Tuesday, 20 February 2018

February 2018

Not quite as many as last month, but we mustered nearly 30 singers, a good number of whom were new. We could still do with some more MEN though!!

Here is the link to February's recordings: a warm up song for Valentine's Day, a song in Swahili, some storming gospel and a little something from West Africa (this last one I didn't record, so I've added an old recording from when we did Ma belle sinkwanee back in 2015).

In the Description section for each MP3 you'll find song information, lyrics and a translation.

For your delight and delectation here is the Nashville Bluegrass Band singing Goodnight the Lord is coming.


Hope to see you next month on Saturday 17 March - same time, same place - when we hope that spring will have truly sprung!

Click here to find all the dates for 2018

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

January 2018

Gosh, the first session of 2018 turned out to be a very, very well-attended blinder!

[ this is an old photo from 2015 - we had almost twice as many singers this month ]

I don't think we quite manage to beat our previous record of filling the Scout Hall to capacity, but 36 singers came pretty close - we almost ran out of chairs.

And we had decent number of men (we can always do with more chaps!).

Here is the link to January's recordings: a party song from Cameroon, an old setting of a Psalm (Waters of Babylon) and a Zimbabwean lullaby.

Chris has also included the version of Bele Mama that he based his arrangement on.

In the Description section for each MP3 you'll find song information, lyrics and a translation.

YouTube has a recording of Don McLean singing Waters of Babylon:


Hope to see you next month on Saturday 17 February - same time, same place.

Click here to find all the dates for 2018.

Monday, 18 December 2017

December 2017

It was the last session of 2017, so there had to be at least one Christmas song - and there was!

Here is the link to December's recordings: a Native American chant, an Easter song (don't ask!) from Malawi, an English wassail and a song of peace from Hawaii.

There are four MP3s, one for each of the songs we learnt. Although we didn't have time to record our version of Imaweni, there is a version by Chris's first choir WorldSong from their 2005 CD.

There is a bit of blurb in the Description section of each song including lyrics and a translation.


All of us here at SingWiv wish you a very merry Christmas and a super Happy New Year.

We hope to see you in January when we're back at the Scout Hall on Saturday 20 January for a prompt 2pm start.

Click here to find all the dates for 2018.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

New dates for 2018

The dates for 2018 SingWiv sessions are as follows:

20th January
17th February
17th March
21st April 
19th May
16th June
then a holiday in July and August
15th September
20th October
17th November
and 15th December

Put the dates in your diary  NOW and we look forward to seeing you all.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

November 2017

This month we started off with a simple, but effective swing-like warm up song with the inspiring words of "Do be do be do". This was followed by an Alleluya from Honduras (at least the words were easy!) and then we moved onto quite a tricky piece by William Byrd from his "Mass for 3 Voices" written in 1591-2. You can't say we don't have variety each month!

You can hear a version of Byrd's Kyrie here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUgVYxiU52I

Here is the link to November's recordings.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

October 2017

Autumn is slowly settling in!

This month we did a song that was originally learnt from a musician from Togo: Ayele mama. It's supposed to be a call to a young girl who's lost. Then onto an upbeat spiritual "Let your little light shine". And finally an arrangement by Nickomo of a section of Eric Clapton's song "Let it grow" which proved to be quite tricky!

Here is the link to October's recordings.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

September 2017

We're back after our summer break - yippee!

We were so happy to be back that we sang a round called "Great is the joy" :

Great is the joy we can know in each day
When we can serve others in some small way
For we shall know the gift of life.

Then we moved onto a slow shanty "Lowlands away" before ending on a high with a South African song about divination: "Siya wa shia."

Here is the link to September's recordings.