My latest wheeze is to produce videos of our sings on YouTube, like this. They come from the music composition software I’ve been using for learning, called Musescore.
It’s free and you can download it here https://musescore.org/en, with nice practice features like
- change individual part volumes
- put in repeats so it keeps playing the same bit over and over
- sometimes get free prerecorded pieces if someone has already loaded them up
Otherwise it’s a case of keying everything in, either note by note or using the built-in keyboard. It’s amazing software for the (lack of) money.
I’ve done a complete set of our Christmas concert pieces, not guaranteed to be 100% accurate but pretty close. Anyone who wants to give it all a go is welcome to have copies.
Back to the splendid recordings Jacquie has provided, available on the website, if you find that the website links aren’t giving the part you’re expecting then please email me so I can fix them.
Just remember that to find the website you need to put orwellsingers.co.uk into the address bar of your Internet browser, not into the Google search box. It takes a while for Google to index new sites so searching this way won’t yet find our site.
Quite a simple schedule for Monday.
I will concentrate on West Side Story, followed, depending on time, by some of the medley Christmas Bells are ringing, and Shepherds’ Farewell.
West Side Story
I feel pretty
One hand, one heart
Ding dong merrily on high
I heard the bells
Carol of the bells
On Monday we will work on
We wish you – second half
A baby so small
Run Shepherds – particularly the ending
My Lord Has Come
Angels’ Carol – especially the end
Possibly Shepherds’ Farewell
More on West Side Story the following week.
See you all on Monday,
The plan for Monday 16th:
At the rehearsal I mentioned that we are going to sing a couple of items in the concert in which the audience can participate. One suggestion is While shepherds watched to the tune of On Ilkley Moor…. (I don’t actually have a copy yet, so if anyone has it that would be helpful). Any other suggestions as to what the audience might enjoy are very welcome – it doesn’t necessarily have to be on the sheep/shepherds theme.
If anyone has any thoughts on how we might present our concert of 2 very different elements (WSS/Christmas with the shepherds), either with title, presentation, promotion, dress, food etc., please do come forward – all ideas very welcome.
Another good rehearsal last night – well done everyone.
Thank you for a good rehearsal on Monday – I think you really were singing with your ears as much as your voices!
Monday’s plan is:
We wish you a merry Christmas – Carols for Choirs p.164
WSS – opening
A Baby so Small
Possibly Shepherds loud, their praises singing (no J-link yet)
or The Lord is my Shepherd (no J-link yet but found this)