Conductor’s Notes – 30.03.22

Well done for our final Wednesday rehearsal of this term! I think you can all agree it’s really coming together, and I can’t wait to put it all together with the orchestra and soloists. This will be my last “Conductor’s Notes” post before the concert, so if I haven’t answered any questions here, please do drop me or Eric an email.

What we did on 23.03.22

Everything in the Gloria ‘run’ went very well. We topped and tailed small sections to make sure they were really secure.

I feel like we’re all a lot more confident with the Verdi now, especially once we’d worked on the final couple of sections, as well as finding our notes for the starts of sections and working on the text.

What we will do on 01.04.22

How is it April already?! Friday 1st’s rehearsal will be a ‘top and tail’ of everything – we should know which bits will challenge us individually, so please come prepared. Having said this, I don’t want to work you too hard as to tire you out for tomorrow, so we’ll need lots of focus to work efficiently.

A reminder that the rehearsal will be at ST PETER & ST PAUL’S CHURCH, DEDDINGTON!

Concert Day Rehearsal Schedule – Saturday 2nd April:

Set-up and Arrival:
Choir arrive and in seats by 14:20.
• Orchestra arrives and tunes by 14:25.
• Soloists arrive.

Rehearsal 1:
14:30-15:10 – Puccini Gloria.
15:10-15:30 – Puccini Credo.
15:30-15:45 – Puccini Agnus Dei.


Rehearsal 2:
16:00-16:20 – Puccini Sanctus.
16:20-16:40 – Puccini Kyrie. (Soloists free to leave.)
16:40-17:15 – Verdi Stabat Mater.
17:15-17:30 – Puccini Crysantimi. (Woodwind, Brass, Percussion & Choir free to leave.)

19:10 – Choir arrives, warm up, and ready to go on by 19:25.
19:30 – Concert begins.

Concert Dress

is either Tuxedos (Dinner Jacket, White Shirt, Black Bow-Tie, Black Trousers and Black Shoes) or All Black.

Marked Scores

As always, the marked scores are here. I’d be very sad if you hadn’t put these markings in by this point, haha!

Spotify Link

And the Spotify playlist is HERE.

See you all tonight!
– Ben