Date

Sunday 17 December 2017

Time

6.30pm arrival, 7.30pm showtime (a.m rehearsal time as indicated in notes)

Location

Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004

Tickets

Arts Centre Melbourne, on sale October 15 2017 $61.20 adults, $27.50 children

This year’s Christmas concert will feature Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez with soloist David Rogers-Smith, South American instruments and orchestra

. . . a few reminders

  •  Pop $7 in your pocket to purchase a program as a keepsake of the evening
  • There will be an archival photographer ‘roaming’ during the concert and photos will be available to purchase early in the New Year.
  • THERE IS DEFINITLY NO PHOTOGRAPHY DURING THE CONCERT (includes mobile phones!)
  • THERE IS DEFINITELY NO VIDEOING OF THE PERFORMANCE

The Elementary boys will be singing.

Choristers will be getting a white shirt and black trousers in their calico bags which will start to go home as early as rehearsal on November 22.

The boys have worked particularly hard towards this concert and look forward to showing their performance skills on the stage of Hamer Hall.  Please read the following details carefully and note the diary accordingly.

Sunday 17 December

Concert Venue The Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

100 St Kilda Road see map (Melway Ref:  1D U3)

Rehearsal morning

Arrive:  9.30am Hamer Hall Stage Door –

At the rear of the building – if you are standing on St.Kilda Road, follow the path on the left hand side of the building, you can’t miss Stage Door at the rear on Southgate Ave off City Rd.

Parents are not permitted past Stage Door – the boys will be met by a staff member and taken backstage.

Wear: Casual clothes (as you would for regular rehearsal)

Bring: this is the tricky bit … a change of clothes for the evening (trousers and shirt).  We recommend the change of clothes be carried in the numbered calico bag that the stagewear will be sent home in – this eliminates the possibility of your forgetting to return the calico bag.

Choristers will change out of their stagewear gear after their performance in the evening before they join their family at interval. Boys will not need to bring their music.

Depart: 11am from Stage Door

Please remember that the boys will require a seat for this concert – they will sing in the first half and then join parents and family in the audience for the second half of the program.

Their complimentary ticket can be redeemed when you purchase your concert tickets. This means the boys will sit with you and not with some random in the audience. (The Arts Centre Box Office 1300 182 183 has a list of your names so they will know what you’re on about when you phone).

Performance – evening

Arrive Promptly: 6.30pm at Stage Door to meet with Mrs Boemo, Ms Brook or Mr Taylor. You will be taken as a group to your allocated dressing area.

Wear:                  

      • White performance shirt (ironed)
      • Black stage wear trousers
      • Black belt – provided by chorister –  plain black, no big showy buckle J
      • Black socks and clean polished black shoes and
      • Bow ties will be distributed prior to the performance

Bring:  Smile and enthusiasm!

Parents to collect: Beginning of interval on the lower stalls level outside Door 1.

Boys will join their parents for the second part of the concert (this is why you needed the complimentary ticket)

Depart: At the conclusion of the concert.

IMPORTANT – there is to be NO photography or videoing during the concert.  There will be an archival photographer present and photos can be purchased next year.

WARDROBE/PRESENTATION

The Choir encourages the boys to take pride in their appearance and uniform, particularly when they are representing the Choir in a public space.

We take care to ensure the uniform fits well and shoes are shined etc.  With this in mind can you pleeeeease introduce your boys to a brush or comb before the concert?

The boys use their eyes for expression when singing, but the Staff often has difficulty seeing some of their gorgeous peepers behind a hedge of hair!

HOMEWORK

  • Words, words, words! Mrs Boemo and Miss Brook can’t stress this enough.
  • All words must be memorised for the November 29 combined rehearsal.
  • Practice folding trousers (pretend with your pj pants)
  • Practice doing-up and undoing buttons

Can you help?

We are on the look-out for one ‘shirt washer’ to launder the shirts after the NBCA Christmas Concert.

We provide laundry soap – for front or top loader – hangers for the shirts, and a names list to mark them off.  Please let us know – 9872 4480 or on email at office@nationalboyschoir.com.au if you can assist with this.

The Junior boys will be singing.

Choristers will be getting a red t-shirt and black trousers in their calico bags which will be going home next week, November 29. Some t-shirts will have stars, some will not. Red t-shirt needs to be ironed inside out (so as not to smudge the star!) prior to the performance evening.

The boys have worked particularly hard towards this concert and look forward to showing their performance skills on the stage of Hamer Hall.  Please read the following details carefully and note the diary accordingly.

Sunday 17 December

Concert Venue The Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall 100 St Kilda Road see map (Melway Ref:  1D U3)

Rehearsal morning

Arrive:  9.30am Hamer Hall Stage Door –

At the rear of the building – if you are standing on St.Kilda Road, follow the path on the left hand side of the building, you can’t miss Stage Door on Southbank Ave off City Rd.

