Can I sit with my friend?

Maybe, although it would only be possible if your friend sings the same part as you. The safest thing is to book together. Alternatively, write to PO Box 4211, Bath BA1 0HJ (email members@trbc.co.uk) asking to be seated together. Please be sure the other person has booked, and tell us who made their booking – these requests sometimes cause us much head scratching. We need to know the surnames and postcodes of the people who actually made the booking(s). However, there is one situation in which we will not be able to comply with your request to sit you with a friend. That occurs with female voices when the first booking has arrived early enough to be seated in the Stalls, and the subsequent request arrives after the Stalls are full. We do not consider it fair to push someone out of the Stalls in order to join your later booking with your friend’s early one. We may offer you the option of moving your friend(s) out of the Stalls so they can sit with you. Surprisingly, this option is not often taken up!

Where will I sit at the Royal Albert Hall?

Choir tickets are sold in three categories, Boxes, Main Singing Area and Circle. The earliest bookings are always given what we consider to be the best seats. You can view pictures of the choir at our events in our photo galleries.  Boxes and Circle are self-explanatory, but here is some clarification about how we allocate seats in the Main Singing Area.

Main Singing Area Sopranos are first of all seated in the Stalls. We may then put in two or three rows of Arena seats behind the orchestra violins, and then two or more rows behind the Basses at the back of the Stage. Finally, we fill the Choir East Section from front to back.

Main Singing Area Altos are first of all seated in the Stalls. We may then put in two or more rows behind the Basses at the back of the Stage. Finally, we fill the Choir West Section from front to back.

Main Singing Area Tenors are usually seated on a stage extension behind the orchestra. Rows 1 and 2 in that section are farthest from the conductor but are the most raised, so we consider them to be the best position.  Occasionally we do not use the stage extension, and tenors are seated on the Stage with the basses.

Main Singing Area Basses are seated on the Stage, from front to back.

Because of Health & Safety requirements, chairs on the Stage have to be strapped together so the space between them cannot be adjusted. The number of end-of-row seats is limited, but if space is a problem for you, please tell us when you send in your booking form and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Any singer with a particular request should specify their requirements at the time of booking.  This is particularly important for Messiah from Scratch®, as the lack of rehearsal means there is no chance for you to swap your seat on the day for one which is more suitable.