I’ve just uploaded one more piece for printing – please bring it to rehearsal tomorrow. You’ll find it in the ‘repertoire’ section of the website. If you have trouble accessing, email me direct.
To recap, the piece we are learning currently, for performance, are:
1. Home and the Heartland
2. People Get Ready
3. My Favourite Time Of Year
4. I Wish I Knew…
5. Sho sholoza
Here they are! Couple of iffy rhythms on my part, but the song is very repetitive, so hopefully if I stuff one up along the way, you will hear it correctly 100 other times.
Tenors, I have sung your part largely as the top line of the ‘baritone’ part of the piece. You’re sharing a line with the basses for most of the song. However you share the alto line in the Verses.
Altos, I have given the tenors the bottom alto line in the verses. However some altos will need to sing the lower harmony in the chorus, in the “Freedom” section.
Freedom – all parts
Freedom – Soprano
Freedom – Alto
Freedom – Tenor
Freedom – Bass
FREEDOM FOV sheet music
I’ve just this minute received the sheet music from Paul Jarman for our arrangement of Choirbolical, and have attached it here. As you can see from the inscription at the top of the piece, this is pretty special. The arrangement looks difficult on paper, but after reading through and comparing with the original recording, Paul has stayed very faithful to the original song. So if you’ve listened to it, it shouldn’t seem too frightening.
I am going to record the parts and have them absolutely sent off to you by the end of tonight. Party time at my place. I would appreciate if you could become obsessed with listening to the rehearsal tracks once you have them. This is a very cool opportunity (and also a great song to sing into the future, even if you’re not joining us in Tassie).
Firstly – what a fantastic effort at rehearsal on Tuesday night!!!! I’m really happy with, and thankful for the effort you’ve put into learning your repertoire outside of rehearsals. Please don’t stop!! We’re on the home stretch now and will just need one last push before our upcoming concerts.
We are apparently receiving the George Michael “Freedom” arrangement this week (supposedly tomorrow). As soon as I get this, I will obviously forward it to you all, and I will set about recording some rehearsal tracks ASAP so that you can learn it as quickly as possible.
However – with this extra piece, it just means we will have to dedicate valuable rehearsal time to learn it. Could I ask that you:
- Continue frequently listening and practicing along with “Sing Me To Heaven” and “Father Father”. These are 85% complete, so one last little push at home would be much appreciated.
- Make sure that you know “I Wish I Knew How It Feels To Be Free”, and “Heyr Himna”, and “Red Hot” from memory – Sing along with them whenever you get the opportunity.
- Sing through “E Malama”, “E’we Thina”, and “Mother Earth”, and “Riu Riu” every now and then to keep them fresh in your mind.
I envision that for our last two rehearsals, I will have to spend essentially the entire next rehearsal on June 20th dedicated to learning “Freedom”. We will then use our final rehearsal on June 27th to sing through everything (hopefully twice). So you see, it would be great to have the other songs under your belt, ready to go.
HAPPIEST PRACTICING! IT IS ALL WORTH IT!
Great job on the weekend – with every pop up performance the songs sounded better and better. A really productive day of singing and laughing!!!
As a few more concerts and the Festival of Voices approach us, I thought I should just reiterate again what I would like you to focus on when you find some time to practice. The following pieces are in order of importance:
- Father Father. Listen to the track, start to learn from memory.
- Sing Me To Heaven. As above.
- Listen to “90′ Freedom” by George Michael*****
- Red Hot.
- Riu, Riu Chiu. Sopranos especially!
- I Wish I Knew How It Feels To Be Free. Sounds beautiful, just learn the words
- Heyr Himna. Also sounds beautiful, focus on words.
- E Malama
- Ewe’ Thina.
***** The festival has asked us to learn a George Michael Song to sing at the Bonfire opening ceremony in front of 5000 people. They originally wanted “Faith”, but have now changed it to “Freedom”. Paul Jarman has been commissioned to especially write out an arrangement to suit Choirbolical. This is HUGE! I am so excited. You should become very familiar with this song. Listen to it a number of times, get to know the rhythm of the lyrics, and sing along as often as you can so we know the song really well by the time we receive the arrangement.
Here’s a link to the youtube clip for your convenience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diYAc7gB-0A
As our first public performance approaches, I am proposing the following list of repertoire to prepare for May 20th:
1. E Malama
2. E’we Thina
3. Heyr Himna Smidur
4. Riu Riu Chiu
5. They’re Red Hot
6. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
7. Mother Earth
We will move between pop-up locations, and sing 2 or 3 at each spot.
Please continue learning and listening to “Father, Father”, and “Sing Me To Heaven”, but we might give them a little more time to cook before May 20th.
Hi all, here are the lyrics for “Ewe Thina”, which we have learned by ear in rehearsals.
Sizowa nyathe amadimoni
I am working on the practice recordings for “Heyr Himna” today, so check the website tomorrow and they will be ready. Don’t forget to keep listening to “Father Father”, “Sing Me to Heaven”, and “I Wish I Knew…”. We will look at these on Tuesday!
Some information and a link to the flyer for a concert in Toowoomba this Sunday, April 9th, that might be of interest to you. I’m honoured to have one of my own pieces included in the program!
singing of stories flyer A4
Three women composers with Toowoomba connections will be featured in a special fund-raising concert on Sunday 9th April.
Well-known singer and performer, Elaine Coates, with Fay Miller on piano will be presenting “A Singing of Stories -Songs by Australian Women Composers” at St Stephens Church at 3pm. As well as showcasing works by Australian women, the concert will raise funds for Elaine’s humanitarian aid trip to Uganda to work with children in slum schools and with the African Children’s Choir.
The featured composers are Astrid Jorgensen, musical director of Toowoomba group, Choirbolical; Shannon Gralow, currently starring in “Wicked” at the Empire Theatre and Sharney Russell, jazz icon.
Guest artist will be Sharon Matheson on harp.
Tickets are $20 waged and $15 unwaged and are available from Elaine by email or phone 4596 6381.
(Tickets for the Dalby (30th April) and Bundaberg (25th August) concerts will be available soon.)
Rehearsal tracks for “Father Father” are up in the Repertoire section of the website (members only). Instructions are also there.
See you tonight!
Please find below some practice parts for I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free. Listen, learn, learn to love! These recordings came with the purchase of the song. I believe simply clicking on a link should start it downloading – if not, try right-clicking on the link, and then selecting the ‘save target as’ option.
I wish I knew (Soprano learning track)
I wish I knew (Alto learning track)
I wish I knew (Tenor learning track)
I wish I knew (Bass learning track)
Here also is some help for Father Father. I don’t quite have the time to sing through each part, but I hope to do this some time soon. In the meantime, here are the notes. Not particularly beautiful, but hopefully can help to learn some pitches between rehearsals.
Father Father alto
Father Father bass
Father Father sop
Father Father tenor
Finally, here are some old rehearsal tracks I first recorded when we learned Sing Me To Heaven a few years ago. I cannot attest to the current quality, but it hopefully will help new folks with their parts!
Sing Me to Heaven – Alto
Sing Me to Heaven – Bass
Sing Me to Heaven – Soprano
Sing Me to Heaven – Tenor