Stop The Cavalry – Learning Tracks

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Written more as a protest song than a Christmas hit, Jona Lewie’s Stop the Cavalry has nevertheless become a timeless seasonal favourite. Voice 2 carries the bulk of the tune throughout the arrangement, although each part has their moment – voice 1 in the chorus and “Christmas Break”, and voice 3 in the bridge. Make sure that voice 1’s “mm-ba”s are subtle enough during the verses so as not to overpower voice 2’s melody.

As with many arrangements I write, this song can be done using virtually any combination of singers. As indicated in the score, the parts can be taken down an octave if necessary. Directors of mixed choirs might also wish to create mixed voice parts that span an octave. Choir leaders know their choirs’ voices far better than arrangers, so it down to your discretion as to how you would like to organise your choir to sing this song. However, in an ideal world this is the configuration I would suggest, depending on the make up of your choir…

All women: voice 1 – soprano, voice 2 – soprano, voice 3 – alto
Women with a small number of men: voice 1 – soprano, voice 2 – soprano, voice 3 – alto and tenor (at pitch) or bass (an octave lower)
Two thirds women / One third men: voice 1 – soprano, voice 2 – alto, voice 3 – bass (an octave lower)
An equal number of men and women: voice 1 – soprano and tenor (an octave lower), voice 2 – soprano and tenor (an octave lower), voice 3 – alto and bass (an octave lower)
Two thirds men / One third women: voice 1 – tenor (an octave lower), voice 2 – soprano, voice 3 – bass (an octave lower)
Men with a small number of women: voice 1 – tenor (an octave lower), voice 2 – soprano and tenor (an octave lower), voice 3 – bass (an octave lower)
All men: voice 1 – tenor (an octave lower), voice 2 – tenor (an octave lower), voice 3 – bass (an octave lower)

Rehearsal tracks performed by Louise Eekelaar (www.louise-eekelaar.co.uk).

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