St Mary’s Church Hitchin, Saturday 16 July, 7.30pm
Rehearsal 2.30pm to 4.40pm.
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. Before the rehearsal begins section leaders and the stage manager will check that everyone is in a suitable place and may move people.
(Summer) Concert Dress
Black trousers/skirts, bright coloured shirts/tops, preferably plain, with long or ¾ sleeves. No scarves. Black folders will be used (available to hire or buy the Thursday before the concert).
Please be ready by 7.15pm for warm up. Sopranos and Tenors assemble in chapel behind organ. Altos and Basses assemble in chapel behind pulpit. Basses and Tenors lead in, filing up the middle. Ladies use centre or outer ends of rows as appropriate. Please carry folders so they are towards the audience. Sit when you arrive in your place. Stand when Stephen appears – our plan is to have some designated people to lead the standing.
Puccini: Messa di Gloria
Interval – 20 Minutes (refreshments in Church House or outside if fine)
It would be especially appreciated by the men if the ladies left the stage promptly. After the interval reassemble and lead on as before.
Applause - remain standing until Stephen leaves rostrum, and then sit. Applaud only when seated. Stephen may return if applause continues.
Tippett: 5 Negro Spirituals
3 Shakespeare Songs (soloists)
Vaughan Williams: 5 Mystical Songs
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.
Sits and stands to be arranged.
After the concert please make sure you return your books and any hired folders. It will be much appreciated by our stage team if you can stay and help clear up – many hands make light work.