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Why don’t you take telephone enquiries?
We all work from home, with very irregular hours, and at times we might be anywhere in the world so there would be no-one to answer the telephone! Please read these FAQs and if you can’t find the answer, please email us at email@example.com or write to PO Box 4211, Bath BA1 0HJ. You could also join our supporters group on Facebook, and see if anyone else knows the answer.
What do people wear at your concerts?
The dress code varies with the venue, the weather and the formality of the occasion, but sopranos generally wear something which includes mid or bright blue, and altos something which includes red. Full details are given on the Notes for Chorus which are sent out with the tickets (or earlier if you enclose a stamped-addressed envelope with your booking). Alternatively, click on the Events button at the top of this page, and then follow the links to the event you are asking about.
Where can I get hold of the music for your concerts?
Most of the works we sing are in the popular choral repertoire, so you should have no trouble getting copies from your local music shop. You may also be able to borrow the music from your local library. The information page for the event in question will tell you which edition you need if there is more than one. Alternatively, you might like to order from ChoraLine/Music Dynamics, a mail-order music retailer which offers a friendly and reliable service. To go direct to the dedicated Concerts from Scratch pages of their website click here, or telephone them on 0845 304 5070.
Can I pick up a copy of the music on the day?
Not unless you plan to visit a music shop on the way to the rehearsal! Copies of the music will not be available at any of our events—you must purchase or borrow it in advance. This is not just because selling scores would cause delays and other problems on the day, but chiefly because we prefer you to do some homework in advance, even if it is only to read the Notes for Chorus and copy the instructions into your score.
Do you sell CDs or other aids to help me learn my part?
Recorded performances of the works we sing are likely to be widely available. If you want a recording where your individual part is given prominence so that you can listen while you follow your line in the vocal score, then ChoraLine can supply CDs and MP3 files and, in the case of Handel’s Messiah, a complete learning programme called ‘3 Steps to Sing’.
I have some questions about the music; where will I find the answers?
Where appropriate, we try to answer these in our Notes for Chorus which are sent out with the tickets (or earlier if you enclose a stamped-addressed envelope with your booking). They are also available to download from the Events section of this website: go to the Events page and click through to the event in question.
The parts divide in the musical score; which part shall I sing?
Sometimes the booking forms give you a choice but sometimes they do not. The general advice is to learn whichever part you wish, and the Notes for Chorus will usually cover this. If they do not, we have probably made a mistake, so lots of people will write, and the chorus notes will be changed! Check for updates on the page specific to the event in question, or download the most recent version of the Notes for Chorus; if you are still uncertain, please write to PO Box 4211, Bath BA1 0HJ.
How well do I have to know the music?
The short answer is ‘as well as you possibly can’! There are lots of companies advertising CDs and MP3 files where you can hear your individual lines of music at the same time as following your score. Some pieces are even on YouTube where the notes highlighted on a musical stave as you hear them. With so many singers, our concerts are ideal for less confident singers, but everyone should do their best to learn the notes before they arrive. If you don’t bother at all, it not only limits your own enjoyment of the occasion, but can also be very trying for the singers around you who may have spent a considerable time on their homework.