End of Term Business

Thank you all for a lovely term!  We enjoyed it thoroughly and are looking forward to next term by preparing new music based on your suggestions listed below.  Also, please note the dates for next term’s sessions and put them in your diary.


LEWES VOICE WORKS end of term business

Next term’s dates:

27 April

11, 25 May

8, 22 June

6, 13 July

Next term’s fees:  Subscription £60 for 7 sessions

HOT NEWS, not FAKE NEWS: Suggestion box results are IN!!


Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves

O fortuna (Carmina Burana)

Bei Männern (Magic Flute)

Anything by Mozart

Barber’s Adagio


SS Wesley, Blessed be the God, Father of our Lord JC

Shakespearean songs

16th century ‘stuff’

Madrigal: Twas in the Month of Maying



Fool on the Hill
If I Fell
She’s Leaving Home
Here, There & Everywhere

& Hebrew song from Sandria


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Handel’s Hallelujah chorus arranged for SAB

Well, it’s more pages than usual but it will all be worth it when you experience singing it.  Yes, I miss the tenor part but then, I’m a bit biased.  That’s life in LVW! 😉

Much of it will feel very familiar to many of you, I’m sure but I envy those who are being introduced to singing it for the first time.

Have fun!

All 3 Parts – Audio

Soprano Part – Audio

Alto Part – Audio

Baritone Part – Audio

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Name that Tune #5

As mentioned at our session last night, here is Name that Tune #5. Have fun with it and we’ll have a look at it in 2 weeks.
Remember––no cheating!  Stay away from that piano!

No Bonanza theme tune.  I promise.
Name that Tune 5 – Download PDF

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The first recording of Sturk’s Phos Hilaron

I mentioned in the last post that I would also post the recording of Stephen Sturk’s Phos Hilaron that 9 of us made at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in 1986.  You can listen to it here.

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The very lovely Phos Hilaron, by composer Stephen Sturk

I worked with composer Stephen Sturk for a few years back in the 1980s when I was a soloist at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York. I was fortunate enough to be in the evensong choir that recorded his beautiful Evening Service, of which the Phos Hilaron (O Gracious Light) is the first part. I still have the original cassette tape with him conducting. I’ll post it here at some point so you can hear it.

It was originally composed for ATB (alto, tenor, bass) but Carol has done a lovely job of rewriting it for SAB. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Download PDF of complete score here for printing.

Audio – All 3 Parts

Audio – Soprano Part

Audio – Alto Part

Audio – Bass Part

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Ralph Kramden teaches chest resonance

Here is the Ralph Kramden chest resonance demonstration that I mentioned at the last session.  For those of you who missed out, this is what happens when you use low abdominal support and keep a fine chest resonance.

This is a clip I created and uploaded from an episode of The Honeymooners called The Bensonhurst Bomber.

Enjoy! And please don’t take it too seriously. 😉

For those of you who must see the entire episode now, it is available here.

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Name that Tune #4

For those of you waiting with bated breath, and for those of you who couldn’t make it to our last session, here is Name That Tune #4.  We will go through this at our next session and have a bit of fun.

For those of you who haven’t done one of these before, the idea is to improve your sight-reading.  So, no cheating!  Don’t play it on the piano.  Give yourself a starting pitch and sing the intervals and rhythms as best you can to determine what the songs are.

Name That Tune #4 – Download PDF


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Placido é il mar from Mozart’s opera, Idomeneo.


The beautiful Placido é il mar from Mozart’s opera, Idomeneo.  Keep the breath steady and supported, clear consonants and long vowels.





Placido é il mar – 3 Parts Audio


Placido é il mar – Soprano Audio


Placido é il mar – Alto Audio


Placido é il mar – Bass Audio


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Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” in a new SAB arrangement!

George & Ira Gershwin

George & Ira Gershwin

So, we start of the new term with a snappy arrangement of George and Ira’s song, I Got Rhythm, long famous as a jazzman’s standard.

Listen to the click in the empty bars to help you keep tracks of the beats.

The rhythm in a song like this is not straight, but swung.  So quavers (or 8th notes) together are actually done like this:




I Got Rhythm – All 3 SAB Parts


I Got Rhythm – Soprano Part


I Got Rhythm – Alto Part


I Got Rhythm – Bass Part


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My own version of Nero’s Expedition

Water Hyacinth

Water Hyacinth

Well, what can I say?  I was so taken with it I had to record my own version.  Hope you enjoy it.  Thanks to Moondog for writing such an interesting and unusual song.


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