Christmas Concert Instructions 2016

St Mary’s Church Hitchin, Saturday 17 December, 7.30pm
Rehearsal 2.30 to 4.30pm Please be in the body of the church by 2.15pm. Section leaders will then call people up to the staging. Let your section leaders know in advance if you have any particular seating needs. Allow time for parking!
Mince Pies Please bring mince pies to the rehearsal (to serve in the interval) and leave them at the back of the church. Leftover mince pies will go to the Hitchin Sanctuary who are doing our interval refreshments.
Concert Dress Men to wear red bow ties with black suits/DJs and white shirts. Ladies to wear red tops, or red scarves, red jewellery or other red accessories with long black skirts or trousers. The red tops should be plain with long or 3/4 length sleeves.
If you don’t wish to wear red, the alternative is black suits/DJs, white shirts and black bow ties for the men, and long black skirts or trousers and black tops with long or ¾ length sleeves for the ladies. Black shoes. Blue scarves will not be worn.
Everyone will wear hospice favours (on the left) which will be available at choir rehearsal. Black folders will be used (available to hire or buy the Thursday before the concert), or you can back your books in black paper.
Music Carols for Choirs 1,2 and World. This year there are no readings. Sits and stands please follow Stephen.
Concert Assemble by 7.15. Sopranos and Tenors in the chapel behind organ and Altos and Basses in the chapel behind the pulpit. Basses and Tenors lead in, filling up centre of staging. Ladies use centre or outer ends of rows as appropriate. Please carry folders towards the audience. Sit when you arrive in your place. Stand when the conductor appears.
Applause Remain standing until Stephen leaves rostrum, and then sit. Applaud only when seated. Stephen may return if applause continues.
Interval 20 minutes, with refreshments in Church House. It would be especially appreciated by the men if the ladies left the stage promptly. After the interval reassemble and lead on as before.
At the end of the concert, when Stephen has taken his last bow, front rows of ladies lead off from outer ends; rest file out from centre of staging.
After the concert please make sure you return your books and hired folders to the boxes placed by the librarians. It will be much appreciated by our stage team if you can stay and help clear up – many hands make light work.

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