Coming to rehearsals each week is the way to mastering the music, and also getting to know your fellow choir members. MUCS performs some very exciting and sometimes complex works, and they often require adequate preparation to ensure they can be performed well in public.
MUCS rehearsals have resumed again on Wednesday evenings for 2022.
To enable performances to take place, a number of extra Friday night orchestral or dress rehearsals at the Drill Hall may be scheduled later in the year immediately prior to major performances.
Be early or on time! With a lot of people in MUCS it can be daunting if you arrive late and have to find a place in an already crowded room. Get there in time to have a chat to your fellow singers, collect your music, find a seat in the right section and be ready to go!
Bring a pencil, and a waterbottle! Having a pencil is a great way to help you write down tips of details you learn during rehearsal. Due to Covid-19 it is difficult for MUCS to provide drinks and snacks at the moment, so its best if you bring your own waterbottle and keep hydrated!
Don't talk during rehearsal once the music starts! With so many people in the room its not fair on the conductor or accompanist, nor your fellow choristers if you are talking while other people are trying to listen or rehearse.
Try not to leave early, and be regular! If you consistently leave early or miss rehearsals you won't know the music, and it makes it difficult to balance the choir if people are not there! MUCS choristers are expected to attend 75% of weekly rehearsals to perform in concerts. We understand if there is an occasional clash of dates or family crisis to attend to, but try to commit to weekly rehearsals as a priority. The more regular you are the more you will enjoy MUCS, and the better you will become.
Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, MUCS will be employing a Covid-safety plan to ensure the health and well-being of our members. MUCS has a special QR CODE SYSTEM set up, and all choristers (including visitors) will need to scan and register BEFORE They enter the auditorium to ensure that contact tracing can be employed if necessary. Once scanned and registered you will need to show your green tick before entering.
If you are feeling unwell or showing any symptoms (such as fever, cough, runny nose etc) you should NOT attend rehearsals or any other MUCS events.
Until further notice, all singers need to wear a face mask when indoors, including when arriving and departing.
There will be an automated hand sanitiser station outside the rehearsal venue and everyone will be asked to use hand sanitiser before leaving and again on departure.
Seats will be spaced apart to enable social distancing. You will not be asked to move the chairs.
Music will be placed on the seats prior to rehearsal. All singers will be expected to remember to bring their own music each week. Extra music will generally not be available at the back of the rehearsal and will only be issued once.
Any surfaces used will be wiped or sprayed with antiseptic or ethanol as required.
In the unlikely event of you testing positive for Covid-19 you are expected to contact the secretary ASAP and self isolate: firstname.lastname@example.org