How do I learn the music?

18 November 2020

Because we work on very few rehearsals (none at all for Messiah from Scratch®!) we have to rely on singers learning their part at home or with their own choir. With so many people singing, our concerts are ideal for less confident singers, but everyone should do their best to learn the notes before they arrive.  If you don’t bother at all, it limits your own enjoyment and may also be very trying for the singers around you  who have spent time on their homework. There are plenty of learning aids available to help you if your music reading lacks confidence (see other FAQs).

We also publish chorus notes. These are available to download for each RAH concert and contain instructions for you to copy into your score before you start to learn the music.

If there is a lot of division within a voice-part (divisi), the booking form will reflect this and ask you which part you want to sing. If the divisi is minimal, the booking form will not differentiate. The advice then is to learn whichever part you wish, and the chorus notes will usually cover this. If they don’t, we may have  made a mistake, someone will point it out, and the chorus notes will be changed! Check for updates on the page specific to the event in question, or download the most recent version of the chorus notes; if you are still uncertain, please email or write to PO Box 4211, Bath BA1 0HJ. 

Reasonably confident music readers, with a good ear, can sing along with any performance CDs (widely available from all music shops or online), or using one of the music streaming services like Spotify.

How do I learn the music?