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SATB VersionHarbour SATB - Full Score - SECURE
Last week we published an arrangement by Jake Alexander of the Ukrainian folk song ‘Oi Khodyt’ Son Kolo Vikon’ or ‘The Dream Passes by the Windows’ to enable choirs to show support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine. We wouldn’t normally try to repeat the same idea twice, but the opportunity to publish this song from Anna Tabbush was impossible to ignore. We’re extremely grateful to Anna for offering it to us on ChoirCommunity.
This is a very different song from Jake’s arrangement so we felt it could offer something different for choirs to sing. In many ways the two songs complement each other to create a contrasting pair. This resource pack contains the full score and high-quality learning tracks for each part as well as the ensemble recording and will always remain free for anyone to download and use. However, we (and Anna) would love it if you considered making a donation to The Refugee Council if you make use of Anna’s song with your choir.
I wrote Harbour two years ago in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. With the appalling response by the British press and government to the tragedies that were happening at sea, I felt mine was a lonely voice in wanting a more welcoming and compassionate country to live in. I wrote the song so that others with similar opinions to me could sing together and know that they were not alone and that together we could change our society for the better.
Harbour is more popular than ever now that the people of the world are feeling driven to help the millions of refugees fleeing Ukraine. I would like my song to help all of those fleeing war zones. Soon we will be welcoming more refugees into our countries and my hope is that my song will help ensure they are met with warmth, compassion and generosity. So please keep singing and sharing it. Keep campaigning to reduce the unnecessary bureaucracy that prevents people from finding a safe passage into our countries. Thank you for your belief in the power of song.
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Update 13/03/22 – We have now recorded learning tracks for the SAB, SSA and TTB versions of the song so these are all available together with the relevant score here – just click on the voicing you want in selection box before you hit the ‘Buy Now’ button. The SATB version is the only one previewed above to save space and make sure the page loads quickly, but you will get all the files for the voicing you need in the download.
This was a real favourite at our concert on Sunday in our village, especially as in the audience was a couple who had just taken in a Ukrainian family. Our retiring collection was in aid of the Red Cross Ukraine appeal for Ukraine. I volunteer with asylum seekers from many war torn and conflicted areas so I was particularly pleased to read Anna Tabbush’s explanation that the song was directed at all refugees.
Thank you for making this song available free of charge.
My trio have learnt this song and plan to sing it at a concert for Ukraine in Selby Abbey on 17th September 2022. It is simple yet so beautiful. We did change the last chard to make it more “final”.
PS Also noticed that the words of 2nd verse were incorrect on PDF, but no worries!
Anna Tabbush has written lyrics that speak to the uncertain times we are living through. The tune is beautiful and memorable. She has given us a song of hope, comfort and inspiration. I have been teaching three of her arrangements of Harbour for different voicings: SSA, TTB and SATB. Each arrangement is well-crafted with distinctive part-writing. My choirs have been deeply moved by this song.
Such a beautiful song and perfect for community choirs. My choir only has a few men and some members do not read music, but the format of the song and the harmonies are very easy to pick up by ear, so this is ideal.
Also, what a lovely song with a generous spirit, especially poignant in these troubled times. I always tell my choir to find the ‘character’ of the music and sing with that in mind – this song has character in abundance and I am really looking forward to performing it at our next concert.
Thank you for making it available at no charge – very generous of you. Our choir held a fundraising concert for Ukraine and have donated all the proceeds to help the people of Ukraine who need our help at this time.
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