Code of Conduct

Mansfield Choral Society is a registered charity that performs traditional and modern choral works.  It is run by an elected committee who can be identified by their white name badges.

This ‘Code of Conduct’ is issued to every choir member annually and every member is expected to adhere to it.

Please discuss any questions, issues or difficulties you have with any committee member, not the Artistic Director.

Annual membership subscription

  • The annual membership subscription is £105. The termly fee is £55. The subscription for school students and those in full time education is £10 per annum.
  • All subscriptions are due in September and must be paid before the choir breaks for half term.
  • As a special concession, to help members spread the cost, the committee have agreed that the annual subscription may be made by paying for 2 terms fees. (Post-dated cheques will no longer be accepted.) Payment can also be made by setting up a standing order*.
  • The fees can be paid by cheque, cash, bank transfer or standing order*.
  • PLEASE NOTE that failure to pay the correct subscription fee will mean that you are no longer a member of the choir.
  • To be eligible to vote at the AGM, your membership subscription must be up to date.
  • *Annual fees made by standing order should be by 5 monthly payments and must begin in May of the preceding year for which subscriptions are due. A form is available for this.
  • The subscription fee does not cover concert dress and members must provide their own as set out in the section on choir uniform.

Music and concert folders

  • Members have the option to borrow or buy all the music they need for every performance.
  • Practice CDs for each voice part are also available to buy for £1 each.
  • Members must return all borrowed music, with all notations rubbed out, at the end of each performance.
  • If they leave the choir, members must return all borrowed music and their choir folder to any committee member. 
  • Lost, damaged or unreturned music will be charged in full at current replacement cost.

Rehearsals

  • Weekly rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings at Queen Elizabeth Academy normally during school term time. We provide a full list of dates on a regular basis.
  • Rehearsals start promptly at 7:15pm and end by 9:15pm with a 15 minute break.
  • Each term there will be at least one extended practice study day on a Saturday between 9:30am and 1:30pm with a half an hour break.
  • Members will be notified of the dates as soon as they are agreed with the Artistic Director.
  • Please be respectful of other choir members’ needs during rehearsals and keep general conversations to the break.

Attendance

  • Members must sign in every week.
  • In order to perform in any concert, members must have attended at least two-thirds of the practices. If you cannot do this, please discuss with the Chairman.
  • The committee reserve the right to discuss any members’ readiness to sing in a concert, especially if they have attended less than two-thirds of the practices.

Concerts

  • Seating for each part is arranged by each Voice Steward as agreed by the Concert Secretary and the Artistic Director.
  • Please let your Voice Steward know if you will not be singing in the actual concert.
  • Members will be provided with an official Choral Society folder for their music. Please ask a committee member if you do not have a folder.
  • Concerts are usually 7:30pm to 9:30pm on a Saturday with a practice at the venue from 2pm to 4pm. Members who are singing must attend by 7:10pm, unless advised otherwise.

Publicity and ticket sales

  • MCS has an elected publicity officer but each choir member is responsible for promoting our concerts by distributing and displaying flyers and posters and providing contacts for local publications/church magazines etc to the Publicity Officer.
  • Choir members are also responsible for selling as many tickets as possible - the majority of our ticket sales come from word of mouth i.e. choir members telling people they know about the concert
  • As a charity, it is essential that we sell as many tickets as possible – so please let any committee member know of any ideas for publicity or ticket sales.

Concert uniform

  • Concert uniform is compulsory for all members and any member who does not wear the correct uniform will not be allowed to perform.
  • Men
    • Black tuxedo or suit; white dress shirt; black bow tie; black socks; black shoes.
  • Ladies
    • Plain floor length skirt or trousers.
    • Plain black top with either long or three-quarter sleeves.
    • Patterns, chiffon, lace, sequins or anything that looks like a two-piece (jackets/open blouses /cardigans) are not acceptable.
    • Black tights/pop socks and shoes.
    • Small, discreet jewellery - we want your singing, not your jewellery to be the attraction!

General

  • We always need help at our study days to serve tea/coffee and at our concerts to sell tickets; programmes, serve wine etc., so please let a committee member know if you are willing or have friends or family who are able to help.

Policies

MCS Policies Page

 

Various policies will appear here when they have been finalised. All policies will, as a matter of course, be reviewed annually.Click on the policy to download the document.

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Next Concerts

Haydn's Creation

Performing with Bingham & District Choral Society

Date:
25 November 2017 19:30
Venue:
Southwell Minster, Church Street, Southwell NG25 0HD

Christmas Carol Concert

Tickets: £5

Date:
14 December 2017 19:30
Venue:
Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, Mansfield, NG19 7AP

Verdi Requiem

Verdi Requiem.
A joint concert with Bingham & District Choral Society.

Date:
12 May 2018 19:30
Venue:
Southwell Minster
All Upcoming Concerts

Registered charity No 1060710