Posted By: Piers McLeish
Well, it’s been quite a year hasn’t it? Despite all the challenges for so many people in 2022, there was still plenty to be thankful for at ChoirCommunity so we thought we’d look back on a few highlights of the year. We hope you enjoy looking through them and sparking some positive memories of the last 12 months!
2022 Was The Year We……
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Earlier this month, we published a new collection from our latest arranger to join the team, Keely Hodgson. Keely is the last new arranger we will be adding to the website for a while now as we focus on consolidating and adding to everyone’s collections. That means this is probably the last Zoom chat for a bit as well, so we’re making the most of it!
Keely’s arrangements draw on her experience as a composer and singer, her passion for poetry and her belief that […]Read More
We are immensely proud to showcase the work of some extraordinarily talented women at ChoirCommunity. This collection celebrates the music […]Read More
Last week we published Fiona’s introductory collection of compositions and arrangements on ChoirCommunity. To accompany this launch, Craig chatted to Fiona over Zoom about her music influences and career.
From short a Cappella numbers to full length concert repertoire pieces, Fiona offers a wide range of material for […]Read More
We launched Ed’s exciting and varied initial collection of arrangements in mid-January on ChoirCommunity. Craig had a chance to catch up with Ed over Zoom (between the UK and Spain) the week after to talk about his musical influences and career.
Below is a selection of arrangements from the Young Voices programme which are available for purchase. Each title is available […]Read More
Ed enjoys arranging a diverse mix of popular musical styles – from soul, R&B and mainstream pop to indie […]Read More
We kicked off 2022 by publishing a brand new music collection from composer, singer and choir leader Ben See. We’re now following up this launch with another in our series of Zoom interviews with Craig.
Ben is drawn to songs from a range of different of styles: pop, rock, folk, protest songs and everything […]Read More
We have noticed a lot of discussion recently about the complexities and difficulties around music licensing and copyright. Many choir leaders find this a very confusing and frustrating subject area, which is not surprising given the amount of seemingly conflicting information which is out there and how prone that information is to interpretation.
At ChoirCommunity, helping to solve this problem is one of the most important objectives we have sought to achieve since starting up in 2018. We wanted to make it easier for talented choir leaders and musicians to legitimately share the arrangements they have written with other choirs, while also making the proper purchasing of great choral music easier and more affordable for as many singing groups as possible around the world.
In order to do this, we have taken on many of the complexities and costs involved in ensuring the music available on our website is fully licenced and that all the artists and rights-owners get properly rewarded for their work. We have also tried to explain as clearly as possible how the licencing of music works and how we have set things up at ChoirCommunity (for example in our FAQ page), but I’m aware that we have never actually explained everything all in one place, so here goes!
If you have the patience to read to the bottom, you should end up knowing everything you need to know about music licensing!
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We thought we’d try a new way of showcasing some of the great music we have on ChoirCommunity and especially the fantastic talent embodied in our wonderful team of arrangers. Each week, we’ll put a new video up on YouTube created by one (or sometimes more than one) of our arrangers of a song which is available from our library for download. The format will be a mixture of ‘virtual’ and live performance and we hope you’ll enjoy subscribing to the channel and having a listen each week.
The first video to be published is Wendy Sergeant’s version of I’m Still Standing, sung by Wendy herself along with Doug Watts (another of our team of arrangers), Catherine Smith and Katherine Everett. The video was created by Doug as part of the Portishead Festival of Song in 2020.
The sheet music and learning tracks for this arrangement can be downloaded from the website here.
Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel and click to receive notifications of videos as they come out each week at https://www.youtube.com/c/choircommunity
We’re delighted to welcome the multi-talented Tim Allen to the team of arrangers this month and Craig has marked the occasion with another wide-ranging and often fascinating chat with Tim over Zoom.
Tim’s arrangements are all about letting the song shine. For well-known pop and rock tracks, this means “getting out […]Read More
We’re constantly looking to find new ways to make the website better and easier to use, especially when it comes to search for the right piece of music! One of the things which has held us back is the way in which all the classification data – things like genre, voicing, difficulty level, accompaniment, choir type, etc. – have been grouped together as ‘categories’ or ‘tags’.
Well, this has now all changed, along with a brand new design for all the pages on the website where our arrangements are listed. Now you can filter any list by any of these categories independently, while also typing more specific search terms to find exactly what you want.
We hope you find the new page design easy to use and more importantly, enables you to find the best arrangements for your choir quickly and easily.
All the product pages still have the ability to preview the full scores, as well as listen to an excerpt of the ensemble learning track for every arrangement (well, nearly every one – we’re working on that!). All our learning tracks are all properly sung and recorded in high-quality audio as well to make the browsing experience as enjoyable and useful as possible.
Try out the new full catalogue search page here.
We hope you like the changes – please let us know by replying on this post, or emailing us directly at [email protected]
Jake is a huge fan of a cappella music. He arranges folk songs, pop songs and sea shanties, mostly […]Read More
Anna has been teaching, composing and arranging music for community choirs for over 20 years. Her experience with amateur […]Read More