Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir

Visit of Musikverein Gelsenkirchen 31 May-4 June 2018.

The Choir Party will consist of about 40 people. About 12 will stay with choir members whilst the rest will be staying at the Premier Hotel near The Laing.

Initial Draft Programme

Thursday 31 May.

Arrive at Newcastle Airport at 11.25.

Bach Choir – A small welcoming committee will be needed to escort the choir to an initial location where an informal lunch will be available. From this location hosts will take their guests home and the “escort party” will take the hotel parties to their hotel.

Lunch – location to be arranged

Afternoon to accommodation

First Rehearsal at 18.30 in the King’s Hall – please try and be there for 18.00 so that we can get to know one another and arrange seating.

Friday 1 June

The day will be set aside for local sightseeing and we may need volunteers to show our guests the wonders of Newcastle Gateshead and maybe the Coast.

16.30 Welcome in the Council Chamber by Newcastle City Council (to be confirmed).

Second Rehearsal in the 18.30 Kings Hall

Saturday 2 June

Social Day.

We have offered the German Choir the option of one “tour” with the whole of the choir which would require a coach and a limited number of Bach Choir escorts or, in line with our initial meeting, a number of “tours“ which would require choir members’ cars or a minibus.

Social at Novos at 19.00

All Bach Choir members and their immediate family are invited.

Sara Foster and Rachel Rider have kindly volunteered to co-ordinate the catering for this event which we have committed the choir to produce.

We have yet to decide whether to use the facilities of the club, and pay for a fully manned bar, or bring our own liquid refreshments and pay for the hire of the venue.

We have yet to decide how formal/informal the proceedings should be and should any choir members wish to join a small working party to determine the format your input would be welcomed.

We will need help in returning German choir members to their hotels.

Sunday 3 June  Sage Gateshead

We may need help in bringing the German Choir members from their hotels.

Orchestra Rehearsal 10.00 -13.00

Lunch 13.00-15.00 There will be no refreshments laid on by the choir. All participants, including the German choir, will be expected to use the Sage catering or provide their own.

Performance of Elijah Hall One 15.00 - 17.30

Post Performance Buffet – The Barbour Room

A hot buffet will be provided in the Barbour Room for all choir members and their immediate family together with the German choir and members of the orchestra and soloists. We have secured funding which enables this event to be free to all participants.

Once again, we will need some transport to ferry the German choir to their hotels.

Monday 4 June

We may need some members to help to get the choir members to the Airport (via Metro?)  I am assuming that “hosts” will be able to take their gusts to the airport.

Flight for Dusseldorf departs 12.20. I guess that means arriving at the Airport by 10.30 at the latest.

John Smith

March 2018

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