An exciting few weeks with Britten: lots of important and timely information
 
 
 
 
Hello Britten families,

A special email just for you! This is a LOT—thanks for reading to the end.

1) COSTUMES
As you know, we are creating a legacy by learning a piece that’s never been done by the boy choir before (and probably never been done in Madison): Benjamin Britten’s mini-opera The Golden Vanity, written for the Vienna Boychoir.  We are doing very simple costuming. 

Our costume coordinator is Kirsten Fruit  (krfruit@gmail.com).  Contact her with questions (and copy me: rswiggum@wisc.edu).

Every boy is either part of the Pirate Crew or the Golden Vanity Crew (the “Brits” in our shorthand).

1) Pirates 
We are asking Pirates to contribute as much as they can to their own costume pieces, but we'll make sure everyone has something to wear. Look around your house and see what you might have, but no need to make a special shopping trip. This need not be elaborate—a simple vest, or eye patch, or head scarf. They'll wear their boy choir white oxfords with pants rolled up along with any costume pieces.

Google “pirate costume” and you’ll get ideas of things you might already have around the house (or watch Johnny Depp and friends). You can be as elaborate as you want—if you don’t come up with anything, let us know and we’ll try and find a few pieces for your son.  We also are accepting toy sabers, scabbards, and weapons that pose no threat (Halloween costume stuff).  No beards, earrings, or parrots. Small stocking caps of a single color (Google “monmouth cap”) also work, but pirates wore a variety of caps. 

2) Brits
We’ll use our boy choir white oxfords, with our khaki pants rolled up.  Boys will likely have matching neckerchiefs or sashes, to look uniform.  If you have a small, solid color stocking cap that looks like an 18th century (Google “monmouth cap”)

We also need:
a) a couple spyglasses (pirate style)
b) a wooden pail (“swab the deck”)
c) a lightweight Union Jack British flag
d) a skull and crossbones flag (white on black)

PLEASE HAVE YOUR BRITTEN BOY BRING EVERYTHING NEXT SATURDAY, APRIL 27, TO OUR CONCERT at COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN.  What concert, you ask?

2. SPECIAL CONCERT: Saturday, April 27
Britten and Holst are hosting the Chicago Children’s Choir next Saturday, April 27 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Segoe and Mineral Point.  This is a rare opportunity to work with this renowned urban children’s choir—our relationship with CCC goes back at least 20 years!  

Schedule: Saturday, April 27
12:00 to 12:15  Arrive
12:15 to 1:00   Britten rehearses Golden Vanity
1:00   Chicago Children’s Choir and Holst arrive
Workshop together
2:00  Short, informal concert 
3:00  Finish

Parents, you are welcome to stay or come back for our informal performance.  You will love this group!
(Details about this day have already appeared in the Weekly Notes.)

3. SCHOOL DAY TOUR
Thursday, May 2 (all day)
This is our “dress rehearsal” for the May concert, and a chance to share our repertoire around Madison.

Thank you for prioritizing tour day and excusing your singer from school for the day. Every voice is needed and everyone's participation contributes to making this day one of the fondest memories for our singers, and the day when they really take "bonding" to a new level.

This is an unusually busy spring—we all feel it.  It’s a lot of a good thing and it will require good planning and communication, so thanks for keeping in touch. 

Thanks for helping your Britten boy honor their commitment. 

Randy
 
 
 
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