Singers must bring their own scores. Carmina Burana is published by Schott.

Sunday 14 July 2019

Carmina Burana

Royal Albert Hall, 7.00pm
(rehearsals for singers on the day at 11.00am and 2.30pm)

Details for singers

Vocal scores. You need to bring your own music, since it will not be possible to purchase scores on the day. Carmina Burana is published by Schott (ISMN 979-0-001-04014-3). The original printing (1937), with a hard-to-read script, was superseded in 1996 by a new, much clearer printing. Both are musically compatible, with the same rehearsal figures; page numbers, however, will be different. If you don’t have a local music shop, then the extremely knowledgeable staff at Blackwell’s Music Shop in Oxford will certainly be able to help.

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.

Calling tenors and basses. Carmina Burana offers a real opportunity for the lower voices to shine, with several movements scored for tenors and basses alone. The ancient texts may not be considered particularly ‘PC’ these days (if you can translate them), but these movements are enormous fun to sing, so come and join us!

Learning the music. Singers should arrive on the day already having learnt the music, since the rehearsals on the day are 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 at that stage to learn notes, but there is plenty of help available beforehand. Come to the workshop on Saturday 29 June if you can (places can be reserved on the booking form); CDs of individual voice-parts (soprano, alto, tenor or bass) are available from ChoraLine, either by telephone on 01285 6448845 or via the website www.choraline.com;  our chorus instructions will also help you. Why not join our Facebook group (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. Groups from regular choirs may wear their usual concert dress, otherwise 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. For more detailed instructions, please see our chorus instructions.

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) in the basement corridor. These rooms are rather difficult to find – please follow signs from the West Arena Foyer or ask the stewards for directions. Neither room will be locked at any time, so do not leave anything of value in them.

More questions? See our  FAQs.

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