Who are We? What do we do?
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Formed in 1950, the Elizabethan Madrigal Singers (fondly known as “MADs”) remains Aberystwyth University’s longest running society. This auditioned choir started as a small chamber ensemble specializing in strictly pre-classical repertoire; however, over the past 60 years, the choir has broadened its literature to include sacred, secular, folk, jazz, and contemporary pieces as well. Since its conception, MADs has served as the university’s premier chamber choir, and now, MADs holds a prestigious and extensive history. Each new generation of MADs hopes to preserve the choir's venerability, high standards, and musical dedication.
As a chamber choir, our membership caps at around 10-25 singers each year, and accordingly, our audition process is highly selective. Furthermore, as a relatively small group, the choir always forms a strong bond--a bond particularly strengthened by our annual residential course at Gregynog Hall, Wales. This course entails a weekend away in the beautiful manor that is Gregynog Hall, rehearsing and singing for approximately 15 hours over the course of the weekend, as well as taking part in small ensemble workshops.
Alongside singing in and around the town of Aberystwyth, MADs go on tour every summer to international locations such as Prague, Czech Republic (2016), Krakow, Poland (2015), Martin, Slovakia (2014), Burgos, Spain (2013), and Friedrichshafen, Germany (2012). In November of 2010, the choir had the privilege of singing on the pitch of Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium at the start of the Wales vs. South Africa rugby game. Furthermore, in addition to BBC Radio Wales performances, Aberystwyth University invites MADs to perform at the graduation ceremonies every year, continuing a tradition established in the choir’s infancy.
Why Join Us?
Join us! Participating in the Elizabethan Madrigal Singers yields a great many rewards: the opportunity to develop further one's artistic, technical, and musical skills, the depth of feeling that resonates with a singer when performing masterwork, the chance to work in an intimate environment with close friends, as well as the sense of accomplishment that comes from performing in international music tours and festivals. If you happen to be a vocally-inclined Aberystwyth University student or an Aber local, please consider adding this enriching experience to your life. Learn more by visiting our official homepage: www.abermads.co.uk.
When and Where do we Rehearse?
Currently, we practice twice a week at the Old College on Monday and Friday evenings from 18:30--20:30. If you are in Concert Band and cannot make Monday evening rehearsals, special arrrangements can be made in this case.
Friday, September 27th, 2019 | 6:30 pm | Music Studio, Old College
Friday, October 18th | 6:30 pm | Music Studio, Old College
Thursday, September 26th | 7 pm | Old College, South Room 5
Thursday, October 3rd | 7 pm | Old College, South Room 5
Thursday, Octboer 10th | 7 pm | Old College, South Room 5
The MADs Committee: Contact Us
Conductor and Treasurer: Baylee Schütte
Biography: "Hello, my name is Baylee. I am an American 3rd year reading pure mathematics, and I've spent my life studying classical piano and jazz voice. Throughout that time, I've had the honor of participating in many piano competitions as well as studying with music professors at the University of Denver, Colorado. But, most of all, my high school jazz choir years instilled within me a great love for small ensemble singing. I'm beyond excited for this year of MADs, and I hope to spread the invaluable chamber choir experience with as many new members as possible! Here's to an incredible year!"
President: Emily Waide
Biography: "Hi, I'm Emily. I'm the President of the choir, and a third year Computer Science student. My main instrument is the oboe and I have been in choirs for the majority of my life. I have been a member of Mads for three years, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the choir so far, and hope that whilst President I can keep the great community we have inside the choir and keep us going from strength to strength. This year is our 70th anniversary, and as a result, we have lots of things planned and hope to make this year a really special one for all of our members."
Vice-President, Secretary, and Wellbeing Officer: Leanne Plank
Biography: "Hello! I am the Vice President/Secretary/Wellbeing Officer in the choir, and I am so excited to be a member of the choir this year as we will be celebrating the Mad's 70th year! I have been in choirs since I was 10 years old and have played the flute since I was 8. Music has been a big part of my life. I am currently in my third year of Childhood Studies but being in the choir is my favourite part of University Life and I hope we can make all of our members feel the same way."
