Festival Comperes

The comperes at the Music Festival provide important continuity between the different sections of the evening’s performances. Their narration provides the audience with information about the songs and music – and their composers – in the next bracket, the performers about to take centre stage and the conductor of the bracket. The narration also helps tide the audience over the brief changes of set on stage.

It is important, therefore, that the quality of the narration by the comperes is equal to that of the rest of the performances in the Festival. The narration needs to have an interesting tonal range, enthusiasm, clarity and personality.

For logistical reasons, the comperes are selected from Year 8 volunteers from within the Senior Choir only!

If you wish to be considered for a role as compere, please read the information below carefully and then apply online by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.


Eligibilty criteria: A compere must be a Year 8 pupil in the Senior Representative Choir

What qualities will comperes be expected to have?

Comperes will need to:

  • be able to speak clearly and with animation in the voice.
  • be able to pronounce words that may be unfamiliar and learn to pronounce them correctly.
  • be reliable and able to work independently so that they are on-time for their part in the programme.
  • be able to learn the passage off by heart so that if there is a lighting failure, they will know their words and will still be able to speak with confidence.
  • be comfortable speaking into a microphone.

Process for selection:

  1. Applicants must register online to ask for an audition. Senior Choir members will all be told about this at the Saturday rehearsals.
  2. On the first day of the Holiday Course, applicants will be given details as to how they are to audition at lunchtime.
  3. Applicants will read a small passage of text which is included on this page. Please learn this in anticipation of the audition.
  4. Two teachers will listen to each applicant and will decide the successful candidates based mainly on the first two qualities listed above.
  5. Teachers will then work with the successful candidates during lunchtimes and during the practice.

Principles for the selection of comperes:

  • Comperes will be selected on merit ie ‘best person gets the job’.
  • Comperes will be selected regardless of school, age, gender or ethnicity.
  • The teachers’ selection of the comperes will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Passage to read at the audition:

“The second song that the Senior Choir will sing is “Away from the roll of the sea” by Allister MacGillivray. This song is one of three folk songs composed by MacGillivray that depict perfectly the gentle way of life in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. The words talk about the fishermen safe at home with their boats resting gently in the harbour”.

If you are a Year 8 member of the Senior Choir and you wish to be considered for one of the compere roles…

Click here to apply!