Calling all Plymouth choirs! Mayflower 400 needs you

May 09, 2019

Do you lead a choir or singing group? Would you like to take part in a momentous, global event on Plymouth Hoe?

Wednesday, September 16 2020, is the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth. To mark this moment in history there will be a major four nations ceremony on Plymouth Hoe.

We are looking for existing community choirs and singing groups from Plymouth and the surrounding area who would like to take part in this event.

A wide range of singers, of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are wanted to create a stunning musical performance.

The event offers the chance for a significant number of people to be involved. To ensure the right balance of singers, choir leaders must complete the online application form for their group to take part.

Applications must be submitted by Sunday, June 9, and all choirs will be notified of the outcome at the beginning of July 2019.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY AND GET INVOLVED

FAQs

Can any choir get involved?

While there is the chance for a significant amount of people to take part, we will need to limit numbers to some extent. We want to involve a wide range of singers from beginners to fully trained, across all ages and communities. Any choirs, no matter what their experience and style, can apply to get involved.

What is the time commitment required?

Each choir will be expected to learn a new piece of work within their own rehearsal schedules. We appreciate that each choir will have different learning strategies and our Director of Music will be available to support as required.

Choir/Singing Group Leaders will need to attend the following events:

  • One session to learn the song in January 2020
  • One recording session in January 2020
  • Your group’s own rehearsal schedule from April 2020
  • Full rehearsal w/c September 7 2020 (full day, date and venue TBC)
  • Technical rehearsal on Tuesday, September 15 2020 on Plymouth Hoe (time TBC)
  • Performance on Wednesday, September 16 2020 (afternoon/evening, exact times TBC)

Choir/Singing Group members will need to attend the following events:

  • Your group’s own rehearsal schedule from April 2020
  • Full rehearsal w/c September 7 2020 (full day, date and venue TBC)
  • Performance on Wednesday, September 16 2020 (afternoon/evening exact times TBC)

CLICK HERE TO APPLY AND GET INVOLVED

 

Mayflower 400 choir

What support will be offered to learn the music?

There will be an initial session where all choir leaders will come together to learn the music. There will be a variety of rehearsal materials available.

Do my singers need to read music?

No. In order to keep the event as inclusive as possible we are covering all learning styles and providing noted and recorded rehearsal material.

Can I take part if I’m not in a choir?

Due to the vast scale of this project we can only work with existing choirs. Many choirs are open to new members so we would suggest you join a choir if you would like to get involved.

Why is there a selection process?

This is a very large event but we do need to limit numbers. We want the event be representative of our city, with people from a variety of communities and backgrounds. We also need to ensure that we encompass a range of voices and styles, so that it sounds absolutely amazing!

What else will the event entail?

We are not yet announcing full details of the event…watch this space!

Can my school choir get involved?

Information about school choir involvement will be communicated through Jessica Rowe, Singing Strategy lead from Plymouth Music Education Hub, to schools through the hub's primary music co-ordinator and secondary Head of Music networks.  Schools do not need to apply through the online application form on this website.

How do I apply?

If you would like your choir to get involved, please click here and complete the application form by June 9, 2019. We will notify choirs of the outcome at the beginning of July 2019.


If your questions are not answered here, please contact Gemma Axell for more details by emailing gemma.axell@plymouth.gov.uk

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