Rehearsal – 26 February

From Jacquie

Thank you all for working hard on Monday – the pieces we have been focussing on are definitely taking shape. Although our next performances may seem a long way off they have a habit of creeping up faster than expected…..!

On Monday I aim to cover:

It was a lover and his lasse – starting at bar 16 – When birds doe sing…….

It was a lover and his lasse

Day by Day

Day by Day

Oh When the Saints – particularly the ending

When the saints go marching in

Over the Rainbow – refreshing from b.21 and working on the end

Over the rainbow

Teddy Bears Picnic – tidying up the ending

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

The Handsome Butcher (first of Seiber folksongs)

The handsome butcher

Turn back O Man – have a sing and see how much we can remember from a few weeks ago!!

Turn Back o Man

I’ve been asked by Tim Brown to forward the poster below which may be of interest to some of you.  This link should download it for you.

Haydn Come and Sing Jan 30th with pic

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Rehearsal 19 February

Dear Singers,

On Monday I aim to work on:

Teddy Bear’s picnic – we really need to start tidying it up and building confidence so that we can turn it into a true performance

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Seiber folksongs – Apple, apple

Hungarian Folksongs – Apple

For the Beauty of the earth – particularly the last page.  Have a listen to it if you can.

http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/for-the-beauty-of-the-earth/

 

Over the Rainbow – some of the harmonies are quite complex, so if you could listen to your parts that would help to speed up the learning process.

Over the rainbow

It was a lover and his lasse, starting at b.16

It was a lover and his lasse

Day by Day (Godspell)

Looking forward to a good sing on Monday,

Jacquie

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Rehearsal 12 February

On Monday I hope to cover:

Over the Rainbow
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/over-the-rainbow/

When the Saints – including working on the introduction and ending (I will explain which notes each part is going to sing!)

When the saints go marching in

Seiber folksongs – Apple, apple, and Handsome Butcher
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/hungarian-folksongs-apple/

The handsome butcher

For the Beauty of the Earth, particularly b.85 onwards

It was a lover and his lasse, starting at b.16

It was a lover and his lasse

Teddy Bears’ picnic – possibly refresh what we did this week – b.64 to the end
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/teddy-bears-picnic/

If we get chance we may look at Day by Day (Godspell)

See you on Monday,
Jacquie

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Rehearsal 5 Feb

From Jacquie

We have certainly touched on music of a wide variety of styles so far this term! Each has its own challenge, and I’m sure you will all have your own particular favourites.

On Monday we will rehearse

Sorry for late appearance of this – we were enjoying a week’s skiing, arriving back yesterday evening.

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Rehearsal 29 January

Monday’s rehearsal will include:

When the Saints – particularly the middle section, letters G to K
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/when-the-saints-go-marching-in/

Here, there and everywhere

Seiber folksongs – The old woman
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/the-old-woman/

Teddy Bears Picnic, particularly b.33 onwards
http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk/teddy-bears-picnic/

For the Beauty of the Earth

Soprano https://youtu.be/mg61pvtdhy0

Alto https://youtu.be/cDdkSFpbtTM

Tenor https://youtu.be/zHfdThmckWs

Bass https://youtu.be/ohhK5M2zxLc

 

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Up and running, 20 Jan

Message from Katie

Please bring your Encores for Choirs (the Blue Book) every week. If you have borrowed a choir copy, please put your number in it so that I know where they have gone. If you have your own, make sure you have your name in it.

I would like all the Christmas music back as soon as possible, please. If you can’t get be with us next week, could you ask someone to bring your music back for you.

Many thanks, Katie

 

And one from Jacquie (NB contents being added to this site so future posts will have live links to the parts, as before)

Dear Singers, welcome back!  It was good to start singing again last week, and I hope you will enjoy the music we have prepared for you.  There will be some you like, some you like less, and hopefully some you will love, but part of the joy of music is exploring new styles and new sounds and trying to find what the composer wants to say in each piece.

On Monday I intend to work on:

Matyas Seiber – 3 Hungarian Folksongs – the first one.  The music for this will be ready for you on Monday.  Parts here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/x2qgnjheaq1on5p/AADME9Qr-PRmXFk-iRoxhOSVa?dl=0

You can listen to it here:

https://youtu.be/vbRWsWWYL6M  (this is for just female voices)

https://youtu.be/5z9yFWsZqMo  (this is for mixed voices, although the quality isn’t brilliant)

April is in my mistress face

Parts here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nv8899jr6hnuzpc/AAAc8mblJHNuj2RV07WjBNwPa?dl=0

Listen here:

https://youtu.be/HoM-gCgRuZU

Turn Back, O man

Parts here:

Soprano

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idtr4KCCtXQ

Alto

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nxk4pN-WQSM

Tenor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldSyqEem77o

Bass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k93qtiIta40

Full choir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ognt5vDpsBc

 

And this is quite different:

https://youtu.be/EyEcK1gMPUk

The Teddy Bears’ picnic

Parts:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t33una64rzml3qr/AADrWDyaTeTo2zkIN5ZLVfHpa?dl=0

Listen here:

https://youtu.be/CgN37bnGVyI

Or we could do it like this:

https://youtu.be/Vsmx8s50kdo

When the Saints –  arr. Rutter (the music for this will be ready on Monday)

Parts:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/maweibwfuq4f5n2/AADnbGfY11pYkTFHWPEy730oa?dl=0

A couple of  recordings here – there are lots to listen to, all quite different!

https://youtu.be/wgKf_M9yzGI

https://youtu.be/wgKf_M9yzGI (starting at 15.20 – other movements of Feel the Spirit come before)

Do remember to look at our website – all the parts and recordings will be there available in one place once David has had chance to add them.  Thank you to David again for all his work in this.  http://www.orwellsingers.co.uk

Look forward to seeing you next week,

Jacquie

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Christmas Concert 2017

Thanks to Sue and Jacquie for providing these.  Are there more?

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Christmas Concert

These links will open the programme for the Christmas Concert.  When you get to the pages they will include a small window for each page with a zoom button.  To see them full screen click the icon at top right and they will appear in new pages  in your browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer etc).  Click back on the tab for the Singers’ website to return to it.

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List for 20 November

It’s coming to that point where we need to be covering as much as we can in our rehearsals.  On Monday I would like to focus on West Side Story and the Christmas Bells medley, but hopefully also some other bits – particularly My Lord has come and Shepherds’ Farewell.

Tonight
I feel pretty

Maria
America 

One hand, one heart 
Somewhere

Christmas Bells – opening 
Ding dong merrily on high
I heard the bells
Carol of the bells

My Lord has come
Shepherds’ farewell

CHALLENGE:  as I have mentioned, one or two singers have asked if we could try to sing a little more from memory, so if at all possible, it would be very dramatic if we could close our books at the bottom of p. 25 in West Side Story, and sing from there to the end without music (There’s a place for us……).  I am certainly not going to stop anyone from singing if they can’t manage it, but as many as possible would be brilliant.  If we can aim to sing as much as possible of America from memory that would also add to the dramatic effect – but again, please don’t get into a panic if you really feel it’s impossible for you.

Words for all songs, copied from Internet so not guaranteed

Please do spread the word about our concert – we have a really varied and exciting programme which should make an enjoyable evening for our audience – AND there’s the buffet!

Hoping to see as many of you as possible on Monday, starting to sing at 7.30,

Jacquie

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Concert Programme

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