Notices to Choir Members

Last updated: 25 September 2023
Membership enquiries and rehearsal attendance apologies:

Regular Tuesday rehearsals 7:30-9:30 pm are a given, unless stated otherwise.

Thu 2 Nov – Rehearsal 7:30-9:30 pm at MPCC, with NZSO conductor Gemma New
Fri 3 Nov – Town Hall 4:45-5:30 pm warm up rehearsal 
Fri 3 Nov – Town Hall 6:00-7:00 pm choir and orchestra rehearsal
Fri 3 Nov – NZSO Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe7:30 pm performance, Dunedin Town Hall. Scores to be returned immediately after the performance for transport with the NZSO (scores uncleaned if necessary).

Fri 24 Nov  Town Hall 7:15-10:15 pm rehearsal (tbc)

Sat 25 Nov  Town Hall 2:00-4:30 pm rehearsal  (tbc)

Sat 25 Nov  Messiah, 7:30 pm in Dunedin Town Hall
Sat 23 Dec  Carols @ Otago Museum (time tbc)

Practice Resources

Brahms: separate voice parts on Cyberbass.

Ravel: Daphnis et ChloƩ, Suite No. 2 on YouTube

This recording is of the entire work, and we are only performing Suite no. 2. This starts at 39:01
Figure 160 (page 75) is at 41:08
Page 76 begins at 41:17
Figure 161: 41:35
Figure 162: 42:00
Figure 163: 42:22
Figure 166: 43:03
Figure 168: 43:43
The choir is then silent until just after figure 212 (page 103)
Figure 210 (page 102): 53:10
Figure 211: 53:23
Figure 212: 53:32
Figure 216: 54:04
entry on page 109: 54:19

Separate voice parts

First section, pages 76 to 84. The excerpt starts right at the top of page 76, i.e. 2 bars after figure 160.

Soprano 1          Soprano 2


Tenor 1              Tenor 2


All voices

Second section, starting at figure 212 on page 103.

Soprano 1          Soprano 2

Alto 1                 Alto 2

Tenor 1              Tenor 2

Bass 1                Bass 2

All voices

With thanks to JohnF's Rehearsal Files

Handel: Messiah on YouTube

   Separate voice parts on Cyberbass

For the Carols on 23 December: Carols Live @ Otago Museum

Christmas Carols (YouTube videos collection on choir website page)

Score loan policy
  • Please use only a soft 2B pencil to mark up the score.
  • Clean the score with a soft eraser before returning it to the Librarian.
  • Return the score by the due date as announced.
  • If you cannot return the score on the due date, please make arrangements to return the score before the due date.
  • If you have lost or badly damaged a score you will be expected to pay for a replacement.
  • If you return your score after the due date you will be liable for a handling, packaging and postage fee of $10.
Thank you, we appreciate your care and consideration.

Where to get Messiah scores
Handel's Messiah is performed every second year. You can get your copy from one of the suppliers listed here: Messiah score. If you have any difficulty with obtaining a score, speak to the choir's Librarian.

Would you like to use the score on your tablet? You can download a PDF of the Novello Watkins Shaw edition of Handel's Messiah suitable for use with forScore on iPad or MobileSheets on Android tablets. This PDF (23 MB) contains bookmarks for the choruses and the usual stands and sits are noted.

100 Carols for Choirs

The choir regularly performs Christmas Carols at the end of the year. Members are expected to purchase their own copies of 100 Carols for Choirs. These can be purchased online from Fishpond. Here is a selection of the carols City Choir has performed in the past.

Formal concert dress
For women, the uniform consists of a black top and black skirt or dress trousers, or a black dress. The neckline can be any shape. Sleeves should be 3/4 length, to long. Skirts and trousers should be 3/4 length, to long. Black stockings and black shoes complete the outfit.

For men, the uniform consists of a black dinner suit, white dress shirt, black bow tie, black socks and black shoes.

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