Associated NVN member: Gitika Partington
Publisher: Oxford University Press
How to buy: Can be ordered at local music shops; online
Tagged with: audio, folk, original, pop, world, acapella, warm ups, piano accompanients, Ali Burns, Gitika Partington
Community Voiceworks is an unrivalled collection of fun, reflective, empowering, and moving songs in the practical Voiceworks format. With five sections covering a variety of life’s key themes, there is something for everyone – from classic hits such as ‘Sitting on the Dock of the Bay’, ‘If I had a Hammer’, ‘Walking on Sunshine’, and ‘Something Inside So Strong’ to well-known traditional songs and new works by acclaimed choir leaders. The CD provides recordings of individual parts, allowing non-readers to learn aurally, and song sheets are photocopiable. A truly inclusive collection for all groups who love singing together, regardless of experience!
- 43 flexible songs, from simple unison to four parts, by established writers and arrangers.
- Ideal for community choirs of all types and school groups of 11+ years.
- Vast range of repertoire, including well-known pop songs, traditional songs from around the world, contemporary songs, protest songs, and rounds.
- Diverse themes, including Peace and Reflection, Liberty and Freedom, and Celebrations.
- Warm-ups and practical tips on working with amateur singers and the natural voice.
- Supporting rehearsal plans for each song, from the basis of learning by ear.
- Copyable pages.
- CD containing MP3s of learning tracks (providing individual vocal parts) and backing tracks for some pieces.
- Recordings of full performances available to download.
Section I: Short and Sweet
- Words Betty Tindal, music Alison Burns: I open my arms wide
- Ros Thomas: I am not thinking about you
- Polly Bolton: Spring Song
- Carol Prior: A cat meditating
- Alison Burns: A Twist in the Air
- Trad., arr. Gitika Partington: Deep Down in my Soul
- Juliet Prager: All will be well
- Bryan Kessler, adap. Mark and Sharie Anderson, harm.
- Nickomo: E malama
- Jules Gibb: Caballos galopando
Section II: Peace and Reflection
- Words John Newton, music Sam Cooke: Amazing Grace
- Words John Newton, music Gitika Partington: How Sweet the Sound
- Trad.: Down in the River to Pray
- Alison Burns: There is silence in my heart tonight
- Alison Burns: Keep me
- Melanie Dolinski, arr. Andrew Emmet: Peace white dove
- Otis Redding and Steve Cropper, arr. Gitika Partington: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
Section III: Liberty and Freedom
- Roxane Smith: Ain’t gonna study war
- Trad. / Gitika Partington: Ride this Train
- Curtis Mayfield, arr. Val Regan: People get ready
- Alison Burns: Give me wings
- Nickomo: I can hear a train a-comin’
- Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, arr. Gitika Partington and Peter Hunt: If I had a hammer
- Em Whitfield Brooks: Sold down the river
- Zulu song: Shona malanga
- Words Antonia Machado/Trad., music Val Regan: Ya Basta!
- Words Dick Dallas, music Billy Taylor, arr. Pete Churchill: I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
- Section IV: Change, Loss, and Moving On
- Nickomo: Keep your heart good
- South African: Think of me
- Words Judy Grahn, music Alison Burns: The Mountain
- Alison Burns: A Pebble on my Tongue
- Peggy Seeger, arr. Peter Amidon: Love Call me Home
- Hedy West, arr. Gitika Partington: Five Hundred Miles
- Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman, arr. Gitika Partington: Time after Time
- Words Robert Burns, Trad. Scottish melody, arr. Alison Burns and Gitika Partington: Auld Lang Syne
Section V: Celebrations
- Nickomo: The Yeah Song
- Sammy Hurden: Now the sun is rising up
- Gitika Partington: I stand tall
- Bruce Knight: Zidele amathambo
- Kirsty Martin: Different Ships
- Alison Burns: May your cup always be full
- Pauline Down: Old Woman
- Kimberley Rew, arr. Gitika Partington: Walking on Sunshine
- Labi Siffre, arr. Pete Churchill: Something Inside So Strong