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3-4-5 Note Songs

3-4-5 Note Songs is an ideal resource, providing great songs that have only three, four or five notes. Beginner singers can confidently learn to read from stick notation and the stave, and the material is also interesting and enjoyable enough to be included in a concert.

Each song is provided with stick and stave notation, and the ‘how to use this book’ section outlines the process needed to help the singer recognise what is written on the page and how to read it.

  • 20 songs to read within the capabilities of the singer
  • 16 new songs and 4 arrangements
  • Clear path to understanding how to read
  • Stick and stave notation provided
  • Tried and tested material – singers and audiences have enjoyed it

Piano accompaniment CD also available (sold seperately).

£20.00
 
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Going for Gold

The popularity of sport provides an easy subject with which to get young people singing. Going for Gold: A sports cantata reunites composer and librettist team of Tom Cunningham and Derek Roberts (Saga of the Seven Days and Seven Planets and a Cosmic Rock) to provide songs on sporting themes with melodies that can be sung easily.

Songs Rowing, Track and Field, Aquatics and Cycling are joined by songs with the more universal themes of dedication, motivation and commitment, including the opening and closing song that incorporates the words ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ (the motto of the International Olympic Association).

Teachers will recognise this new resource as an example of cross-curricular learning, which will help implement the experiences and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence, including Health and Wellbeing. In England it fits into the National Curriculum and would be suitable for use with KS2 and KS3 students.

Ideal for boys, girls or mixed choirs, this cantata has additionally been particularly carefully created to be accessible to boys’ treble voices (see introduction).

  • designed to be easily taught and memorised
  • can be sung by unchanged voices without the need to access upper registers, changed baritones and girls of all ages
  • range of octave plus one note
  • vocal score, choral score and wordsheets within the same book
  • photocopiable material
  • accompaniment CD available separately
  • full orchestration and Flexiband arrangements available
£18.00
 
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Saga of the Seven Days National Boys Choir (2013)

Many languages associate each day of the week with one of seven heavenly objects known in ancient times: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. English has retained these origins for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. For the other four days, however, the names of Anglo-Saxon or Nordic gods have replaced the Roman gods that gave name to the planets. Thus, Tuesday is named after Tiu, Wednesday is named after Woden, Thursday is named after Thor, and Friday is named after Freya.

In 2005, Scottish composer Tom Cunningham and English poet Paul Wigmore wrote a short song entitled The Great God Thor for NYCoS National Boys Choir. This proved to be such a success at its premiere that NYCoS Artistic Director, Christopher Bell invited Tom to expand the piece into a complete cantata. Thus The Saga of the Seven Days was born. The other six movements are set by Tom to texts by the Brussels-based writer, Derek Roberts.

In 2013 NYCoS National Boys Choir recorded this CD which features the song with and without the narration.

  • The Sun
  • The Moon
  • How Tiu Lost His Arm
  • Wodin the All-father
  • The Great God Thor
  • Freya
  • Saturn
£5.00 (inc. VAT @ 20%)
 
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A Ceremony of Carols National Girls Choir (2010)

Led by Christopher Bell, the NYCOS National Girls Choir is joined by harpist Claire Jones to perform a unique festive programme: Benjamin Britten's beloved work A Ceremony of Carols and the world-premiere recording of Elizabeth Poston's An English Day-Book, as well as two works by contemporary UK composers Oliver Iredale Searle and Stephen Deazley.

  • 1-12. A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten)
  • 13-23. An English Day-Book (Elizabeth Poston)
  • 24. On a Summer Night (Oliver Iredale Searle)
  • 25. The Ears of Mr Tuer (Stephen Deazley)
£10.00 (inc. VAT @ 20%)
 
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The Saga of the Seven Days

Many languages associate each day of the week with one of seven heavenly objects known in ancient times: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. English has retained these origins for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. For the other four days, however, the names of Anglo-Saxon or Nordic gods have replaced the Roman gods that gave name to the planets. Thus, Tuesday is named after Tiu, Wednesday is named after Woden, Thursday is named after Thor, and Friday is named after Freya.

In 2005, Scottish composer Tom Cunningham and English poet Paul Wigmore wrote a short song entitled The Great God Thor for NYCoS National Boys Choir. This proved to be such a success at its premiere that NYCoS Artistic Director, Christopher Bell invited Tom to expand the piece into a complete cantata. Thus The Saga of the Seven Days was born. The other six movements are set by Tom to texts by the Brussels-based writer, Derek Roberts.

  • The Sun
  • The Moon
  • How Tiu Lost His Arm
  • Wodin the All-father
  • The Great God Thor
  • Freya
  • Saturn
£10.00
 
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Seven Planets and a Cosmic Rock

Since time immemorial, mankind has been fascinated by the planets. Some people believe that they have a direct influence on our everyday lives, affecting our personalities and behaviour. Others think that they hold the secret to the origin of life and the future of our own Earth. The planets have always been a source of inspiration for composers, the best known being Gustav Holst, whose famous The Planets suite was written in 1916.

Following the success of The Saga of The Seven Days in 2006, NYCoS invited Scottish composer Tom Cunningham to write another cantata, Seven Planets and a Cosmic Rock. Once again he has teamed up with lyricist Derek Roberts who provides witty, interesting and thought-provoking texts.

We begin nearest the sun and travel outwards, calling at Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and, finally, Pluto - Seven Planets and a Cosmic Rock.

  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Mars
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn’s Rings
  • The Uranoid
  • Neptune
  • Pluto, the Cosmic Rock
£10.00
 
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I Landed with Seven Men Accompaniment CD

The partnership of great melody and strong words makes songs very memorable, and the idea of learning and absorbing important aspects of history through song is a powerful one.

In this short cantata, I Landed with Seven Men, five Scots songs associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite rebellion are placed in their historical context with short narrations.

This CD provides piano accompaniment for all 5 songs from our I Landed with Seven Men book.

£5.00 (inc. VAT @ 20%)
 
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Going for Gold Accompaniment CD

The popularity of sport provides an easy subject with which to get young people singing. Going for Gold: A sports cantata reunites composer and librettist team of Tom Cunningham and Derek Roberts (Saga of the Seven Days and Seven Planets and a Cosmic Rock) to provide songs on sporting themes with melodies that can be sung easily. Songs Rowing, Track and Field, Aquatics and Cycling are joined by songs with the more universal themes of dedication, motivation and commitment, including the opening and closing song that incorporates the words ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ (the motto of the International Olympic Association).

This CD provides piano accompaniment for all 8 songs from our Going for Gold: A sports cantata book.

£5.00 (inc. VAT @ 20%)
 
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3-4-5 Note Songs Accompaniment CD

3-4-5 Note Songs is an ideal resource, providing great songs that have only three, four or five notes. This CD provides piano accompaniment for all 20 songs from our 3-4-5 Note Songs book, which will help beginner singers confidently learn to read from stick notation and the stave.

£5.00 (inc. VAT @ 20%)
 
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Letters to Lindbergh National Girls Choir (2012)

Conducted by Christopher Bell, the NYCoS National Girls Choir is joined by pianists Philip Moore and Andrew West to perform a collection of choral music by Richard Rodney Bennett for female voices and piano/piano duet.

  • 1-4. Letters to Lindbergh
  • 5. The Ballad of Sweet William
  • 6-10. The Aviary
  • 11-14. Dream-Songs
  • 15. A Song at Evening
  • 16-19. Four American Carols
  • 20-27. Over the Hills and Far Away
£10.00 (inc. VAT @ 20%)
 
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