The Royal Shakespeare Company is looking for four choirs from the Midlands area to be part of an event to mark the Twelfth Night of Christmas on Saturday 6 January 2018 in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Coinciding with the RSC’s forthcoming production of Twelfth Night, the Company is holding a Wassail in and around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Roughly translated as ‘be in good health’ wassailing is an English tradition taking place on the Twelfth Night of Christmas, which involves singing the health of apple trees in the hope that they might yield a good harvest.
Choirs of any size, whose members should be aged 18 or over, will be provided with the music for six wassailing songs in advance for them to learn for the big day. The songs will be arranged by Paul Sartin, founding member of award-winning folk ensembles Belshazzar’s Feast, Faustus and Bellowhead.
The choirs will need to spend a full day in Stratford, arriving for rehearsals at 11:00 am and singing between 2:00pm and 5:00pm in and around the RSC campus and in outdoor locations.