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!

Click here to find all the dates for 2019

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!

Click here to find all the dates for 2019

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.

Click here to find all the dates for 2018 and on into 2019.  

Monday, 24 September 2018

September 2018


So here we are, back after our break, refreshed and ready to sing and still hanging onto the summer weather!

Here is the link to September's recordings: we started with a simple, fun round Down by the water; next a Nigerian song from the Yoruba tradition, Ibache; then a beautiful song by Alouette Iselin about how to overcome the dark times, The comfort of singing voices; and finally, a bit of a laugh as we wrestled with an Irish tongue twister, MacTavish is dead.

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.

You can listen to a lovely choral arrangement of The comfort of singing voices here on SoundCloud.

Enjoy!

Hope to see you next month on Saturday 20 October - same time, same place, new songs, new faces.

Click here to find all the dates for 2018 and on into 2019. 

Monday, 10 September 2018

We're back!

Goodbye summer 
but hello singing!!!!



Yes, Sing Out Saturdays are back in Wivenhoe on Saturday 15 September after our summer break.

Everyone is welcome: men, women, complete novices, experienced singers. And if you can't make this Saturday, don't worry, we're back every 3rd Saturday, just come when you can.

Click here to find all the dates for 2018.  

We've also started to add dates for 2019:

19 January
16 February
16 March
13 April (not a 3rd Saturday due to Easter)
18 May
22 June (not a 3rd Saturday due to other commitments)

We look forward to singing with you soon!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

June 2018


Even though the Wivenhoe Regatta was on, we managed to muster a great bunch of singers, and even some new faces!

Here is the link to June's recordings: Chris's arrangement of the Coldplay song Til kingdom come; a famous Welsh song Sosban fach about a little saucepan; a Xhosa setting of part of the Lord's Prayer from South Africa, Mayenziwe.

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

If you don't know the Coldplay song, click to listen to Til kingdom come.

And you can hear Cerys Matthews here singing Sosban fach.

Enjoy!

We're taking a summer break now, but we'll be back on 15th September and hope to see you then. Please spread the word!

Click here to find all the dates for 2018.  

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.

Click here to find all the dates for 2018