CHORALINKS and the NEIL WEBSTER MUSIC TRUST
Links and Connections
Choralinks used for many years to be called Choral Connections, and many a happy week we have enjoyed under that title - with singing holidays in Dorset and participation in the Alnwick International Festival in particular. A few (now obsolete) Choral Connections tee-shirts and Choral Connections music folders still lie in the cupboard, and indeed we had a Choral Connections Bank account. But a few years ago a new 'Choral Connections' turned up - a professional agency for choral musicians.
Although we were undoubtedly the 'senior' group using the title, we realised that for the agency to change its name would involve more serious disruption than if we, as a voluntary group, did. So now we are Choralinks, which means much the same thing.
The Neil Webster Music Trust's chief connection (a long-standing one, though entirely unofficial) is with the national Sing for Pleasure organisation. Since the Trust was set up, it has regularly helped to fund places on the annual SfP Summer School Conducting courses, believing that they are perhaps the very best agents in UK for training amateur choral conductors (in fact many of their students have gone on to use their choral skills professionally). Sing for Pleasure not only runs its annual Summer School for singers and conductors, but other short courses, and frequent 'get-together' events including trips to participate in festivals abroad. They also publish song books with short items suitable for novice and more advanced choirs, and have a regional structure so that interested singers may find events within reasonable reach. You can visit their website www.singforpleasure.org.uk.
We should also mention the national organisation Making Music (the National Federation of Music Societies), which has a website www.makingmusic.org.uk, and an Eastern (region) Development Officer.
Music/Master is the system we use for creating our song sheets. It is pretty simple once you get the hang of it, and with it we find we can produce good quality work. This is a system that we would recommend: it is logical and quick to operate. For further information key www.musicmaster.uk.net