Practice music is produced for most major works that we perform. It is prepared for each part using music software called Noteworthy Composer with a piano-style sound as this makes it easy to pick out the notes. There are two versions of the practice music: Noteworthy files which can be played on a PC (but not on a Mac) and a CD format which plays on any computer or CD player
When the Noteworthy files are used, the full musical score with words for the piece appears on screen with all parts set to p (soft) except your own part which is f (loud). As the music is played over the PC's loudspeakers, you hear your part loud and the others in the background. While the music is playing, the current notes are shown in red so that you know exactly where you are in the music. Each piece has its speed set to the tempo agreed with the Musical Director. However you can alter the speed if necessary to slow it down to make it easier to learn.
To play the Noteworthy files you download the free Noteworthy Composer Viewer from the internet. Very detailed instructions are provided for downloading Noteworthy Composer Viewer and setting up the files of practice music.
The practice music can also be played on Noteworthy Composer software which a number of members already have. You can use the software in a variety of ways including writing and printing your own music.
A set of Noteworthy files for a concert normally costs £4 and are distributed as email attachments. The CD version costs £1 more than the Noteworthy one. If you are interested in practice music please contact Alan Douglas by clicking the button.