This set of recordings from the 2019 Annual Gathering at Cheltenham Chase Hotel (filmed by Caroline Bithell) includes some of the songs taught in the welcome and ‘big sing’ sessions (for all participants) and extracts from a (smaller) workshop on ‘how to teach songs clearly’. Brief details for each clip are provided below, with further information about the song/songwriter included within the clip itself. Most of the participants (all members of the NVN) lead their own choirs; the gathering also included several new members attending for the first time. Filming was with a single camera. For the big-sing sessions in the hotel’s ballroom, the camera was able to follow the action from a single tripod position. For the workshop (which took place in a far smaller room), the camera focused on the workshop leader throughout.
From the Friday afternoon welcome session. Emily wrote this song the week before the gathering.
From the Friday afternoon welcome session. This is the chorus from Jamie’s arrangement of a song written by Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor.
From the Friday evening Big Sing session. This is a traditional song sung by the Ndebele people of Zimbabwe, with words in the Ndebele language. The song was taught to Maya by the South African Zulu Male Choir at Narberth A Cappella Festival; they were taught the song by Lucky Moyo, a former member of the group and a member of the NVN. The words are: ‘Yeh yeh bo salibonani bogogo lo mama’, and the call: ‘Salibona salibona siyalibingelela’. The general meaning is: ‘Hello, how are you?’ / ‘I see you’ / ‘I see you too’ (Salibonani = is anybody home? Yeh bo = yes, I’m here. Bogogo = grandmother. Mama = mother.)
From the Friday evening Big Sing session. This section of a longer song by Kirsty is a setting of words taken from the poem ‘We Shall Stand for Love’ by Brussels-based poet Dorothy Oger. The full song can be found in Kirsty’s book The Revolution Will Be Harmonised!
From Jane’s workshop ‘How To Teach Songs Clearly’. The song features Jane’s words set to a well-known melody by 16th century English composer Thomas Tallis. The clip ends with a brief discussion of points of interest.
From Jane’s workshop ‘How To Teach Songs Clearly’. This is a traditional gospel song. The clip ends with a brief discussion of points of interest.