The new book is out by myself and the fantabulous Alison Burns. The book is mostly acapella songs, but there are chord symbols and several optional piano accompaniments too. One of the wonderful features of the book is the audio. When you buy the book you get a cd with 156 tracks of every individual part. Also you can audition all the songs www.oup.co.uk/companion/cvw as FULL PERFORMANCES of them sung by myself, Sheena Masson, Nickomo and Andrew McCrorie-Shand
Stop Press…. I am running 2 more courses for Sound Connections on how to run a community choir….1st May and 19th June…pass it on to anyone you know who might be tempted to dust off or learn some new skills
Course Title: Leading a Choir – Tuesday 1st May or Tuesday 19th June
Training Leader: Gitika Partington
Description: This course will look at core skills involved in leading and directing choirs. It is intended for anyone who leads any form of community singing, whether it be in primary and secondary schools, youth, adult and cross-generational singing groups and choirs. The day will explore physical and vocal warm up activities, developing skills in directing and conducting and tips on effective song teaching without the use of written music.
Audience: All teachers and vocal leaders
Venue: ISTD2 Dance Studios, 346 Old Street, London EC1V 9NQ
Cost: £75 + booking fee to include refreshments and lunch
Oh I do like this cartoon one of my tenors GA sent me. He drew it after last month’s singing adventure by the sea in Wales organised by the marvellous Roxane Smith. We were a mixed bag of singers from all parts of Wales, Lancaster, Exmoor, London and other exotic places.
It was billed as a weekend of ‘pop,’ led by ‘yours truly’. A very small handful of people seemed a bit shocked that we were singing pop and not gregorian chants…strange – possibly not read the small print. Some great new friendships were made…some were not…ha ha. That’s me in the middle, waving my arms about, trying to be in charge, drawn to a ‘T’… with my regulation check shirt on…( note to all arm wavers, check and tartan are good patterns to wear – disguising buckets of sweat in their multitude of colours and stripes. ) GA has possibly gone for a little exaggeration in the ‘swooning’ of the sopranos over the basses, but there was a little going on, one particular bass nearly got kidnapped and taken to Lancaster.
SONG OF THE DAY Viva La Vida -Coldplay
We learned and sung this in 4 part acapella during the weekend. For some reason a couple of men, closer to the age of Coldplay, took a dislike to this song. When I went back to London and I told a bunch of kids of about 8 and 9 olds from an inner city school that some people did not like this song, they were disgusted! How could anyone dislike ‘Viva La Vida!’? Ah!!!!
So 2 versions today. The original( 99 million hits on youtube!!) and the other by PS22, a bunch of fantastic inner city kids in New York ( nearly 3 million hits)…well worth watching both as it gives you a focus on the song…..which is, in my humble opinion a great piece of writing.
Pretty grim round here due to Gitika losing her mum and we are all very sad. Here is our new video that we did actually finish 2 months ago but been too raw to post. So now it’s posted everywhere in the crazy social media flurry you have to do, so sorry if you have […]
Hallo Beautiful People 5 years today our first album was released and we are still walking the freedom line. It is a cause for celebration. Thought you might like to hear the first mix of one of our newest batches of songs. It’s called “I Remember ( The Simple Things)” Have a Lovely Day .
Its nice and quiet round here..Some days no-one passes by at all. No slamming of car doors in the night, no-one trying to double park, or in their car with all the winders open talking to Aunt Maud about the state of their marriage. There is a lot to be said for days when no-one […]