Q: Do I need my own score?
A: Yes you will need to bring your own copy of the full vocal score of Handel’s Messiah. Any edition will do.
There will be no scores available for hire on the day
Q: Where can I get hold of a score of The Messiah
A: You may be able to borrow a score from your local library – or if you are a member of a choir, from fellow members who are unable to attend on the 15th October. Alternatively, you can buy one from Choraline using this link . Please make sure you buy the full Vocal Score – and remember to quote the VfHChoir discount code. Scores are also available via ebay and Amazon.
Q: Where can I get the words of the Hospice Prayer?
A: You can download the Day’s Programme here. This has the words for the Hospice Prayer on the reverse side. If you are bringing non-singing friends and family please download extra copies for them as everybody will be invited to join in the prayer.
Q: Are there any resources to help me practice in advance?
A: Yes. The John Fletcher Music site has free rehearsal mp3 files for The Messiah – just click here, select your voice part and sing along. Also try Choralia Alternatively you can buy rehearsal CDs from Choraline via this link – again remember to quote the VfHCchoir discount code.
Q: What time should I aim to arrive?
A: Doors open for singers at 10am for a rehearsal at 11am. The performance will start at 2.30pm and audience members are welcome to arrive at any time. Timings for the day are still being finalised but the latest info is available via this link.
Q: What happens if it rains – is there any shelter?
A: The whole event will take place in the grandstand so everybody will be undercover – but there will be lots of open space and the other stands for picnic lunches (also under cover). (Warm clothing in layers is advisable, although last October’s temperatures were in the high teens).
Q: Is there a dress code?
A: There is no obligatory dress code for the choir but we would ideally like singers to wear predominantly dark clothing (black, dark navy or grey) with a bright purple scarf/shawl – something roughly the colour of our logo. Other than that we suggest that you come in something comfortable – preferably with a few layers so you can adjust according to temperature. We will be undercover in the grandstand.
Q: Will it be easy to park?
A: Eastleigh FC has a large car park adjacent to the main Grandstand and parking is free.
Q: How do I get there by public transport?
A: Trains arrive at Southampton Airport Parkway or Eastleigh. Both stations are about a 20minute walk away.
From the M3 Exit J13. From the M27 Exit J5.
Q. Will there be food and refreshments available?
A: There will be food and drink stalls open from 10am serving hot drinks and snacks throughout the day plus a fully licensed bar. However you are very welcome to bring your own picnics.
Q Will I be standing with my Choir?
A: The plan is that singers will be in voice parts. However if you arrange to meet your fellow sopranos/altos/tenors/ basses on arrival you will certainly be able to organise stand together within your voice part.
Q: Can I reserve spaces in advance?
A: Spaces can not be reserved in advance. However if you arrive with friends or arrange to meet up on arrival there is no reason why you cannot stand with those singing the same voice part. Please be aware that the conductor may move people around if he feels it necessary ie to improve the sound/help singers to see him etc
Q: Is there any seating for singers?
A: The grandstand has seats for all, singers and audience.
Q: Where will the audience be?
A: At this point in time singers and audience will all be under the main grandstand covering.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Unfortunately Eastleigh FC does not allow animals into the stadium areas other than assistance dogs.
Is there Disabled Access?
Yes, Eastleigh Football Club have access for all levels of ability. Please make yourself known to one of the yellow-sashed VfHers who will help you to a seat.
Q: What is the Programme for the day?
A: There is now a Day’s Programme – that you can download via this link. Please be aware that timings might shift slightly but this is the overall plan for the day.
Q: What should I do if I have a problem on the day?
A: There will be many Stewards (VfHers!) wearing distinctive yellow sashes. If you have any queries or problems on the day simply speak to a steward and they will assist you.
Q: I can not make the 15th. Are there other ways I can support the event?
A: Yes -you could help publicise the event by telling friends and family about it, sharing info on facebook and twitter and asking shops, cafes, hotels pubs etc to display leaflets. You could also make a small donation via our Virgin Money Giving Page in lieu of buying a ticket. Many thanks for your support.
If you have any further questions please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org