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I hope you enjoy these rounds about Hope! The Resource Pack contains the full score, audio learning tracks and a looped backing track for each song.
Here are a few performance notes…
The rehearsal tracks are vocal recordings with accompaniment. The looped backing tracks are around three minutes of accompaniment only. This should give you plenty of time to complete the rounds in your own way.
The piano part is a suggestion only. Choir leaders might like to extemporise their own accompaniment using the chords provided, or omit it entirely.
I have left it to the conductor’s discretion as to how to end each song. You might like to tail off gradually, letting each part finish independently. Alternatively, you could try replicating the endings I’ve used in the rehearsal tracks – it’s totally up to you.
Blessings of Peace
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will know the blessings of peace.
This song is based on an amalgamation of two quotes from very different sources, William Gladstone and… Jimi Hendrix. It’s a round that you can really launch yourself at – perfect for a quick energy boost.
Hope Is the Thing
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
Emily Dickinson, “Hope” is the thing with feathers
This is one of my favourite fragments of poetry! I started writing this round in the early stages of the Covid lockdown in the UK. Singing these words over and over as I was composing the melody gave me some much-needed fortitude in very strange and challenging circumstances.
Those Who Wish to Sing
Those who wish to sing always find a song – Swedish proverb
I wrote this simple song to teach to my choir on Make Music Day 2020. Due to the Covid pandemic, we hadn’t sung together outside Zoom for several months, so the words felt extremely appropriate. We went on to create a virtual performance video using Those Who Wish to Sing in collaboration with several other choirs – a time-consuming but ultimately cathartic experience for everyone involved!
Light thine own torch, and hold it to thy brother,
And his shall kindle at the flame of it.
Edith Nesbit, Torch-Bearers
I have a slight personal connection with Edith Nesbit in that I live quite close to her old address in the London Borough of Lewisham, and regularly run around Grove Park Nature Reserve, an area that is thought to have inspired her to write The Railway Children. This round is based on the last two lines of the beautiful Torch-Bearers, a poem published in 1908.
Those Who Wish To Sing Rehearsal Track Credits
Vocals – Eleanor Rastall (www.eleanorrastall.co.uk) and Jake Alexander
Violin – Priya Bose
Flute – Christine Bisatt
Piano – Jake Alexander
Percussion – Jake Alexander
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