LCV w/b 18 Jan 2021

18 January 2021 Weekly updates
Hi all
Hope you’ve had good weekends. A mixture of new and old information in here – there are certain paragraphs which I copy over so that newbies have easy access to the information.
WELCOME
If you’re new to us, a very big welcome. One day soon we’ll get to actually meet you in person. For now, we’re just online. Do say hello in an email to us if you can – we like to know who is on board.
This next bit will go in all the emails for the moment, so skip past if you’re already on Telegram.
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TELEGRAM
If you haven’t yet done so, please download Telegram Messenger on your phone and join at least the first of these two groups below. This is quite important, as the emails do go astray and sometimes for no apparent reason you will just find yourself booted off the mailing list. It’s all to do with the amount of spam messages that go around – if your server decides that my message is spam, it will refuse delivery, then my list provider will decide that you said you didn’t want to receive it and kick you off. That sort of thing. So, get on the list below.
LCV official messages    important info, no chat, immediate messages
LCV general wibble       lots of chat, GIFs, etc
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THIS WEEK
Last week’s rehearsal went very well, we had over 80 people online, and people really enjoyed learning “Stacy’s Mom” – great arrangement Morgan! We’ll continue with this tomorrow at 6:30pm. Join the rehearsal at the following link:
The recordings, sheet music and video of last week’s rehearsal are up on the website inside the Member Login area, (password: c0mmun1tych01r). Do stick around for a chat afterwards too.
If you haven’t already done it, download Toby’s brilliant Choir Practice app, which even lets you slow down a song so you can learn it more easily:
Android:
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/choir-practice/id1481118680
You’ll need to enter the password for the Member Login page (see above) the first time you use the app. You can buy him a coffee if you use the app a lot: https://www.thechoirapp.com/
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NEW MASHUP
I can reveal to you that if you hadn’t already guessed, I’m working on a new Mashup. This one will be… a Rock Mashup! So. Many. Songs. It’s quite a task – the shortlist is currently 96 songs, so I’m trying to get it down a bit, but it has the potential to be another epic. It’s going to take a couple of weeks I think, but we’ve got Morgan’s arrangement in the meantime, and there’s another song on hand when we’re done with that. I’m going to teach this to you properly this time, bit by bit, rather than just telling you to go away and learn the whole thing on your own. But I have to write it first.
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WEDNESDAY WORKSHOPS
This week’s workshop is the second songwriting one. Ideally you should have attended the first one before you attend this one, and ideally you will have written at least part of a song as a result (that was your homework and you’ve had AGES to do it!). If you haven’t yet done part 1, it’s in the Member area of the website – please do it before coming along to this. You should have something to show at this, so please come prepared to perform what you have.
Zoom link
In terms of payment for these, they are considered as part of your membership if you’re paying more than half of the termly fee (see below), otherwise they’re a tenner (but if you really can’t afford it, don’t pay!).
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QUIZ
Remember that next week it’s the quiz again! The amazing InQuizition will be back on Thursday 28 January at 8:30pm, to deliver the absolute best Pub Quiz on the planet. Stick it in the diary.
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VIRTUAL OPEN MIC
Virtual Open Mic #7 will be at 8:30pm on Sat 13 Feb. Again, to explain for newbies, we used to run a proper Open Mic every term, with loads of amazing performances from choir members, and an audience of around 150 every time. Since lockdown we’ve been doing virtual ones where you send in a video of your performance, and Kate and I present them all a bit like a TV show. If you’re interested in performing, either on your own or with others “virtually”, sign up below.
Sign up link
Dropbox link
Put your finished videos in the folder by midnight on Thursday 11 Feb.
Note: please don’t sign up for this unless you’re definitely going to get your video done in time for the deadline.
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WHAT A GUY!
It’s our very own Mike Ewers’ 40th birthday on Friday! He asked me to let you know that he’s having a Zoom party on Saturday at 9pm especially for LCV members, for any of you that would like to join in to wish him a happy birthday. The details are:
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88185605949?pwd=bm4xem02b25aeE9BcUtwVlIzVWxjQT09

