2–6 December 2015
THE SCRATCH® CHRISTMAS IN NUREMBERG
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 a single volume supplied by ChoraLine at a bargain price. Please note that any singers who joined us for both the previous TRBC Christmas trips need not buy a third booklet for 2015, since the repertoire is drawn from the 2011 and 2013 booklets and it will be easy to switch between books without confusion. Our programme includes the Christmas numbers from Handel’s Messiah, a Bach chorale, a new carol medley Nuit divine written for us by Jeremy Jackman and premièred in Bruges in 2013, plus arrangements of Stille Nacht, The angel Gabriel and Gaudete as well as traditional carols. There will also be items from our brass quintet and from our soprano soloist. Scores will be available from July onwards and can be ordered 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. We are currently exploring the possibility of making MP3 rehearsal tapes available for a couple of the longer arrangements.
What to wear. As the Christmas market stage is in the open air please bring warm clothing which also allows you to breathe and hear your fellow singers: nothing which covers your ears, please! Trousers would be best for ladies (these will hide all manner of warm items!), 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), this would be nice but is not obligatory; 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 will not last long, but there may be some waiting around.
Instructions about what to wear for the concert will be issued when we know a little more about the church and how warm it is likely to be. Watch this space!
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