|Rehearsing just before the concert at Almonte United church|
|Pete and Andrew sort cords while Rene and John adjust lights|
For some reason, we always need more time than we think and Pete makes sure we never run out by planning well ahead. We follow his direction with care -- he's usually right!
|Tree all a twinkle thanks to Google|
By 6:00 pm everyone has arrived and we file up to the Sanctuary (where the altar is located).
Pete decides where everyone will stand and whether to use risers or not. This can be tricky, especially if singers are absent (due to colds, laryngitis or flu -- 'tis the season).
|Pete and Diana address the group about last minute concerns|
Pete spends up to twenty minutes arranging us, then running through some pieces to check the sound.
Then he checks that everyone can see him directing (yes, he does direct -- from the tenor section -- with subtlety).
|Just the boys -- practicing Suo Gan -- a carol for Basses and Tenors|
While all this is going on, we run through all the songs in the first half to practice beginnings and endings.
At 7:00 pm we return to our "green room" to relax for a few minutes . At the last moment we don our ``cloaking devices`` (thanks David for that) and at 7:30 we climb the stairs to the stage.
|Bill and David discuss a point while John and Denyse|
do some last minute fine-tuning
|Thanks to Michelle for heading up the CD sales tables again this year!|
Special Thanks to the organizers who were there to greet us and help us find electrical outlets and bathrooms etc :)
A great start to a great season!