2022 Newcastle Music Festival Choir

It’s on again! Singers from the community are invited to join the 2022 Newcastle Music Festival Choir. The Choir will comprise 80 singers this year, made up of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. There will necessarily be a limit to the number of voices in each range, due to space restrictions and Covid precautions.

Registration will open in mid May.

If you participated in the 2019 Festival Choir you will receive an email. Otherwise, please watch this space or our Facebook page, or the Festival Newsletter for notification. You can sign up to the Festival Newsletter by clicking on Newsletter in the top menu. 

The choir will be performing on Sunday 7 August at 2.30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral. 

The repertoire we will sing is:

Missa Pace (Mass for Peace) – Dr. David Banney – world premiere

Requiem – Gabriel Fauré

Please bear the following points in mind if you are thinking of registering:

  • There will be a fee of $25 to participate, to assist with music printing costs and insurance.
  • Registration and payment must be completed by June 14. 
  • If your voice type is fully subscribed by the time you attempt to register, you will be able to join a waiting list, in case anyone has to withdraw.
  • The Requiem and Missa Pace will be sung in Latin. Coaching in pronunciation will be provided.
  • There will be a total of only 6 rehearsals commencing late June, and you will be expected to attend ALL rehearsals, unless illness prevents you.
  • Rehearsal Dates: Tuesday evenings 7-9pm on June 21, 28, July 12,19 & 26 (yes July 5 is a school holiday break in the middle), and the final dress rehearsal is Saturday 6th August – 1pm-4pm.
  • Music will be distributed on the evening of the first rehearsal and you will asked to familiarise yourself with the Requiem music, where possible, before attending the first rehearsal, by watching YouTube videos or listening to CDs.
  • Rehearsals will be held at the Christ Church Cathedral, Church Street, Newcastle. Most rehearsals will be seated.
  • Choristers will be standing on choir risers in the performance. Seating on chairs will be limited to only those who are unable to stand on the risers. You may be required to stand for lengthy periods in the performance.

Participation in the Festival Choir is one of the great opportunities offered by Newcastle Music Festival, and an inspiring and wonderful community experience. DO JOIN US!

Registration will open in mid May.