Sunday 10 July 2016


Royal Albert Hall, 7.00 pm

Details for singers

Download last-minute details for singers (uploaded Friday 8 July)

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Vocal scores. You need to bring your own music, since it will not be possible to purchase scores on the day. Orff’s Carmina Burana is published by Schott, and if your local music shop cannot help, then the extremely knowledgeable staff at Blackwell’s Music Shop in Oxford will certainly be able to do so.

Learning the music. Chorus instructions for this concert can be downloaded here (opens in a new window) and will be sent automatically to anyone whose booking application included a stamped-addressed envelope. We will also send further copies when we post your tickets. If you want to listen to your individual vocal line while out and about, or while following the score from your armchair, then a rehearsal CD or an MP3 download from ChoraLine is just what you need.

Rehearsals/workshop.  In addition to the two compulsory rehearsals on the day (11.00 am to 1.00 pm with piano,  and from 2.30 pm to 4.15 pm with orchestra), Bob Chilcott will direct an optional central London workshop on Saturday 18 June from 2.30 to 5.30. The venue is Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church at the top end of Shaftesbury Avenue, which is pretty much equidistant from Tottenham Court Road (Northern/Central lines) and Holborn (Piccadilly/Central lines) tube stations. The church can accommodate more than 500 singers, and is an ideal space for us as well as being well situated for other London attractions. The British Museum is close by (open 10 am to 5.30 pm); London’s vibrant Covent Garden district (open all hours!) is a ten-minute walk or one underground stop from Holborn; ‘theatreland’ and the shops of Oxford Street and Regent Street are walkable or a short bus-ride away. Everything you need for a complete day out is within easy reach, so come and join us. Tickets are £13 per singer if booked in advance on the order form, or £15 on the day.

Lunch on the concert day will be available from various outlets in the Royal Albert Hall at 1.00 pm. There will be sandwiches, soups and snacks available in both Arena Foyer Bars, and details of a 20% reduction on food in the Verdi Italian restaurant for those who pre-book have been sent out with tickets. (You are reminded that the Hall does not permit patrons to bring their own food and drink into the auditorium.)  Kensington Gardens opposite the Hall is an ideal spot for a picnic if the weather is fine.

Dress for the concert. Ladies in groups from regular choirs may dress as they would for their own choir’s concerts. Individuals and small groups should dress as for ‘from Scratch’ concerts, in which Sopranos wear something including mid-blue and Altos something with bright red. Official polo tops for The Really Big Chorus are quite acceptable at this event, and are available in these colours (click here to download an order form which will open in a new window). Men should wear dark trousers (no jackets and no braces, please) and are also encouraged to wear the official white tops for Tenors or black tops for Basses. Alternatively, men may sing in white shirtsleeves, with or without bow-ties.

Polo shirts will be available for sale on the day in the Door 6 Foyer of the Royal Albert Hall.

For other questions you might have, click here to go to our page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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