Meeting ID: 881 8560 5949
Passcode: 8XM9wm

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JAMULUS EXPERIMENT
You’ll remember that last week I asked for signups for this. We held a session on Friday, and it was mostly successful. 9/10 people got connected, and managed a relatively successful performance of O Holy Night, singing together and hearing each other. It’s a bit disconcerting, as there is usually a small delay which results in everything tending to slow down constantly, but besides the hubs, it’s the best we’ve had, and it was the first time that some people on the session had actually sung in harmony since March. I’ve since had a really good delay-free experience with an online jam session, so I’m hopeful that the tech can help us.
We’re taking a very gentle approach to this, and it’ll always be in addition to our usual rehearsal, not as a replacement. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher, but I’m trying to work out how to route the sound from Jamulus into Zoom, so that we can have a mixture of both platforms on there. I think I’ve found how to do this, but there are always techy hiccups.
If you’d like to try to use Jamulus as well, I can take about five more people this week (Friday, 7:30pm), as long as you agree to install the software well before the session and have a bit of a play around first on your own, to get it working. PCs seem to take a bit more setup than Macs. I’ll give you all the details you need to log on to the LCV server. Please do read the requirements below before you sign up, and sign up on the same form, linked below. Here’s what I wrote last week…
There’s a programme called Jamulus (for both Mac and PC), which may go some way towards making it possible for a bit of live singing. Ben, Jase and I played with this a bit in March last year, but the technology has come on quite a way since then. It works, not completely without delay and audio glitches, but it’s generally manageable, and there are choirs using it (check out the WhatsApp notification and typing sounds). Because there is still a slight delay, things tend to slow down a bit, but hey – that’s a nice antidote to tenor rush! It’s audio only, but you can also have Zoom open and muted.
Requirements
  • Windows 10 PC or Mac OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) or later. Tablet and phone are not supported at this time)
  • External microphone
  • Wired (not Bluetooth) headphones
  • Decent internet connection, preferably wired, but WiFi may be ok
  • Patience (essential)
It does need people who are not afraid to do some messing about with this themselves, who can install the (totally free) software and who are happy to navigate through settings and stuff to try to get it working. I need to start small with this. I probably need to keep it to fewer than 15 for the first one, so if you sign up, you may not get an invite to this week’s one, which will be this Friday evening at 7:30pm. Caveat – you probably need to be someone who’s not easily frustrated by tech, and who is happy to just keep tweaking things until they work. There’s a lot of text documentation online about how to make it work, and there are a couple of FB groups which are very helpful. I’ve had a couple of very successful late-night jam sessions with people from all over Europe. If you’re interested in giving this a go, please sign up at https://forms.gle/PGLvoMHYucMhBPm6A. No need to sign up again if you were there last week.
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FEES
Like last term, we’re asking you to pay what you can/what you think it’s worth. Our full term fee is £140, or you can pay £10 per session for whatever you take part in (rehearsals, workshops, open mics, singalongs, etc). We would simply ask that if your income hasn’t been negatively affected by COVID, and you take part in regular choir stuff, you would pay the normal fee. If you’ve lost your job or you’ve been hit financially, please just pay what you can afford to. If you pay less than half the term fee (£70) that will cover you for rehearsals but anything else will be on a £10-per-session basis. Like all arts organisations we are feeling the pinch and really do appreciate your support. You’ve been absolutely fabulous at sticking with us through the Zoom months, and we love you all.
Payment details are as follows:

London City Voices Ltd
Sortcode:                 090128

Account number:    94145758
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JIGSAWS
Obviously we’re in the middle of a lockdown, but those of you who still haven’t collected their jigsaws – we still have them! If you’re within reasonable walking distance of us, or we could meet halfway, get in touch. We’ll email you individually about it soon.
Right, I think that’s it. Hope to see lots of you tomorrow evening!
Richard