Are there special instructions for TRBC performances?

A set of musical instructions (Chorus Notes) is published for each concert; details include breathing, note lengths extra dynamics and where to stand/sit. A single copy is sent with the acknowledgement of your order, and you can download more copies at any time from the relevant concert page on our website.  When we send your tickets (just a few weeks before the concert), we send multiple copies of the Chorus Notes for everyone in your party.

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. Sometimes an instruction is changed, and we update the Chorus Notes: check for updates on the relevant concert page and make sure you have the most recent version; if you are still uncertain, please write to PO Box 4211, Bath BA1 0HJ or email members@trbc.co.uk.

Can we buy practice CDs or downloads?

For less experienced singers there are plenty of sophisticated resources available from various suppliers, where your individual vocal line is brought out from the texture enabling you to hear it more clearly. We recommend the comprehensive range of rehearsal material created by ChoraLine: the company has produced an app giving access to hundreds of sound-files at the click of a button – find out more about this at https://www.choralineapp.com/ where you can download the app for your particular device.

ChoraLine also produce ‘Easy Play’ learning files for the different voice parts available in MP3 format; the same content is also produced as CDs distributed by Presto Music. Visit https://www.prestomusic.com/sheet-music; into the search box key Choraline, followed by the name of a composer or a work, and a list of available titles will come up. Presto will also supply ChoraLine’s ‘Three Steps to Sing’ programme – a comprehensive learning tool for anyone needing to learn Handel’s Messiah

You can also find lots of sound files on YouTube, some of which show your vocal line on the screen synchronised with the audio file.