About our Rehearsals

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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:

Drinking Song23
Bring Him Home38
I Dreamed A Dream39
She Was Beautiful (Cavatina)42
The Way We Were47
You Raise Me Up49
Lullaby of Broadway67
Do You Hear The People Sing70
Theme from New York, New York71
When I Fall In Love124
Bridge Over Troubled Water127
Love Is All Around128
My Heart Will Go On137
Cole Porter Medley138
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose143

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
Shalom Chaverim

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.

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