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A Typical Practice Evening

Practice begins at 7.30 on Thursday evening. We realise that not all members can attend every week but everyone does their best to be there. On average, we have 25 - 30 members at each practice.

We always begin with about half an hour of warming up. We do various vocal exercises, which vary from week to week. Warm-up is essential to getting a good sound. Ted generally takes charge of this part of the evening. Emma usually arrives towards the end of this time ready to begin the practice proper.

The practice is split into two parts, with a short break in between, mainly for relaying information and administrative tasks. During the practice we receive intensive coaching on one or two songs and do some work on some other songs from our repertoire. Sometimes we may split into the four voice sections, each of which has its own leader.

New members learn mainly from listening to the people around them (though some are proficient at reading music and need little support). Generally, you will be standing next to people in your section so it is easy to hear the sound they are making.

Most practices are led by Emma but we also have visiting coaches. Neil Firth and Rob Barber are both well-respected British chorus directors who have visited us in the past few months helping us to prepare our Convention songs. We have also had coaching from international presentation coach Theresa ‘The Finisher’ Weatherbee.

The chorus with

Theresa Weatherbee

February 2013

Sometimes we have other things to do! This is us practising poses ready for the the official photograph session at Convention. As you can see, Emma found it very amusing. As it happened, the photographer did not give us the option to choose our own pose - which is perhaps just as well.

And here we are, looking respectable, at the dress rehearsal before Convention.

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Bret conducting
Jailhouse Rock,
in Emma’s absence