Concert Instructions, November 2019

St Mary’s Church Hitchin, Saturday 9th November, 7.30pm

Rehearsal 2.00pm to 4.50pm
Be in the body of the church by 1.45pm. Section leaders will then call people up to the staging. Let your section leaders know in advance if you have any particular seating needs.
Please arrive and depart as quietly as possible as there will be other rehearsing or tuning happening. Before the rehearsal begins, section leaders and the stage manager will check that everyone is in a suitable place and may move people.
Concert Dress
Men to wear DJs (or dark suit) with white shirt and black bow tie, ladies to wear long black skirt/trousers with black tops, long or ¾ length sleeves. No scarves, but poppies may also be worn. Black folders (available to hire or buy the Thursday before the concert) will be used, or you may cover your book in black paper.
Please be ready by 7.15pm for warm up. Sopranos and Tenors assemble in chapel on left (as you look at the altar). Altos and Basses assemble in chapel on right. Please carry folders so they are towards the audience. Sit when you arrive in your place. Stand when Harry appears – our plan is to have some designated people to lead the standing.
Please take care – there are many trip hazards. Remember we always have at least one first aider present, at concerts and rehearsals.
Interval at approximately 8.15pm
Applause Remain standing until Harry leaves the rostrum, and then sit. Applaud only when seated. Harry may return if applause continues. At the end of the concert, when Harry has taken his last bow, lead off as appropriate.
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, although you will be aware that our new staging requires delicate handling and therefore please defer to Bob when helping.


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