Information for members

Term dates

All rehearsals are at North Wing music block, Fortismere School, from 10.30am - 1pm (with coffee break) unless otherwise stated.
Please bring a mug and £1 contribution for tea/coffee.

Summer 2020

*UPDATED* Due to COVID-19 our upcoming concerts have been cancelled and will be rescheduled. 
*UPDATED* Due to COVID-19 Saturday rehearsals are cancelled until further notice.


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*UPDATED* (Planned concerts cancelled due to COVID-19 and will be rescueduled) 
Spring concert - Bach St John Passion: Will be rescheduled for Easter 2021
Summer concert - Purcell Dido and Aeneas: Will be rescheduled


Fortismere Music Centre Manager - Joe Winters
Musical Director - Marvin Perrott

Co-chairs - Catrin Dillon and Anne Hutchings
Committee members - Deborah Rookes (tenor), Sally Stevens (soprano), Sue White (alto), Andrew Wickham (bass)

Bach St John Passion

We are singing the original version with the addition of choral 1-II from the appendix sung at the end of Part 1.

Listen to a recording: 
Bach St John Passion - John Eliot Gardiner (original version)
Bach St John Passion (1725) - Philippe Herreweghe (1725 version which includes the extra chorals from the appendix; some other parts differ from the original)
Bach St John Passion - Helmuth Rilling (spotify playlist with extra choral)

Download the English libretto for the original version plus extra chorals: St John Passion text ​​​​​


Link to individual rehearsal parts (no text):
Rehearsal parts for appendix choral 1-II (p218):









Below are approximate timings to choral sections in the above recordings to help you find and listen to them. If you use the spotify playlist, the choral sections are found within the numbered track listing (eg Chorus 2b is within tract 2).

- we are no longer planning to sing choral 40-II so this has been removed from the bottom of the table
- the soloists will be singing Aria 24 so this has also been removed from the table
- choral 1-II has been moved to after Choral 14 in the table, as this is where we will sing it in the concert.

Keep revising all the choruses and chorals which we have already rehearsed.
Semichorus singers should also learn chorals 14, 22 and 28:

Page Score Time
  PART ONE        
p1 1 Chorus 0:00:00 n/a (1) Herr, unser Herrscher
p24 2b Chorus 0:10:15 0:07:02 (3) Jesum von Nazareth
p26 2d Chorus 0:11:00 0:07:47 (5) Jesum von Nazareth
p28 3 Choral 0:11:30 0:08:20 (7) O große Lieb
p31 5 Choral 0:13:18 0:10:25 (9) Dein Will' gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich
p52 11 Choral 0:26:07 0:23:40 (15) Wer hat dich so geschlagen
p54 12b Chorus 0:27:55 0:29:38 (17) Bist du nicht seiner Jünger einer?
p64 14 Choral 0:31:50 0:37:00 (20) Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück (semichorus)
p218 1-II Choral n/a 0:00:00 n/a (parts above) O Mensch bewein dein Sünde groß
  PART TWO        
p66 15 Choral 0:33:08 0:38:15 (21) Christus, der uns selig macht
p69 16b Chorus 0:34:47 0:39:55 (23) Wäre dieser nicht ein Übeltäter
p76 16d Chorus 0:36:02 0:41:07 (25) Wir dürfen niemand töten 
p84 17 Choral 0:38:09 0:43:25 (27) Ach großer König
p88 18b Chorus 0:40:52 0:46:08 (29) Nicht diesen, sonder Barrabam
p102 21b Chorus 0:52:11 0:51:50 (34) Sei gegrüßet, lieber Jüdenkönig
p107 21d Chorus 0:53:33 0:53:15 (36) Kreuzige, kreuzige
p113 21f Chorus 0:54:46 0:54:26 (38) Wir haben ein Gesetz
p123 22 Choral 0:57:17 0:57:06 (40) Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn (semichorus)
p124 23b Chorus 0:58:10 0:58:03 (42) Lässest du diesen los 
p133 23d Chorus 0:59:56 0:59:48 (44) Weg, weg mit dem
p140 23f Chorus 1:01:04 1:01:00 (46) Wir haben keinen König
p157 26 Choral 1:08:02 1:08:15 (52) In meines Herzens Grunde
p159 27b Chorus 1:09:32 1:09:46 (54) Lasset uns den nicht zerteilen 
p170 28 Choral 1:12:19 1:12:48 (56) Er nahm alles wohl in acht (semichorus)
p178 32 Aria 1:20:24 1:20:52 (60) Mein teurer Heiland, laß dich fragen
p200 37 Choral 1:34:47 1:35:38 (65) O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn
p204 39 Chorus 1:37:58 1:38:30 (67) Ruht wohl ihr heiligen Gebeine
p216 40 Choral 1:44:47 n/a (68) Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engalein

Christmas 2019 concert

Listen to recordings from our Christmas concert:

Gloria in excelsis (from Gloria)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
O nata lux
O little town of Bethlehem
In the bleak midwinter
The first Nowell
Bogoroditse Devo (from Vespers)
Cum Sancto Spiritu (from Gloria)
Hark the herald angels sing
Ding Dong! merrily on high
Stille nacht
Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt
Good King Wenceslas
Kacena divoka (The wild duck)
Once in royal Davids city
Mennybol az angyal (Angel from Heaven)
Karacsonyi bolcsodal (Cradle song)
Kiskaracsony (Little Christmas, big Christmas)
O come all ye faithful

Recipe book

You can buy our recipe book at Saturday rehearsals.

We all know we've got exceptional cooks in our midst. Who can forget the myriad of salads, divine Jansson's Temptation, or green-orange spinach-lentil roulade at Christmas parties? As for cake - well, that's what we come for on a Saturday morning!

So in 2018 we created a cakes and parties bookJane Dorner (soprano) worked really hard to collate, illustrate, and design the book, and arrange production. Choir member and artist Sarah McMenemy produced a wonderful cover for it.

Thank you to everyone who contributed.