a thought for Sally. However to make everyone else life a little easier, we have now put together a summary page of all the information you need associated with the trip. See Members > RAH page on our website.
The page will be updated with more information as we get to know it. If you have any questions or comments simply add a comment below or email us via the usual email address.
Over the summer months our website will be undergoing some changes.
To make the website easier and simpler to navigate, some work will be undertaken to change the layout, information and look of the site.
If there are pages you like or don't like, let our web admin know. If you have suggestions of what to include or exclude simply post us a comment below.
The aim is to use our website more and make it work for you our choir members and audience alike.
There is a new members page listing forthcoming event programmes and running orders.
The page is to enable members to have a one stop place to locate information about an up and coming event. Although an email will have been sent out by our MD, emails tend to get misplaced. So hopefully this new page will save any confusion.
Members simply login to our website and select the Programmes page.
The page is not available to members of the public as it would spoil the surprise of what we are going to sing at our events. To minimise costs we do not publish concert programmes. Our MD does all the introductions of songs and thanks those involved along including our sponsors.
No this has nothing to do with music but does have something to do with our website!
Spare a moment of thought for your poor MD who is also web designer, builder, admin, etc. and has to maintain the website to make your rehearsal life easier. He maintains the 'music practice' page with the up to date music schedule and rehearsal pieces.
For those in the know, the dark art of HTML and CSS can be very unforgiving on times, especially when you need to present some information on a website in a table format. Our practice music page has a few tables detailing the music and links to rehearsal tracks etc. Creating the tables in a drag and drop web designer app link Weebly is sort of do-able, but it is not easy and can be very convoluted and complex, so from time to time you simply have to roll your sleeves up and write some HTML / CSS code!
That is all well and good until you realise there is a problem and then spend days trying to find it and fix it. It can be frustrating because as any good coder knows you don't write new code each time you simply copy and adapt!
So, one table should be the same as another right? Well obviously something went wrong with one of the tables because the table appeared in the wrong location on the website.
Web admin got so frustrated he simply rebuilt the page the 'practice' page to try and find the problem, and finally established the problem was in the hand written code associated with one of the tables.
The problem was simply a missing slash '/' from the last line of the code. Doh!
So if you were ever wondering what your MD 'slash' Web admin does with his time.....
The choir has started a new membership scheme for members.
To simplify the overall management of subscriptions and membership, the choir now renews membership and fees on an annual basis.
Fees are due for the year as at the 1st of March. However to lighten the burden of payment this can be paid in two instalments if required, 1st March and 1st September.
The overall annual fee has been cut by half, so where else can you get a night out, some tuition, have a good old sing and a bit of a laugh too for fifty cents a night?
The Choir AGM will be held on Friday 9th February 2018 at Hostal Rosaleda following the rehearsal.
The meeting is only open to choir members.
Please review last years AGM minutes ahead of the meeting. The minutes are in the members Log in / Admin / Meetings / AGM 2017
The choir now has a core performance list, which means we should be able to do a concert at short notice.
The list includes a good mix of songs from the shows, ballads and a few winter songs.
Singers are advised to keep the Core Performance List and associated music with them. Singers can make suggestions to amend the list accordingly.
Choir members can Log In to our website and view the list at:
... Members > Music > Core Performance List.
There seems to be a member area log-in problem for some users!
It would seem that for some strange reason and web admin has not been able to work out why, but some users are experiencing log-in problems.
It seems to be isolated to Android devices, using the Chrome browser.
The issue is, you select the log-in menu option, the log-in window appears, you enter your email address and password, click log-in, the window refreshes and nothing happens, but you are still presented with the blank log-in window!
Web admin can confirm successful log-in from Apple Macbook laptop using chrome and safari browsers, also Apple iPad using Safari browser.
Will keep you posted of any developments and fixes or work arounds....
Our website has had a mini make over.
Whilst we will be keeping the purple theme for our logo and stagewear, our website has had a bit of a make over to brighten it up and give it a slightly cleaner modern look.
"I hope you all like it?" says Web Admin.
Feel free to comment on the news item on our website or leave comments on our facebook page or send us an email, snail mail or carrier pigeon...
Happy New Year
We can do it the hard way or the easy way!
Thanks to the overwhelming support to have an informal AGM, it does make life a lot easier. However the most important aspect is letting everyone have their say, if they want to.
The meeting was held on Wednesday last (27th Jan 2016) and apart from holidays, everyone was there.
We managed to get through the business very quickly, but also managed to make sure the important decision were discussed and voted on fairly.
We have had a wonderful first year and looking forward to our birthday celebration shortly. Plus looking forward to some exciting performances this year.
For members only there is a set of contemporaneous notes available on the members > admin > meetings page.
Here's to the next twelve months of singing with The Incognito Singers.
Today (Wed 16 Sep 2015) sees the start of an admin team.
Our MD was delighted when two members of the choir offered to help out with the administration and behind the scenes work.
Peter has kindly offered to get involved in all matters to do with publicity.
Alan has bravely offered to help out with Web Administration.
Obviously the admin team of three will be very happy if anyone else from the choir would like to help out too!