On this page you can answer some of the queries you may have about the choir.

1.Copyright Policy

It is choir policy to comply with UK copyright laws under all circumstances.  In order to satisfy legal obligations:

  • The Choir does not make or use copies of any music or musical arrangements (for any purpose including concerts and rehearsals) unless such music is in the public domain and no longer the subject of copyright ownership.
  • All copyrighted music or musical arrangements used are obtained by purchase, hiring or other legitimate means. Where it is necessary the permission of the arranger must be sought to perform a musical arrangement.
  • The Choir checks that venues for its concerts are appropriately licensed with the Performing Rights Society or its equivalent, and, after each performance, will pass a detailed report of pieces performed to the relevant licensee (unless the venue or performance is exempt and such exemption to be verified by the Executive Committee of the Choir).

Adherence to the above is expected of all members of the choir.

2.  GDPR _ Data Security

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) May 25th, 2018

Since 1998 personal data security, privacy and processing in the UK has been governed by the Data Protection Act. From May 25th, 2018 this will change and instead will be governed by GDPR – a European Union law which will continue to be in force after Brexit.

GDPR has strengthened many areas in the area of data protection and security, and BMVC must comply.

BMVC Data Security Policy

The following notes outline how we collect store and protect the data we collect on our choristers.

Personal Data

Under GDPR ‘personal data’ covers everything relating to a person that can be used to identity and individual, no matter whether stored on computer or as a paper file.

When members join the choir we collect name, address, email (if they have one) and telephone number. We use this data to communicate with them to inform them of concerts, rehearsals, etc. We also keep a record of members who have paid subscriptions or made other payments as part of the choir’s accounting records. This information enables us to carry out ‘the legitimate interests of the organisation’ as defined by GDPR. As a choir member you cannot object to us carrying out these activities but you do have the right to see the data we hold on you and ask us to make any necessary corrections.

We also record start date so that we can celebrate ‘service anniversaries’.

Additionally the choir likes to celebrate members birthdays and, for that purpose, we collect the birth date information. This activity is optional and members have the right to opt out of the ‘celebration’

The choir does not hold any date about their members that is not collected from them.

The choir does not distribute members data to any third party organisations, although we may forward details of third party events, e.g. BFoC concerts or workshops, to members. This is legitimate communication.

The choir makes available name, address and phone numbers of members so that we can communicate on choir matters, eg rehearsal cancellation, concert arrangements, etc.

Data Storage

BMVC does not have its own data storage or processing systems. The data we collect is stored on Committee members personal IT equipment. One member of the committee has the responsibility for keeping membership data up to date and making available to committee members as required.

Your Rights under GDPR

  • The right to be informed what data is held about you and how it is used – that is the purpose of this document

  • The right of access – you may ask to see what data we hold about you, so you can check its accuracy. We must respond within 30 days of any request

  • The right to rectification – we must correct errors that you notify to us.

  • The right to object – for example if you have not consented to receiving eMails we must abide by your decision.

3. How to Learn Your Music

This is a guide to how you can learn your music, based on chorister’s experience and expert views.

Learning the Music

Learning the music is the first step, this is important as your brain processes the music differently to the lyrics. Combining the words with music too early may make it difficult to learn the notes later.

CD’s with the music for each section are usually made available. Listen to a track or tracks, with the score several times without any attempt to sing with them; then try singing with the track without the words. Get the notes right first – then once you have the notes right, add the words.

A considerable amount of time at rehearsal can be consumed just by learning the notes, however, by continual listening to the notes, learning them in advance and identifying them with the score, you can prepare yourself to sing your part competently from the very start; rehearsal time can then be better utilised for working on dynamics and presentation.

Learning the Lyrics

Starting from the beginning, memorise the first line. Cover it up and say it out loud. When you are done, check to see if you got it right. If you did, add the next line. If not, try again. Over time, you will be able to keep adding lines until you know the whole song.

Play the song with the music while you sing along. See if you have the words memorised correctly. Try recording it and listening – watch for breaks or pauses where you might need to spend more time.

Write down the lyrics on a notebook. Do this after listening to it a couple of times,and you should be able to memorise it better.

Alternatively, just listen to the song repeatedly. Go over the lyrics in your head as you listen.

Finally, try it without the music.

Whenever you have free time, look over the lyrics. Practice, practice, practice.

Remember that practice does not make perfect. It’s perfect practice that makes perfect. If you practice it again and again with the wrong words, it’s hard to break yourself from that habit you’ve formed.