How to move 35 people around the country
The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge arrives in Australia this weekend with a touring party including 34 choristers and conductor Stephen Layton. Just a few more people than the trios and quartets Musica Viva most often tours. So how exactly do you organise a tour for so many people? The short answer – with patience! Whether booking flights or arranging accommodation, everything takes that much longer than usual, particularly as the choristers will be billeted in most cities, requiring much coordination between the families who have so generally offered space in their homes. And you can’t just arrive at the airport and expect to find taxis for 35 choristers: coaches have been booked, pick-up and drop-off points carefully considered.
Choirs are unique ensembles in that they often perform wearing choral robes. The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge will perform in academic dress, requiring ironing before each concert. Most concert venues have one or two irons available for performers but for such a large group Musica Viva staff have been asked to bring extra irons and ironing boards to help the students out backstage!
Many people might not realise that tours like this are years in the making. We believe that all the work is worth it, though. Stephen Layton has a formidable reputation as a conductor and in recent years the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge has developed an enviable reputation, with numerous highly acclaimed recordings of a wide variety of works. We look forward to introducing this very special group to Australian audiences.