Who is taking part?
All the participants are amateur musicians. We have invited several choirs, orchestras and ensembles and have also placed ads in newspapers to invite groups and individual musicians we haven’t got in our data bases. Feel free to help spread the word!
What will be happening?
During the afternoon each ensemble will have the chance to present a short performance – not an entire concert program! - about 20 minutes of repertoire – maybe a movement or two from something you are working on for your next concert, or something from your last concert if you’ve still got the music. We realise that most groups will be presenting their final concert for the year just a few weeks after the festival, so we hope you will have some of your program in pretty good nick for a performance. If you can't gather your whole ensemble for the day, why not send along a section to play some chamber music.
To conclude the afternoon, at 5.00pm we are inviting all orchestral musicians and choristers to join us for a massed orchestral/choral sight reading through some popular classics.
We encourage as many of you as possible to take the opportunity to play some chamber music as well. We hope that members of choirs and orchestras will break down into chamber groups or form impromptu quartets or chamber choirs with new or old friends. You may wish to prepare something in advance or simply find some friends and bash through that Beethoven quartet you’ve always wanted to look at. We have maybe four or five hours and several venues to fill and if people want to perform all afternoon that's fine. Try and bring whatever music you think you may need. We are unlikely to be in a position to provide music for all and sundry.
We would like to stress that the afternoon is not about polished performances for the general public. It is about us as amateur musicians enjoying a chance to play music together, and those members of the public who come along to hear us can enjoy that process for what it is.
Where will we be playing?
Who will we be playing for?
We will provide you with a sign to hang over a music stand so people know who you are and perhaps what you’re playing. We'll provide the public – and fellow musicians – with a program along with a map of the venues. We suggest you also bring some literature about your group and shamelessly recruit new performing members or audience!
What do we need to bring?
What should I do when I arrive?
Where can my choir warmup?
Can I get a coffee or a meal between sessions?
Can I leave my valuable instrument somewhere safe while I go for that coffee?
Where can I park?
Is there a fee for performing?
Does it cost anything?