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WHOOPS - The website is being re-constructed!

Apologies to all our readers. The US based company which provides web services for Cleveland Philharmonic Choir has had a major crash of its systems (not thought to be Trump or Putin related). It is in the process of restoring all of the websites which it hosts, including ours. Meanwhile, please keep checking here for news about our rehearsal schedule and our concerts.

Reminder of Important Dates


4 Sep - 1st rehearsal

29 Sep (Sat) 10-4 - Combined Choir rehearsal, Royal Grammar School Newcastle.

9 Oct - AGM

No half term break in October

3 Nov (Sat) 10-4 - Combined Choir rehearsal, Stockton Baptist Church

4 Nov (Sunday) 1-8 - Orchestra rehearsal, Ripon venue. No choirs

9 Nov (Friday) 7-10 - Full rehearsal for all choirs and main orchestra, Middlesbrough Town Hall

10 Nov (Sat) - Britten: War Requiem , Sage Gateshead. Soloists and chamber orchestra 12-1, rehearsal for all 2-5, performance 7.30pm

11 Dec - Alison Gill plays for rehearsal

16 Dec (Sunday) - Family Christmas Carol Concert, Rehearsal 1.30-2.30, Concert 3-4.15, St Barnabas Church. Fishburn Band, Alison Gill.


8 Jan - First rehearsal

19 Feb - Half term

6 April (Sat) - Concert. Mozart Vespers, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Mozart Requiem, Stockton Baptist Church. Katherine Broderick, Anna Huntley, Nicky Spence, Gavan Ring. Mowbray Orchestra.

9 & 16 April - Easter break.

23 April - first rehearsal

28 May - Half term

28 June (Friday) - Concert: Baltic Cruise and Homecoming, Middlesbrough Cathedral. Rehearsal 6pm, Concert 7.30.

3 Sep 2019 - first rehearsal

12 Oct - Mahler 2, Ripon Cathedral

6 Dec - Possible performance at Middlesbrough Town Hall - to be discussed.

15 Dec (tbc) - Family Christmas Carol Concert

Data Protection Policy


In order to operate, Cleveland Philharmonic Choir needs to gather, store and use certain forms of information about individuals.

These can include members, employees, contractors, suppliers, volunteers, audiences and potential audiences, business contacts and other people the group has a relationship with or regularly needs to contact.

This policy explains how this data should be collected, stored and used in order to meet Cleveland Philharmonic Choir’s data protection standards and comply with the law.

Why is this policy important?

This policy ensures that Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

· Protects the rights of its members, volunteers and supporters

· Complies with data protection law and follows good practice

· Protects the group from the risks of a data breach

Who and what does this policy apply to?

This applies to all those handling data on behalf of Cleveland Philharmonic Choir e.g.:

· Committee members

· Employees and volunteers

· Members

· Contractors/third-party suppliers

It applies to all data that Cleveland Philharmonic Choir holds relating to individuals, including:

· Names

· Email addresses

· Postal addresses

· Phone numbers

· Any other personal information held (e.g. financial)

Roles and responsibilities

Everyone who has access to data as part of Cleveland Philharmonic Choir has a responsibility to ensure that they adhere to this policy.

Data controller

The Data Controller for Cleveland Philharmonic Choir is Joan Carter, Choir Secretary. They, together with the committee, are responsible for why data is collected and how it will be used. Any questions relating to the collection or use of data should be directed to the Data Controller.

Data Protection Principles

1. We fairly and lawfully process personal data

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir will only collect data where lawful and where it is necessary for the legitimate purposes of the group.

· A member’s name and contact details will be collected when they first join the group, and will be used to contact the member regarding group membership administration and activities. Other data may also subsequently be collected in relation to their membership, including on their payment history for subscriptions.

· The name and contact details of volunteers, committee members, employees and contractors will be collected when they take up a position, and will be used to contact them regarding group administration related to their role.

Further information, including personal financial information and criminal records information may also be collected in specific circumstances where lawful and necessary (in order to process payment to the person or in order to carry out a DBS check).

· An individual’s name and contact details will be collected when they make a booking for an event. This will be used to contact them about their booking and to allow them entry to the event.

· An individual’s name, contact details and other details may be collected at any time (including when booking tickets or at an event), with their consent, in order for Cleveland Philharmonic Choir to communicate with them about group activities, and/or for Direct Marketing. See ‘Direct Marketing’ below.

