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19.12.18 1930 Joint Choir and Orchestra Carol Concert at Doxey Church



 
St Thomas and St Andrew,
Doxey Parish Church,
ST16 1EQ

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05.12.18 1930 Joint Choir and Orchestra Rehearsal at Doxey Church

06.10.18 Concert, Berkswich Methodist Church

   
Berkswich Methodist Church,
Walton-on-the-Hill,
Stafford
ST17 0LH

(See map)

Vocal Warm-ups:

Vowels with semitone raise:
"A E I O U"; semitone raise, repeat ad infinitum:
This vocal exercise brings the sounds from the back to the front of the mouth

Simple scale:
C: "1";
C D C: "121"; C D E D C: "12321"; C D E F E D C: "1234321"; C D E F G F E D C: "123454321"; C D E F G A G F E D C: "12345654321"; C D E F G A B A G F E D C: "1234567654321";
C D E F G A B C^ B A G F E D C: "123456787654321";
C D E F G A B A G F E D C: "1234567654321"; C D E F G A G F E D C: "12345654321"; C D E F G F E D C: "123454321"; C D E F E D C: "1234321"; C D E D C: "12321"; C D C: "121";
C: "1"

"Sunny Weather" with semitone raise:
C D E: "I'd like some";
F E D F: "sunny weather"; E D C E: "sunny weather"; D C Bv D: "sunny weather"; C Bv Av C: "sunny weather"
Bv Av Gv Bv; "sunny weather", Av Gv Fv Av: "sunny weather", Gv Fv Ev Gv: "sunny weather";
Fv: "NOW"
Return to the starting note (C, up) and then raise it by one semitone to get the new starting note, repeat ad infinitum,
and when you get to the top note of your range, just drop an octave

Arpeggio with semitone raise:
C E G C^ G E C: "I am a shining star",
The finishing note is the same as the starting note (C, level). Raise it by one semitone to get
the new starting note, repeat ad infinitum,
and when you get to the top note of your range, just drop an octave

Can-Can: (Tune The Can-Can) with semitone raise:
"My dog he can do the Can-Can";
"Better than my cat can";
"But my goldfish finds it very difficult";
"And my dog he can do the Can-Can";
"Better than my cat can";
"But my goldfish finds it very hard"
The finishing note is the same as the starting note (level). Raise it by one semitone to get
the new starting note, repeat ad infinitum,
and when you get to the top note of your range, just drop an octave

Beware the law of gravity (better suited to male voices):
C F F D# D# F C D#: "Beware the law of gravity";
C C# C# C A#v G#v G#v G#v: "That makes the bread we have for tea";
A#v G#v Gv Fv: "Fall to the ground";
Gv Gv Cv Fv: "Butter side down"
Return to the starting note (C, up) and then raise it by one semitone to get the new starting note, repeat ad infinitum,
and when you get to the bottom note of your range, just raise an octave

Dai's got a head like a ping-pong ball: (Tune William Tell Overture) with semitone raise:
"Dai's got a head like a ping-pong ball"
"Dai's got a head like a ping-pong ball"
"Dai's got a head like a ping-pong ball"
"P....ing -pong ball"
"Dai's got a head like a ping-pong, ping-pong, ping-pong, ping-pong, ping-pong ball"
"Dai's got a head like a ping-pong, ping-pong, ping-pong, ping-pong ball"
"Ping, ping, ping, ping, ping, ping, ping, ping, ping, PONG"
"Dai's got a head like a ping-pong ball"
"Dai's got a head like a ping-pong ball"
"Dai's got a head like a ping-pong ball"
"P....ing -pong ball"
Down three tones to return to the starting note, and then raise it by one semitone to get the new starting note, repeat ad infinitum,
and when you get to the top note of your range, just drop an octave

Practice Tapes 2018/2019 Repertoire

Christmas Music:
All I want for Christmas is you (Carey, Afanasieff, arranged L'Estrange);
Christmas is coming (Raney);
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! (Styne, arranged L'Estrange);
The little drummer boy / Peace on Earth (Simeone, Onorati, Davis, Kohan, Grossman, Fraser, arranged Althouse);
The Prayer, Lead us Lord (Sager, Foster, arranged Fettke) ;
Rocking around the Christmas Tree (Marks, arranged L'Estrange);
Sing we all Noel (African Noel and Siyahamba, African folk songs arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram);
White Christmas (Bing Crosby)

100th Anniversary of the First World War Armistice: at the eleventh hour 11.11.1918:
Tunes from the trenches (Arranged and orchestrated by Peter Lawson for choir and orchestra: NB Orchestra only in this version)

Main repertoire 2018/2019: All things bright and beautiful (Rutter);
Annie (Charnin, Strouse, Emerson);
Banaha (Congolese folksong);
Barbershop Blues (Musser);
Best of Bond (Arranged Ginsburg);
A Choral Benediction (Besig);
*Christmas smash hits Vol. 1 (Arranged Alexander L'Estrange);
Come and rejoice (Besig, Price);
The composers are all on FaceBook (Burrows);
Dona nobis pacem (Traditional canon, arranged Liebergen)
For the beauty of the earth (Rutter);
From now on (From "The Greatest Showman", Pasek, Paul, arranged Emerson);
Getting to know you (Rodgers, arranged Stickles);
Gonna rise up singin' (Besig);
Gonna rise up singin' (alternative) (Besig);
Halle, Halle, Halle (Traditional Caribbean Song, arranged Hopson);
Hallelujah (Cohen, Buckley, arranged Wikeley);
I hear music in me (Sprunger);
I whistle a happy tune (Rodgers, arranged Stickles);
The Keel Row (Traditional English, arranged Lawson);
Let the river run (Simon, arranged Shaw);
A million dreams (From "The Greatest Showman", Pasek, Paul, arranged Huff);
*The Music of life (Lin Marsh, advisory teacher of music in Oxfordshire);
Panis angelicus (Franck, arranged Geehl);
Sailing (Sutherland, arranged Hunt);
Sing (Grassi, Hoying, Olusala, Johnson, Hollander, Brymer);
Sing (Alternative, with score);
Skyfall, James Bond (Adkins, Epworth, arranged Langford) ;
Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel (Simon);
Walking on sunshine (Rew, arranged Huff);
You raise me up (Graham, Lovland, Emerson)

* = Youtube video not available
# = Music not yet available

Monday 03.09.18 Resumption of rehearsals after summer break, Berkswich Methodist Church

Monday 11.06.18 Social, Berkswich Methodist Church

Monday 04.06.18 AGM, Berkswich Methodist Church

19.05.18 Concert at Trinity Church
in aid of Christian Aid

 
Trinity Church,
Mount Street
Stafford
ST16 2BZ

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21.04.18 Concert at St Peter's Church, Hixon



 
Hixon St Peter Church,
21 Hammonds Croft,
Hixon, Stafford
ST18 0PQ

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