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Rehearsing with the Choir
The choir meets every Tuesday evening at 7.30 in the upstairs sanctuary of the Trinity United Reformed Church in
St Martins Square just at the top of the High Street. Rehearsals last until 9pm. There is usually a two week break over the Christmas period,
a one week break at Easter and a more substantial six week break from early July until late August each year.
Rehearsals will vary in content from learning and polishing new material, brushing up on songs we have not used for a while,
or having a full rehearsal of a concert programme on the Tuesday immediately before a concert.
Crauford likes to start proceedings with some gentle arm and neck exercises to warm up the muscles and sort out posture,
then some vocal exercises to warm up the voices before starting into the song schedule for the evening.
We have no voice auditions for new members. Anyone wanting to join us will be made most welcome and will be invited to
join the first or second tenors, baritones or basses depending on voice range. We have often found that new members
will experiment by moving from one voice group to another until they find the one that best suits them.
We often return to venues and sing before regular audiences such as for the Poppy Appeal Concerts and RAFA Wings Appeal Concerts. We therefore
need to offer a significantly changed programme each year.
In 2019 we moved away from monthly concerts and instead prepared just one major, themed concert in a major concert
venue. The first of these had a 'Songs from the Shows' theme to it. The concert was on Friday 17 May, in the Terry O'Toole
Theatre in North Hykeham and was entitled 'From Broadway to the West End. This was a hugely successful concert (see the 'Looking Back/Concerts' web
page). We are planning another big concert at the same venue in 2020 based on the theme of Movie Music (see the 'Looking Forward/Diary' web page for details).
As we start the new decade we are looking ahead to the RAFA Wings Appeal Concert on 4 April and the big concert in the Terry
O'Toole Theatre in June. To this end choir members should now bring the following songs to the rehearsals:
|Bring Him Home||38|
|I Dreamed A Dream||39|
|She Was Beautiful (Cavatina)||42|
|The Way We Were||47|
|You Raise Me Up||49|
|Lullaby of Broadway||67|
|Do You Hear The People Sing||70|
|Theme from New York, New York||71|
|When I Fall In Love||124|
|Bridge Over Troubled Water||127|
|Love Is All Around||128|
|My Heart Will Go On||137|
|Cole Porter Medley||138|
|My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose||143|
Members are also asked to have with them at every rehearsal the following warm-up pieces:
|Dona Nobis Pacem|
|Oh How Lovely Is The Evening|
|Hiney Ma Tov|
|Hold Thy Peace|
|Viva La Musica|
|Come Follow Me|
Finally, at any time Crauford may call for music outside of the lists above. Therefore, please have the music in these lists
uppermost in your music bags and in numerical order of library number, but bring everything else as well. This way we will all reduce the time
taken to find each item at rehearsals.