Tuesday, 22 May 2018

May 2018


Amazingly, despite it being the day of the Royal Wedding and Wivenhoe Open Gardens and the FA Cup Final, we mustered a goodly number of singers this month!

Here is the link to May's recordings: Chris's arrangement of the Beatles' classic All you need is love and the beautiful Welsh song Lisa lan. We did one other for a bit of fun - Jenny Goodman's Oo let me sing - but it wasn't recorded.

In the Description section for each MP3 you'll find song information.

There are two other versions of Lisa lan included: one is by Chris's community choir Woven Chords, and the other by a real Welsh person (Siwsann George)!

Enjoy!

Hope to see you next month on Saturday 16 June - same time, same place, new songs, new faces - our final session before a summer break. If not, have a great summer and we'll be back in September.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

April 2018

What a difference a month makes!


This time it's a big well-done to those of you who managed to drag yourselves in from the garden! And welcome to the four new people who came.

Here is the link to April's recordings: a Taiwanese fishermen's song; a spiritual; a protest song from South Africa.

We didn't quite finish the spiritual and the South African song proved quite a challenge (!) so the recordings include versions of Steal Away and Senzenina from Chris's Coventry community choir WorldSong.

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

Here is the Cape Town Youth Choir's version of Senzenina

And Michael Tippett's arrangement of Steal Away.

Enjoy!

Hope to see you next month on Saturday 19 May - same time, same place, new songs, new faces - ignore the royal wedding and the FA cup final doesn't kick off until 5pm!

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

March 2018

It's supposed to be spring!!


Well done to all of you who braved the snow and winds to come to this month's SingWiv. We had a great turn out despite the weather and made a wonderful sound.

Here is the link to March's recordings: an Irish song in your actual gaelic (it was St. Patrick's Day!), a beautiful song of hope from South Africa and a gospel song from the Appalachians (in the 'tear jerker' genre!).

We didn't quite manage to finish the South African song so there's also a full recording of the song from one of Chris's old community choirs, WorldSong.

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

Here is Clannad's version of the Irish song Nil sin la.

And an amazing version of O sing to me of heaven by the Chilhowie Primitive Baptist Church.

Enjoy!

Hope to see you next month on Saturday 21 April - same time, same place - when we hope that spring will have finally sprung!

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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.


Enjoy!

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

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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:


Enjoy!

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

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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.

Enjoy!

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.

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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.