I'm going to take my ATCL in December (yes, Trinity Guildhall I know ) and I'd like some advice on the planning of my programme. I am thinking of singing a few blocks of three songs by the same composer. This technique has worked for me throughout uni and my singing teacher has encouraged me to use it, however would diploma examiners think my programme too 'samey'? Are they expecting every song to be by a different composer to show lots of contrast or would it be sufficient to do a few blocks of three? And, if not a block of three by the same composer would a block of three similarly grouped songs be suitable e.g. three chansons, 1 x Poulenc, 1 x Debussy and 1 x Duparc? Is that not 'the done thing' and, if not, would it be okay if the songs were linked by a theme?
I'm terrible at arranging programmes and don't really know the conventions (if there are any!) for this sort of thing so any advice or guidance would be most appreciated!
Also, is there a preferred/conventional language to sing Stravinsky's 'Three Japanese Lyrics' in? The score I have lists Russian, German, French and English and I'm a little unsure.