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  BCOS

Bicester Choral
& Operatic Society

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This will help us plan the rehearsals more effectively.
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The NA (Not Available) form is your 'commitment' to the production.

We always try to maintain a balance between informality and structure- this is a hobby after all!   That said, we aim to produce high quality productions for the paying public.  This means commitment to turn up when agreed and knuckling down when required.  There is nothing worse than learning complex music/words/movement when someone is missing.


Expect at this stage to potentially be called to a rehearsal every week (regardless whether you're a principal or chorus member)- sometimes for the entire rehearsal sometimes only for part of it


As usual rehearsals will run from 7:30pm to 10pm each Wednesday.  We normally have 20 rehearsals for a show.  This year, for obvious reasons, we need to have contingency in case we can't achieve that many Wednesdays. We will need to use at least a couple of Tuesdays

To assist with rehearsal planning, please complete the details on the left of this page. 

We need your contact details along with the dates you CAN'T attend.

We're asking for your availability for a total of 35 days but aim to use no more than 20, sticking mainly to Wednesdays.

Please complete and return this form as soon as possible - ideally not later than 31 Dec

We will also require you to complete a new Covid Consent form, confirming your commitment to adhering to strict process/protocols.


Please give us your 'best guess' regarding availability as things currently stand.  

We know 'life' gets in the way, but need to know if there are any dates you know you can't make, and once you've advised us please try not to change your plans  by booking a random trip to the sunshine as has been known in the past! ( fine chance of that at the moment!!) The direction and production team have planned when they're going to be there, we trust you will do the same.

This year, in the same way as with our choral works, we are asking you to aim for a minimum attendance of 75% of rehearsals you're called for.  Unlike our choral concerts we may consider exceptions to this rule, at the discretion of the Director(s).

NB – The first four rehearsals are likely to be music only rehearsals and you will be expected to attend a minimum of 3 of these rehearsals


Costume Call: for most people costumes have been sorted previously, but will need revisiting. We have yet to finalise how /when/where we will do this.  We may make use of a Sunday afternoon, we may not; watch out for more information. 


Saturdays x2
Please keep yourself available for the mornings of Saturdays 15th and 22nd May for possible promotional activities in town centre - we may need all the help we can get!


Mandatory Rehearsals:  

You'll notice the NA form stops on 18/19 May. This is because the last Wednesday rehearsal on the 26th May is mandatory, as are the Tech and the Dress rehearsals:

- Weds 26th May - 7.30pm - 10pm - St Marys School

- Mon 31st May (this is Bank Holiday Monday)- TECH; 6pm-10.30pm Cooper School

- Tues  1st June - Full Dress; costumes & make up - 6pm-10.30pm Cooper School

Show Dates
Weds 2nd June

Thurs 3rd June
Fri 4th June
Sat 5th June