Stainer’s Crucifixion, Good Friday, 15 April 2022: Notes for singers

As our regular singers will know, we had to cancel the performance in 2020 and didn’t have one in 2021 because of Covid restrictions. We are therefore very pleased to be able to start up again in 2022.

Where we are

St John’s is on the corner of Station Road and Sheepcote Road in central Harrow, opposite the former Debenhams site. Please use the main entrance in Station Road. We are a short walk (about 5 minutes) from Harrow on the Hill Station (Metropolitan and National Rail) and the Harrow Bus Station in College Road, and about 10 minutes from Harrow and Wealdstone Station (Bakerloo, Overground and National Rail). For car parking see below.

Timing

The rehearsal will begin at 4.30 pm (the church will be open at least half an hour before then) and will finish at about 6 pm (please note that these times are half an hour later than in 2019, but that the time of the performance has not changed). Afterwards, tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available. The performance will begin at 7 pm and lasts just over an hour. We will be performing the work in its entirety. There will be plenty of room for your family and friends in the congregation: there is no admission charge but there is a collection on the way out for the Choir Fund.

What to wear

Many of the women singers wear white blouses and black skirts or trousers, and the men a dark suit and tie with white shirt, but this is entirely optional. Cassocks and surplices are not worn.

Car parking

We regret that there is no car parking on site. The recommended public car park is in Greenhill Way (entrance just around the first corner after you turn into Greenhill Way from Station Road). It costs £1.40 an hour (I am not sure if charges apply on Good Friday). There is also a slightly nearer pay-and-display car park at the north end of Lyon Road (access off Gayton Road), but this is smaller and more likely to be full. There are also on-street car parking spaces in Lyon Road and St John’s Road (access via Lyon Road), but these are more expensive and the maximum stay is 2 hours.

All these London Borough of Harrow car parks accept coins and also card payment via telephone or mobile app through PayByPhone (https://www.paybyphone.co.uk/how-it-works/parking). If you wish to pay by telephone it will save time if you register in advance on their website.

Music

Please bring your own music if you have it, but otherwise we have plenty of copies for you to borrow.

Please let us know/any questions?

It would help to know how many people to expect, so please contact Simon Patrick, acting organist of St John’s, on 020 8427 7993 or email him at simon.patrick@cantab.net, either to let him know you are coming or if you have any questions.  It would also help to know which part you will be singing (soprano/alto/tenor/bass). But you can still turn up at 4.30 on Good Friday even if you haven’t let us know. I hope to see you then.
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