The magnificent high altar at Melk Abbey, where we will sing as part of the cruise (photo: Effi Schweitzer from Wikimedia Commons)

The magnificent high altar at Melk Abbey, where we will sing as part of the cruise (photo: Effi Schweitzer from Wikimedia Commons)

14–21 October 2015

THE SCRATCH® DANUBE DELIGHT

A musical cruise through the heart of central Europe

Details for singers

Latest news
07 October: see below for which numbers from Sing Britannia! will not be rehearsed.

Vocal Scores.  The collection Sing Britannia!  is edited by Stephen Jackson and published by Boosey & Hawkes (ISMN 997-0060117671) and Brian Kay will select items from this to suit the occasion. Mozart’s Missa Brevis in B flat  is published by Breitkopf (catalogue number 8624). 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.  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 choral sections of the Missa Brevis, from which Brian will select movements to sing in Melk Abbey. For Sing Britannia! please have a preliminary look at all numbers except the following, which Brian has indicated he is most unlikely to rehearse:

Britten National Anthem arrangement (1)
Land of Hope and Glory (4)
Tom Bowling/Sailor’s Hornpipe (5iii/5iv)
Ar hyd y nos (7i)
Danny Boy (7iii)
Rio Grande (7iv)

Just for absolute clarity, the list above shows the titles you do NOT need to prepare.

ChoraLine (see link above) may be able to supply voice-part rehearsal CDs and MP3 files for the Mozart; these recordings are specifically created to help choral singers memorise their vocal line and practise at home. 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. This is difficult when we will go through so many regions, but packing plenty of layers plus a light waterproof jacket should equip you for anything. There may be a formal dress requirement for Melk Abbey; if so, 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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