Brian Kay introduces the composer at the rehearsals for Karl Jenkins' new Gloria

Composer Karl Jenkins (left) with TRBC Principal ConductorBrian Kay at the premièreof 'Gloria' in 2010

Sunday 8 July 2012


Royal Albert Hall, 7.30 pm

Details for singers

Stop press! Ordering your deluxe double CDs. All participating Members will have received a printed order form from Abbey Road.  Sadly this has an error in the price for bundles of 10 or 20 CDs.  The price is correct if you download the form here, or order online. EMI Live has apologised for the error, and will refund anyone who has already paid at the incorrect (higher) price.

A word about CD quantities.  Discounts are given for bundles of 5, 10, 20 CDs etc, but this need not preclude your ordering, say, 23 CDs for your choir.  Order one 20-CD bundle and 3 individual CDs, and then divide the total cost by the total number of CDs ordered to get the unit price per CD.  In the example given, the 23 CDs would have totalled £392.50, so the price your singers would pay for each CD would be £17.07.

Getting copies of the music. You need to bring your own music, since it will not be possible to buy it on the day. Vocal scores of Karl Jenkins’ Gods of Olympus will not be on sale in music shops until after our première; they are currently only available from Music Dynamics which can also supply The Armed Man (be sure to order the complete work, as a choral suite is also published). Orders can be taken either by telephone on 0845 304 5070 (ask to speak to David) or via their website (opens in a new window). Music Dynamics also offers ChoraLine CDs and cassettes to enable you to learn your part in advance.

Learning the music. Singers should aim to learn the notes thoroughly before the concert, and we will help you as much as we can. CDs of individual voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor or bass) are available from Music Dynamics (see above), and we have compiled a sheet of chorus instructions which you can download here (opens in a new window). These instructions will be sent automatically to anyone who books by phone/fax or whose booking application includes a stamped-addressed envelope. We will also send further copies when we post your tickets. Please copy all instructions into your score, as they will help with your practising.

Rehearsals. There are rehearsals at the Royal Albert Hall on the day from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm (with piano); and from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. The rehearsals are not supposed to be optional: please attend both to ensure that you really know the music well. You are also encouraged to attend the London workshop on 16 June (at the Salvation Army Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London W1), where you will get expert help with learning the music and also get a feel for the piece as a whole. Scheduled to run 2.30–5.30, we will also offer a morning option if demand is sufficiently high.

Lunch on 8 July should be available from various outlets in the Royal Albert Hall, and you are reminded that the Hall does not permit patrons to bring their own food and drink into the auditorium. Kensington Gardens opposite the Hall is an ideal spot for a picnic if the weather is fine.

Dress for the concert. Ladies in groups from regular choirs may dress as they would for their own choir’s concerts. Individuals and small groups should dress as for ‘from Scratch’ concerts, in which Sopranos wear something including blue (aim for a ‘mid-tone’, please—not too pale or too dark or too green!) and Altos something with red. Official polo tops for The Really Big Chorus are quite acceptable at this event, and are available in these colours (click here to download an order form which will open in a new window). Men should wear dark trousers (no jackets and no braces, please) and are also encouraged to wear the official white tops for Tenors or black tops for Basses. Alternatively, men may sing in white shirtsleeves, with or without bow-ties.

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

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

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