March 2017 concert

Chairman’s Newsletter, January 2018


We are now well into our 2017-2018 season and, following our December concert featuring a series of festive pieces – you can read the review here:

We are now busy rehearsing for our March concert. Faure’s Requiem is one of our favourite pieces and the choir will also be singing Holst’s ‘Festival Te Deum’. For those Classic FM listeners you may also be familiar with Chausson’s Symphony in B flat, said to be his defining work. You can click here to buy tickets for HMS at Haslemere Hall on Saturday 3rd March:

We are also looking forward to hosting our annual ‘Come and Sing’ at St Christopher’s Church, Haslemere, with registration opening at 14.00 (for 14.30 start) on Saturday 3rd February. This fun afternoon of singing and cake-consumption will centre around Vivaldi’s glorious Gloria. Tickets are still priced at £12 (or £10 for a group booking of 10 or more) – but please do book quickly to guarantee a place, as the event is always popular. To book, please email Kate McWhirter at We have a play through at about 18.00 so family and friends can come and hear the results of our work.

We round off the Season with the much loved Karelia Suite, our very own Helen Owlett performing the Baermann Concertstück for clarinet, and finish with scenes from Wagner’s Der Meistersingers on 5th May. Tickets for this concert are also available from Haslemere Hall and you can buy them by clicking this link: 

As always we extend a warm welcome to any singers or orchestral players who would like to join our open Summer Sessions which we hold during June and you can find the details for these under the ‘Join Us’ section of our website.

We look forward to seeing you singing, playing or listening this season and, as always, thank you for you on-going support.

Marion Thomas

HMS Chairman

Member information


Rehearsals are in Haslemere Hall on Mondays at 7.30pm till about 10pm for both choir and orchestra. We have a tea/coffee break about half way through. There is normally a rehearsal during the afternoon before each concert. Occasionally the choir rehearses in the Methodist church in Weyhill when Haslemere Hall is not available. The orchestra also sometimes rehearses in St Christopher’s Church in Weyhill.

The first rehearsal of 2018 will be on Monday 8th January and the orchestra will meet in St Christopher’s Church and the choir at the Methodist Church as it is Pantomime season in Haslemere Hall. We are back together in Haslemere Hall from 15th January 2018.

HMS 3 March 2018 concert

8 January

  • Faure: Introit; In Paradisum
  • Te Deum: meno mosso on page 10 up to end

15 January

  • Faure: Agnus Dei
  • Te Deum: last two bars of page 6 up to page 10

22 January

  • Faure: Libera me
  • Te Deum: beginning up to and including page 6

29 January

  • Faure: Sanctus (all) and Offertorium up to figure D
  • Te Deum: revision of whole work, concentrating on the meno mosso on page 10 to end

5 February

  • Faure: Offertorium
  • Te Deum: whole thing

12 February

  • Faure: Agnus Dei; Libera me; In Paradisum
  • Te Deum: whole thing

19 February

  • Faure: Introit – Kyrie; Offertorium; Sanctus
  • Te Deum: whole thing

26 February




Next Concert: 

Holst: Festival Te Deum

Chausson: Symphony in B flat

Fauré: Requiem

Links and Rehearsal Music

Link Website
Choraline Choraline practice recordings
Cyberbass Learning aids for choral singers
Haslemere Hall HMS location for ticket sales, practice and performances
LAMNET The Local Amateur Music Network – the UK’s only free searchable database of classical musicians and groups
Making Music National Federation of Music Societies