Australian War Requiem: Singers’ FAQs


  1. Q. What happens to the statistical, financial, and personal information I provide?

    A. Privacy. We are using standard web security techniques. We won’t share personal details with third parties. The statistical information will be used only as aggregated data in a report to the City of Sydney after the event.

    The event is supported by the City of Sydney and Westfield Sydney. No personal information (age, background etc) identifying an individual will be used.

    For online payments with a credit card, we use PayPal and we (Sydney Sings) never see nor store the credit card details: the payment is processed entirely through PayPal.

  2. Q. I sent an email expressing my interest in the event some months ago, so am I included?

    A. Only those singers who have received an invitation to register to sing at and make their payment will be able to attend rehearsals and sing in the concert.

    Registered singers will receive a confirmatory email saying that they have successfully registered. If you have paid but have not received this email within 10 days, please contact

    Registered singers will also be receiving periodic bulletins.

  3. Q. When do rehearsals start?

    A. Some voice-part rehearsals may be offered from June, 2014, on Mondays at 7 – 10pm

    Singers must know their parts before we meet for combined rehearsals. There will be no time to go over notes. The learning CDs are very important to get all singers up to standard to enjoy the whole experience.

    a.  Voice-part Rehearsals with SUGC and guest singers

    Sop/Alto (piano Rehearsal):    Sat July 26, 10 – 1 OR
                                                                  Thurs July 24, 7.30 – 10

    Ten/Bass (piano Rehearsal): Sat July 26, 2 – 5 OR
                                                                Thurs July 31, 7.30 – 10

    b.  Proposed combined rehearsals – Fort Street High School.
    All August rehearsals (I,II,III below) are compulsory.

    I You must attend 2 of these 3 rehearsals on Aug 2 and /or Aug 4 at Fort Street High:

    Sat August 2,              1. Rehearsal 10 – 1 SATB (with piano)
                                            2. Rehearsal 2 – 5 SATB (with piano)

    Mon August 4,           3. Rehearsal 7 – 10 SATB (with piano)

    II Compulsory at Fort Street High

    Sat August 9,             Rehearsal 10 – 1 SATB & soloists (with piano)
                                            Rehearsal 2 – 5 SATB, soloists & orchestra

    III Compulsory at Sydney Town Hall
    Sun August 10
                                             Rehearsal 9.30 – 1
                                          Performance 3 pm

  4. Q. How do I get to Fort Street High School at Petersham for rehearsals?

    A. Driving: entry to school carpark is from Palace St off Parramatta Rd.

    By bus along Parramatta Rd to Palace St. Entry to school from Palace St.

    By train to Petersham station and then walk.

  5. Q. How do I get to Sydney Town Hall?

    A. Sydney Town Hall, on George St, between Bathurst and Druitt Streets, is well served by public transport, both train and bus. Please check timetable information at:

    Sydney Town Hall is fully accessible by people with disabilities.

  6. Q. Is there any parking at the venue?

    A. St Andrew’s House Car Park, adjacent to and underneath the Town Hall has parking. The rates are available on their website:

  7. Q. What do I wear for the concert?

    A. White on top (with long sleeves) and black (long) on the bottom, black socks/stockings and shoes. Black bow- ties for men if possible. If you have a name badge you would like to wear, please put that on too.

  8. Q. How should I cover my score?

    A. Scores should be covered in black or held securely inside a black folder.

  9. Q. Will there be food and drinks available on the day?

    A. There are food outlets nearby. Of course you may prefer to bring your own food and drink.

  10. Q. I want to buy audience tickets. How do I do this?

    A. Audience tickets can be purchased from mid-Feb. 2014, through or 9351 7940; OR or 1300 723 038.

    Registered singers will be able to buy tickets when registering and at combined rehearsals, unless sold out before.

    Unless sold out beforehand, tickets will also be available at the door on the day.

  11. Q. I have an audience ticket. Are seats reserved?

    A. No. Audience seats are unreserved (except for seats for a small number of VIPs). For this reason, replacement tickets cannot be issued, so please keep your tickets in a safe place.

    FYI: There will be three categories of tickets, with all seats unreserved in each category.
      1.Best section (centre Ground Floor and Eastern balcony)
      2. Side Balconies and
      3. Ground floor seats under balconies.

  12. Q. Can my children come with me and wait while I rehearse in the morning?

    A. No. We won’t have a child-minding service available either at Fort Street High School or at the Town Hall. Until the doors open for the audience, the Town Hall will be open only to singers, soloists, and orchestra members.

  13. Q. I have registered to sing, but now find I cannot sing. Can I get a refund?

    A. We do not give refunds. If you (or a friend) can attend the concert at 3pm, you can exchange your singer registration for an audience ticket (provided tickets are still available) . Please contact about this no later than Monday 4th August, 2014. This option will not be available after that date.

    No refunds will be given for audience tickets, but they are transferable (and please also see Question 11 above).

  14. Q. What will I do with my purse and keys while the performance is going on?

    A. Please keep valuables to a minimum. You may have a small handbag under your seat if you are in the gallery (a majority of guest singers will be in the galleries). Otherwise, if you are on the stage, keep your small purse or wallet with you.

  15. Q. Where will I be sitting? Can I sit with my friends?

    A. Singers will be grouped together in their voice parts, so if your friends are in the same voice part, that may be possible. The Music Director usually groups the Graduate Choir together. Please note that the majority of guest singers (sopranos and altos) will be in the galleries.

  16. Q. How do I obtain a concert program?

    A. Your registration fee includes a copy of the concert program. It will be given to you on the day.

  17. Q. My question isn’t covered here. Who can I contact?

    A. Please email Marilyn Gosling: