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Choral Festival 2019

Southampton and Eastleigh Choral Festival

 Saturday 30th May 2020.

KCC CHURCH HEDGE END

 

An opportunity to enjoy listening to other local choirs and to perform a short set of your favourite pieces to a like minded and appreciative audience, this non competitive event is now in it's fifth year.

With space for a maximum of 24 choirs across the day, we would love to greet choirs known and unknown for a bumper festival of song to the KCC Church in Hedge End on Saturday 30th May 2020.  

If you have not attended this festival before and would like to find out more than the notes below offer, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me a.neasom@wildern.org or call 01489 779471

Applications to enter are being taken now with final details being required by Friday 3rd April 2020.

Each choir will be allocated a 15 minute performance slot to include time for getting onto stage, introductions and applause. - see below for more details.

EVENT INFORMATION

WHERE & WHEN

This is a non-competitive festival, providing local choirs the opportunity to perform and meet other choirs. 

Date:  Saturday 30th May 2020 from  9.30 am – 5.00 pm.

Venue:  Cedar Room (Main Hall) at the King’s Community Church

Upper Northam Road, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 4BZ

The venue is situated very close to junction 7 of the M27 as you head towards Hedge End village.

Parking:

There is ample parking for 300+ cars. You can also use Turnpike Way which is opposite the golf course (next door).

Parking is available for a few coaches, but please let us know if you intend to use a coach.

 

VENUE

The Cedar room seats about 300, plus a gallery area seating 99.

Visitors are most welcome and choirs are encouraged to bring friends and supporters.

As choirs will be sitting in the audience until their performance slot the gallery will be used solely for visitors.

The performance platform will take a maximum of 72 persons.

For any performers in wheelchairs there is currently no access onto the stage itself, but those with mobility issues can be seen if the choir forms with a row on the floor and will be able to be seen clearly by the audience.

The stage area  is semi-hexagonal in shape and will accommodate 6 rows in the following pattern:-

Back row        11

                        13

                        15

                        13

                        11

Front row       9      

                                                   

An electric piano will be provided and basic PA for the playing of backing tracks only.

 

ITINERARY

There are 4 performance sessions in which 4/6 choirs can perform:-

Session 1; 9.30 am – 11.00 am 

Session 2; 11.30 am – 1.00 pm

Session 3; 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm 

Session 4; 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm.

 

REHEARSAL

From 8.50 am the Olive room on the first floor will be available.

A rehearsal timetable table will be issued sometime in May once all details have been submitted by choirs.

 

PROGRAMMES

The final programme will be published when all the details from the participating choirs is in and agreed.

There will be a programme available on the day, free to all singers.

A minimal charge for a programme will be made for audience. 

Choirs need to submit their final programme by Friday April 3rd  so that they can be collated and printed.

PLEASE note that a choir’s set is limited to 15 minutes max and MUST take into account getting to the platform, MD’s introductions and comments, and applause.

It is vital that choirs stick to this timing so as not too over-run the sessions and to be fair to other choirs who keep within their time.

 

COST

The cost for each choir is £3 per singer. (MD’s and accompanists are not charged).

This fee will cover the hire of the hall, insurance and performing rights license. The fee is due by April 3rd.

 

REFRESHMENTS

Refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits), hot and cold snacks will be available throughout the event in the KCC's well stocked Junction Cafe.

Other places to eat are close by:- The opposite side of junction 7 has a large M&S, Sainsbury’s, McDonalds & Burger King. If you carry on down Upper Northam Road you reach Hedge End village there is Domino’s Pizza, a Subway (in Budgens), a chippy and The Barleycorn Pub. 

CONTACT

For all main enquiries contact Alison at a.neasom@wildern.org