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Royal Norfolk Show – Showstoppers
Thu 29 June 2017, 14:00 – 19:00 BST
'Choir of a thousand' to perform at this year's Royal Norfolk Show!
A once in a lifetime opportunity for singers of all ages to participate in a mass choir and perform in the Grand Ring at the Royal Norfolk Show, led by choirmaster Mark De Lisser.
The Royal Norfolk Show is the UK’s largest two-day country show attracting over 80,000 visitors. This year, Celebrating the Arts will be one of the top-level themes at the Show. The centre-piece of this theme will be the culmination of a county-wide community choir project – Showstoppers. This mass choir will have the prestigious opportunity to perform at the show’s closing ceremony in front of thousands of visitors and media.
Under the leadership of the Norfolk Music Hub in partnership with The Wharf Academy and Young Norfolk Arts Trust, a choir of a thousand will be assembled from all parts of Norfolk, bringing together school choirs and community choirs. Showstoppers will perform a specially commissioned piece of music composed by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, one of the UK’s leading contemporary composers. The piece will have strong connections to Norfolk and its rural landscape with a text written exclusively for the Show by local librettist Molly Naylor and will focus on all that our beautiful county has offer. The choirmaster will be Mark De Lisser (BBC's The Voice UK, The Choir).
Showstoppers will provide a unique opportunity for one thousand children and adult singers to come together for an unforgettable experience. It is envisaged that the choir will consist of two-thirds school children and one-third adult community choirs.
To take part in the biggest choir ever formed in Norfolk, just click the register button and fill in your details.
Selection is on a first come first served basis. Registration will close on Friday 28 April.
- Sunday 28 May (10.00 - 13.00)
- Sunday 18 June (10.00 - 13.00)
Both rehearsals will take place at the Royal Norfolk Showground.
Resources are available online for you to practice ahead of the performance. (You will be sent a link when you sign up).
- The Grand Ring at Royal Norfolk Showground
- Thursday 29 June
- Performance time 6 - 6.10pm (subject to change)
- You may be required for a rehearsal during the afternoon of the performance. Why not make the most of your ticket for the Royal Norfolk Show and see what it has to offer!
Tickets to the show:
Once choir registration has been confirmed, each choir’s administrator will be issued with a ticket and car parking pass for each performer to gain entry to the Showground. In addition, each performer will be entitled to purchase two discounted tickets and one free car park ticket for their chaperone/guests to visit the Royal Norfolk Show to watch the performance. The discounted ticket price will be £5 and these tickets will be available to purchase from the RNAA website only, using a unique code. All tickets are valid from 2pm on Thursday 29th June 2017. Further details will be issued in due course. You are advised to arrive at the Showground in good time and to allow plenty of time for your journey.
Are there minimum age requirements to be able to take part?
Anyone under 18 will need a chaperone but there are no minimum age requirements. We do advise that participants have some experience of singing in a choir and performing.
Can I register as an individual?
Yes! Everyone is welcome, and over 18s can join as individuals. Under 18s will need a chaperone.
Can I register my whole choir?
Yes, please do! Just register for the number of choir members taking part and make sure to fill in the contact details for the main choir representative. This person will be responsible for their choir members.
What about chaperones?
Each performer will be entitled to purchase two discounted tickets and one free car park ticket for their chaperone/guests to visit the Royal Norfolk Show to watch the performance. The discounted ticket price will be £5 and these tickets will be available to purchase from the RNAA website only, using a unique code. All tickets are valid from 2pm on Thursday 29th June 2017. Further details will be issued in due course.
Further information regarding school ticket ratios can be found on the RNAA website - royalnorfolkshow.rnaa.org.uk/schools/tickets/
What will the piece be like?
The piece will have strong connections to Norfolk and its rural landscape with a text written exclusively for the Show by local librettist Molly Naylor and will focus on the earth, agriculture, and all that our beautiful county has offer. It will last about 10 minutes and be made up of 5 movements, which will be mainly sung in unison.
Will there be support to help learn the piece?
Yes - you will have the opportunity to practice with backing tracks. Additionally extra support will be provided by vocal leaders from Norfolk Voices - to arrange this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I can't attend all of the rehearsals?
We strongly recommend that you commit to all of the rehearsals when registering. However, there will be backing tracks available to rehearse with in your own time, and extra support on offer (see above).
What if I've already bought tickets for the Royal Norfolk Show?
Tickets are non-refundable, however your ticket will allow you to be able to enjoy the whole day at the Showground before the performance.
What can I bring into the showground?
We will be providing water for all choir members and a place for bags to be kept during the performance. We suggest you bring packed lunches or enough money to buy food. There will be plenty of food stalls available at the Show.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
For full details see royalnorfolkshow.rnaa.org.uk/plan-your-visit/how-to-get-there/. You are advised to arrive at the Showground in good time and to allow plenty of time for your journey.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Email email@example.com or call 01603 303346.