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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

"The Quartermaster's Stores". This is a forces song that dates from WW1, and it survives today as one of the more popular campfire songs for the Scout Association. An interesting point is that T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) worked in the Quartermaster's Stores during his later RAF days. Traditionally the song begins as follows:

"There were rats, rats,
As big as bloomin' cats,"
"In the stores, in the stores."
"There were rats, rats,
"As big as bloomin' cats,"
In the Quartermaster's Stores."

(Chorus):
"My eyes are dim, I cannot see
I have not brought my specs with me
I have not brought my specs with me."

Various other traditional verses include:
Eggs.... with kilts and hairy legs.
Gravy... enough to float the Navy.
Cheese... that brings you to your knees.

Most likely you'll have tumbled the object of the song, which is to describe the rather unsavoury contents of the stores. The one rule is that it must rhyme.


Practice Tapes 2019/2020 Repertoire


Main repertoire 2019/2020:

All things bright and beautiful (Rutter);
And we sing gloria (Althouse);
Annie (Charnin, Strouse, Emerson);
Banaha (Congolese folksong);
Barbershop Blues (Musser);
Best of Bond (Arranged Ginsburg);
A Choral Benediction (Besig);
Come and rejoice (Besig, Price);
Deep river (Traditional negro spiritual, arranged Rose)
Dona nobis pacem (Traditional canon, arranged Liebergen)
Fields of gold (Sumner, arranged Emerson);
For the beauty of the earth (Rutter);
From now on (From "The Greatest Showman", Pasek, Paul, arranged Emerson);
Gonna rise up singin' (Besig);
Gonna rise up singin' (alternative) (Besig);
Go now in peace (Besig, Price);
Halle, Halle, Halle (Traditional Caribbean Song, arranged Hopson);
I'd like to teach the world to sing (Backer, Davis, Cook, Greenway, arranged Rogers);
I hear music in me (Sprunger);
It's a grand night for singing (Rogers, arranged Preece);
The Keel Row (Traditional English, arranged Lawson);
Let the river run (Simon, arranged Shaw);
Look at the world (Rutter);
The Lord is my shepherd; Psalm 23 (Goodall);
A million dreams (From "The Greatest Showman", Pasek, Paul, arranged Huff);
The Music of life (Lin Marsh, advisory teacher of music in Oxfordshire);
*On life (Lennon, McCartney, arranged Hayward);
Panis angelicus (Franck, arranged Geehl);
The Prayer, Lead us Lord (Sager, Foster, arranged Fettke);
Sailing (Sutherland, arranged Hunt);
Skyfall, James Bond (Adkins, Epworth, arranged Langford);
Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel (Simon);
Top of the world (Bettis, Carpenter, arranged Huff);
Walking on sunshine (Rew, arranged Huff);
You raise me up (Graham, Lovland, Emerson)

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


Autumn/Winter 2019/2020 Concert Programme



16.05.20 Concert at Trinity Church, Stafford
Free of charge on entry; donation on exit in aid of a charity to be named

 
Trinity Church,
Mount Street
Stafford
ST16 2BZ

(See map)

Saturday 25.04.20 7.30pm Berkswich WI Concert in aid of Katharine House, at Walton Village Hall

 
Walton Village Hall,
Green Gore Lane,
Walton-on-the-Hill,
Stafford
ST17 0LD
(See map)

Monday 20.01.20 Social, Radford Bank


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