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Choir Festival FAQ & Timetable

Friday 16th - Sunday 18th September, 2011


Friday September 16, 2011
6:00 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Rehearsal
8:00 pm Home

Saturday September 17, 2011
10:00 am Rehearsal
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Outdoor games activities
2:30 pm Processions rehearsal
3:00 pm Rehearsal
4:03 pm Home

Sunday September 18, 2011
2:00 pm Rehearsal
4:00 pm Choral Evensong
5:00 pm Reception
6:00 pm Home


Magnificat & Nunc Dimitus - Sumsion
Preces and Responses - Craig Phillips
An Endless Alleluia - Jack Burnam
Let Us With a Gladsome Mind - Alan Ridout
Psalm 145 - Simplified Anglican Chant


The Festival is being held at First United Methodist Church in Conway (1001 5th Avenue, Conway, SC 29526). The church has a large worship space and an excellent 3 manual pipe organ.


Will it just be singing?
No. We'll eat together and have a trip out together, as well as learning other valuable lessons about what to do in a choir.

If it's just church music, wont it be boring?
Again, no! You'll be amazed to see just how much young singers enjoy learning challenging music and working with top class musicians and singers.

What should I wear?
For most of the time, just your ordinary clothes. For the final service we will wear robes. If you have your own robe, please bring it. If not, please make sure you tell us your height when you book and we'll make sure we have a robe for you.

Where do I get the music?
Where is a list of the pieces we will sing on the back of this leaflet. We will have all you music ready in a folder. you don't need to buy it ahead of time - just look after it when you get here. 

Where will I stay?
This is not a residential festival, so you will go home each evening. See the timetable over leaf for more details.

Is transport provided?
You will need to get yourself to and from Conway each day. If you're coming as part of a church group, you might want to travel together. We will provide any transport needed whilst you are here.

I've never been to anything like this and I'm worried about being on my own.
Don't worry, there will be others in just the same position as you, and choirs are great places to meet new people and make friends.

Who will be in charge?
It's a privilege to have Olivia Huggins as our guest choral instructor and conductor. Olivia will lead the rehearsals and other organists from the area will lead the rest of the time.

Does it matter if I can't read music?
You don't need to be able to read music to join in this weekend, but learning to read music is a really useful skill and we encourage you to start soon.

I don't go to church - can I still come?
No problem. We hope you will learn something of our faith over the weekend, and enjoy making music at the same time. At the end you will be singing in a service of worship, not just a concert.

Can adults come sing too?
If a choir director is bringing a group, we encourage them to stay and sing too. We also have a limited number of places available for Alto, tenor and Bass adult singers.

How much does it cost?
The cost is $10 to help us cover the food, etc.

How do I book?
Book on our website! Places are limited so don't delay.

Any other questions?
Please email the course registrar - Jon Blamire