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.

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 – 4:30pm
Tatachilla Lutheran College, McLaren Vale
Performance (Duration 90 minutes – no interval)

Optional Open Rehearsals

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND ANY OF THESE OPTIONAL REHEARSALS, ITS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU CONTACT THE ORGANISER TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE SPACE FOR YOU.

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 and Sunday 17 July at 1-5pm (new addition)
at Tutti Arts Centre Corner of Commercial Rd and Strathmore Tce Brighton. Enter from Commercial Rd through the gate adjacent to the grassed area.  Plenty of parking across the road.
Tutti Arts Centre requires mandatory vaccination for staff and visitors. BYO mug for coffee/tea. 
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 to confirm attendance (numbers are capped at 75)

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

McLaren Vale
Thursdays 7pm – 9pm, June 30, July 7 & 14
St Margaret’s Anglican Church Hall
99 Main Road, McLaren Vale
$5  – cash only
Contact: Greg John, Email: gfjohn1@gmail.com, Phone: 0405 053 331

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. If you don’t yet have a score, email Greg John – we may have a few spares. Email gfjohn1@gmail.com

Marked Score: Carl Crossin’s Conductor’s marked score is now available for download – please mark your own score (in pencil) ready for the first rehearsal with Carl and bring a pencil and eraser. We are assured that if you don’t know what some of the markings mean, Carl will make it clear at the first rehearsal on July 27th.

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, Folders and Masks

Concert dress is all black (including jackets/jumpers if the weather is cold—the stadium is not air conditioned). Change rooms are available if needed.

UPDATE: Mindful of the current situation with the pandemic, Big Sing McLaren Vale, in consultation with our collaborators, have determined the following:

Masks will be required for all combined rehearsals (from Wednesday 27 July onwards)

Masks will not be required for the performance but you may wear one if you wish (black is preferable)

We ask that you take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) the day before the performance. If you either test positive or are unwell in any way, we ask that you stay at home. Please let us know so we can adjust the seating arrangements.  We can refund your fee if you wish.

We will have a supply of black medical face masks level 3 (Ozguard) available on performance day. As we all have the same official score, we will not be using folders.

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

Registration for the Big Sing Chorus

Registrations have now officially closed for the chorus as we reached our capacity of 300—our largest chorus ever! However, if you have an official score, there are now a few places left as some registrants have indicated they are no longer able to participate. We can accept a few more choristers through the booking site. If you have registered, note that your fee of $50 includes the 3 mandatory rehearsals and the performance. We expect that all registered choristers can commit to the mandatory schedule. Payment of the registration fee indicates your agreement to the Big Sing McLaren Vale Terms and Conditions.

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.