2. We only collect and use personal data for specified and lawful purposes.

When collecting data, Cleveland Philharmonic Choir will always explain to the subject why the data is required and what it will be used for.

We will never use data for any purpose other than that stated or that can be considered reasonably to be related to it. For example, we will never pass on personal data to third parties without the explicit consent of the subject.

3. We ensure any data collected is relevant and not excessive

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir will not collect or store more data that the minimum information required for its intended purpose.

E.g. we need to collect telephone numbers from members in order to be able to contact them about group administration, but data on their marital status or sexuality will not be collected, since it is unnecessary and excessive for the purposes of group administration.

4. We ensure data is accurate and up-to-date

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir will ask members, volunteers and staff to check and update their data on an annual basis.

Any individual will be able to update their data at any point by contacting the Data Controller.

5. We ensure data is not kept longer than necessary

When an individual leaves the choir permanently, they will be given to opportunity to:

a) give permission for the choir to retain their contact details for the purpose of reunions.

b) opt in to mailing lists for event marketing.

c) have their contact details removed from all records within one month.

In the absence of a response, Cleveland Philharmonic Choir will keep data on individuals for no longer than 12 months after its involvement with the individual has stopped, unless there is a legal requirement to keep records.

6. We process data in accordance with individuals’ rights

The following requests can be made in writing to the Data Controller:

· Members, volunteers and supporters can request to see any data stored on or about them. Any such request will be actioned within one month of the request being made.

· Members and supporters can request that any inaccurate data held on them is updated. Any such request will be actioned within one month of the request being made.

· Members and supporters can request to stop receiving any marketing communications. Any such request will be actioned within one month of the request being made.

· Members and supporters can object to any storage or use of their data that might cause them substantial distress of damage or any automated decisions made based on their data. Any such objection will be considered by the committee, and a decision communicated within 30 days of the request being made.

7. We keep personal data secure

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir will ensure that data held by us is kept secure.

· Electronically-held data will be held within a password-protected and secure environment

· Passwords for electronic data files will be re-set each time an individual with data access leaves their role/position

· Physically-held data (e.g. membership forms or email sign-up sheets) will be stored on a locked cupboard

· Keys for locks securing physical data files should be collected by the Data Controller from any individual with access if they leave their role/position. The codes on combination locks should be changed each time an individual with data access leaves their role/position

· Access to data will only be given to relevant trustees/committee members/contractors where it is clearly necessary for the running of the group. The Data Controller will decide in what situations this is applicable and will keep a master list of who has access to data

8. Transfer to countries outside the EEA

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir will not transfer data to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA), unless the country has adequate protection for the individual (e.g. USA).

Member-to-member contact

We only share members’ data with other members with the subject’s prior consent

As a membership organisation Cleveland Philharmonic Choir encourages communication between members.

To facilitate this:

· Members can request the personal contact data of other members in writing via the Data controller or Membership Secretary. These details will be given, as long as they are for the purposes of contacting the subject (e.g. an email address, not financial or health data) and the subject consents to their data being shared with other members in this way.

Direct Marketing

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir will regularly collect data from consenting supporters for marketing purposes. This includes contacting them to promote concerts, updating them about group news, fundraising and other group activities.

Any time data is collected for this purpose, we will provide:

· A clear and specific explanation of what the data will be used for.

· A method for users to show their active consent to receive these communications (e.g. a ‘tick box’)

Data collected will only ever be used in the way described and consented to (e.g. we will not use email data in order to market 3rd-party products unless this has been explicitly consented to).

Every marketing communication will contain a method through which a recipient can withdraw their consent (e.g. an ‘unsubscribe’ link in an email). Opt-out requests such as this will be processed within one month.

Cookies on the Cleveland Philharmonic Choir website

A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto ‘terminal equipment’ (e.g. a computer or smartphone) when the user accesses a website. It allows the website to recognise that user’s device and store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions.

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir uses cookies on our website in order to monitor and record their activity. This allows us to improve users’ experience of our website by, for example, allowing for a ‘logged in’ state, and by giving us useful insight into how users as a whole are engaging with the website.

We will implement a pop-up box on that will activate each new time a user visits the website. This will allow them to click to consent (or not) to continuing with cookies enabled, or to ignore the message and continue browsing (i.e. give their implied consent).

It will also include a link to our Privacy Policy which outlines which specific cookies are used and how cookies can be disabled in the most common browsers.