PRE-CONCERT NEWSLETTER 24th APRIL 2019

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES

Friday 26th April 7.00 for 7.30 – Rehearsal on the Staging Go straight to your forming up places. We will then process on to the platforms ready to rehearse. As space is limited, please do not take coats and unnecessary bags on to the staging.

Saturday 27th April 1.30 for 2.00 Go straight to your forming up places. We will then process on to the platforms ready to rehearse.

Carleton’s proposed rehearsal schedule for Saturday:

2pm Mozart

2.20pm JC Bach

2.45pm Salieri

3.15pm Haydn

3.30pm Break

3.45pm Haydn

Timings are approximate. It will be a long rehearsal for the choir this time as we are singing for most of the concert!

In the evening arrive by 7.10 go straight to your forming up places. Please keep the noise level down; saving your voices for the performance! When we are on to the stage you are asked to glance through the first few pages of the music so that we can make an immediate impact as we did last time.

After the concert please leave the choir area promptly, unless you can help to remove chairs, so that the Staging Team can start to dismantle the staging.

CONCERT DRESS

Ladies
Black long-sleeved top and long black skirt or trousers and blue scarf provided.

Gentlemen
Black dinner jackets, plain white shirt, black tie and blue pocket handkerchief provided.

CONCERT ETIQUETTE

  • When directed move on to the stage and sit when Graham and the tenors sit.
  • Stand up as soon as Carleton steps onto the dais and we are then under his control
  • At the interval lead off as soon as the applause stops
  • When the announcement is made that the concert will resume in 5 minutes, re-assemble in rows immediately and repeat the entrance arrangement
  • At the end of the concert, remain standing until Carleton leaves the Nave with the soloists then sit
  • If there is tumultuous applause, Carleton will return and ask us to stand again
  • When the applause has died down and Carleton and the soloists have left for the last time lead off promptly.

Please Do Not:

  • Talk on stage (please note that this applies to all of us!)
  • Drink on stage
  • Wave to friends in the audience
  • Applaud while standing

AND LOOK CHEERFUL AND CONFIDENT!

TICKETS & POSTERS

Completed envelopes should be returned to Bob Merrill or Dorothy Andrews by Friday 26th April at the latest so that the number of audience seats required can be assessed

LIBRARY MUSIC

If you intend to come to the End of Term Party, please take your Library copies of the Salieri home and bring them to the party with all markings erased. Otherwise put them in the labelled box after the concert. The rest of the music is yours to keep.

 END OF TERM PARTY

This is the opportunity to chat with your friends without singing interfering. Do come along at about 7.30 next Tuesday and, if possible, bring a plate of finger food.

A REMINDER . . .
HELPING YOU STAY THE COURSE ON CONCERT DAY
There have been several cases of members feeling faint during concerts. The following offers advice to anyone who thinks that this could happen to them and also advises what you can do if you or your neighbour is taken ill.
To reduce the risk of feeling faint:

arrive at the concert well hydrated (avoid alcohol on concert day!)

wear flight socks, which are designed to encourage good circulation

bring a sugary drink (e.g. a flask of decaff coffee) and a biscuit and sit down to consume these in the interval

don’t participate in the concert at all if you don’t feel well enough on the day

If you do feel faint during the concert:

don’t try to be brave but sit immediately, raise and lower heels with toes on the ground and drop head to the knees. Remain seated until fully recovered

sit out the second half if you have felt poorly in the first half

If someone loses consciousness completely:

immediate neighbours should support them and lay them flat on their back on their own and adjacent chairs, with feet raised. This will usually cause recovery from a faint.

If they remain ill:

the Conductor’s attention should be attracted so the concert can be stopped

those people between them and the exit point of their row should file off quietly to allow first aid personnel access and the removal of the ill person. 

We have several members qualified and able to render first aid. The Church Vergers are also trained in first aid and have full first aid kits.

AND FINALLY. . .