11–15 December 2013
THE SCRATCH® CHRISTMAS IN BRUGES
Details for singers
Scores. Christmas concerts, often featuring lots of short pieces, can leave singers juggling with endless bits of music. For this trip, everything you need is contained in one 80-page volume supplied by ChoraLine at a bargain price. Our programme includes a large chunk of Messiah, a Bach chorale, a brand new carol medley Nuit divine written specially for us by Jeremy Jackman, plus arrangements of the Coventry Carol, Away in a manger, The angel Gabriel and Gaudete as well as traditional carols. There will also be items from our brass quintet and from our soprano soloist. Order your scores from ChoraLine by telephone on 0845 304 5070 or directly from the ChoraLine website.
Learning the music. To help you arrive prepared and ready to sing, Jeremy has compiled a page of chorus instructions which we ask you to study in conjunction with your scores (you won’t be able to lose these instructions: they are printed at the beginning of the book). We urge you to take some time to familiarise yourself with the notes before you leave home. If you assume that because these are Christmas carols you will have sung them all before, then you might find yourself taken by surprise—we guarantee that there will be at least five items not found in any other publication.
What to wear. As we will be singing outside on at least two occasions (the Christmas market and the Menin Gate) please come with warm clothing which also allows you to breathe and hear your fellow singers: ear-muffs and other ear coverings will be banned! Trousers would be best for ladies (these will hide your boots and leg-warmers), and you will all need to wear outdoor coats. If you can add a coloured scarf (usual TRBC colours of mid-blue for sopranos and bright ‘Christmas’ red for altos), then this would be good; fingerless gloves (also colour-coded?) will keep your hands and wrists warm and allow you to turn the pages. Please think about this in advance so that you can be warm without compromising your ability to sing; the outdoor singing slots will not be terribly long, but there may be some waiting around.
We are not sure of the heating arrangements for Sint-Jakobskerk, so pack concert clothing which will, if necessary, hide warm thermal undergarments! Concert dress should be smart for everyone: ladies should wear all black (full-length skirts or trousers), and gentlemen should wear dinner jackets for preference, with a white shirt and black/dark bow-tie (if you don’t possess a DJ, then a black suit or smart black jacket/trousers would do, but please still wear a white shirt and a black/dark bow-tie). This will not be polo-shirt weather, but if you’d like to buy one anyway you can download an order-form here.
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