Sep 20, 2009, 12:10 PM
Re: [helen] Help with concert length/no of songs
The rule of thumb I tend to go by is about 3 minutes a carol/song. I usually set up a spreadsheet with the items and timing and get it to calculate everything for me... can send it you if you like!
Personally, for a morning performance like that, I'd keep it shorter with a five-minute 'stretch-your-legs' kind of break in the middle. I've been doing that quite a bit with one of my choirs over the last 18 months or so, and by keeping the programme intentionally short it makes the audience want more rather than 'they should have finished half an hour ago', and people tend to stay and chat afterwards too. I'd also cut down the number of audience participation numbers to 5-6.. if you're copying out the words for them it is a major hassle!
As for the actual length of your concert, it will depend very much on your arrangements so roughly time yourself singing each piece so that you get a clearer idea. For more regular repertoire, I often use the naxosmusiclibrary, which many libraries subscribe to....they have all the Naxos cd's available to listen to over the net....an absolute god-send.
Hope some of that is of use!