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St John Passion

We’re going to try singing through the whole of the Passion (which we would probably have been doing round about now if things had been back to normal). There’s time to do almost all of the choruses in an hour, and some of the chorales. This will be some full-on sightreading for anyone who’s not sung the piece before, but it’s a good intro for when it does happen (2022 perhaps?)

The numbering of movements probably tallies with the Novello score. You should already have Chorales 9, 15, 27, 40 and 52 (in English). Print them out here if you want to follow the recording in German.

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March

Whispering Grass

Does everybody know Jim Cooke? First bass, tall, beard. Composed a carol for us a few years ago. Anyway. Jim has composed and arranged loads of stuff, and he’s let me have access to some of his back catalogue.

There’s no YouTube backing track for this – I don’t even know if it’s ever been performed. But here’s the score:

If you don’t know the tune (it was Number One in the Hit Parade in 1975), here’s Sir Tom Jones with Jools Holland. If you want to listen to Ringo Starr’s cover, you’re on your own.

Here are the rehearsal tracks for Jim’s arrangement:

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March

Suo Gan

In memory of Pam, who loved all things Bryn Terfel, let’s sing this Welsh lullaby. We’re muted on Zoom, so don’t get too hung up on the language.

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March

Bohemian Rhapsody

Hal Leonard Publishing like to put samples of their arrangements online, so you can hear what a professional sessions choir does with the material before you buy it. They really go to town on this.

There are (unsurprisingly) lots of choral arrangements of this, but this version (for The King’s Singers) is one of the few a cappella ones.

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March

Dowland

It’s surprisingly difficult to find a choral version of this on YouTube. The original has solo voice and lute – it’s one of those ones that Sting recorded so that kinda clogs up the search results.

Here’s the pdf:

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March

Bennet

All Creatures Now Are Merry-Minded

This is probably the best known of a set of 25 madrigals commissioned as a tribute for Queen Elizabeth I. They’re by 23 different composers, and all finish with the same text “Thus sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana: long live fair Oriana”.

Madrigals were written for performing one to a part. This choir have a nice sound, but purists might disapprove:

…and the audio files:

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March

Brahms

I think this is the first thing we’ll have sung that’s in German. We should probably polish our language skills, so here’s Nachtwache #1:

Here’s the audio files for each part: