The Society will be known as "The Highworth Choral
Society" hereinafter called "The Society".
The aims of The Society are:
To promote, improve, develop and maintain public education
in and appreciation of the art and science of choral
music by the presentation of public concerts sung to
the highest possible attainable standard and other activities
involving or relating to the whole spectrum of song
incorporating choral music.
Membership of The Society shall be open to singers who
have paid the current membership fee, provided that:
a. The Committee shall have the right (although no auditions
are held) to refuse membership and renewal of membership
to applicants they consider unsuitable and
b. prospective members shall be permitted to attend
four choir rehearsals without being required to apply
a. The Official Committee shall consist of the following
Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and
not less than two and not more than five other members.
b. The Musical Director, Pianist, or any member may
be co-opted on to the Committee for one or more meetings
as is thought fit.
c. The Chairman or Secretary and any three members of
the Committee shall constitute a quorum.
d. All Officers and Committee members shall be elected
All the arrangements for Concerts and other events,
and control of finance, shall be in the hands of the
Committee who may delegate to a music sub-committee
such powers and duties as they think fit.
A Music Sub-Committee may be elected by the Committee,
consisting of the Librarian, Musical Director and two
other members of the committee. The sub-committee shall
appoint a member to be responsible for convening meetings
and reporting decisions to the sub-committee to the
The duties of the sub-committee shall consist of:
a. The selection of music and arrangement of programmes
b. The selection of music for choir practices.
c. Recommending to the full committee the purchase of
d. The appointment of concert soloists and other concert
a. The Society's financial year shall run from the lst
b. An annual subscription shall be charged to the members
at a rate to be determined at the General Meeting of
the Society. The meeting may agree a concessionary rate
or rates if it sees fit.
c. For any new member joining after 1st January, or
any member returning after January 1st who has missed
a full calendar year of the Society's activity, the
subscription rate will be 60% of the current full fee.
For any new member joining after 1st April, or any member
returning after April 1st who has missed a full calendar
year of the Society's activity, the subscription rate
will be 30% of the current full fee.
Guests who wish to rehearse for and sing in a single
concert may (at the Committee's discretion) be accepted
at a rate of 30% of the current full fee, but will not
be eligible to vote in any of the Society's meetings.
There will be no concession or refund of fees to any
member who is unable to, or does not wish to, rehearse
for or sing in any of the Society's concerts.
d. If the Committee deems it necessary for the financial
stability of the Society, an additional fee may be charged
to those members attending each rehearsal meeting at
a rate to be determined by the committee, for as long
as they consider that the fee is required.
e. A bank account shall be maintained in the name of
The Society and cheques shall be signed on behalf of
The Society by any two of the Treasurer, Chairman or
f. The Society may receive donations, grants in aid,
and financial guarantees. Tickets for any or all of
its concerts or other events may be offered for sale
to the public.
g. The income and property of The Society, wheresoever
derived, shall be applied towards promoting the objects
of The Society as set forth above and to cover donations
to charitable causes and no portion thereof shall be
paid or transferred either directly or indirectly to
any members of The Society except in payment of legitimate
expenses incurred on behalf of The Society or as professional
h. In the event of the winding-up or dissolution of
The Society any remaining assets after all liabilities
have been discharged shall not be transferred or paid
to any member or members of The Society but shall be
transferred to a charitable organisation whose objects
are similar to those of The Society and whose Constitution
precludes the distribution of income and assets amongst
a. The Annual General Meeting shall be held within six
weeks after the lst September each year. Fourteen days
notice shall be given to all members.
b. The Agenda shall include the election of Officers,
Independent Examiner and Committee Members and the presentation
of accounts approved by the Independent Examiner.
c. Only fully paid-up members (as at 31st March) will
be entitled to vote.
Subject to the following provisions of this clause the
Constitution may be altered by a resolution passed by
not less than two thirds of the members present and
voting at a general meeting. The notice of the general
meeting must include notice of the resolution, setting
out the terms of the alteration proposed. No amendment
may be made to the Title clause, the Objects or this
clause without the prior consent in writing of the Commissioners.
No amendment may be made which would have the effect
of making the Charity cease to be a charity at law.
The Committee should promptly send to the Commission
a copy of any amendment made under this clause.
Any matters in dispute not covered by this Constitution
shall be dealt with by the Committee.