Singers Sought for Porgy and Bess
For our concert on 10 February 2018, as part of the Ealing Music and Film Festival, we will be performing Gershwin’s groundbreaking opera Porgy and Bess, in a concert version arranged by Andrew Litton.
Porgy and Bess features many well-known classic songs such as Summertime, Ain’t Necessarily So and I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin‘. Our Porgy is Keel Watson. Litton’s version is about an hour long (compared to Gershwin’s original three-and-a-bit hours) and uses soloists for the main cast, orchestral accompaniment, and SATB choir.
That’s where you come in! We are putting together a Festival Chorus and are seeking all voices. Our Choirmaster Mel (see the Voice Section) will be taking rehearsals. Mel is a singing coach too so don’t worry if you haven’t sung for a little while, she’ll get your voice all warmed up again!
Click the banner above, or visit http://tinyurl.com/ESOPandB, to sign up.
This is not binding, if you change your mind or need to withdraw you can, please do let us know though.
When and where is the concert?
When and where will rehearsals be?
Rehearsal dates are to be decided, you can specify preferred rehearsal times/days on the signup form. We will try our best to accommodate as many people as possible but unfortunately we can’t guarantee rehearsals will be on your preferred day.
Rehearsals will be in the Ealing area. If you can’t make one, that’s OK, just let us know in advance.
There will be a rehearsal on the concert day, so please make sure you are available in the afternoon of 10 February.
Do I need to read music?
While we won’t stop you joining in if you’re not a music reader, we will be working from vocal scores, so you may struggle if you don’t read music. Although not essential, some experience of a choir environment and reading vocal scores will be an advantage.
Is there acting or dancing involved?
This is a ‘concert performance’, which if you haven’t seen one before means that rather than being fully staged with props, sets and costumes, the cast and choir simply sing the songs with the orchestra accompanying, cutting out the dialogue. The chorus will not have to act or dance.
What is the dress code? Do I have to wear a costume?
You do not have to wear a costume. The dress code for our choir is ‘long black’.
Do I have to have a score?
We will provide vocal scores; if you wish to use your own please check with us first so we can make sure it’s the right version and publisher (or else it’s hard to match up rehearsal figures). Our scores are hired, so please make sure you return yours when asked, and do not write in it with anything except soft pencil.
How much does this cost?
It is completely free to sing in Porgy and Bess with us.
Can I listen to it first or see the music in advance?
We will be providing vocal scores. If you wish to purchase your own in advance to learn the part, check with us first to make sure you get the same edition. The opera is still under copyright so you will not be able to download a part from IMSLP (as you may have done if you sang Messiah with us).
Porgy and Bess (arr. Litton) on Spotify – you will need an account – it’s free to sign up but you may get adverts between tracks
Porgy and Bess (arr. Litton) on Naxos Online – you will need an account, or otherwise an IMSLP subscription gives you access to Naxos’ online catalogue – log in via IMSLP main site and go to ‘Naxos library’ from there
Porgy and Bess (arr. Litton) on Amazon – to purchase
Where can I find out more about the opera?
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Once we have enough signups and are ready to publish rehearsal schedules, you will be contacted to confirm dates and times.
In the meantime, please ask Jenny at if you have any questions about the signup process, the choir, the concert or anything else.