The title page of the first edition of Verdi's Requiem, 1874.

The title page of the first edition of Verdi’s Requiem, 1874.

Sunday 12 May 2019

The Scratch® Verdi Requiem

Royal Albert Hall, 7.00pm

Details for singers

Vocal scores. You need to bring your own music, since it will not be possible to purchase scores on the day. Many editions of Verdi’s Requiem exist (published by Ricordi, Novello, Bärenreiter, Schirmer and Peters) and all are musically compatible as far as we know although page numbers will differ. The edition corresponding to our chorus notes is the one published by Ricordi, and if 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.

Chorus instructions for this concert can be downloaded 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 the instructions into your score, as they will help with your practising.

Learning the music. Singers should arrive on the day already having learnt the music, since the rehearsal on the day is 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, either by telephone on 01285 6448845 or via the website;  our chorus instructions will also help you. Why not join our Facebook group (opens in a new window), 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 sometimes a dinner jacket, 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. To get an idea, click here to browse photographs from one of our previous RAH concerts.

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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