Pirates' chorus from The Pirates of Penzance. One of the many popular choruses included in our Gala Concert on 12 May

Sunday 12 May 2013

The Scratch® Gilbert & Sullivan Gala

Royal Albert Hall, 7.30 pm

Details for singers

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The venue for the workshop on Saturday 27 April has changed.  It will now be at St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL. The time is still 2.30–5.30 pm.

Vocal scores. You need to bring your own music, since it will not be possible to purchase scores on the day. All the choruses in this Gala Concert will be found in a single book (phew!): Gilbert & Sullivan Choruses edited by Brian Kay and Robin Wilson and published by Novello.  If your local music shop cannot help, then you can order from ChoraLine (Music Dynamics) either by telephone on 0845 304 5070 (ask to speak to David) or via the website.  A list of the choruses we are singing (14 of them) is given at the beginning of the chorus instructions (see below).

Chorus instructions for this concert can be downloaded here (opens in a new window).  These instructions will be sent automatically to anyone whose booking application includes a stamped-addressed envelope, and we will also send further copies when we post your tickets. Please copy the instructions into your score, as they will help with your practising.   (These A4 pages have been scaled to print as an A5 booklet if your printer has this facility.)

Learning the music. Singers should arrive on the day already having learnt the music, since there is very little  rehearsal!  Help is at hand: CDs of individual voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor or bass) are available from ChoraLine (see first paragraph), and we have compiled a sheet of chorus instructions (see above).  Why not join our Facebook group (opens in a new window), find other singers in your area, and set up a joint practice session?  We are also offering an afternoon workshop with Brian Kay from 2.30 to 5.30 on Saturday 27 April in central London (now at  St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL, a very short walk from Piccadilly Circus tube station).  Places can be booked at the same time as you book your tickets.

Props.  When we send your tickets we may also invite you to bring some minimal ‘props’ with you to the Royal Albert Hall. We are still working on the list, but it will probably include Japanese fans, police helmets or truncheons, and pirate hats!

Rehearsals. As well as the optional workshop there is a compulsory afternoon rehearsal on the day from 3.45 pm to 5.45 pm (with orchestra); please be sure to be seated on time, as we need every available minute of rehearsal to polish these choruses. There will not be a break, so bring water if you need it.

Dress for the concert in the Royal Albert Hall should be elegant. Gentlemen usually wear suits, or sometimes a dinner jacket, and ladies are asked to abide by the TRBC colour code: something including bright- or mid-blue for sopranos, and something with red for altos. To get an idea, click here to browse the photographs of Messiah from Scratch® in November 2010.  Those who prefer comfort over elegance may opt for our official TRBC polo tops which are available in blue (sopranos), red (altos), white (tenors) and black (basses).  Click here to download an order form (which will open in a new window).

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

Dressing rooms. Gentlemen may use Chorus Room A (formerly Dressing Room 10) which is in the West corridor under the Arena, best reached from the West Arena Foyer. Ladies may use Chorus Room B (formerly DR 11) and Dressing Room 12 which are rather difficult to find—please follow signs from the West Arena Foyer or ask the Stewards for directions. Warning—these areas will not be locked at any time!

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

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