Here's a little highlights video from our FIRST EVER outdoor choir session! It was great to sing together. Thank you Angela for letting us use the beautiful garden. We hope you're all enjoying the sunshine and we look forward to seeing you all again soon when we resume our choir practices!
In this weeks video, Carol takes us through the round Belle Mama from the Torres Straits, which was taught in last weeks zoom session. A nice little re-cap for us all!
The video then finishes with our special All Choired Up version of All I Have to do is Dream by The Everly Brothers.
Scroll down for the song sheet!
Here's some YouTube clips of songs that Carol finds enjoyable and inspiring that she wants to share with you all. Hopefully you like them too.
Have a listen!
Watch on full screen for the best experience.
Coral Rojo from Chile singing Vuela Golondrina (The Swallow in Flight)
Hallelujah by KD Lang sung at a fundraiser for Fire Fight Australia
Gentleman Jack written by O’Hooley and Tidow and performed by The Syncing Violets
The choir is taking a break for the summer and our last session will be taking place, not in front of a computer, (Hurrah!!!) but outside in public next Wednesday August 12th observing social distancing guidelines. We’ll finally get to meet and sing with each other in real life. Look out for more information in the coming week…
This week Carol introduces Faith’s Hymn by Beautiful Chorus, a beautiful meditative a cappella song which is hummed throughout. She sings three different melodic lines for you to learn and you will then be able to hum along when you listen to the YouTube clip which you will find below the video.
This week, Carol takes us through two activities:
A round called Hey Mr Miller and an introduction to a new song, Let Us Stand.
In this weeks video, Carol takes you through a round called Hey Mr Miller, in three parts.
This will help you warm up your voice and learn the round, so that we can sing it together in next weeks zoom session.
We are going to go through a new song, Let Us Stand written by Kate Thomas .
The first time Carol heard/sang the song was at the annual gathering of Natural Voice Network voice teachers in January of this year.
No one had any idea at the point what was going to be unleashed in 2020, although the signs were all there beneath the surface of society. Clearly Kate felt it strongly enough to write this heartfelt and heart warming song. We need songs like this now more than ever!
Singers, just concentrate on getting familiar with the chorus to Let Us Stand, (which starts: 'so let us stand as we face the coming storm...)
Like with Amazing Grace and This is Home, listen to all parts first and then go through the others to see what suits your voice best.
We will begin to look at this song when we meet next time.
Below is the sheet music to Let Us Stand .
To maximise the view, click the three white dots that appear in the top right hand corner when you click on the image of the paper. You will then have an option to view it fullscreen and click to turn the page at the right time alongside the music.
The chorus in the following song, March March , is a brilliant example of a rhythmic pattern used in song - as well as having a powerful message.
Why not sing along yourself and have a go at following the chorus?
Carol takes you through some tongue twisters designed to warm up your voice and keep you vocally fit!
Below is a beautiful song called 'This is Home' written by Sophia Efthimiou, who is a member of the Natural Voice Network.
When you play the track you will hear All Parts sung through once, followed by the Alto, Soprano, Tenor and Bass parts in that order, finishing with a recording of All Parts to finish.
As with the earlier mp3 recording of Amazing Grace which accompanied choir video on blog #1, the idea is that you listen to all the parts and choose one that you are most comfortable with to start learning.
However, as Carol said last time, if you’re up for more of a challenge, please feel free to learn as many parts as you want!
Also included is the written music if people find that useful.
Carol takes you through Amazing Grace, the original version - she has sung this through with parts where you can join in at home.
Last week we practiced Sam Cooke's beautiful version of the same song. Below are the different singing parts.
How to approach listening/choosing/learning the parts:
Each part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) is highlighted separately with the other parts singing quietly in the background. We sang the soprano and alto parts last Wednesday. Choose a part that is comfortable for your vocal range.
Here is the sheet music for Sam Cooke's version. Only use this if it is useful to you!