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A floodlit view of Salamanca’s medieval cathedral (photo: Jörn Wendland, via Wikimedia Commons)

23–30 March 2016

THE SCRATCH® EASTER ESCAPE

Portugal’s breathtaking ‘river of gold’: the Douro

Details for singers

Vocal Scores.  The King’s Singers Ensemble Singing Collection  (nice, snappy title!) is published by Hal Leonard (ref. HLE08740424) and Jeremy Jackman will select items from this to suit the occasion. Haydn’s Salve Regina in G minor is published by Doblinger (ref. DOBL46006-10). If you don’t have convenient local music shop then ChoraLine offers an efficient mail-order service via its website or by telephone on 0845 304 5070. One further piece, Jeremy’s Lift up your heads, is only obtainable from ChoraLine. The company can also supply a variety of performance CDs.

Learning the music. Although we have plenty of rehearsal time on the cruise, everyone’s enjoyment will be enhanced if singers come aboard with the notes already learned. Please thoroughly learn all sections of the Salve Regina, and nearer the time we will upload a preliminary list of which numbers from The Kings Singers volume are likely to be sung. ChoraLine (see link above) may be able to supply voice-part rehearsal CDs and MP3 files for the Haydn; these recordings are specifically created to help choral singers memorise their vocal line and practise at home, so please enquire about availability. Arrive well prepared, and we will all have much more fun!

Dress. Since we have the boat to ourselves, this is less of an issue than on one of the ‘floating hotel’ cruise ships. Dining will be elegant rather than formal, and for the rest of the time we can be informal and comfortable. For shore excursions suitable walking shoes are recommended, and everyone is advised to check the weather forecast for the region before departure. If in doubt, pack layers and include a light waterproof jacket to combat possible showers. If something else is required, we will let you know. Why not bring a colour-coded TRBC polo shirt to wear at rehearsals? If you don’t yet have one, you can download an order-form here.

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