Concert Dress

Ladies' Concert Dress

Change to Ladies' Concert Dress

Ladies should wear one of the following for performing in concerts:

  • a long black dress with long or 3/4 sleeves, no bare shoulders.
  • a black blouse or top with long or 3/4 length sleeves, not too 'frilly' or decorated, with either:
    • long black skirt, or
    • long black 'evening' trousers - not jeans or chinos styles

As previously, a black jacket or cardigan may be worn as well if the weather and venue are cold.

Jewellery should not be flamboyant.

Mayfest Concert

As the Mayfest concert on 3 May is a less formal event, the ladies' dress code is a plain coloured top with long or 3/4 length sleeves in any bright colour.

Gents' Concert Dress

The dress for men for the performance of Messiah on 28 May 2022 will be black, open-necked shirts and trousers. If it is cold a black jacket may be worn as well.

For the 2 May Richmond Mayfest concert as it is less formal than usual, gentlemen should wear an open necked shirt of any plain colour. Bright colours are encouraged.

Black is the committee's preferred dress for the future but it will be discussed at the 2022 Annual General Meeting.

Choir Folders

The choir now has folders which have the choir name on them. They have been selected because they will take any piece of music the choir is likely to sing and they come with a convenient elastic strap on the spine to make them more secure to hold with one hand whilst singing. They also have plastic wallets in which loose leaf music, running order etc. can be stored securely, and a pencil.

Because of the 'branding' and the cost, choir members are asked to leave a £10 deposit in exchange for their folder but this is returnable at any time. The folders are being distributed by Jan Beeton (Membership Secretary) . Please note that choir members will normslly be expected to use the folders for concerts so that the choir looks uniform. For our performance of Messiah on 28 May, we will not use folders but all singers will need to use a New Novello edition so that a uniform style is shown to the audience.

Some members may still have the old small, plain black folders that have not now been used for about 8 years. These were fine for the old paper-backed octavo edition music but with modern editions and loose sheets overhanging them, they became inconvenient to use and looked worse than no folder at all, which is why we stopped using them. The Committee has, consequently, decided that resurrecting them is not an option. If you still have one please do not try to use it at our concerts. We will have spare new ones available.


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