Social and Tour Secretary: Jack Gawin Bastow Norris
Biography: "Hey there, my name is Jack. I am the Social and Tour Secretary. I am just starting my second year in a Maths and Film joint degree. I had never performed in choirs before coming to Aber and being a member of the Mads this year has hugely increased my confidence in performing and also helped me find my love for singing. This year I really want to focus on making sure everyone feels included in and out of the choir and trying to make the society friendly welcoming. I will also be planning a tour for our 70th Anniversary!!"
Assistant Conductor: Evelyn Elmes
Biography: "Hi, I'm the assistant conductor. I'm going into my third year studying environmental earth science and have been spending progressively more time in music groups during my time at uni. I have been in various orchestras since I was 9, and have fallen back in love with singing while in Aber. Despite only being a part of Mads for one semester, I'm looking forward to pushing myself and getting more involved."
The Audition Process
Please visit our website www.abermads.co.uk to find a comprehensive overview of the audition process and all relevant audition materials.
In order to preserve the rigor and prestige of the Elizabethan Madrigal Singers, singers interested in joining must take part in and pass a fairly selective audition process. If you are interested in joining the choir, please fill out this information slip and the President will shortly be in contact with you:
Auditionee Information Slip
The audition is split up into two parts: a solo section and a technical section. First the singer must choose one of four possible pieces (listed below) to learn and perform for the adjudicators. This solo shall be judged on tone quality, technique, intonation, accuracy, diction, and musicality. The second section of the audition comprises of technical skills such as triad and scale singing, melodic dictation, and sight-reading exercises. Please view the audition rubric below for details.
The solo pieces for the 2018-2019 academic year are: Caro mio ben, I Attempt from Love’s Sickness to Fly, Ich liebe dich, and Where Eer You Walk. They can be found in the correct key for your voice part/register below. Furthermore, practice tracks are available to aid in the learning of these solos. A piano accompanist will be provided at the audition.
Soprano I and Tenor I Solo Pieces:
Soprano II and Tenor II Solo Pieces:
Alto I and Bass I Solo Pieces:
Alto II and Bass II Solo Pieces:
Practice Tracks for "Caro mio ben": (please open using Music Player for Google)
Practice Tracks for "I Attempt from Love's Sickness to Fly": (please open using Music Player for Google)
Practice Tracks for "Ich liebe dich": (please open using Music Player for Google)
Practice Tracks for "Where'er You Walk": (please open using Music Player for Google)
As for the technical part of the audition, it is required that the singer can showcase a few musical fundamentals--standard trials and scales, namely. Accordingly, the major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads as well as the major, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales have been notated in a document below for the auditioner's aid. Similarly, audio tracks of these important technical bits are provided for learning purposes as well. Lastly, practice sight reading exercises can also be found.
Technical Audition Materials Sheet
The Triads: Major, Augmented, Minor, Diminished
The Scales: Major, Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor
Extra Sight Reading Practice: Sight Reading Exercise Book
If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact a member of the committee. Please note that NO PRIOR SINGING EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED. We are happy to help anyone, no matter the skill level, prepare for the audition. Please do not be at all frightened at the requirements.
Our Consitution and Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
Risk Assessment for Weekly Rehearsals
Committee Meeting Minutes
July 17th, 2019
November 7th, 2018
June 4th, 2018
September 1st, 2018 (Memo)
Please visit our website--www.abermads.co.uk--to submit your comments and suggestions to our bi-monthly meeting agendas.
Café (Jeremy Fox) Part Tracks
It Only Takes a Moment (arr. Kirby Shaw) Part Tracks
Christmas Repertoire Part Tracks (2019-2020)
Spring Repertoire Part Tracks (2019-2020)