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A Typical Practice Evening

Practice begins at 7.45 on Thursday evening. We realise that not all members can attend every week but everyone does their best to be there.

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. The Musical Director, or various other members take charge of this part of the evening. The practice itself is usually led by the MD and is split into two parts, with a short break in between, 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.

Sometimes we have other things to do! This is us practising poses ready for the the official photograph session for the 40th Anniversary Convention (when we were still an all-male chorus). 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