Choristers

Registration Information • Key Dates • Scores • Learning Tracks • Suggested Listening • Seating • Concert Dress • Venue Map • Terms and Conditions

Welcome to the choristers page where you will find all the resources and information you need to prepare to sing in the chorus for The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins on Sunday 31 July, 2022, conducted by Carl Crossin OAM.

The Big Sing Chorus will be joined by a Symphony Orchestra of 75 players from Brighton and Marryatville Special Music Centres, joined by professional and semi-professional players and mentors.

This year’s Core Choirs (who fully rehearse the work prior to joining the Big Sing Chorus) are the Elder Conservatorium Chorale (Director Carl Crossin OAM) Marryatville High School Concert Choir (Director Aldis Sils) and Brighton Secondary School Concert Choir (Directors Emma Borgas and Andrew Barrett).

The performance will include The Armed Man Film on the big screen.

Registration for the Big Sing Chorus

Registrations are now open for the Chorus. The pandemic notwithstanding, we hope to present a chorus of 300 voices—our largest chorus ever! There are only a few places left. Your fee of $50 includes the 3 mandatory rehearsals and the performance. Before you register, make sure you are able to commit to the full mandatory schedule.

Payment of the registration fee indicates your agreement to the Big Sing McLaren Vale Terms and Conditions.

Mandatory Schedule for all Choristers

Wednesday 27 July • 7- 9:30pm
Rehearsal with orchestra and conductor Carl Crossin
Marryatville High School

Saturday 30 July • 2-5pm
Tatachilla Lutheran College, McLaren Vale
Full Orchestral rehearsal with orchestra and soloists

Sunday 31 July • 11am -1pm
Tatachilla Lutheran College, McLaren Vale
Final touchup rehearsal

Sunday 31 July at 3pm
Tatachilla Lutheran College, McLaren Vale
Performance

Optional Open Rehearsals

Voices in the Wilderness
Fridays 9.30am – 11.30am
St Johns’ Church, 379 Halifax St, Adelaide
$10 cash or card, or pay for the 10 week term.
Starting 6th May
Contact: Ela Hardy on 0412 333 561 or ela.lee@bigpond.net.au

La La Land  
Thursdays 7pm – 9pm, but not the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Eastwood Community Centre – 95 Glen Osmond Rd, Eastwood.
$10 cash only.
Starting 5th May
Contact: youngcarol67@gmail.com or 0407 718 956

Poco Tutti  
Wednesdays 3.30pm-5pm
at Tutti Arts Centre Corner of Commercial Rd and Strathmore Tce Brighton.
Tutti Arts Centre requires mandatory vaccination for staff and visitors.
Visitors will need to sign in/out and remain masked.
$10 cash or card
Starting 4th May
Contact carol.young@tutti.org OR 0407 718 956

Elder Conservatorium Chorale
Madley Rehearsal Studio, Adelaide University
4 sessions only – no charge
Wednesdays 7pm – 9.30pm
June 1st, 8th, 15th & July 20th
Contact: Carl Crossin Mob:   0418 829 324
e-mail: carl.crossin@adelaide.edu.au

Scores

You will need to purchase a vocal score if you don’t have one already, or source an official version. The Armed Man is subject to copyright and photocopies are not possible. All choristers will need to perform from the official score, without folders.

Those of you who have already taken advantage of the bulk order from Clear Music Australia—the only way to ensure the scores arrived in time—will have your scores posted directly from Clear Music.

If you don’t have a score and haven’t ordered one already, you can still register and let us know that you require a score. We are still working through the possibilities. Email gfjohn1@gmail.com

Learning Tracks

Learning tracks are available for purchase at Choraline. You will need to create a login to use the website and the learning tracks for individual parts cost $18.88 each. You can listen to extended samples on YouTube (which are much better than the short ones on the website) before you buy. Each learning track has the voice part enhanced by a wind instrument. The orchestra parts are played by an organ. Tracks with a singer are available for Sops and Altos only.

Extended samples to try before you buy on YouTube for soprano, alto, tenor, bass

We have also sourced the following tracks from http://learnchoralmusic.co.uk/ which we have converted to mp3 files.

Suggested Listening on YouTube

Concert pour la Liberté, June 2014

Vocale Neuburg (Sanctus)

Mechels Kathedraalkoor (Benedictus)

Concert Dress

Concert Dress is all black. At present we expect that you will not have to wear a mask, although you can if you wish. Whilst we encourage you to wear a black mask if you have a choice, please wear whatever mask is comfortable and effective for you, whatever colour it may be.

Seating for Choristers

If you have mobility issues you will be able to remain at ground level if you wish. Please contact Greg John prior on 0405 053 331 or gfjohn1@gmail.com

Venue

These performances of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins by Big Sing McLaren Vale will be given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty. Ltd. exclusive agent for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publisher Ltd of London.