Preparing for concerts

On this page you will find advice about preparing for concerts, including links to resources that will help you learn the works and rehearse at home.

Preparing at home

Familiarise yourself with the score, making sure you know which line you should be on, and marking where it isn’t clear.

Clearly mark repeats, perhaps using a tab to easily find where the repeat starts.

Try using coloured tabs to make the different sections easier to find.

Use paper clips to close off any sections that are going to be missed out.

Find and mark where your note comes from for a new entry.

Always take a pencil to rehearsal.

Mark your score during a rehearsal,  recording breaths and all points provided by the Music Director.

At home, go through any sections that you find difficult.

Reciting the text in rhythm is really helpful, especially for fast sections and when singing in Latin or German.

Try to listen to a recording of the work so you get a sense of the work overall. You will find recordings of most classical works on YouTube or try the music streaming service Spotify.

Rehearsal tracks  

Rehearsal tracks can help you learn your voice part by listening to it in isolation and/or with the other voice parts in the background. Some are based on recorded singers and include the words, while others feature the voice parts played on an instrument.

You can buy rehearsal tracks from Choraline, at choraline.com. These are great if you prefer to hear a recording of your voice part but they aren’t free.

For just notes (no words) you could try the following free sites:

If you have an IPad or IPhone there is an excellent App called ‘Learn my part’ by Steve Tyler; get it here. If you want to see what it offers and how to use it, have a look at this useful video.

Link to rehearsal tracks for works we are performing this season.

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain has produced a free online musicianship course to help singers improve their skills in rhythm, tonal centering, and intervals. Some of the video lessons have worksheets or resources – find them at www.nycgb.org.uk/musicianship.