Saturday, 20 April 2019

April 2019

Spring has sprung!


What's great about SingWiv is that, no matter how many people come each month, there are always new faces! So a big welcome to those who came in April for the first time.

Here is the link to April's recordings.

We started with a children's song, Yalla awlehd from Syria which is used to call the family down to the orchard for the traditional picnic after Friday prayers.

Next up was the month's big song, We got all the love, by Helen Yeomans. A lovely sentiment, plus some great crunch harmonies AND we nailed it! Included in this month's recordings is a studio version to hear how tricky the harmonies really are.

Then we did a fun song from the Faroe Islands (apparently). It's called Djingala djingala and is supposed to be about the sea, although it's origins are unclear. You can hear the full song here.

Finally, we managed to squeeze in a quick song from the Baka pygmies: Boomalena.



We're back in Wivenhoe on Saturday 18 May. We hope to see you there.




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Friday, 22 March 2019

March 2019

And the March winds did blow! But we were warm and snug inside the Scout Hall (and the Orwell Bridge didn't close until later that night).


Lots of new faces this month, and a goodly number of men (although we could always do with more).

Here is the link to March's recordings.

We kicked off with a fun arrangement of the well-known American folk song Shortnin' bread. Then we spent a long time on a gorgeous Ave Maria written by Mexican Tasnim Fernandez. It was worth all the hard work as it's such a lovely song.

To round off, we did a quick joik called Nieda with clapping. It wasn't recorded on the day, but there's a version included with this month's recordings.


We're back in Wivenhoe on Saturday 13 April (not a third Saturday due to Easter) whatever the weather. We hope to see you there.




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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

February 2019

The catkins are out already. Spring is definitely on its way!


We managed a goodly number of singers this month with lots of new faces.

Here is the link to February's recordings.

We started with a deceptively simple, but gorgeous piece by Juliet Prager using a quote from Julian of Norwich: All will be well. The recordings include a full version by Juliet Prager and friends.

That was followed by a lovely Russian orthodox chant Slava v vychnih Bogou by Mikhail Strokine. The short section we did means "Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to all people of goodwill."



We also learnt Chris's warm-up arrangement of Fleetwood Mac's Rhiannon, but it wasn't recorded.

We're back in Wivenhoe on Saturday 16 March come rain or snow. We hope to see you there.




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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

January 2019

It was a crisp sunny winter's day this month. Cloud and sleet had been forecast, but didn't materialise.


It was a bit chilly in the Scout Hall to start with, but the singing soon warmed us up. We had a good crowd of over 30 this time, but only TWO men. However, they made up in quality what was lacking in numbers!

Here is the link to January's recordings.

We started with the Muslim greeting Asalaam aleykum, put to music by Nickomo as a response to 9/11: Peace be unto you.

We then spent some time on an amazing version of a poem by Elizabeth Frye: Don't kneel at my graveside and cry. It was worth it as this bluesy gospel-style song was great to sing!

This version of the song is by Barry & Holly Tashian. Click to hear their original in its full country glory.

We're back in Wivenhoe on Saturday 16 February come rain or snow. We hope to see you there.

Why not make 2019 your year of singing?



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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

December 2018

It was certainly a wintry session this month: gale force winds, cold, heavy rain and sleet. But it was (eventually!) cozy inside the Scout Hall and the singing warmed our spirits!


 Here is the link to December's recordings.

We began with a children's Christmas song from Bulgaria, Oj Koledo, moj Koledo; next a beautiful song by Ali Burns, May your cup always be full –  a four part ‘toast’ or ‘blessing’ for New Year or for the year ahead; finally, a non-Christmas song from India, Radhe Govinda bolo.

In the Description section for each MP3 you'll find song information (just click on each song title and the info will appear on the right). 

Here's a children's choir singing Oj Koledo.

Have a great Christmas whatever you're up to, and a very happy New Year.


We're back in Wivenhoe on Saturday 19 January to sing in the New Year. We hope to see you there. Why not make 2019 your year of singing?

Hope to see you there!

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PS there will be a small price increase in 2019 to £9 per session, but that will INCLUDE tea/coffee and biscuits. Yay!

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

November 2018


There's a definite nip in the air these days, but we've been blessed with some glorious weather so far this autumn.

A beautiful sunny day for this month's SingWiv didn't stop around 25 keen singers from turning up!

Here is the link to November's recordings: we started with Chris's arrangement of Feelin' good (made famous by Nina Simone) - there wasn't time to record this at the end, so included is a recording from a recent workshop in London; next we devoured a church song from Nigeria, Eh Yaweh kumama; finally we tackled a bit of country and western: Farther down the road by Jane Voss.

In the Description section for each MP3 you'll find song information (just click on each song title and the info will appear on the right).

Click to hear Jane Voss singing her song Farther down the road.You can definitely hear its country & western roots here!

And here's a version of Eh Yahweh kumama.

Next month is the last session of 2018. There might even be a festive song! It's on Saturday 15 December with a prompt 2pm start.

Hope to see you there!

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

October 2018



Still basking in the unseasonal warmth and sunshine, even though the leaves are turning! Amazingly we attracted a goodly crowd of singers, despite the tempation to stay in the garden.

Here is the link to October's recordings: we began with a simple round from Ghana, Nanuma; next an autumn chant, Falling; then something completely different, a chant from the Sufi tradition, Allah hu; finally a rousing drinking song, Landlord fill the flowing bowl.

In the Description section for each MP3 you'll find song information (just click on each song title and the info will appear on the right).

Remember you can listen to all the songs we've ever done by finding the link on each month's page on this blog.

Enjoy!

Hope to see you next month on Saturday 17 November - same time, same place, new songs, new faces.

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