Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I need to be able to read music?
A. This event is suitable to all choral singers with a basic grasp of music reading. If you can't read music, it would be very wise to learn your part beforehand (see below for details of rehearsal tracks). If you've not sung in a choir before that's ok! Come along and see what you've been missing.
Q. Where can I listen to Requiem?
A. You can find a full recording on YouTube, Spotify or Apple Music. A physical CD can be found here.
Q. Are rehearsal tracks available?
A. Yes. Head over to koor.app - you'll need to register for a free account, then you can listen to the individual voice parts, recorded by professional singers.
Q. Can friends and family come and hear us perform?
A. Yes - please do encourage people to come and hear our evening performance! Audience tickets are available through the links above.
Q. Is there a dress code?
A. For the evening concert performance, please dress all in black. There are changing facilities available at the venue.
Q. What do I need to bring?
A. Music will be provided for you on the day. It would be helpful to bring a pencil and a packed lunch (or there are plenty of places nearby to buy something during the lunch break). You'll also need a change of clothes(all black) for the evening performance.
Q. Will refreshments be provided?
A. No, but there is a tea room in the priory, and several cafés, shops, pubs and restaurants within a striking distance.
Q. Is parking available near Christchurch Priory?
A. There is a small car park adjacent to the Priory Tea Rooms, and a larger public car park next door. See BCP Council website for more details.
Q. Will music scores be provided?
A. You can borrow a vocal score on the day. If you'd like to buy one in advance (please do!), you can add it when you book your ticket.
Q. Can I buy a vocal score? And will Matthew sign it?!
A. You can buy a vocal score in advance, which is a great way to learn your part ahead of the day. It'll be posted to you when you make your booking. Matthew's always happy to sign scores during rehearsal breaks.
Q. Do I need to book? Can I just turn up on the day?
A. We can't guarantee you a place if you don't book in advance - venues are limited in space, and we may not have enough music. It's free to book so what are you waiting for?!
Q. Will there be lots of singers? I don't want to find I'm singing a part on my own!
A. Numbers vary between events, but we're expecting over 100 singers for this Requiem in a Day event. There are always a handful of strong singers to lead each section!