ECC Concert Protocol: Updated Jan 2016

ECC Concert  Protocol :  Jan 2016

  • Whenever circumstances require the choir to make a staged entry this should be practised at the venue.
  • The Choir will line up in stage order out of view and be directed as to who enters first.
  • A Stage Manager will be appointed for this purpose.
  • If seating is provided the Choir will sit after the last person has arrived and that cues this action.
  • Whilst waiting there should be no talking or further movement.
  • Music should be kept closed and only opened when signalled to do so by Andrew.
  • Andrew will signal for the Choir to stand, or, depending on the occasion, we stand as he takes the rostrum.


  • The Choir should freeze at the end of a piece, or the end of a section, until indicated by Andrew.
  • We need to be more disciplined about page turns at critical moments.
  • The Choir will acknowledge audience applause in situ and only change page, music, or position, when this has stopped ie. ‘freeze’ at the end of a piece or at the end of a section.
  • It might be possible to arrange music availability without keeping it on the floor – organised beforehand new books could be stored on the side in stage order, and passed along the line.
  • Water bottles should not be taken on stage unless circumstances allow them to be hidden from audience view. Members needing water should be out of sight when they drink.


  • Once again no music should be sorted whilst applause is continuing.
  • Andrew will choreograph order of recognition – band – soloists – choir.
  • Choir members may applaud whilst other contributions are recognised.
  • Andrew will recognise the Choir by pointing to them – at this stage applause from the Choir should stop, and his bow copied by the Choir ‘bowing’ their heads.
  • There is sometimes uncertainty whether Andrew will return to the stage when applause continues – the Choir will be signalled to retire by Andrew or the Stage Manager.
  • Depending on the occasion exit order should mirror our entrance.