Notices to Choir Members

Last updated: 5 May 2023
Membership enquiries and rehearsal attendance apologies:

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

Sat 5 Aug – Joint rehearsal with CCC in Timaru (date and time tbc)
Fri 18 Aug – Evening rehearsal in Christchurch Town Hall
Sat 19 Aug – Rehearsal 10:00 am-1:00 pm in Christchurch Town Hall (time tbc)
Sat 19 Aug – Brahms Deutsches Requiem and Brahms Schicksalslied, with Christchurch City Choir in Christchurch, 7:30 pm
Thu 14 Sep – 7 for 7:15-8:30 pm rehearsal with DYO in Knox Church
Fri 15 Sep DYO concert, Knox Church, 7:30 pm
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
Sun 17 Dec  Carols @ Otago Museum

Practice Resources

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem on YouTube.

   YouTube playlist with individual movements.

   Separate voice parts on Cyberbass.

Brahms: Schicksalslied on YouTube.

   Separate voice parts on Cyberbass (voice parts start 2 measures before alto entry)

For the Carols on 17 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

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 BookDepository or 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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