Students will use the main entrance into the venue. The lighting panels above each door show teachers where their choir should line up to enter. The names of each choir will be displayed in lights – Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart.
How will 4,000 students exit the Performance Area?
Designated exits for each choir will operate. Parents will meet their child in an allocated area. RAC Arena Security is going to assist us with this process.
At the end of the concert, can my parents collect their child from the performance floor?
No. Schools will be allocated an area where children will meet their parents.
Can Parents watch the rehearsal?
No, it will be a closed rehearsal. No members of the public will be able to view the rehearsal.
What are the toilet facilities like at Perth Arena and will there be enough for 4,000 students?
Toilets are in abundance at RAC Arena. However, we will require Choir helpers to supervise students from their school when going to the toilet area. Schools are asked to limit the number of students leaving from their choir to 5 students at any one time, to ensure the area is not over crowded.
Students return to their group at a break, not during a song.
This process will be discussed in the Workshops.
How can my school get to the Perth Arena venue?
Bus or Train one way only from school – for Evening and both ways for Matinee (remember the train station is only a few hundred metres from RAC Arena). Parents/Carers are responsible after the Evening concert for their own child for the return journey home. Please remind them that a bus or train fare is included in their ticket. This procedure may be different for students from country schools who are making the journey on school buses.
Bus arrivals will be supervised by Advanced Traffic Management personnel. ATM is also responsible for the road closure alongside RAC Arena where students cross to come into the arena.
Do Music teachers need to attend all three workshops?
Yes. The two Saturday workshops are essential. The third session is a walk through at RAC Arena where teachers will receive the final information. All three sessions are vital.
Do Music teachers need to wear a lanyard as well as the choir helpers?
Yes, with so many students and adults at this event, we are extremely safety conscious. We will provide these to the teachers and the helpers accompanying each choir. Without an identification lanyard, RAC Arena security will not allow any person onto the performance floor.
Do I have to conduct any of the songs?
No. It is not compulsory to conduct. However, it is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who would like to have a go.
Where do Music Teachers sit throughout the performance especially if they are conducting?
Music Teachers will be positioned in front of their choir with one helper plus any Special Needs Education Assistants. Staff on the floor should actively monitor student wellbeing and behaviour by standing or sitting amongst the students throughout the rehearsal and concert. All other helpers will join the audience seats once the concert begins. Your choir should have a minimum of two supervising staff members, including the Music Teacher, and a maximum of one to 25 students.
When do we learn the actions to the songs?
All choreography will be provided on the website at the first workshop. It has been created so that students simply mirror the songs. This is a stress-free part of the festival for teachers.
What do Music Conductors need to wear?
All conductors and helpers need to wear all black clothing; this prevents any distraction from the students. We’d love it if Music Teachers could wear their One Big Voice T-shirt for the performance, although this isn’t compulsory. These will be available for purchase at the workshops or through the website.
I have some students in my choir with Special Needs and one in a wheelchair.
We ask that you notify us as soon as practical by email about any specific student needs. We will discuss this at the workshops but please do not leave this information until the last minute. This could impact on the placement of a choir on the performance floor. We are inclusive of all students.
Do I need to bring a First Aid Kit with me?
Yes. You must also bring any medical action plans and specific medication for individual students. RAC Arena staff have access to some first aid, but this will be limited.
Students with identified medical conditions
These students will be looked after by their own school helpers.
e.g. asthma, severe allergies, epilepsy.
What do my choir students need to wear?
It is a prestigious venue, so we know all teachers will ensure students look smart. We recommend students wear their choir/school uniform shirts.
Where will students be eating their snack?
The rehearsal for both Matinee and Evening concerts will only run for one hour. A small meal could be eaten before arriving at the venue or students could have a small snack in the performance area at the end of the rehearsal.
A small snack such as a muesli bar, sandwich and a water bottle can be taken into the performance area and consumed after the rehearsal.
Schools should be aware of nut and shellfish allergies and limit or not bring these foods. Please DO NOT order hot pizzas. This creates a lot of rubbish and the residual smell is very unpleasant. It is also very unfair for students eating their sandwiches next door.
Can the students leave the Perth Arena at any stage from the time they arrive before the end of the concert?
No. This is a duty of care issue unless it is a medical condition.
How many helpers do we bring?
The rehearsals are only for one hour so minimal helpers will be required. We suggest one helper per 25 children and extra helpers for children with special needs. A minimum of two staff including the Music Teacher is required.
All helpers will receive a lanyard and no unauthorised people will be able to enter the venue.
What will my helpers be expected to do?
Assist with students as required; supervision of students in their choir lines, toilets, water spills, first aid, etc.
Your helpers will also need to wear all black clothing as they need to mingle in with your students, not sit at the edges.
Where will my helpers sit during the performance and how will they get access to the students?
A minimum number of helpers will be seated along each side of the performance area, along with music teachers. Tickets will not be required, however a specific lanyard will be to stay in the bowl during the performance. Due to limited space, all other helpers without lanyards will be required to sit in the audience. Discounted tickets can be purchased at the time of registration or they are welcome to take an unused seat in the audience, (free of charge) although we can’t guarantee it will be in front of your choir. We will be speaking about the helpers’ roles at the workshops.
Young Talent auditions will be held during the year. Talented performers are selected to perform at each concert.
OBV do not distribute individual Principal tickets. Close to the release of tickets, Principals receive a promo code which enables them access to the Presale period and a discounted ticket price.
Costs are as follows in 2019:
Are concession tickets available?
Yes, there will be concession tickets for school aged children and pensioners. Children under two are free, providing they share a seat with a parent.
What seats will give the best view of my child?
Tickets will be on sale from Ticketek in July and August. A seating map giving a general idea of where each school will be published and will assist patrons to purchase their tickets to get the best view. Please note that purchasing tickets in the general vicinity should give a good view.
Premium seats will be available.
What are these promo codes I keep hearing about?
Promo codes are given to schools for their Principal and assisting staff or helpers to attend at a discounted rate. They are not available to the general public.
School excursions - bringing groups other than the Choir
Promo codes are available for schools to organise an excursion so that groups of students who are not performing can attend the One Big Voice concerts.
Will photos and DVDs be available?
DVD production for 2019 will be different from previous years. It will be a professional soundtrack of all songs run consecutively, with visual footage to accompany. Speeches and comperes will be seen but not heard in the footage. Order Forms will be sent home with your child and will also be available at the venue and on the One Big Voice website. They will be available as a DVD or a download option.
* this section could be revised/updated throughout the year