Following much discussion about how we present ourselves
the general consensus seemed to be that as we are improving musically
it would be a good idea to pay a bit more attention to our presentation
so that we look as well as sound the part!
The following are some suggestions we would like to adopt –
as you will see in some cases we have outlined an ideal but accept
that this may not be achievable/practical for everybody and /or in
every circumstance. The idea is that we have a common understanding
of what we are aiming for and each do the best we can!
Code for Concerts
Black shirts with no tie or DJs, white shirts and black bow ties (in
summer, depending on weather, may dispense with jackets but please
bring them anyway just in case)
Dark shoes and socks (preferably black)
Long black skirt or trousers (or short with black tights/stockings!)
Black top with long sleeves (in winter) or short sleeves/sleeveless
(in summer but no vest tops please)
Dark shoes/boots (preferably black)
Discreet jewellery and no coloured scarves/belts etc
Black cardigan/jacket or long sleeved top as well in case needed
Code for Services
Suit, light shirt and tie (preferably not too bright!) (in summer,
depending on weather, may dispense with jackets but please bring them
anyway just in case)
Summery dress preferably not too strappy
Cardigan/jacket or long sleeved top as well in case needed
Ideally we should ‘go on’ with only our music ie no bags/water
bottles etc. Whenever possible we will arrange to have a safe place
to leave stuff of a ‘minder’ or two to look after bags
etc but it would be helpful if you could leave valuables at home/in
hotel safes as much as possible and get into the habit of using/bringing
a small plain black bag to use if we can’t cater for valuables.
If you really must have water please try to put it in position before
we process on so that you don’t have to carry it with you and
please drink it discreetly – you don’t see professional
choristers swigging water between numbers!
Ideally we should all have our music in order in a folder prior to
going on so that we don’t have to shuffle through bits of paper
during the performance. It would also be preferable to have all music
with you throughout the performance to avoid having to retrieve pieces
from the floor or from where you were sitting.
Obviously there are some barriers to this ideal. The programme is
subject to change (even during the performance as we experienced in
Brussels!). Several pieces may be from the same book. Carrying all
the music may be heavy. However a bit of forward planning and some
photocopying could help a lot and we are working on the folders.
The way we get on and off (and to and from our singing positions if
these are different from where we are sitting) can have a big impact
on our ‘professionalism’. Obviously we can not have a
standard solution as all venues are different so we will look at each
one as we get to it and decide what is best.
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