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Choir Practice

  • Practices are held weekly for a few months at the beginning of the year, and again for a few months at the end of the year, with a mid-year ‘winter’ break of approximately three months. Each of these practice periods constitutes a ‘season’.

  • The number of practice periods in a season is determined by the conductor based on the number of performances and the amount of new material to be learnt.

  • Practices are held on Wednesday evenings commencing at 7.30 pm and lasting approximately 1 ½ to 1 ¾ hours. Currently these are held at the Colonel Light Gardens Church of Christ on Goodwood Road.

  • Members are required to arrive about 10 mins prior to 7.30 pm so that a prompt start can be made.

  • Apologies need to be given to the choir manager or the conductor, at the very latest, early afternoon of the day of practice.

  • It is expected that members will make a commitment to attend practices regularly, and be available for performances as organised.

  • Attendance at practice at the beginning of each season needs to be a high priority, as this is often the time when new work is being learned.

  • Attendance at at least one of the last two practices prior to a performance is a MUST.

  • As a common courtesy to the conductor and fellow choristers, comments and general conversation needs to be kept to minimum.

  • Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided for supper at the end of each practice (covered by the beginning-of-season fee).

  • 60% minimum attendance at practices is required to be able to perform at a specific venue.

    If this is not met, the conductor (in consultation with the committee) has the right to include or exclude a chorister based on :-

  • previous record of attendance

  • knowledge of the music to be performed

  • ability to learn at home

  • willingness to practice at home

  • success of such ability and willingness to practice.