Big Sing volunteers

A request for help from Elizabeth Crayford (ecrayford at clear dot net dot nz)…

The Big Sing (our annual regional secondary school choral festival) is coming up soon – on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 June. As you know, every year we look for volunteers to look after the doors and sell programmes.  

This year we need ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS for two reasons. 1) We have a new venue – Michael Fowler Centre – while the Town Hall is out of action. And 2) we have a record number of choirs – 48 from 26 schools. This means more doors to cover and more sessions (3 each day), as well as the usual Gala Concert each night.

Being one of this team is not an onerous task. You can volunteer for a minimum of one session, a maximum of two days, or anything in between.
The main jobs are…

During the day:

  • Outside the auditorium doors:  selling programmes and making sure that people don’t go in while the choirs are in the middle of their recitals.
  • Inside the doors:  keeping an eye on the audience and making sure the door is not opened until each choir has finished its final item.

Before the Gala Concerts:

  • Selling programmes (we need only a few people for this).

This is a volunteer job, but your ‘payment’ is that when you’re inside the door you get to listen to the choirs perform, and if you haven’t been before you’ll certainly be impressed at the high standard achieved. During the day each school performs three items, which are adjudicated. In the evening each school performs one of their pieces at the Gala Concert.
The sessions are: (note that helpers will need to be in place up to 45 minutes before each session.)

Wed 4 June:

  • S1 10:00-12:00pm
  • S2 12:45-2:45pm
  • S3 3:15-5:15pm
  • GC 7pm (until 9:30pm – or so)

Thu 5 June

  • S4 10:00-12:00pm
  • S5 12:45-2:45pm
  • S6 3:15-5:15pm
  • GC 7pm (until 9:30pm – or so)

 Please let us know if you are able to help at all or if you know somebody who might be willing. No need to be music people and there’s no gender or age discrimination. And if you are answering YES, please also state which sessions you can attend.

As soon as it’s available, I’ll send the recital session schedule, so you know when the schools are performing.
Thanks very much for participating in this exciting event.