Mozart’s friends sing the Requiem the day before his death (detail of a picture by Thomas Shields, 1882)

Sunday 7 May 2017


Royal Albert Hall, 7.00 pm

Details for singers

Vocal scores. You need to bring your own music, since it will not be possible to purchase scores on the day. Mozart’s Requiem will be sung in Latin using Süssmayr’s completion (with accompaniment by W. T. Best and without additional modern editing).  Many singers will already possess the Old Novello edition, still available as a reprint, but the Barenreiter edition is compatible.  If you cannot find a copy, and your local music shop cannot help, then the extremely knowledgeable staff at Blackwell’s Music Shop in Oxford will certainly be able to do so. Telephone them on 01865 333582 where you will be able to speak either to Peter McMullin or to Stephanie Martin, or email your order to them at Include all relevant details in the email, but please do not include credit card details as these never be sent over the Internet unless via a secure website where the data can be encrypted.

Learning the music. Singers should arrive already having learnt the music, since there is only the shortest of rehearsals (see below). We have compiled a sheet of chorus instructions specific to our performance which you can download here (opens in a new window). These instructions will be sent automatically to anyone whose booking application includes a stamped-addressed envelope, and 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. CDs/MP3 files of individual voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor or bass) are available from ChoraLine. Why not join our Facebook group (opens in a new window), find other singers in your area, and set up a joint practice session?

Rehearsals. There is a ‘topping and tailing’ rehearsal on the day from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm (with orchestra); please be sure not to miss this as it is easier to sort out any seating or musical problems at this stage rather than encounter unforeseen difficulties at 6.55 pm.

Dress for the concert in the Royal Albert Hall should be elegant. Gentlemen usually wear a dinner jacket or suits, and ladies are asked to abide by the TRBC colour code: something including mid-blue for sopranos, and something with red for altos. To get an idea, click here to browse the photographs of Messiah from Scratch® in November 2010.

Dressing rooms. Gentlemen may use Chorus Room A (formerly Dressing Room 10) which is in the West corridor under the Arena, best reached from the West Arena Foyer. Ladies may use Chorus Room B (formerly DR 11) and Dressing Room 12 which are rather difficult to find—please follow signs from the West Arena Foyer or ask the Stewards for directions. Warning —these areas will not be locked at any time!

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

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