Karl Jenkins (left) with Brian Kay at the Royal Albert Hall on the occasion of the TRBC première of Jenkins Gloria.

Sunday 20 May 2018

The Armed Man: A mass for peace

Royal Albert Hall, 7.00pm

Details for singers

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Vocal scores. You need to bring your own music, since it will not be possible to purchase scores on the day. The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is published by Boosey & Hawkes; if your local music shop cannot help, then you can order from Blackwells either by by email: printed.music@blackwell.co.uk or by telephone: 01865 333582. Be careful to order the complete work, as an incomplete ‘Choral Suite’ also is also published, containing only about half the music.

Rehearsal. Please do your very best to be seated by 2.45pm, and allow time for any additional security measures which may be in place at the RAH, including bag-searches which are time consuming. The security team is only working for your safety, and cannot be expected to exclude you from a bag-search because you tell them you are late! Nor should you treat the rehearsal as optional: there is very little time in which to polish the performance, and you may also miss important announcements concerning the music and/or the concert. Times on the printed version of the leaflet were wrong; for the avoidance of doubt you should be seated by 2.45pm for a rehearsal 2.55–5.00pm, the first 30 minutes of which will be with piano only. There is no break in this rehearsal.

Chorus instructions for this concert can be downloaded here. They 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 the instructions into your score, as they will help with your practising. (These A4 pages have been scaled to print as an A5 booklet if your printer has this facility.)

Learning the music. Singers should arrive on the day already having learnt the music, since the rehearsal on the day is primarily to accustom everyone to the building, the size of the choir and the volume of the orchestra and to add as much polish as possible to the performance. There will be little opportunity to learn notes! Help is at hand: CDs of individual voice-parts (soprano, alto, tenor or bass) are available from ChoraLine at www.choraline.com, and the chorus instructions will also help you. Why not join our Facebook group, find other singers in your area, and set up a joint practice session?

Dress for the concert in the Royal Albert Hall should be elegant. Gentlemen usually wear suits or a dinner jacket with a white shirt, and ladies are asked to abide by the TRBC colour code: something including bright- or mid-blue for sopranos, and something with red for altos. We suggest that female tenors wear a white top with black trousers or a black skirt; you’re welcome to add a black bow-tie if you like! Male altos can dress as the tenors and basses, or wear a red shirt with black trousers.

For a good idea of the soprano and alto shades we recommend, you can visit the ‘Shop by Colour’ pages of Kettlewell Colours at www.kettlewellcolours.co.uk. Their colours True Blue, Periwinkle, Oxford Blue and Royal Blue are perfect for sopranos; True Red, Geranium, Poppy and Tomato are lovely bright reds for altos. The company is offering a 10% discount to TRBC singers until the end of July 2018: type KCSCRATCH2 into the discount code box.

Dressing rooms. Gentlemen may use Chorus Room A in the West corridor under the Arena, best reached from the Heineken Green Room (formerly known as the West Arena Foyer). Ladies may use Chorus Room B, which is rather difficult to find – please follow signs from the Heineken Green Room or ask the Stewards for directions. Warning: these areas will not be locked at any time!

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