Newsletter – 23rd August 2023

August 23, 2023 - By 
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It’s ‘acapella’ week this week as we’ve got a bumper crop of new unaccompanied arrangements published – a fantastic addition to our collection from Gitika Partington and Wendy Sergeant.  As long-time members of the ChoirCommunity team, Gitika and Wendy both have well-established collections on the website, but these latest additions bring something new and fresh as always.

Wendy has recently undertaken an “Innovative Choir Leading” course at the Royal College of Music in Denmark and I think you can definitely hear the influence of that in her latest arrangements.  In particular, her version of ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ and an original composition called ‘Winter Waltz’ are well worth a listen.

As a Co-founder of the website, Gitika now has 164 titles in her collection and these latest ones are great additions, mostly harking back a few decades and including some of the greatest song writers of the time.  Her version of the Rolling Stones ‘Paint It, Black’ is understandably one of her choirs’ favourite songs.  I also love the melifluous feel of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’ which also has a recording you can listen to on Gitika’s Soundcloud channel.

New Music From Gitika

We have six new arrangements from Gitika this week, ranging from Joni Mitchell to The Rolling Stones.  All of these songs are for unaccompanied mixed voices and offer Gitika’s trade mark twist on the originals in one way or another.

Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
Blue – Joni Mitchell
Blue Bayou – Roy Orbison
They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Fred Astaire
The Letter – The Boxtops
Paint It, Black – The Rolling Stones

New Music From Wendy

Wendy has nine new arrangements for the collection this week.  There are a couple of Christmas gems in here, as well as a selection of other songs spanning many decades of popular classics.  Wendy’s take on Guns ‘n’ Roses is well worth a listen!

Copacabana – Barry Manilow
Celebration – Kool & The Gang
From A Distance – Bette Midler
White Christmas – Bing Crosby
It Must Be Love – Madness
Longest Time – Billy Joel
Mele Kalikimaka – Bing Crosby
Sweet Child Of Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses
Winter Waltz – Wendy Sergeant


A New Way To Search Our Library

It’s been suggested a few times that it would be useful to be able to search our library with the name of the artist or band that performed the song originally.  This has actually been available already, as you can type in the name of the performer or writer in the ‘Search Term’ box at the top of the page and then click the ‘Apply Selections / Search’ button.  However this doesn’t always work depending on whether the original performer is mentioned in the description or the writer credits.

So we’ve added this feature as a ‘proper’ search term on our main search pages to see if it’s useful.  There are so many different artists included in the collection that we’ve had to limit the list to those with at least 2 songs published, so it’s still only partially effective unfortunately  (The list would extend down the page too far otherwise).  I expect that this will develop as we continue to grow the library, but I’d be keen to get any feedback you have – please let me know if you find it useful or not!

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