If you are planning a performance or charity event, you might want to give it a theme and tailor your repertoire to suit. If you decide to use a theme, here are a few quick pointers to help you make good choices.
Deciding on a theme
Are you raising money for a specific charity or event? It may be that if you are the theme is created by this. For example if you were raising money for a children’s charity, you may choose a theme relating to family or childhood. It may be that the charity lends itself to an era or style of music. Our choir recently took part in a performance to support the local library and all the music had a literary theme, which tied in very well and was unusual and quirky.
Keep the theme open rather than too specific
Some themes are much easier than others when selecting repertoire. For example, a theme of ‘love’ gives you many more song opportunities than one of, say, ‘zoo animals’! Try not to make things too specific, otherwise you may struggle to find repertoire and also a range of repertoire which isn’t too much of the same.
Choose an artist or composer
If this suits your event you could choose music of one artist, band or composer which gives you a nice selection. This can be a great way to learn more about the music and take your singers on a journey. However one word of caution though: those who don’t like the composer or artist may have a pretty miserable time in the run-up to the performance!
Think about the fun factor
View the themed performance from the audience’s point of view and ask yourself what theme will provide a varied and interesting programme. You could choose a theme of film or TV music which gives you a wide scope of music to choose from. We did a TV themed performance once and included a quiz for the audience to complete during the interval. Also remember to think about the fun factor from your singers’ point of view. Will this theme enable you to create an enjoyable and fulfilling performance for them?