Hutton & Shenfield Choral Society
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Hutton & Shenfield Choral Society is a busy performing group and little time is wasted in rehearsals.  It is therefore necessary to undertake note bashing at home between rehearsals.  

There are a number of websites which help with this, some which can only be used while you are in front of your computer, some which you can download and listen off-line and there are also some commercial sites from which you can buy your own CD.

CDs can be purchased from Choraline.  

www.choraline.com

The free on-line sites have most (but not all) major choral works as midi-files played in parts:

www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk/index1.html (can be downloaded - with Windows Rt click and “Save Target as…)  Unfortunately some recent  music (e.g. Rutter’s Feel the Spirit) cannot be heard because of copyright issues, which is a pity, but there is a wealth of other music.

http://www.johnfletchermusic.org This site has many works including the whole of the Carols for Choirs books.  If works are in copyright then only MP3 is available (and not individual parts) but if out of copyright they are in MIDI, MP3 and Scorch (as individual parts).   Scorch has to be downloaded (free) and works with Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer but NOT Chrome or Safari and needs Active-X extension.  It allows you to speed up or slow down your part.  However, Scorch is temperamental as it is old software which is no longer maintained.  The choir has taken out an annual membership of the site which is password protected.  If you need the Username and password, please ask Bob Scott.  The fee charged is to cover John Fletcher’s own PRS payments.  

www.chorlia.net
Please select MP3 from the menu and select your part. You may decide you wish to use the VS (Virtual Singer) technology.  To do this you must first download a plug in from myriad - full instructions are given on chorlia.net.  The VS version has the advantage that you can adjust the tempo.  As with “learn choral music” above, files can be downloaded to use off-line.   Choralia does not appear to work with Windows 8 at the moment.  It does work on Windows 10.

www.cyberbass.com

With Cyberbass, you can alter the speed of playback which helps with the learning.  It appear to work with Windows 8 but it does with Windows 7 & 10.