A typical rehearsal - let us have a go at describing one of these!
We always rehearse at the Sele school in Hertford every Tuesday evening during term time. The School is a great location with a big hall and plenty of parking.
Members arrive any time from 7.15pm onwards to catch up with friends, buy raffle tickets etc and get ready for the rehearsal proper to start at 7.30pm.
We start with about 10 minutes of voice exercises - these are sung as a group, or in the different voice parts - and the aim is to warm up the vocal cords. We'll also do a little stretching just to relax into the evening of singing ahead.
Then we start rehearsing whatever piece(s) we are to perform in our next concert. Our Musical Director will work out in advance of each rehearsal what he wishes us to focus on and this gets published so that everyone can come prepared. One essential piece of equipment for any rehearsal is a 2B pencil - to mark up the music score with the conductor's instructions. Rehearsals are always accompanied by piano music, expertly played.
At about 8.30pm we stop for 15 minutes break. Refreshments are provided (cold drinks and biscuits) but members can bring their own drinks and bottles of water. That is when the Chairman talks through notices making sure all members are up-to-speed with what is happening and what is planned - and the raffle is held. It's a great time for making new friends and catching up with existing ones.
Then we resume singing, finishing at about 9.45pm. We have a rota for helping to clear the hall after rehearsals - it spreads the load if everyone plays a small part and doesn't take long (but it isn't compulsory for members who cannot stay beyond the end of the rehearsal).
You can find concert dates for the present season here.