Parents are not permitted past Stage Door – the boys will be met by a staff member and taken backstage.

Wear:   Casual clothes (as you would for regular rehearsal)

Bring:    this is the tricky bit … a change of clothes for the evening (trousers and shirt).  We recommend the change of clothes be carried in the numbered calico bag that the stagewear will be sent home in – this eliminates the possibility of your forgetting to return the calico bag.

Choristers will change out of their stagewear gear after their performance in the evening before they join their family. Boys will not need to bring their music.

Depart: 11am from Stage Door

Performance – evening

Arrive Promptly: 6.30pm at Stage Door to meet with Mrs Boemo, Ms Brook or Mr Taylor. You will be taken as a group to your allocated dressing area.

Wear:                  

  • Red t-shirt (ironed)
  • Black stage wear trousers
  • Black belt – provided by chorister – plain black, no big showy buckle J
  • Black socks and clean polished black shoes and

Bring:    Smile and enthusiasm!

Depart: At the conclusion of the concert.  Boys to be collected at Stage Door.

IMPORTANT – there is to be NO photography or videoing during the concert.  There will be an archival photographer present and photos can be purchased next year.

 

WARDROBE/PRESENTATION

The Choir encourages the boys to take pride in their appearance and uniform, particularly when they are representing the Choir in a public space. Calico bags will start to go home as early as tonight.

We take care to ensure the uniform fits well and shoes are shined etc.  With this in mind can you pleeeeease introduce your boys to a brush or comb before the concert?

HOMEWORK

  • Words, words, words! Mrs Boemo and Miss Brook can’t stress this enough.
  • All words must be memorised for the November 29 combined rehearsal.
  • Practice folding trousers (pretend with your pj pants)
  • Practice doing-up and undoing buttons

 

Sunday morning – rehearsal

Arrive:                  10.30am Stage Door, Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall  (remember NO parents beyond Stage Door, thank you)

Wear:                    NBCA Street wear – short sleeve shirt, tie, blazer, taupe trousers,  black belt, black socks and polished black shoes

Bring:                    Music satchel, drink/snack

Depart:                 1.30pm

Sunday evening – performance

Arrive:                  6.30pm Stage Door, Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Wear:                    NBCA Street wear – short sleeve shirt, tie, blazer, taupe trousers, black belt, black socks and polished black shoes

Bring:                    In the Robe bagRobe*, low neck white t-shirt, white socks, clean white jiffies (these smaller items can go in the zippered pocket in the front of the bag)

Music satchel,  snack

* The robes will go home shortly!

 For those new to this garment, it will need to be hemmed by hand to suit your son.  Don’t leave it too late… there is more fabric than you think hiding in the folds! J 

 When in doubt, check out Page 22 of the current Handbook – on the website as this should answer any questions you may have.

Also the Wardrobe Ladies have endeavoured to do a check on all the bits – seams, and in particular any loose or missing buttons.  Please have a ‘mummy’ look at your robe when it arrives to ensure all the buttons are present and correct! ……Uhmmmm, and then you can hem it!!!!  

CAROL ORDER FOR THE CONCERT . . .

All boys are to prepare their music order for the concert.    Boys should write lightly in pencil, at the end of each song, which song comes next (eg at the end of O O Come All Ye write Ave Maria etc):

  1. O Come All Ye
  2. Ave Maria
  3. While Shepherds Watched
  4. Nativity Carol
  5. Ding dong Merrily
  6. O Holy Night
  7. Hallelujah Chorus

Remaining rehearsals

Friday  December 8           6.50 – 8.30pm at NBCA with boys

Sunday December 11           Cancelled unless Friday 8 was a disaster…

Friday December 15           7.00pm – 8.45pm at NBCA with orchestra/ instrumentalists

Sunday December 17, Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Rehearsal – morning

Arrive:                  10.40am (on stage 10.50am)

Depart:                 1.00pm

Concert – evening

Arrive:                  6.30pm  (on stage warmup at 6.45, concert starts 7.30pm). Misa Criolla will be in the first half after the training choirs. The other carols will be sung in the latter part of the second half.

Dress:                   Black trousers, white shirt, black bow tie, cummerbund (all provided by you – beg, borrow or steal where necessary).

Dressing rooms this year – Hamer Hall level 3 rooms 31, 32 and 33.

Assemble – Buckland Room backstage level 2.

Carols (in performance order so you can prepare your folder)

  1. O Come All Ye
  2. Ave Maria
  3. While Shepherds Watched
  4. Nativity Carol
  5. Ding dong Merrily
  6. O Holy Night
  7. Hallelujah Chorus

 


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